Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Every journey starts with the first step

Karlsruhe => Atlanta: The journey begins

I was born in 1990 in Germany with Serbian-Croatian roots. I spent my childhood near Karlsruhe. When I was 12 years old, I emigrated to the US with my parents. The first stop was Atlanta, Georgia. I attended high school there and graduated from Atlanta International School (AIS).

During my time at AIS, I started doing voluntary work. I came across a project that supports orphans in Honduras (Pro-Nino USA).

At first, I assumed we were going to teach these kids some sort of skill, how mistaken I was about that. In the end, these boys (ages 7-17) taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined. I learned that it doesn't take anything to be happy, happiness comes from within. In ten days, I had gone through an emotional rollercoaster, but then it turned into astonishment.  built friendships, and above all I experienced unconditional love.

This was the beginning of my journey, I knew I was here to help others to feel their strength and love for life, because it is our birthright.

Florida: Master in Psychologie & Mental Health Counseling

After seven wonderful years in the southern state of GA, I was drawn even further south to Boca Raton, Florida. Here I started my psychology studies at Lynn University in 2009. Immediately afterwards, I did my master's in psychology and specialized in mental health counseling. Throughout my studies, I devoted great importance to my academic development and was employed as a research assistant in the psychology institute.

Peru: a trip that completely changed my life

I have also completed internships in various areas to find out where my interests and strengths lie. After an internship with a doctor who practiced TCM, my curiosity about alternative healing methods such as acupuncture and herbalism grew. I knew very early that I would like to compliment my psychological approach with the body-mind principle.

After graduating with my Masters Summa Cum Laude in 2014, I traveled to Peru for the second time because our tour guide at the time (anthropologist, archaeologist and healer) offered me to get to know the ancient healing methods of the Incas. Little did I know, I was about to embark on a journey that would forever change my life.

Among other things, I got to know deepest spirituality and healing, the importance of treating our nature with respect, the importance of loving and trusting oneself. Ultimately, the undoubted existence of the higher force. Living in harmony with nature and yourself means wellness. To no longer stand in one’s shadow and free yourself from old wounds, to follow your heart in order to be able to live your truth were important messages from the shamans with whom I was allowed to share ceremonies with.

Medical University in Vienna and Lynn University in Florida

A lot has changed since then. My psychological approach changed.

I spent a year abroad in Vienna, Austria, to attend courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna. Here, too, I learned that holistic health is the best approach to finding balance between body and mind. Harmony with nature, the phases, the elements and the senses. After my time abroad, I moved back to America and worked at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL as an adjunct-professor in the psychology department for a semester. I taught my own courses in “Human Behavior” and “Self & Society”.

Follow your heart! Back to Germany

However, my heart was calling out loud to return to Europe.

I left my second home after almost 16 years and ended up back in Germany without any big plans. Since there are no coincidences, "the universe" brought me to the holistic and integrative medical private practice of Dr. König & Kollegen, where I have the pleasure of working as a mental coach. Here I can use all my knowledge, experience and professional training to support people from all over the world on their way.