Our Mission is to Ease Your Anxiety, Restore Your Confidence, And Make a Difference In Your Life

Our Mission is to Ease Your Anxiety, Restore Your Confidence, And Make a Difference In Your Life

Meet the Two Folks in Charge

Elias Jireis

Elias Jireis

Co-Founder, Marketer, Entrepreneuer.

I studied Electronics Engineering in college and worked in numerous hi-tech companies, but it wasn’t long until I realized that my true passion lies in establishing and growing life-changing businesses.

At Psyche Guide, I’m in charge of the marketing, web design, and take part in the overall content and program development of the company.

When I’m not online on my laptop monitoring geeky metrics, tweaking and tinkering with stuff, and making sure everything is working as intended, I’d normally be outside playing Tennis, taking a walk outside, or hanging out with friends and family.

Alexander Draghici

Alexander Draghici

Co-Founder, Psychotherapist, Coach

I’m a Clinical Psychologist and a licensed Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy practitioner. My work focuses mainly on strategies designed to manage and prevent the most common mental issues – anxiety, depression, and stress. Through my practice, I promote rational thinking and emotional awareness, while helping others stay focused on the present and let go of the painful past.

When I’m not busy with my therapeutic practice or other work-related activities, I enjoy going out for a jog or hit the nearby gym. If the weather is too chilly for an outside run, then you’ll probably find me in the comfort of my home, reading a good book, or practicing my guitar.

Our Story …

We, Elias and Alexander, are two young entrepreneurs passionate about life, mental health, and well-being.

I (Elias) love music and guitars (I own a guitar blog); I like to play tennis, and I enjoy every moment I spend in nature. I’m also into web design and marketing, which is why I’ve put all my knowledge and expertise into creating this mental health platform.

But I couldn’t do it alone. Even though I knew there was a way to make mental health services more accessible – and I wanted to achieve that – but I didn’t have enough knowledge in the field.

I needed a psychologist and writer who could chisel my vision into something that would help people improve their mental health and well-being. I needed an expert who could provide informed opinions and practical tips, so that you don’t have to browse through a million websites and read boring textbooks to understand how mental health works.

And that’s how I found Alexander.

He too loves strumming the guitar and staying physically active – weightlifting, jogging, and airsoft are his thing. He also enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and cultivating positive change.

But there’s something else about Alex that qualifies him to oversee our platform; something that he will share with you in the following paragraphs:

If I (Alex) were to characterize myself in two words, I would probably say introvert and slightly anxious. That’s who I am, and that’s whom I’ve been ever since childhood. However, it took me years to reach the point where I can openly talk about these two sometimes-annoying aspects of my personality.

To better understand how I’ve managed to keep my anxiety in check, allow me to walk you through the last 15 years of my life.

During adolescence, my self-esteem was a complete mess. Year after year of parental criticism, coupled with weight-related issues, crippling anxiety has turned me into a rigid, closed-up, ‘play-it-safe’ kind of guy. Whenever I wanted to do things differently, there was always this critical voice inside my head whispering all sorts of messages.

“You can’t do it” “That’s not right” “Be careful!” “Stay under the radar!” “What will others think!?” “OMG, you’re so lame” “Give up dude. You’re not meant to be that way.”

But the saddest part was that – without even realizing – I started to buy into my anxiety-triggering beliefs. In other words, I was constantly searching for proof to confirm the dysfunctional and irrational messages that my mind kept generating.

 

The losses I suffered

I lost a lot because of my anxiety. I missed the opportunity to be with the girl I liked because I was too afraid to ask her out. I lost the chance to meet new and exciting people because I didn’t perform well in social contexts, so I became an avoider. I lost hundreds of hours ruminating about my past and future; about my mistakes, flaws, and shortcomings. At some point, I realized that I was falling behind. All my friends were doing awesome things, and there I was, making up excuses in a desperate attempt to mask my anxiety.

But the biggest problem was that anxiety became a part of my life; like an unwanted visitor who refuses to leave. I was wallowing in self-pity and kept telling myself, “This is who I am, and that’s how I’m going to be for the rest of my life. I just have to accept the fact that I’m not good enough and I will never be better.”

At some point, I simply gave up fighting against my anxiety and became utterly ignorant of my feelings. That, of course, was just another attempt to hide my insecurities and shortcomings. Being vulnerable and exposing your flaws is just too embarrassing, that’s what I was telling myself whenever someone offered to help.

