I'm Hiba, a Psychologist, practising in Geneva and Lausanne.
I offer individual and group sessions and also regularly write on my own blog as well as international websites such as The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal.
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 mostly use mindfulness-based behavioural approaches called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
A roundabout way of getting here...
Towards the end of my Psychology Masters, a close family member was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I felt too vulnerable to work in the field, so I went into communication instead, working for eight years in international communication agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi.
This experience helps me understand how crazy and high-pressured working life can be. I get it. I will not tell you to just relax or to tell your boss to back off.
At 29, 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 discovered 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 moving towards goals that are in line with values.
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 last year 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.
This is the approach I strive to live by and to bring to the work I do through Wiser Humans.
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