I am Laurynas Sadzevicius. I was born in 1977 in Lithuania, currently living in UK, Scotland. I am highly interested in psychology and arts and my biggest passion is to let my intuition to gather and synthesise all the possible knowledge and information about, how reality works, 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 better understanding of our own reality and 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 my-self as a beginner in this field - life couching although I have worked with some people already for some time. At the moment I am a student again at counselling course online and I am planning to get a degree in psychology as soon as my circumstances will allow it.
I did it to my-self 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 break through in that way.
I was studying architecture after I finished a school. I didn't know my way and what I wanted to do in my life though. I finished my studies with a master degree but I was rather willing to just follow, what everyone does, instead of finding my own way - without investing time and energy for 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, I got few unhealthy habits after entering adulthood, like smoking, I wasn't very social, I was risky. After some painful personal event I had 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 counsellors. With a help of one of them as a personal couch and tremendous resources on 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 transitioning 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 live to accomplish my dreams with not loosing "now and here" joys and discoveries.
I spent and am still spending tremendous amount of time on studying healing and self-growth, improvement. Books, articles, online hangouts, podcasts, programs, discussions, talking with counsellors, you name it. I managed to get out of toxic relationships and to find healthier ones. There is still a lot of things I need to accomplish and path of healing/growing it-self doesn't seem to have an end and 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 in 1st of January 2022. This means that having gender incongruence is no longer attributed to the realm of mental health in medicine. More information here.