Dr Kostas Kouriatis (HCPC reg., CPsychol., MBACP)
The Elysia Therapeutic Centre
52 Bowling Green Road
10A Station Road
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with experience in working with people presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties in different specialised services. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner psychologist and the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Division of Counselling Psychology as a chartered psychologist. I am also register with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Concerns and difficulties that therapy might help me with
Life often presents us with challenges and each one of us develops their own ways of dealing with adversities. Sometimes, however, we might feel ‘lost’, confused, incongruent with how we would like to be, how we would like to relate with others and engage with life. Our difficulties may present themselves in different forms and we often use words such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, panic, phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, eating disorder, personality disorder, relationship difficulties, sexuality concerns, grief and loss to describe our experience.
When feeling vulnerable and uncertain of how to go about with the challenges you are faced with the need for support is greater. Therapy is a process through which people are helped to develop their self-awareness and make use of their unique selves and inner wisdom to overcome their difficulties and engage with life in a way that they find most meaningful. Vital in this therapeutic journey, is the presence of an empathic, attentive therapist who can help you improve your wellbeing and realise your full potential.
Philosophy and therapeutic approach
I see therapy as a journey that can foster your awareness, help you tackle your difficulties and make choices towards living a personally fulfilling life. I have experience in working with different therapeutic models (integrative, CBT, ACT, person-centred, psychodynamic and family- systemic) and I have developed an eclectic approach which is tailored to each individual’s unique self and needs. I have also been trained in EMDR, which is a specialised therapy for people who have had traumatic experiences and have developed distress in the form of PTSD, phobias, anxiety, depression and other difficulties.
In every therapeutic endeavour I undertake, the therapist-client relationship plays a protagonist role. Research and my clinical work have shown, time and again, that the most important factor in effective therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Having said that, I believe in the primacy of an attentive, genuine, and empathic therapist who provides a non-judgmental and confidential environment in the service of your personal growth and wellbeing.
The first session
Starting therapy can be daunting especially if it is not clear what to expect. The first session will provide us with the opportunity to collaboratively explore what brings you to therapy and how your needs can be best met. We will have an open conversation about what type of therapy would be more helpful for you and may mutually agree to work together.
‘Short-term’ or ‘long-term’ therapy?
The time format of therapy depends on the particular set of difficulties you are facing and your individual needs. The duration of therapy is discussed during the first meetings and maybe reviewed at other times throughout therapy. Whatever the format is, therapy is about promoting your independence so that you can act autonomously and make informed choices in the service of your wellbeing and what you find most important.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training & Qualifications
- Certificate of completion of the full four-part EMDR Europe Accredited training programme in the theory and practice of EMDR
Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology
- B.Sc. (first-class honours/Valedictorian) in Psychology
I currently work in private practice. My clinical experience is diverse, as I have worked in a Community Mental Health Team, a Specialist Psychotherapy Department, a Community Health Psychology Service, a Psychiatric and General Hospital, and a University Counselling Centre. Within the clinical settings I have worked, I have offered integrative, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, person-centred, psychodynamic, and family-systemic therapy within different session frameworks (short-term and long-term). I have provided my services to people with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties, as well as to individuals who have wanted to engage in therapy to promote their personal development.
I have also worked as a University Lecturer for the University of East London and Visiting Lecturer for the City University of London.
Kouriatis, K., & Brown, D. (2011). Therapists’ bereavement and loss experiences. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16, 205-228.
Kouriatis, K., & Brown, D. (2013-2014). Therapists’ experience of loss: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 68 (2), 89-109.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Therapy is offered on a basis of weekly sessions of 50 minute duration. Fee per session is £70 at my private practice in Harborne, Birmingham and £60 at my private practice in Stourbridge. On-line video therapy (via an application like Skype) is offered at £60 per session. Session fees should be paid at the end of the sessions. I am able to accept cash, cheque and payment by bank transfer.
Health Insurance Companies
I work with AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, WPA and Vitality Health. The session fee for therapy covered by health insurance companies is £90.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday daytimes and evenings
Types of client