I am a Senior Registered Psychologist and founder of the Academy of Life Design. I was educated in Europe and I am currently residing and working in Australia. I have been a practicing psychologist for over 40 years.
I grew up in Poland, which after World War II has been ruled by a communist regime. Both of my parents were victims and survivors of war traumas. I grew up in a tough home environment and had a challenging childhood. Despite this I loved learning and reading, and after being selected to join an athletic club I became a top athlete.
On many occasions I have challenged rules and boundaries established by authorities and I had problems to fit into an environment restricted by communism’s ideology. I became a political prisoner then a political refugee. In my personal life I have experienced multiple traumas and losses, which I have managed to overcome using the psychology skills and knowledge I have learnt and practised. I believe that all my life challenges I have conquered have helped me greatly to understand and connect with other people who suffer and struggle in life.
In order to unclutter my hippocampus from traumatic memories I wrote a book “Before I forgive. Memoirs of struggle and betrayal”, which was published in 2013.