Eleni Gardikiotis - MSc, BA(Hons), registered member of the BACP
- Therapy sessions available to those struggling with issues such as low mood, anxiety, panic, self-harm, low self-esteem, loss, relationship issues etc.
- 20 minute chat prior to initial session (free of charge).
- Both short-term and long-term therapy offered.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Psychodynamic, and Person-Centred based approaches utilised throughout.
- Ages 15+.
- Sessions able to take place at main office, via the telephone, text, or Zoom.
- Fluent in Greek also (for any potential greek speakers seeking therapy).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters (MSc Merit) in Developmental Psychology (2013).
- Bachelors (BA Hons) in Psychology & Counselling (2012).
- Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). Currently working towards full accreditation.
- Member of the BPS (British Psychological Society)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Monday - Sunday, 08:30 - 20:30
I began my career via working alongside children & adolescents in a residential home as a ‘THERAPEUTIC PARENT’, followed by a year in a primary school as a ‘LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT’, assisting them overcome emotional & behavioural challenges.
I later found myself a role as an ‘NHS THERAPIST & CASE MANAGER’ for the 16-19 CAMHS TEAM. I remain extremely grateful for this opportunity, as it was this role that made me realise that mental health is indeed the career path I wish to follow.
I later began employment as a ‘TELEPHONE COUNSELLOR’, supporting adults of all ages seek & remain in employment.
Alongside this, I also worked as a part-time ‘CRISIS WORKER’ for the Staffordshire ‘SARC’ (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), supporting victims of attacks of a sexual nature.
Via the above, I had been working towards gaining the experience & confidence to create my very own counselling practice. I was fortunate enough to make this a reality in February 2019, & have been fully self-employed as of January 2020 (truly a dream come true!)
I am a British-Greek bilingual, having spent the majority of my life in sunny Corfu!
I currently reside in Leighton, with my partner & two dogs (who I love dearly!).
Being a mental health professional & receiving a Crohn’s disease diagnosis in 2016, have made me very passionate about invisible illness awareness (‘not every disability is visible!’).
VIEWS ON THERAPY:
I have been part of hundreds of sessions over the years, as a counsellor & a client. There is no doubt in my mind that talking therapy WORKS!
There is something truly magical about taking the time to truly focus on you, trusting that there is someone there, just for you, to support in guiding you to a healthier place.
For this reason I take pride in being professional, respectful, but most importantly, genuine towards each and every client.