Welcome to this page.

The psychotherapy path frequently proves to be an extraordinary experience and the greatest gift you can offer to yourself.

My goal is to help you come as close as possible to who you truly are - to move on with your life, with all your strength, to improve the relationship with yourself and significant others. This work may need courage and persistence, but in this process we will be together.

Anna Mertzani

Symptoms or Conditions you may be facing

Whether you live in the big city or in a small village, feelings of loneliness, melancholy, or intense sadness, even anger, can, if left unattended, lead you to a sense of resignation. What we call depression has many gradations, but it is mainly characterized by a lack of pleasure, sense of futility, and low functionality. Depression associated with traumatic events or interpersonal relationships that are constantly leading to a dead end are reasons to take care of yourself, by getting the appropriate support.
Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks
The body speaks and asks for help. As long as you have done the necessary medical tests on the parts of the body that are in pain and found that you are not suffering from something pathological, you will understand what Hippocrates said:” Every illness and disease starts first in the soul and then ends up in the body.” If you experience a physical reaction without a specific cause, or the possibility of a future stressful situation causes you anxiety and stress in advance, then it is good to start working in such a way that you begin to be aware of these difficulties. Through the therapeutic relationship, panic attacks begin to be able to be treated. Often these panic episodes come in the here and now, but derive from a primal lack of support.
You may have phobias that become more intense as time goes by, or phobias that you feel have developed recently. In both cases their source is not in the present. Psychotherapy will contribute to a deeper connection with the real causes and you will slowly find your own, new ways of relating to the world, where inner peace will prevail and less the symptoms that make your daily life difficult.
Personal Dilemmas / Decisions
Too often our lives are shaped as if we weren't there when they were happening. This is because we have not learned to make conscious, personal decisions, taking responsibility for either their success or failure, or because simply the course of life has indicated different personal needs than those we had years ago. Therapy is a path of self-awareness and empowerment of your true desires for what is best for you as an adult, so that you can spend the rest of your life with personal meaning and self-awareness.
Η Θεραπεία είναι ένας δρόμος αυτογνωσίας και ενδυνάμωσης των πραγματικών σου επιθυμιών για το τι είναι καλύτερο για σένα, ως ενήλικας πια, ώστε να περάσεις το υπόλοιπο της ζωής σου με προσωπικό νόημα.
When a person loses important persons who supported his/her life or had devoted himself to them for a long time, he or she is faced with one of the biggest existential crises, which, however, with the appropriate therapeutic support, can be an opportunity for personal reflection. No one should be left alone during such difficult times without professional support, in addition to family and friend networks.
Identity Issues
One does not have to belong to the LGBTQI+ group to have difficulties in one's social life. A person may equally be tormented by a difference in relation to those who judge him/her or expect him/her to prove something to them. Psychotherapy is a beautiful way to get closer to your psychic material, the one you came into the world with, and support it without anger and conflict, but with the beauty it deserves.
“I don't want some stranger telling me what to do with my life."

In the Gestalt Psychotherapeutic approach, we believe that the client knows himself/herself better than the therapist. Therefore, on this journey the therapist will be a fellow traveler and the questions that arise will be answered by the clients themselves through this relational process, with the pace of the process set by the needs and desires of each individual.

“How can I trust an unknown psychotherapist?”

It's true that many people come to therapy with a sense of doubt, which is understandable. However, the main initial criterion that will keep someone in therapy is a personal decision to see their "blind spots", the ones that others usually see in us, but we fail to perceive ourselves. A professional can slowly become a person who understands you deeply and has the skills to therapeutically illuminate these shadowy parts.

"I have financial problems. A treatment will be another cost I will have to bear.”

The first thing a client needs to concern himself with is how he can claim things he/she deserves, but didn't see before starting therapy. Financial problems are often seen as objective obstacles, but often during the therapeutic process the patient realizes that they were an excuse not to start treatment. Thus the power he/she acquires through the process helps him/her become even stronger and more able to cope with such perspectives.

