I'm Hiba, a Psychologist, practising in Geneva and Lausanne.
I offer individual and group sessions and also regularly share content on my blog and social media.
A little about me...
I'm Hiba, a Psychologist, based in Geneva and Lausanne.
A Swiss-Jordanian mix, I have a Masters Degree (MSc) in Psychology from the University of Lausanne (UNIL).
I am a member of the Swiss Federation of Psychologists (FSP), the Genevan Association of Psychologists (AGPsy) and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
I am also a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
I use mostly a mindfulness-based behavioural approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
How I got here
I was always fascinated with humans and why we do what we do. As a child who often felt like an outsider, I developed a strange capacity to notice patterns in what people said and did.
The only thing I wanted to study was Psychology, which I did.
Towards the end of my university years, a close family member had a psychotic break and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
This was a blow, and I no longer felt comfortable working in the field - it all felt too close to home.
So I went into the corporate world instead, working for eight years in international communication agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi.
I loved applying human insights to better understand consumers and shoppers - and this experience also helped me understand how crazy and high-pressured working life can be.
At 29, I was starting to feel restless and was looking for more meaning in life. I took 6 months off to travel around the world. It was wonderful, until I got sick at the end of the trip and discovered that I had a genetic kidney disease.
This was a wake-up call, a realization that life is not unlimited and that I couldn’t keep treating myself in the unhealthy ways of my 20’s. I started making changes to the way I ate, and lived and most importantly, to the way I treated myself.
After becoming slightly obsessed with healthy eating and studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I decided to leave my corporate position and start Healthwise.ch, a health coaching business.
I had also fallen in love and started training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and this approach changed everything for me. It felt like the perfect blend of learning simple skills to better deal with emotions and thoughts, deep wisdom and practical steps to living a more meaningful life.
Self-compassion was also something that I discovered during this time and applying the learnings to myself helped me through difficult moments in my own life, from struggles with infertility to divorce after being married for 11 years.
These approaches also help me live life in line with what matters to me most: Growth, integrity, freedom, connection, being of service, exploration.
These are the values I strive to live by and to bring to the work I do through Wiser Humans.
Thank you for being here!