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Yolanda Koumidou Shares Information on Activities and Programs for the New Year

NEW YORK – Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and founder of the Koumidou Center LLC, has been accompanying people on their voyages of self-exploration for more than 30 years through individual, couples, family, and group therapy. She also runs individual and couples retreats at her upstate New York Outdoor Retreat Center and once a year she organizes and leads international group retreats.

She shared information on activities and programs “keeping the spirit awake and the inner fire burning” in her latest newsletter which also included her best wishes for 2021, “With the dawn of the New Year may you have all you need and walk through the doors the lockdowns opened.”

She noted that all the services mentioned in the newsletter are by Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas and all Koumidou Center courses are offered through Teletherapy / Webinars, outdoor Psychotherapy, outdoor Courses, and outdoor Retreats

All outdoor services/programs are held at the Quietude Retreat Center in Upstate New York, a 70-acre landscape, surrounded by forests, meadows, and streams.

More information is available online: www.psycho-spiritualretreats.com.

Nuggets from Yolanda’s Lived Wisdom

Emotional reactions and their predictable underlying causes:

Fear and anxiety descend when situations are perceived as, out of control, unsafe, unknown and unpredictable.

Disappointment always follows any kind of expectation, whether that expectation manifested or not.

Anger about anything is the standard reaction to wanting and not getting what is wanted.

Sadness is associated with forced and/or sudden detachment from a particular attachment.

Loneliness is experienced due to not knowing how loneliness is connected to the journey of the soul.

Depression (non-clinical) reveals a derailment in the organic direction of life and invites downtime to re-examine and recalculate decisions made.

Overwhelmed state expresses abandonment of rest, play, joy, pleasure and relaxation.

More information is available by phone: 516-568-0306 and via email: ykoumidou@gmail.com.


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