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Mateja Petje Background

Holistic Psychotherapist

Energy Medicine Practitioner & Healer

Holistic Coaching International Founder

This web page is calledMateja Petje Background“. This will enable you to learn more about me & my background. Let me once again welcome you to my website. Please allow me to tell you a bit more about myself, my background, ideas, education and so much more.

Again my name is Mateja Petje. My practice is located in Palm Beach County Fl. I’m the founder of Holistic Coaching International and Natural Stress Management.

Heal from Trauma and Abuse

I’ve always been interested in human relationships and how people heal from trauma and abuse. It’s exciting for me to tell you I’ve been helping people for over 20 years!

Whether as a teacher, director of educational programs, translator, counselor, professional life coach, published author, spiritual counselor, or as a healer.

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This is Izola! My home country Slovenia is very beautiful as well so if you ever want to visit the area here is a good place to start. Click the link

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Mateja Petje Background-Early years

The start of my healing journey began in my home country of Slovenia. Back home I had to face many life challenges so I became interested in how people heal from emotional trauma.

My parents came from a working-class family. Mom was a teacher and my father worked as a factory worker all his life. Tragically, my father died in an unfortunate hiking accident at age 52.

This was when I was in the US for just 3 months. His death really devastated me even though we’ve never really been that close to one another.

Trauma-Informed Therapist

In Europe, we were like many other families who had to deal with the legacy of PTSD after WWI and WWII. My family has had a history of substance abuse and violence which has extended over several generations. This was particularly true on my mother’s side of the family.

You see I’m a survivor of abuse and trauma myself. This abuse and trauma have really caused me deep emotional scars. However, I’ve been blessed to have had people around me who have helped me to heal emotionally. But this for me is an ongoing journey.

Suffering from Anxiety and Depression

Looking back I think that I believed that I was “too good” and I became a people pleaser early in my life.  With this intuition, I believe that’s why I became so tuned in to people’s emotions.

As a child, I didn’t feel loved or appreciated, and I didn’t have a sense of security. Over the years I’ve also been in and out of relationships all my life. Over and over again, I chose the wrong people. As a result, I have been suffering from anxiety and depression all my life. 

Mateja Petje Background- Academia

My “escape” and where I found solace was in my journaling, music, and in relationships.  In my late twenties, after yet another painful breakup, my healing journey began in earnest.

That’s when I started reading many self-help and psychology books. For example books such as the famous “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus”. See I’ve always had a love for psychology.

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My home country of Slovenia ❤️

This is where you would travel if you wanted to meet my family and learn more about my early years.

Coming to America

Over two decades ago I moved to Miami in 1997 to join my ex-husband. Soon after coming to the US, my unhealthy marriage failed. You see my ex was an abusive alcoholic.  He was a master at masking it and he refused to get help.

Leaving me no alternative I had no choice but to leave him. That’s when I really began working on myself. Over time I had worked with several therapists, coaches & healers. As a matter of preference, I’ve come to embrace spirituality and mind-body healing practices. These are practices that I’ve been studying now over 15 years.

Creating my New Family

For me, I’ve been blessed to create my new family. It consists of my friends who have been supporting and encouraging me during my journey. Then in December 2011, I met my fiance who is the light of my life (and my company’s marketing Guru). So I feel very blessed in so many ways.

All the challenges now make sense. Looking back those challenges were a blessing in disguise. I can relate to my clients’ Emotional Trauma and the challenges they are facing that much better. You see I’ve helped many of my clients that were abused or suffered from anxiety.

Healing from Depression, PTSD

Others suffered from Depression, PTSD, losses, and failed relationships. With my help, they are now leading healthy and fulfilling lives. This is the power of therapy and what can happen when people receive the help they need.

Living in Slovenia- Education

While still living in Slovenia, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education. I’ve always been passionate about helping people. When I taught English for several years for example I had great success with a wide variety of age groups. In addition, I worked for the Slovenian government as a translator for the European Union.

Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development

In 1993, as part of my undergraduate education, I published my thesis. It was titled “The Development of Moral Judgment in the Field of Environmental Education”. My thesis was based on Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development. The research was conducted among elementary school students.

Marriage and Family Therapy Degree

Shortly after moving to Miami in 1997, I was awarded a graduate assistant scholarship from the University of Miami in Coral Gables. I graduated with Honors in 2003 with my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Holistic Therapy Services for Adults

My experience is vast including an extensive background working with families and at-risk children and adolescents. Although now, I primarily work with adults. I have more than fifteen years of experience as a counselor in the mental health field.

Mental Health facilities in Miami-Dade/Broward County

In the past, I’ve worked with many prominent agencies in Miami-Dade and Broward County. Some of those include Switchboard of Miami, Department of Children and Families, Memorial Health Care Systems, Chrysalis Center, and Jewish Community Services

Back in 2008, I obtained my license in Marriage and Family Therapy. From there I went to work in the managed care industry while building my private practice in Broward County.

Holistic Psychotherapy Mateja Petje- Blogs

While you learn about me and my background it would make sense to visit these other Blog posts I’ve created. Especially the one below talking about the launch of the Holistic Coaching International website a few years ago.

Many of these blogs contain valuable information. You might find it vital in helping you with stress, trauma, anxiety & so much more.

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“Energy Medicine”

“Holistic Coaching International Website Launch”

Professional Life Coach

Years ago I also acquired extensive training as a Professional Life Coach at the Institute of Life Coach Training founded by Dr. Patrick Williams. This training is invaluable as it is specifically tailored to psychotherapists. As a result of this training, I am now better equipped to assist both my therapy and coaching clients.

Training in techniques- NLP

Furthermore, I was trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). This was by a prominent Master Trainer in NLP and Hypnosis, Dr. Yvonne Oswald. Instead of spending years in therapy, my clients receive immediate and repeatedly positive results. They are able to change their beliefs and behaviors very rapidly.

Emotional Freedom Technique

Another great tool I use for myself and for my patients is my extensive training in Energy Medicine. More specifically, I have been studying the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This has been integrated into my practice.

Reiki Level II Practitioner

Thinking back I was fortunate to be trained by Gwenn Bonnell, the EFT certified practitioner. Finally, I have also been a Reiki Level II Practitioner since 2003. Reiki is an outstanding form of alternative medicine centered around “universal energy“. Remember to ask me about the art of Reiki and the different healing benefits you could get with Reiki. There are numerous Reiki therapies as well. I love Reiki!
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