Violeta Tsolova

Violeta Tsolova is a psychotherapist and founder of Mentally Wise, where she works with adults, adolescents and families. Previously a lawyer and an entrepreneur Violeta is well versed in the challenges of demanding jobs. She has worked at law firms and at the United Nations as a lawyer, and in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments as a businessperson. She has lived in 7 countries on 5 continents and has a vast experience working with people from various cultures, backgrounds and ages. Violeta has a pluralistic therapeutic approach and uses her vast training to personalize therapy to each individual. She uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to allow clients to gain full understanding of how their thoughts and emotions influence their behaviours, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to help regulate emotions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to accept life’s challenges and build resilience, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients make changes they find difficult or overwhelming.

Profession

Psychotherapist

Specialities

ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS
DEPRESSION
GENERAL RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES (FAMILY, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS)
LGBTQIA+
TRAUMA AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
PERSONAL GROWTH AND SELF-ESTEEM
ADHD/ADD
LIFE TRANSITIONS
MARRIAGE AND PARTNERSHIPS
DOMESTIC ABUSE AND VIOLENCE
GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH
WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH (PREGNANCY, INFERTILITY AND POST-PARTUM)
MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
GRIEF AND LOSS
EATING DISORDERS AND BODY IMAGE
SEX AND INTIMACY
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER
SELF-HARM AND SUICIDAL FEELINGS
BIPOLAR DISORDER

Finances

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Training

Master of Counselling
Master in Law

What kinds of treatment or therapy do you provide?

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness-based Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

What language can you conduct the session in?

English, Portuguese and Bulgarian

What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?

I am excited to see the awakening of society around mental health. More and more people build understanding of its importance and become more open to self-care. Also, advances in therapy modalities are allowing us to treat mental health conditions in the context of the whole person, not isolated part of them that needs "fixing".

What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?

I have a curious mind, with a passion for education and self-improvement, which drives me to always keep learning and growing. I regularly attend professional development courses and trainings, and I receive supervision from well experienced and established psychologists.

What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?

Often people think therapy is the same as talking to a friend, so why not do that? Friends are important but they usually see things through their own perspectives. Therapists are trained to not only hold space for you but also to see your struggles through your lenses, not their own. We are trained to deeply explore your emotions, thoughts, behaviors and physical reactions, and how they are all connected, in order to allow you to heal from your pain. Think of therapy as a temporary crutch to help you live while your mind is healing.

What should someone know about working with you?

I have a client-centered approach and believe that with proper guidance from the right counsellor each individual can develop their full potential. Guided by a passion for helping people navigate through life transitions, I am highly empathic, nurturing and friendly, which makes it easy for me to understand and relate to anyone.

How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?

I highly value independence and believe in each individual's right of choice. I guide my clients through the process of tapping into their own strengths and making their own choices through exploration of what drives them and what they value in their lives. I also value personal courage and believe we, as humans, are all brave and have limitless potential. I help my clients reconnect with their courage and use their full potential to change their lives for the better.