This week our Host, Susan Guthrie spends some time with, Vassia Sarantopoulou, Counselor - Psychologist, Msc and the creator of AntiLoneliness to explore what it means to be lonely and why being alone does not necessarily equal loneliness.
As humans we crave connection. We long to feel that we are not alone, but does being alone equal being lonely? According to our expert this week, Vassia Sarantopoulou, not necessarily! In fact, there is a big difference in being alone and feeling lonely. You can be surrounded by people and feel more alone than if you were stranded on a desert island by yourself. Honestly, there is no more lonely place than in a relationship that no longer works for you and feeds your soul. In this episode, Vassia and Susan discuss the two main types of loneliness, how loneliness can affect your mental health and some of Vassia's best tips on overcoming loneliness to live your best life!
If you are worried about being lonely as your relationship ends, or are feeling lonely in the midst of your marriage, this is an important first step to thriving alone!
About this week's special guest:
Vassia Sarantopoulou is the Founder, CEO and Head Psychologist of AntiLoneliness, a company offering mental health services in The Netherlands and also worldwide. She is also a Trainer, a Perfectionism Expert and a Mental Health Ambassador, promoting Inner Peace, Mental Strength and Healthy Relationships with others and with our Self. Through AntiLoneliness and her team of psychologists, she offers individual, couples or groups sessions to those who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, burnout, loneliness, relationship issues, transition/change, expat life. She is trained in (Group) Schema Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy, among other approaches (CBT, ACT, CFT), and she is a member of NIP (Dutch Institute for Psychologists), ICEEFT (International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) and ISST (International Society of Schema Therapy). She is an advocate of a life without mental health stigma, with an abundance of kindness and with an undying openness to self-awareness and self-growth, and that’s what she promotes through her services and online courses, and also through her collaboration with universities, companies and organizations.
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Find out more about Vassia Sarantopolou, her programs, groups and more on the website: https://www.antiloneliness.com
TUNE IN MID-JUNE FOR EPISODE TWO WITH VASSIA, WHERE SHE AND SUSAN GO DEEP ON THE TOPIC OF PERFECTIONISM AND HOW YOU CAN LEARN TO LET IT GO, BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND LIVE A BETTER LIFE!
Vassia Sarantopoulou on Divorce & Beyond
You loved Laura Friedman Williams when she first joined us in June 2021 to celebrate the launch of her first book "Available: A Memoir of Sex and Dating After A Marriage Ends" and so many listeners found comfort and hope in her candid recount of her journey to finding her inner woman again after her long-term marriage ended with her husband's affair.
Well she's back and better than ever althought the last year has had some highs and lows as she has navigated the finalization of her divorce, the moving out of the marital home and the purchase and renovation of her very own new home. In her unique and special way, Laura shares an update on her personal journey that is, as always, deeply personal and revealing. You will find much to relate to, laugh about and cry too as we catch up with Laura today as the book officially launches in the United States. Tune in and find out why after all she has been through, Laura says she feels today "that anything is possible."
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