|29th April 2016|
About meI was born in Athens. Originally, I trained to be a ballet dancer but injury intervened. I studied psychology, specialising in counselling. After some years working as a psychologist, I moved to London and did an MA in Dance Movement Therapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London (scholar of the Onassis Foundation).
My clinical experience includes work in the NHS (Maudsley Hospital), private therapy centres, care homes, children’s centres, as well as film and acting schools. As a practitioner who is extremely interested in cultural diversity in modern societies, I have been leading workshops for colleagues on how therapists can work with clients from minority backgrounds, whether ethnic, sexual or physical. I have co-founded Open Wings, a community interest company for the promotion of arts therapies in deprived communities and with ethnic minority groups.
I have also worked as a clinical researcher with the Psychology Department of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Athens in Greece.
I am currently a senior lecturer on the MA in Dance Movement psychotherapy at Edge Hill University and visiting lecturer on the PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. I am also the co-ordinator (with Susan Scarth - ‘Moving Forth’) of the CPD training in Dance Movement Psychotherapy in Romania, and have run CPD trainings for the Greek Association for Dance Therapists and for the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK.
I have taught on several psychotherapy and dance movement psychotherapy programmes and have a long term collaboration with Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care, offering courses for university staff on ‘Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation: Assessment & Risk Assessment’ (funded by the James Wentworth- Stanley Memorial Fund).
I also serve on the steering group of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and on the editorial boards of the international journals 'Self and Society' and 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy'.
I am not theoretically rigid and deliberately use a range of models, including the person-centred and psychodynamic approaches. I believe that there is a special kind of 'equality' in the therapy relationship so I am not authoritarian or dogmatic. My focus is on helping clients to develop their interpersonal skills, sense of inner balance, and positive self-image.
Above all, I trust that the human imagination can contribute to working things out when all seems lost. In an era of financial stringency, I believe there is a power in the imagination that can contribute to the management of economic, social and practical problems.
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