"I'm not always bad. I'm getting by without help so far. I talk about it with my friends."

Certainly the support networks of our environment are absolutely necessary for our mental balance; however they cannot, when there is a repeated pressuring need, replace professional experience, from which one can benefit due to the objectivity of the professional, along with all the professional knowledge and experience included in a relationship with a professional therapist.

"My surroundings are asking me to start treatment. Now I got a car, work is going well, what do I want therapy for?

If you consider your life to be full, then there is no reason to question it. Psychotherapy, however, is a completely personal issue that comes as an internal need, at a specific moment, that only the individual can decide for themselves. After all, therapy is an opportunity for personal development.

“I feel alone in this. I'm afraid I'll get lost on paths I don't know. Better to stick to what I know how to do well.”

Caution and fear in front of the unknown, against the familiar way, is a very important defense. Very often, however, this familiar way of contact is the reason that our life, our thoughts, our relationships with friends, colleagues and possible partners, end up being more of an obstacle than a help. This leads the individual to a repeated pattern with the same results, to the point he/she begins to blame the others for his or her own fate. Therapy is a delicate work with ourselves, so that we both support and protect it, while taking our personal responsibilities.

"I can't pick up the phone and make the first move."

Mental health is quite underestimated compared to physical health. Although we may postpone our medical examinations, at some point, even if only at the last minute when the body calls out, we make an appointment with the doctor. The same should be true for mental pain; it's just not yet part of our culture to listen to it and give it the same value as the physical.

"I was told by someone I know about a therapist who didn't help him, and I've since given up on the idea of trying psychotherapy."

Gestalt psychotherapy is a non-intrusive approach that prioritizes the individual's personal rhythm as it develops in the midst of the relationship with the therapist. It does not promise quick results or magical solutions. Everything we hear from those around us, therefore, cannot be a model for our own uniqueness. The relationship a client develops with the therapist is unique and cannot be compared with the experiences of others.


Comments From Treated Patients

"Through the calm, loving, holistic immersion that characterizes my meetings with Anna, I was able to acquire new ways of understanding and respecting myself, things that I desperately needed. This step by step process and the opening of fresh paths through which I find different options to exist, are extremely precious and key points every week"
P.T. 40 years old
"It was very difficult for me to trust a stranger about my personal life. And it took me a whilte to trust her until I realized that this was a general obstacle in my life but with her help I started to relax and explore other options. I felt her steadily close to me and this is what slowly freed me from personal prejudices about myself and the people around me"
M.V 32 years old
"Anna won me over from the first time with her directness and insight. When I entered therapy, I had no idea what it was all about and I was always anxious to talk about it, as if I wanted to solve everything at once. With Anna I felt more peaceful and started to be more "soft" on myself when I wasn't completing the things I wanted to do, enjoy each moment more and breathe without suffocating. I am grateful because this is only the beginning"
C.P 35 years old
"They recommended Ms. Mertzani to me. I remember living in fear of the next panic attack. We lit together, very gently, the path that led me to my deepest needs and the sources of my anxiety, and so I got to know myself and feel reassured. Today, I know that the truth is deeperin regards to what we can and cannot do in life or in our relationships with people and I'm quite reconciled with that. Also, I don't feel so alone anymore"
K.R 44 years old
"I had sleeping problems when I went to Anna and found that over time I had developed phobias about different things. I knew I wanted to leave my parents' house, but I couldn't and I didn't know what was wrong with me. All my friends had already taken this step. I felt a pressure and melancholy all the time. Anna made me feel okay with all my feelings and especially with my guilt. We slowly started to sort everything out, my sleep improved, I could speak and claim what I wanted more calmly. I am grateful for her support and my initial decision to start with her”
Φ.Γ 28 ετών
"Anna helped me see myself and love myself. She helped me move forward, where I deserve to be! Thank you Anna for this difficult but liberating journey and the beautiful port you showed me."
I.K 52 years old