I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with Over 15 years professional experience working therapeutically on a one-to-one basis, with couples and groups, as well as with families and young adults and children. I have dealt with a wide range and spectrum of problems as diverse as low self-esteem and relationship problems, to cases involving serious mental health issues e.g. schizophrenia, depression, addiction etc.
What does a Counselling Psychologist do?
A Counselling Psychologist is both a Counsellor and a Psychologist. In simple terms, I have an academic/scientific background in psychology, as well as extensive practical experience of counselling people, working therapeutically through their problems. Therefore I have the advantage of having an understanding of peoples’ issues both from an emotional, as well as psychological standpoint.
How do I work?
Firstly, I carry out an assessment, which can last one hour or 90 minutes.
The purpose of this is to gather as much information as possible in order to grasp an understanding of your needs and, consequently, we collaboratively discuss the best way to begin our work together. If, at the end of the assessment, you wish to continue with therapy, I ask you to commit to 6 sessions. Research shows that this is the minimum time needed to make therapy efficacious and to establish a trusting therapeutic relationship.
My background and why I became a Psychologist
I came to the UK in the 80’s to study the performing arts, which led to a successful career in the entertainment industry for many years. However, I suffered a serious back injury, which left me in a wheel-chair and unable to continue with the physical demands of performing. Determined to recover from my condition, I began studying positive psychology and, applying those techniques, I challenged my perception of what I could achieve. The more I read, the more I understood how a positive mental attitude could lead me to overcome my limitations. I worked on that principle and made a full recovery. As a consequence of my new way of looking at my life, I became inspired to want to help others achieve their goals and enrolled on a 10 year journey to become a fully-qualified Chartered Psychologist.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master Diploma in CBT
- BPS Supervision accredited
- Post Graduate Diploma in the Practice of Counselling Psychology
- Msc in Counselling Psychology
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
- Bsc in Psychology
- Systemic Therapy
- The Birmingham Treatment Effectiveness Initiative (BTEI)
- Safeguarding children
- Behavioural Couple Therapy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I worked with families and children within the public sector. I specialise in substance misuse and addiction.
I have been working recently with many cases of work/family stress related issues.
I also work with couples and marital issue such as:
communication issues between couples and family members are very common and my clients benefit from structured work in relation to communication. I also work with anger issues, resentment, and how to survive betrayal and deal with trust within the relationship.
Having carried out research in Post Natal Depression issues, I also work with women and issues with the struggles that mother have during their motherhood.
I am also very experienced in working with mental health issues such as:
Students: £70 for students (daytime only)
Couples: £ 150
Families: £ 200
One off consultation: £150
Supervision £75 or less if shared with others
Payment can me made with cash or card
I am also registered with BUPA, AXA-PPP and Vitality Health and Cigna
daytime and evenings
I worked within the Public sector as the couple and family specialist and in my private practice and dealt with individulas, couples and families.I also specialise in substance misuse and the families affected by substance.
My private practice became very busy so I left the public sector and I am primarily a Private Practitioner.
I am fluent in Italian and Greek as well as English and I have a deep understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity.
Manias, A. & Manyande, A. (2006). Postnatal depression: Is it a cause for concern 2 years post delivery? Primary Health Care Conference. Thames Valley University. p. 12, February.