Orestis Kasinopoulos, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist,
Founder of The Safe Place Project
Hi everyone, I am Orestis! I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder / Coordinator of The Safe Place Project. I also happen to be a father to a beautiful girl, a husband, a son, a brother, and a guy who loves food and sports. So pretty much, just another human being. Nice to meet you.
Here is my story . . .
Back in the days (a long long time ago), I used to be in sports, and more specifically I used to play Basketball. In fact, I happened to be quite decent at it, (believe it or not!) and found myself in leadership positions in various teams. As part of being a Team Captain, I was always intrigued, with how Psychology, our attitude, and our mental state of mind, could impact and influence my team's performance. That, and being the firstborn child in my family (studies show that firstborns are driven to go into helping professions!) pushed me into my Psychology studies. What started out as a career in Sports Psychology, however, later on, resulted in a career in Clinical Psychology. . .
You see, in therapy, we often say that we become our stories and our narratives. Naturally, each story has different versions, something like a Rubik's cube. Our work as clinical psychologists is to help the person align all sides of the Rubik's cube so that the actual picture makes sense. This in turn will enable the person to live a full life.
My Rubik's cube was finally aligned a few years ago when early on during my studies and later during my clinical practicum I confirmed that I want to pursue a life that entails "giving" and supporting those in need, people who may have lost their "compass" and direction. I recall my first Lecture in Clinical Psychology, it was a "kick"! The final confirmation came when I first saw my first ever patient in 2013. From there on, it was "game"!
My Philosophy is simple. Since each person has a different story, I try to devise a different treatment plan to each person.
As a clinical psychologist, I like to invest in building a strong therapeutic alliance with "my co-traveler" - that is to build our own boat which we will use to travel. Using empirically validated psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative and Solution Focused Therapy as well as existential approaches, I try to tailor each therapy session according to the person's needs.
For the past 8 years, I have co-traveled with people who happened to face a variety of difficulties such as mood disorders (anxiety and depression), relationship or work problems, interpersonal problems, substance abuse problems, physical disabilities, and chronic pain, and more, with the goal of finding our sense of direction. "Our", since the context is synergistic. "Our" because we all try to climb this steep mountain called life. It is just that sometimes, we might need a helping hand, perhaps a torch to light up the tunnel, until we find our way out.