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Bsc Psychology, MBACP

About me

In my role as a therapist I will listen to your story with compassion and help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and others. My goal is to help you find your own solutions – whether that is making effective changes in your life or change the way you view yourself and others and experience relationships. Therapy is a safe and confidential space for you to talk about any issues or concerns you might have.

The first session is an assessment one in which we can talk about the issues that brings you to therapy, what are your expectations and goals from therapy and how we can work together. In the sessions afterwards we can further explore any issues affecting your life and help you find a way to move forward. In my practice, I follow an integrative approach which means I use different approaches depending on individual needs, including a person-centred approach, cognitive behavioural therapy, self-compassionate approach and systemic therapy.

The issues discussed in the sessions are not predetermined, they emerge depending on your difficulties at the moment and what is important for you. The goal is for you to find effective ways of coping with your difficulties in the here and now by becoming more aware of repetitive patterns of interpretation and behaviour, which can impact the view that you hold for yourself and others, the quality you experience in your interpersonal relationships (friendly, romantic, professional) and the feeling of satisfaction for your everyday life. Sessions at times might focus on helping you to discover how difficulties and experiences from the past still affect the here and now and to learn new methods and skills in order to deal with these difficulties.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • BSc Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University
  • MSc Children and Young People Mental Health and Psychological Practice, University of Edinburgh
  • COSCA Validated Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork, A Cognitive Behavioural Approach
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

During the early years of my career, I supported children and young people’s personal development and wellbeing in a variety of settings by combining my education and my love for the theatre and the creative arts, working as a theatrical games group facilitator in nurseries, summer camps and a charity for Roma children. I have also gained an invaluable experience working as a trainee counsellor in schools providing interventions against bullying and as a therapeutic support worker for teenagers addicted to drugs in a Centre of Therapy for Addicted People.

As a person I am always looking to develop both professionally and personally which is the reason I applied to the Centre of Therapy and counselling Studies and completed a two-year professional diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. During my time on this course, I gained a rich knowledge of tools and developed skills on how to support other people in their exploration of themselves and journey to make changes in their lives. This diploma was invaluable in helping me gain a better understanding of my own thought and emotional patterns which has allowed me to grow as a Psychotherapist.

During my diploma and until I entered to private practice, I provided one to one therapy sessions to individuals experiencing anxiety and low mood and I developed and co-facilitated specialised workshops to psycho-educate and empower individuals on the topics of depression and challenging negative thinking at the Centre of Therapy, The Health Agency and the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

For the last few years, I have been offering one to one therapy sessions for people experiencing a variety of difficulties including, anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety and agoraphobia, low mood, depression, trauma, low self-esteem and negative thinking, relationship issues and anger management.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

When I work

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I am currently offering appointments on Mondays 3pm to 8pm, on Wednesdays 10am to 8pm and on Fridays 10am to 8pm   

Further information

During this period most people prefer to have sessions online, however I also offer face to face sessions if this is something you prefer or need. You might have never contacted a therapist before or you might already have experiences of previous counselling in a variety of settings. Whatever your experience, making a first contact with a therapist can be hard and I respect the courage it takes to make this first step. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have!

I am registered and I adhere to ethical frameworks set out by BACP. I attend regular supervision and Continued Professional Development courses to inform my practice.

20 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Additional languages

Greek

Online platforms

Doxy
Whatsapp
Zoom