I am originally from Croatia, but life took me to Sweden, Norway, England, Germany and Ireland where I studied for multiple postgraduate degrees. I have an interdisciplinary MA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Zagreb and a joint MA in Human Rights from the University of Gothenburg, University of Tromsø and Roehampton University. I obtained my PhD in Social Justice at the University College Dublin (UCD) in 2017. ‘Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Experience of Labiaplasty’ was an in-depth doctoral study of a newly emerged female genital surgery in the field of cosmetic industry called labiaplasty. The study explored the motivations, experiences and reflections of adult women who underwent the surgery, as well as the psychological, sexual and social outcomes postoperatively. I was awarded with a number of international scholarships for my academic work, including the highly competitive Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholarship that funded my doctoral research. I also taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules at UCD on a range of social issues including gender, sexuality and female reproductive health, and I gave talks at secondary schools on the impact of online pornography on adolescent sexuality. Lastly, I worked for London-based non-governmental organisations that promote justice, equality and inclusion. Currently I am undergoing training in the area of mindfulness.
In 2016, following a year-long diploma course, I qualified as a complementary therapist in the Bi-Aura Therapy. I chose to specialise in a complementary and specifically bodywork therapy for its core principles resonated with my own values. Complementary therapy adopts a holistic approach to health and takes into account the whole person – the interplay between their physical, mental and emotional well-being. In addition, in complementary therapy one goes beyond the surface level to explore and understand the origin of an issue – what is happening and why is it happening – in order to initiate a positive change. I employ an integrative approach in my practice and insomuch utilize bodywork and talk therapy in conjunction with the scientific knowledge brought forward from the academia. Also, I am a big believer in a collaborative work method. This means that I view therapy as something that happens between a therapist and a client, as opposed to something that happens to a client. A collaborative work method enhances clients’ active role in the therapy, strengthens their autonomy and facilitates a sense of personal empowerment. And I would like my clients to feel empowered.