 

Recovery

If there were a pivotal moment in my recovery – a turning point – it would probably be the day I decided to go to the gym and start being more physically active. And it was thanks to a friend who convinced me to invest in a one-month gym membership. As soon as I experienced the first results, I immediately went ahead and invested in a one-year membership.

Losing weight has helped me gain confidence in myself, which in turn fueled my desire to push further. There was something strange happening; something I’ve never experienced before.

Instead of being swamped by negative thoughts and irrational fears (as usual), I was overwhelmed by questions.

If I managed to go from being a couch potato to hitting the gym 4-5 times a week, what else can I do to better myself?

I will never forget this question. In fact, I will always remember the moment when I realized I could get better, waaay better.

Needless to say, I started reading every article, book, and blog post about anxiety I could get my hands on. The fact that I was a psychology student meant I had access to top-quality information. And boy did I took advantage of that!

With the right tools, I was able to manage anxiety on my own. Furthermore, I was surprised to read stories of how others got better just by understanding what anxiety is and how it works.

I’m not special. I don’t have out-of-the-ordinary abilities. In fact, I might just be one of the most ordinary individuals you’ll ever meet. And yet, the strategies I’ve used have proven to be more than helpful in my struggle with anxiety.

That got me thinking, “Maybe it will work for others as well!”

Long story short, my anxiety was the spark that ignited my passion for Psychology and drove me to search for the best strategies to manage it. In a sense, I am who I am today because of the anxiety that crippled my teenage years.

 

Fighting back

Being a clinical psychologist who’s constantly trying to keep his anxiety in check has given me a new perspective on this matter. I realized that anxiety isn’t something we can ignore or ‘delete from our system,’ but a complex phenomenon that we can explore, manage and prevent. Even after years of working with anxious people and dealing with anxiety on a personal level, I still get overwhelmed with amazement and wonder whenever I discover something new about this phenomenon.

Seeing how much practical psychology has helped me deal with my issues got me thinking:

Why not put everything I know about anxiety in one guide? Why not make ‘hard science’ simple, engaging, and accessible for everyone? Why not share my knowledge with others? Why not build an ‘encyclopedia’ of techniques for managing anxiety? Why not prevent anxiety from ruining other people’s lives?

Throughout this journey, I found that managing anxiety isn’t easy. It’s neither something that simply goes away on its own nor an imaginary problem that we can simply shake off. The “big secret” of living an anxiety-free life is having the right tools and being motivated enough to use them.

You can’t expect results if you’re not willing to put in the hard work, invest in your growth, and take a leap of faith.

Once I experienced the incredible effects of the techniques science has provided me with, I was completely wowed. I feel so proud and grateful for my accomplishments that I want others to experience the same sense of pride and gratitude that has motivated me to continue my journey.

And that’s pretty much my date with anxiety, an encounter that changed my life in unexpected ways.

 

Our Values

We believe each person is in part the product of its own beliefs and values.

As a company, we carry mountains of responsibility toward our visitors and customers, and we feel it’s important to share the values that form the backbone of this venture.

We Believe In

  • Putting our customers and their needs first, no matter what.
  • Double-checking any piece of information that we share with our visitors and customers.
  • Following science-backed approaches to mental health
  • Helping people take responsibility for their health and well-being
  • Investing time and effort into finding the best possible strategies and solutions.
  • Fostering rational positivity.
  • Creating a better world, for everybody.

We Are Against

  • Feeding people false promises and unrealistic claims
  • Promoting questionable and unscientific practices in mental health
  • Relying on quick fixes and ‘sketchy’ solutions
  • Giving up! We know the road to better health is never easy, but we are here to lend a helping hand.

Our Vision

We believe knowledge and information hold the key to better health and a better life. That’s why we’ve created a platform where you can get reliable and practical information on anything related to anxiety, depression, and stress.

According to the World Health Organization, worldwide, 260 million people are living with anxiety, and another 322 million are living with depression.

We aspire to reach every person who suffers from anxiety or depression and aid them in managing their condition. By getting a handle on their life, these people can become healthy and active members of society, driving positive change and creating a better world for everybody.

A world where people have the tools to fight mental illness and achieve well-being – that’s what motivates us to continue doing what we do here at PsycheGuide.

Giving Back to the Community

Aside from providing valuable knowledge and practical tips on mental health issues, there’s another goal we wish to achieve; one that is just as important and noble.

We believe the health and welfare of children should be one of society’s top priorities. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Nothing causes more heartache than witnessing the devastating effects abandonment can have on the younger generation.

That’s why we will pledge 5% of all our profits to a local orphanage, in hopes of bringing some joy and support to those who need it most.

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