In the world of business and professional development, finding a balance amid life’s daily demands is often the elusive goal.
Dr. Peter J. Economou, Ph.D., ABPP, has made it his mission to bridge the gap between professional success and personal well-being, introducing mindfulness and holistic practices to those navigating the complexities of modern life.
He has a commendable and versatile background that combines psychology, academia, humanitarian work, and a deep passion for mindfulness. With a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and board certification in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), his journey began on a solid foundation.
Beyond his academic achievements, Economou’s diverse experiences include international relief projects, aiding individuals with developmental disabilities in the Caribbean and supporting those affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. His profound commitment to mental health transcends borders.
“I approach my work with a behavioral orientation, primarily rooted in third-wave CBT,” he says. “My belief is simple yet profound: our minds need exercise for optimal functionality. It’s this belief that underpins his dedication to executive coaching for professionals in finance, sports, and law.”
This behavioral approach has earned him recognition as a leader in program development and relationships. He emphasizes the importance of setting and regularly evaluating goals, believing that this practice is essential for the optimal functioning of the mind.
Economou is also a published author. H book “Mindfulness Workbook for Beginners” is gaining traction as a valuable resource for individuals seeking to embrace mindfulness in their daily lives. This book offers practical exercises and meditations to relieve stress, cultivate gratitude, and find joy in the present moment.
His writing provides a clear and accessible pathway to mindfulness, which is often elusive in our fast-paced world. His practical exercises empower readers to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routines, fostering mental and emotional resilience.
He is also the co-host of the podcast “When East Meets West,” where he, along with Dr. Nikki Rubin, explores the convergence of eastern spiritual practices and western behavioral science. “Our insightful discussions provide listeners with a fresh perspective on psychological topics, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in well-being,” Economou says.
The podcast showcases Economou’s dedication to merging the best of both worlds—eastern wisdom and western behavior change. His background in Zen Buddhism and eastern philosophy, along with Rubin’s mindfulness and yoga expertise, results in a dynamic and enlightening exploration of well-being.
“My holistic approach to well-being is rooted in his belief that true success is not just about professional achievements but also about finding harmony within ourselves,” he says. “I firmly believe that a balanced mind is the foundation for both personal fulfillment and professional success.”
His experience in working with elite and professional athletes, including those in the NFL, MLS, and NHL, has showcased the effectiveness of his four pillars: Behaviorism, Holistic, Strength-based, and Wellness. These pillars form the core of his approach, empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.
In the academic realm, Economou has completed a myriad of research projects and presented at national and international conferences. His research interests encompass performance psychology, substance use, mindfulness and meditation, and multicultural psychology. These areas of expertise contribute to his comprehensive understanding of human behavior and well-being.
His dedication to the field is further demonstrated by his active involvement in professional organizations and his role as the co-host of “When East Meets West.” He is not only a practitioner but also a thought leader in the field of holistic well-being.
In a world where the lines between personal and professional life are increasingly blurred, Economou’s wisdom and expertise shine as a beacon for those “seeking to navigate the complexities of modern living with mindfulness and purpose.”
As his message of mindfulness and holistic well-being continues to resonate, it serves as a reminder that success can be more than just professional accomplishments—it can also be about achieving balance, inner peace, and a sense of purpose in our ever-evolving world.
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