TAMFT Board Spotlight - Violeta Kadieva

Happy New Year! And what better way to ring in a new year than with a new board spotlight?!

Today's special guest is Member-at-Large, Violeta Kadieva! Find out what her 3 favorite quotes are - one of them might be yours!

Name:  Violeta Kadieva

Hometown:  Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Education:  Ph. D. in Marriage and Family Therapy

TAMFT Board Position:  Served on Governance Committee March 2020 to Aug. 2021 and currently on Membership Committee from Aug.2021-Apr.2022.

Cats or dogs:  Dogs

Little known fact about yourself: Love to dance salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia.

What is your proudest accomplishment: Tenure position with Texas Wesleyan University.

What is your morning routine:  Short walk/run and mindfulness meditation.

Coffee, tea, or nothing:  Coffee

Who is your hero: My parents.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be: Somewhere with both beaches and mountains.

Favorite sports team: N/A

Favorite movie:  Dirty Dancing and 10 Things I Hate About You

Favorite book:  Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil

Favorite song:  Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"

Favorite quote: I have 3 favorite ones here:

  • "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Nelson Mandela
  • "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." --Walt Disney
  • "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." --John Lennon

Favorite part of your job: Teaching and observing practicum sessions.

Your go-to self-care practice: Walk/run, dance, mindfulness meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Last therapy book you read or training you attended: Workshop "Solution-Focused Therapy: An Approach As Lasting As a Diamond" by Elliott Connie

Your chosen theoretical orientation and why: Solution-focused family therapy because it focuses on people's existing strengths and ideas rather than on the problem.

One piece of advice for new clinicians: Practice self-care and, when in doubt, ask your supervisor.

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