Over the years, it became clear that while everyone has a different life story to tell and problems to overcome, we all carry two identical underlining desires: to be happy and loved.

The road map to happiness and love is described in every esoteric and mystical tradition, in high quality literature and in brilliant psychological and philosophical work. How come we have such difficulty following it? It was not until I began integrating psychology with spirituality, that the answer gradually emerged, and my work took the most fascinating turn.

Identifying and following one’s individual truth, brings happiness and love in the most natural and organic way. What does “one’s individual truth” mean? We come to the world bringing a certain vibration or pattern unique to us. This innate pattern carries our distinctive essence, our truth. However, during our childhood and adolescent years, this truth is gradually buried by the development of habit patterns conditioned by our environment.

I aim to inspire and guide the readjustment of these habit patterns obstructing one’s truth, through retreats, sessions, and courses at the Koumidou Retreat Center, utilizing the integration of age-old disciplines with cutting-edge methods.

Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas, LCSW, BCD, CHt

Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas, psychotherapist and author of The Inner Eater Selves, six poetry collections and co-author of Responding to Loneliness and Longing, has been accompanying people in their voyages of self-exploration for more than 30 years both nationally and internationally.

Ms. Koumidou-Vlesmas has pioneered a private retreat model for individuals and couples inspired by age-old teachings from a multitude of esoteric traditions and cutting-edge theories and methodologies like Voice Dialogue, Ecopsychology and Quantum Physics. She is the creator of the Inner Eater Selves System, a psycho-spiritual approach to weight maintenance. For many years she organized and led international group retreats in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia.

Yolanda Koumidou-Vlesmas is the founder and CEO of the Koumidou Center, LLC, a center offering New York State Board approved training to mental health professionals. She has been a consultant to mental health professionals, the director of various substance abuse treatment facilities and adjunct professor in several CUNY colleges.

Ms. Koumidou-Vlesmas is trained in Family and Couples therapy at the Ackerman Family Institute in New York. She is a Senior Voice Dialogue Facilitator after years of study in California in Voice Dialogue Facilitation, Bonding Patterns, and the Theory of the Psychology of the Selves directly with its creators, Drs. Hal and Sidra Stone.

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