Who we are
Lena Aslanidou, M.P.W.Diploma in Process Work
Lena Aslanidou is a Social Worker and a Certified Process Worker. From a young age she was interested in human experiences, remembering herself spending hours under a bush in her back yard and contemplating life. She doesn't know if the content of those thoughts were important, but she remembers a sense of euphoria and calmness, a sense she is still looking for as a guide in life. As a teenager she did volunteer work with groups of children with special needs.
Her first quests led her to study Social Work at the University in Athens, and later be trained in General Systems Theory and its Applications on Human Sciences at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos. After completing her studies she worked with pre-school children and later on as a councilor for families and individuals at the Psychiatric Department of the General Hospital of Athens.
She first came across Arnold Mindell's work and Process Work in 1990. This was an important moment in her life because, for the first time, she found an organized system of thought, which could be applied to all issues of human experience, political, psychological and spiritual. The enthusiasm of this discovery lead her to Portland, Oregon, to study Process Work.
Since 1997 she has returned to Greece, where she works in private practice. Her main interest in working with people is in accessing the sense of freedom from which each person can express their wholeness, and the connection of the spiritual dimension to everyday consciousness and life.
Lena loves her times of solitude and nature is her true home. Lately, in addition to exploring her relationships to people, she is also exploring her relationship to animals, spending a lot of time with her beloved dog, Athina.
During her stay in Oregon, USA, she participated in the staff of the Intensive Course in Process Work, as well as the Extreme State Clinic (focusing on extreme states of consciousness), the Lava Rock Clinic (focusing on body symptoms), Worldwork and Conflict Resolution Seminars, organized by the Global Process Institute.
In Greece she has worked together with the following organizations: Athenian Institute of Anthropos, Athens University, Law School of Athens, 'Volunteer Work' (NGO working with refugees and minorities), 'Arsis' (NGO working with youth-at-risk and adjudicated youth), Dramatherapy Center, Greek Red Cross, Center for Women's Studies and Research 'Diotima', 'Sxedia', Greenpeace, National Foundation of Youth, as well as the Ministry of Education.
Alexandra Vassiliou, Ph.D.Diploma in Process Work
Alexandra Vassiliou has a Ph.D in Social Psychology. She works in Greece and internationally as a processworker, trainer, group and conflict facilitator and organizational consultant. She has always had diverse interests in life, which led her to many educational paths that at times seemed contradictory, at other times complementary. Her relationship with psychology started from the Athenian Institute of Anthropos in 1982, where she was trained in Systems Theory and Group Dynamics. At the same time she was attending the Agricultural University of Athens, where she graduated in 1990 with a M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in Agricultural Economics.
In 1990, in a seminar in Zurich, Switzerland, she met Arnold Mindell and his associates. She was impressed by the multi-dimensional and multi-leveled approach of Process Work to human experience and the way it combined Jungian Psychology, Quantum Physics and Taoism. She was also inspired by the way Process Work's view of personal change creates opportunities and awareness for social change. She then decided to go to Portland, Oregon in the United States and study Process Work.
During her stay in the United States, she also pursued a doctoral training program in Social Psychology, with an emphasis on Conflict Resolution, with The Union Institute in Ohio. Her doctoral dissertation was focused on the 'terrorist' as a role in human interactions and group dynamics.
She has been a member of the facilitation staff of Worldwork Seminars, and teaches Processwork seminars in Greece and abroad. In 1996 she returned to Greece, where she started working as a counselor and trainer, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She is interested in human experience as it expresses itself through the body, through dreams and through relationships.
Membership in Associations:
- Global Process Institute, USA / G.P.I. (1995- 2014)
- International Association of Process Work,/ I.A.P.O.P. (2006- present)
- American Psychological Association, USA / A.P.A. (1998- 2009)
- National Organisation for Psychotherapy of Greece (2008- present)
- European Association for Psychotherapy / E.A.P. (2008- present)
Lily Vassiliou, Ph.D.Diploma in Process Work
Lily Vassiliou is a Social Worker and a Certified Process Worker. She has completed doctoral studies in Psychology, and has been trained in Processwork, and in Systems Theory and Group Dynamics. She works in Greece and internationally as a process worker, trainer, group and conflict facilitator and organizational consultant.
Together with colleagues she brought Processwork to Greece, and co-founded Processwork Greece and Processwork Hub. She is a member of the faculty of the training programs of the Process Work Institute in Portland, USA, and Processwork Spain, in Barcelona, Spain, and of the facilitation team of the Worldwork seminars, sponsored by the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (and prior to its merging with IAPOP by the Global Process Institute) - a forum providing the opportunity to focus on social, environmental and political issues using group process skills. Lily has also been a member of the staff of the Extreme States Clinics - a forum providing the opportunity to explore and learn about extreme states of consciousness - and the Lava Rock Dreambody Clinics - a forum providing the opportunity to explore the creative energy manifesting in symptoms and body experiences.
In Processwork Lily found a paradigm that views process, i.e., what is happening, as the Teacher; a paradigm that values all experiences and finds treasures hidden in the most troublesome of them. This worldview fit her feeling about life. Being immersed in it gave her a deeper understanding and appreciation of herself and the world around her. The wide application of this paradigm to the various areas of life, and the various, therefore, aspects remaining to be discovered and learned thrill her curious inquisitive nature.
For her doctoral dissertation she researched extreme states of consciousness and in particular Process Work's approach to panic attacks.
Among Lily's interests is Worldwork as a methodology working on diversity issues and building sustainable community. She has helped organize and co-facilitated town meetings in Athens around the economic crisis and social changes entailed, but also abroad, in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, USA on racism, xenophobia, sexism and homophobia, and in Beaston, Leeds, UK on the aftermath of the July 2005 London bombings.
Lily is passionate about living life as a divination process and making diversity visible in the world. She loves gazing at the ocean, sailing the Aegean, sleeping under the stars, getting lost in musical improvisations, gardening, cooking, doing things with her hands, building, chopping wood, pushing herself to her physical limits and beyond, through which she experiences the mystery of life.
She is acutely aware of the escalating tensions on our planet, and seeks ways to be actively involved in holding and working with them. She yearns to be part of a collective awareness that can ride this wave of escalation, stay with its intensity and make space for the complexity involved, so that the inherent diversity is seen, appreciated and deepened until it guides us to an underlying common ground - a feeling atmosphere from where a collective wisdom and a momentary sense of community can emerge.
- International Association of Process Oriented Psychology / IAPOP (2006 - present)
- National Organisation for Psychotherapy of Greece / ΕΕΨΕ (2009 - present)
- European Association for Psychotherapy / EAP (2009 - present)
- American Psychological Association / APA (2009- present)
- National Association of Social Workers of Greece / ΣΚΛΕ (1986- present)
- Global Process Institute (1998-2014 when it merged with IAPOP)