“To be completely honest, we wrote this book for ourselves. There were so many times when we felt scared, desperate, worried. We kept asking ourselves: “Is what we’re doing right?!” And at the same time, we promised ourselves never to tell anybody. We were ashamed because we thought we were bad parents, because we did not know that most parents felt this way. We felt so helpless. While writing this book, our four children grew up to become wonderful independent people. The book is a true story about growing up, teenagers’ needs, emotions both sides experience, but at the same time, the work of two experts in the field of psychotherapy.”
Lea (51) and Albert (54) are an established and well-known psychotherapist team from Slovenia, Europe, who have been working together for more than 15 years. They have been running workshops for parents and partners. Having to raise four children, they came up with methods significantly different from others as their perception of a home environment did not quite fit in with others. With the help from our background, we, as therapists, came up with solutions to complicated situations in a more elegant, simplified and effective manner. In the book, we gathered practical experiences as real-life case studies for parents, each case study illustrating one of the points from our workshops—practical information that is easy for anyone to relate to and apply at home.
Leonida is a trained reflex therapist, and learned about psychology and parenting techniques “in the field.” Albert, on the other hand, has a Ph.D. in sociology, and studied psychology, doing field work with marginal youth in a residential care institution. He developed a program for rescuing school dropouts, which received the European Innovation Award. He has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2003. Albert initially trained in the systemic family therapy, while he and Leonida continued their studies with imago clinical therapy techniques, and began working as co-therapists. Since 2013, they have been training in emotionally-focused therapy (Susan Johnson’s approach), and organizing training seminars and workshops for groups, as well as assisting individuals and families.