Dr Kostas Kouriatis (HPC reg., CPsychol., MBACP)

Dr Kostas Kouriatis (HPC reg., CPsychol., MBACP)

9 Coldbath Square
London
EC1R 5HL

07568363738

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9 Coldbath Square
London
EC1R 5HL

07568363738

About me

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 a member 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, abuse, 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. Having experience in working with different therapeutic models (integrative, CBT, ACT, person-centred, psychodynamic, and family-systemic), I have developed an eclectic approach which is tailored to each individual’s unique self and needs.

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

Qualifications

  • Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology
  • B.Sc. (first-class honours/Valedictorian) in Psychology

Experience

I currently work as a lecturer at University of East London and in private practice. My clinical experience is diverse, as I have worked for 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 in, I have offered integrative, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), 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.

Publications

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BPS
BACP
HCPC

Fees

Sessions last for 50 minutes. Fee per session is £90.
(Discounts for trainees available).

Further information

Insurance Companies I work with
AXA PPP Healthcare
Aviva
WPA
PruHealth

Maps & Directions

London, EC1R 5HL

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Greek

Availability

Weekday daytimes Weekday evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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