Edita Petojevic

My name is Edita Petojevic. I completed my graduate studies at Roehampton University in London, UK with an M.A. in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling in 2012. I grew up in Sweden but moved abroad in the beginning of my 20's and I have lived in several countries over the years, including the US and the UK. I moved to the US for basketball. I played college basketball in the US and did my BA in psychology. I continued playing professionally in Europe for three years before starting my Masters degree in psychotherapy. I have integrated the mindset from sports and the cultural lessons into my therapeutic skills. My studies and 9 years of practice have mostly been in English, and I am therefore most comfortable offering services in English.
In Sweden I worked as a treatment leader and was part of a team that started a treatment home for psychiatric patients. I created treatment plans and guided the staff in how to best approach and work with the patients. I did the assessments, evaluations, and assured the patients received their treatment in accordance with their individual needs and circumstances. From these and other experiences, I've learned the importance and utility of approaching clients with respect and dignity, while also performing appropriate assessments and diagnoses to guide specific and evidence-based treatment methodologies.
Individual therapy:
With individual clients, I am experienced in the treatment of most concerns including but not limited to anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, addictive behaviors, emotional and physical abuse and trauma. I draw heavily from several different therapeutic methods, including Person Centered Therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy* (ACT).
Couples therapy:
I am experienced in couples therapy, where I use the methods and tools from the Gottman Institute, which is one of the few well-researched treatment modalities for couples. That said, I also very often use tools and treatments from  CBT and ACT* when treating couples.  
*Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In ACT, clients develop mindfulness skills which enable them to fundamentally change their relationship with painful thoughts and feelings. This is done with the help of a safe and understanding relationship with the therapist. I assist the client in exploring new ways of relating to emotional pain and how to practice these concrete skills in their everyday life. Recent research confirms that practicing acceptance, mindfulness and openness to experiences can be highly effective for treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, PTSD, and chronic pain.

What my clients say about me:

“Edita is an excellent therapist. From the first session I gained trust in her which helped me open up and share my story. Her calm and her way of explaining things made me calm and feel as though there is a solution to everything. I feel as though she genuinely cares and listens to everything being said, even the unsaid between the lines. Honesty is the main reason why Edita earned my trust.”

“Jag vill verkligen tacka dig för den tiden vi har träffats. Har verkligen känt att du gjort en stor insats genom att lyssna och prata om det som varit min mörka sida. Efter varje möte med dig kände jag mig stolt, glad, självsäker och lycklig. Från början trodde jag inte att samtalsterapi skulle va min grej men du ändrade det redan efter första gången. Du har gjort en stor inverkan på hur jag mår idag och mitt sätt att tänka och agera. Jag är extremt tacksam för det jobb du har gjort och önskar att du fortsätter att hjälpa andra människor i framtiden som har samma problem som jag. Tack för att du finns och för den du är. ”

“She saved my life!!!
Without her I would never have reached this far in my grief process. We started our sessions during the chaotic period in my life and we “worked” our way slowly forward with the help of Edita’s professional and at the same time very empathic and personal guidance. With her help I managed to find the strength to carry on living. ”

“Min samtalsterapeut Edita har genomgående varit fantastisk. Hon har lyssnat in, bemött mina tankar och fått mig att reflektera kring mina tankar och känslor. Hon har öppnat upp för nya perspektiv och förhållningssätt. ”