An Interview with Monica

 

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Q: How did you get into your current career/what made you decide to peruse this career?

 

A: Growing up I always watched my mother and my grandmother connecting with people and helping out as much as they could in their community. My mother was a nurse, and by nature, she was caring and had an amazing way of comforting people. In addition to that, she was the go-to person in our community and she found great joy in being useful to others. My grandmother had a special connection to nature and she is a spiritual person. They have been a great influence in my life and they cultivated this passion in me to help others and to be surrounded by people. I became interested in psychology way before I had to make a career decision and I was lucky that my family supported me so much, despite the fact that at that time, psychology did not predict the best career in life. However, I managed to pursue my dream and now I cannot picture myself doing anything else.

 

Q: Do you have a special focus/specialization in your practice? Is there a reason why you have this focus in your practice?

 

A: I work with children, adolescents and adults providing counselling services, and I also provide psychological assessments for children and adolescents. I focus a lot on assessments for learning disabilities, autism and developmental disabilities. I always enjoy working with children and I am empowered by their amazing ability to be present and to enjoy every moment. At the same time, I am interested in supporting people going through difficult times in their lives, whether it is a transition or coping with anxiety, depression, loss or stressful events. I feel an incredible joy working with parents, and helping them realize that connecting with their children in a mindful way is valuable for their development.

 

Q: What is your #1 health tip?

 

A: Be mindful as much as you can, be active, and keep in touch with people close to you.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about your practice?

 

A: My connection with people, that moment when I feel that I can help them somehow and also the moment when they realize they are strong enough to make positive changes in their life. Answering questions for parents, giving them strategies to help their children and supporting them in the realization that they are good parents doing the best they can.

 

Q: What do you like to do for fun (any hobbies, activities etc.)? Why do you enjoy these things?

 

A: Being outdoors with my kids is the most enjoyable time for me. It is the best opportunity to reconnect with them, with nature, to teach them how to be close to everything around us, and to be grateful for our life.

 

Q: What do you value most in your life? Why?

 

A: My children and my husband, they are the pillars of my life. They empower me to be better person and they make me laugh every day!

 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

 

A: I have already experienced how it is to live in a different place, and I have to say that I love being where I am right now. It has a little bit of everything that I want. And, maybe for a couple of  months I would enjoy spending some time by the Mediterranean sea, lying down in the sun, and just do…nothing.

 

 

Meet your practitioner

Monica Lazarescu, Psychological Associate

Monica’s great passion is helping her clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. Monica provides her clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment and safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want….. learn more