I am Laurynas Sadzevicius. I was born in 1977 in Lithuania, currently living in the UK, Scotland. I am highly interested in psychology and arts and my biggest passion is to let my intuition gather and synthesize all the possible knowledge and information about, how reality works, and how I and other people "work". It can sound not so much emotional and empathetic to say that all in this way, but paradoxically :D For a better understanding of our own reality and the reality around us, you have to understand your emotions, how empathy works, learn it, use compassion, learn it, and so on. You can't go anywhere without psychology if you want to understand reality more.
I am still considering myself a beginner in this field - life coaching although I have worked with some people already for some time. I have a counseling skills diploma gained in the UK and I am planning to get a degree in psychology as soon as my circumstances will allow it.
I did it to myself in a notably successful way as well. After years of struggles, I am finally independent in so many ways, and in areas, where I am still not so free, I am working to become that. I have helped several people and still encouraging those, who are struggling with their mental/emotional health, some people took my advice to try out suggested specialists and had their breakthrough in that way.
I was studying architecture after I finished school. I didn't know my way and what I wanted to do in my life though. I finished my studies with a master's degree but I was rather willing to just follow, what everyone does, instead of finding my own way - without investing time and energy in finding it. I just wasn't at the time to find my mission, my passion in life. So eventually my career started to slow down. I started to travel, and I got a few unhealthy habits after entering adulthood, like smoking, I wasn't very social, and I was risky. After some painful personal events, I had an episode of psychosis and was diagnosed with a mental disorder. As time went by, all the usual treatment wasn't working for me. I was struggling, since it seemed, things are getting worse rather than improving and in desperate times I somehow managed to find some independent counselors. With a help of one of them as a personal couch and tremendous resources on the Internet, I overcame my struggles and I don't have them at such a significant level as I had as well as I discovered that I am a transgender* (ftm) person. I am undergoing medical transition at this time still.
I don't experience psychosis anymore or, say, maybe I do in a way that is usual in common socius and I don't use any psychiatric drugs (for about 6-7 years). I am financially independent and living my life to accomplish my dreams with not losing "now and here" joys and discoveries.
I spent and am still spending a tremendous amount of time studying healing and self-growth, and improvement. Books, articles, online hangouts, podcasts, programs, discussions, talking with counselors, you name it. I managed to get out of toxic relationships and find healthier ones. There are still a lot of things I need to accomplish and the path of healing/growing itself doesn't seem to have an end that is even more fascinating for me and has become my style of life. In my opinion, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
*From May 2019 gender/sex mismatch - the main condition for which a person is considered to be transgender is removed from the classification of mental disorders and is classified as a sexual health problem.
This International Classification of Diseases 11th Revision ICD-11 officially came into force on the 1st of January 2022. This means that having gender incongruence is no longer attributed to the realm of mental health in medicine. More information is here.