|29th November 2020|
About meI was born in Athens. Originally, I trained to be a 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.
I have also worked as a clinical researcher with the Psychology Departments of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Athens in Greece.
Currently I am also the director of studies of the MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute. For a few years I lectured and supervised on the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at Regent's University, the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and the PsychD in Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University and on the PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey. I am part of the training team of Re-Vision, an integrative transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy institute and of CPPD, an integrative humanistic institute. I have, also, been fortunate to have taught or presented in conferences in several countries in the world, which has given me a deeper insight in different cultures and societal rhythms.
My work includes leading the clinical community and outreach projects of Stillpoint Spaces London, an international community of counsellors and psychotherapists with a special focus on in depth psychotherapy outside the consulting room. I have also served 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'.
In an effort to expand my creativity, I have been writing articles and chapters in books and creating interactive performances that connect the personal with the relational, political and spiritual.
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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