Athena Trigenis MA MHC
Clinical Psychologist – Psychotherapist – Mind Body Medicine – Reiki MT
As you’ve probably already read above, my name is Athena. I was born in the United States but I’ve lived in Greece for most of my life. I begin this introduction of myself by sharing this information because I feel that it played an integral part in the shaping of my personality and identity.
As a child, I was awarded the title Athena the American by my Greek friends, and yet at my English speaking school I wasn’t as American as the embassy/military kids. It has been observed that children growing up between two cultures often experience: a sense of uncertainty, a lack of connection with either country of origin, and often times a sense of alienation from others. Consequently, I felt somewhat marginalized—now whether these emotions where validated or exaggerated I assure you is a very long discussion beyond the purpose of this prologue (and even after years of therapy, I can’t say with certainty that there is a straight forward answer anyway).
The point is I developed a very specific coping mechanism in order to deal with my situation (real or imagined). I became an excellent listener in order to avoid speaking! You see, my first language was English, as were all of my thinking processes and yet I lived in Greece. Don’t get me wrong, I speak Greek fluently, but at that time I felt very self-conscious and terrified of being made fun of (I had been teased on a couple of occasions for mixing up words, which was enough to make me retreat into my shell). So as an introvert, self-conscious and very aware of my feelings as well as the feelings of others, I developed a lot of what we call “empathy.”
Over time, this resulted in me being particularly receptive to others approaching me and sharing their thoughts with me. I can’t quite explain how it all happened, but for as long as I can remember myself people of all ages would draw near me and share their life stories with me. To this day I can’t understand what it is that others see in me. Maybe I exude an aura of trust or security, I can’t say for sure. But what I can say with certainty is that I did not choose this profession, it in fact chose me!
I am a Clinical Psychologist / Psychotherapist and founder of Roots Wellness Center. Cumulatively I have a total of 16 years of experience as a mental health professional and researcher in the US, the UK and Greece. I have worked in treatment centers, psychiatric facilities as well as private practice. For the past 8 years I have also worked as a supervisor, guiding graduate students training to become psychotherapists and counselors.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a dual Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. My goal is to help you find balance in your life while restoring your mental health and improving the quality of day to day living. As a psychologist I use Eclectic / Integrative Psychotherapy techniques and combine traditional psychotherapy with complementary therapy and holistic methods. I also provide my clients with at-home practices that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
I have studied in the US (Harvard University, Benson & Henry Institute, University of Indianapolis and Hypnosis Motivation Institute) and the United Kingdom (University of Wales, Bangor UK). In addition, I have specialized in Mind and Body Medicine techniques, Meditation Practices for Everyday Living, and Foundations in Hypnosis. I am a licensed Psychologist (No. AD: 3493 / 20-04-10), a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Society for Online Mental Health (ISMHO), and the National Psychological Association. I am also a Reiki Master Teacher, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) consultant with extensive experience in applying holistic methods for the treatment of psychological disorders.