I am trained in various psychological therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused CBT. Narrative Exposure therapy for Trauma, Compassionate mind therapy, Acceptance and commitment Therapy, Dialogical Behavioral therapy for young people. I am also a systemic psychotherapist and have trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. I tend to integrate all these different approaches when working with individuals, couples and families, depending on what my clients bring and the plan we make together, to make sure that therapy follows a tailored approach that honors the issues are being brought into therapy and the context in which my clients are located in. Systemic psychotherapy is an approach that sees the individual as part of a system, whether this is their family, work, other relationships as wells their society, community, culture, religion and other systems in which they have been located and nurtured in. Systemic psychotherapy sees 'problems' not as located within an individual but as a way of communicating something about the way the individual's systems are functioning. It is a strength based and non-judgmental approach that values all the layers in one's identity. We live in a very individualized society that places high and at times unrealistic expectations on the individual and this sometimes results in people struggling alone with problems that are de-contextualised and are oversimplifying experiences of suffering that most usually are contextual, multilayered and complex in nature. In therapy we identify these important contexts, we identify inter-generational patterns and blueprints that are learnt and are now showing up in our personal lives, the way we do 'coping' and 'functioning' and the way we see and exist within relationships. In therapy we re-author stories we hold about ourselves and our relationships and we create alternative stories that make sense to who people aspire to be, while holding in mind their histories and what is important to them.
I am a psychologist trained in Greece and a UKCP registered Systemic Family and Couples therapist with over 10 years of experience working with families and couples in the UK.
I have worked in social care and the NHS in various psychological services while I am running a private practice. I specialize in psychological trauma and its implications in relationships as well as in perinatal mental health and the changes that couples and families go through during their transition in their new life cycles.
I believe our relationships is a mirror through which we see ourselves and the world around us. I am very passionate in helping people to identify and change the way they show up for themselves and in their relationships in a way that feels authentic enough in order to create change.
I am a creative therapist and I believe that while I hold some expertise in my practice and my specialization, my clients are the experts of their own lives and I always strive to take their lead and create a mutual learning and sharing experience of therapy that can lead to transformation and help people see the multitude of perspectives that exist and can support making informed choices. Sometimes, our problems become too big and we tend to become so involved into our own patterns. Offering alternative lenses can feel liberating and allow space to access the strengths and resources that people have in them but may be hindered by these problems.
I am passionate about social justice practices and therapy as a form of activism.
I also engage with academic teaching and training.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.