About Me

sissy lykou
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Embodied Movement Psychotherapy and Supervision in North London, Islington

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26th January 2022 
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North London, Islington

Close to:
Finsbury Park
Highbury & Angel
King’s Cross

Tel: 07944 878003
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About me

I 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.

After many years in academia, I have now chosen to work as an independent academic which has led me into some very rich teaching, researching and writing experiences. My academic roles include programme leadership of the MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute and the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Edge Hill University. For several 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, the PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey and was, also, part of the training team of Re-Vision, an integrative transpersonal counselling psychotherapy institute. I continue my long-term collaboration with 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 experience includes the leadership of the clinical community and of outreach projects at 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, on the editorial boards of the international journals 'Self and Society' and 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy' and have been a book reviewer for major academic publishers.

In an effort to expand my creativity and continue my learning in an organic and congruent way, I have been writing articles, book chapters and creating interactive performances that connect the personal with the relational, political and spiritual. I recently co-edited the book 'Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies: When Words are not Enough' and I am in the process of writing a book on the fundamentals of therapy in general (both published by Routledge).