Meet Adela Raffa

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My office

Hello and welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.

My passion and purpose is making powerful, positive change. I started with myself and now I’m equipped and able to help others embark on their transformational journey. This is a short version of my story…

After 20+ years in Corporate America, and as a divorced single parent with unfinished emotional baggage, I felt stuck, stagnant and overwhelmed. I wanted to believe there was more to life and embarked on a personal development quest that completely changed my life.

I tried everything...from Cognitive and Jungian therapy to experimental counseling, I studied various spiritual beliefs, enrolled in every workshops I could find and even processed deep inner child work. I felt like Alice in Wonderland falling through the rabbit hole…a whole new world emerged, an inner landscape where I found the missing piece: myself.

Eventually, I landed at The Gestalt Institute of Atlanta where I spent several years as Director, Gestalt Practitioner and NLP trainer before venturing out on my own. 

Now I am here, a teacher, trainer, speaker, workshop facilitator, healer & practitioner... I love guiding people on their transformational journey, whether individually or in groups. The tools and techniques I teach are ones that I have experienced or witnessed myself.

My credentials include Certified Gestalt Therapy Practitioner, Certified Master NLP Practitioner & NLP Practitioner, Registered Business Coach, Sacred Healing Minister, Usui Reiki Master, and I hold a degree in Human Services & Social Work. The style I use is a unique combination of the above modalities, mixed with a dash of mindfulness, a pinch of spirituality and a healthy dose of intuition.

As a life-long learner, I spend much of my time on my own personal development & journey within. Growing up in Sweden with Croatian roots served me well; I’m multi-cultural with expanded view points and speak several languages, including body-language (my super power).

Listen to Adela on Allison Hare’s Podcast Little Left of Center here

The Story Behind the Icon

Travel offers unexpected gifts. While admiring the ancient architecture and churches of Croatia, the beautiful symmetry of rose windows stirred something deep within me. Even the most simple rose window I passed inspired a sense of awe and connection for me…so I paid attention as we do in Gestalt. 

Returning home, I researched rose windows and learned that they represent sacred mandalas and the "expression of human aspiration towards wholeness and coherence”. They symbolize doorways to places deep within us, perhaps our soul, or a temple within.

The meaning behind these astonishing creations serves as the perfect metaphor for the inner work we do together.

What clients are saying

Adela is very skillful in guiding people towards self-awareness and personal responsibility to make desired changes. I find Adela’s approach-a combination of strength and compassion-very helpful. I’ve gained greater personal empowerment.

— Marta-Psychotherapist
Adela speaks directly to my soul. My life has changed in every aspect since we started working together. I am more confident, feel more empowered and know how to manage my anxiety.
Thank you!!
— Amy B.
Thank you for your words and inspiration. The work you do is very powerful and essential to everyone.
— Brenda P.
Sometimes, every human needs help to recognize behaviors. Thank you for putting a mirror in front of me, now I’m able to look at the reflection.
— Maribella Velez- State Farm Agent
Adela helped me during my darkest hours, when I felt hopeless and alone. Her compassion and support helped me find strengths within myself I didn’t existed. Her belief in me became my guiding light until I could carry it for myself.
— Jennifer
Adela has helped me tremendously to deal with anxiety, fear and acceptance with simple, yet skillful tools. I like and recommend her compassionate and firm way to make us think outside of the box and switch habits and destructive thoughts patterns
— Daniella
Working with Adela has been life changing. When I came to her, I was walking around with so much anger and sadness inside of me, that it was pouring out of me in ways that were damaging to my life and my family. I have been seeing her every week for just over a month and I have already seen rapid improvement in my life. I come away from each session with another nugget of information, another lesson, and I see my life improve. I am incredibly excited for further sessions with her and I highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking help.
— Lizzie
Since my session, I feel so much better. Just wanted to let you know you’re awesome & I’m so thankful to have someone like you to remind me I’m going to be fine!
— April