The Life Academy - Harris Papachristopoulos
Welcome to my profile.
I am Harris, an Edinburgh Psychotherapist, Psychologist and Philosophical Counsellor that I help individuals and couples overcome difficulties and live better lives. I offer psychotherapy, counselling, life coaching and couples counselling in Edinburgh and online via Skype.
My approach is based on the pluralistic model of psychotherapy. Pluralistic psychotherapy is a collaborative and integrative model of psychological therapy that starts from the assumption that it is unlikely that there is a “one size fits all” psychotherapeutic or counselling approach that is suitable for all clients. As a pluralistic psychotherapist, I use many highly effective methods and techniques from a wide range of psychotherapies. Being able to effectively and coherently select from such a breadth of approaches and methods means that I will be flexible to adapt to your unique needs and able to offer highly creative solutions. I believe that what is unique about my approach is that I am able to create a new form of therapy for every client I work with, allowing me to engage fully with the complexity of your problems and the uniqueness of your aspirations.
Although methods and techniques are important, they can only be effective within the right relationship and environment. That is why I will provide the conditions that foster an empathic, accepting, authentic and trusting relationship between the two of us. A relationship in which you will feel safe to open up and process the painful aspects of your experience and where you will be supported to heal, grow and achieve your full potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
My education has been extensive and pluralistic, as over the years I have aspired to study the majority of the healing and flourishing disciplines and practices.
I have undertaken undergraduate studies in Psychology, post-graduate studies in Autism, Philosophy and a wide range of Psychotherapies such as:
- Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy
- Person-Centred/Experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Somatic Trauma Psychotherapy
- Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Contemplative Psychotherapy (Mindfulness)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
- Comprehensive Resource Model (Trauma & PTSD)
Additionally, I have completed postgraduate studies and achieved certification in Philosophical Counselling, by the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. For me, education is an ongoing endeavour, as I am committed to growing as a healer and facilitator of change by attending continuing professional development seminars and workshops and staying informed about recent developments and research in psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy and contemplative practices
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
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals: My fee is £65 (or the equivalent in US Dollars/Euros) for a 60-minute session. This applies both to face-to-face (local work within Edinburgh and the US) and Skype. I also offer longer sessions, such as two hours, half-day or full day sessions, including ecotherapy sessions in nature.
Couples: My fee for relationship/couples counselling and psychotherapy is £90 per hour for a 60-minute session. Please note that at times during couples counselling, we will meet one-to-one (that is, one person only will attend), for these sessions my normal £65 fee applies.
Concessions: Please note that I do not offer concessions or lower fees. However, I devote a day per week, offering my services on a pro bono/no charge basis to people that are chronically unemployed, students that are in low income and not supported by their parents, and to refugees. If this describes your circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss whether we can still work together (please note that there is always a waiting list for the pro bono consultations)
Options for Payment: Payments can be made by debit and credit cards, online invoicing via PayPal or Square and in cash. Please note that I am able to invoice you in your currency (US Dollars/Euros) so payments do not incur foreign transaction fees.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). My work is deeply grounded in the ethics of care, respect, safety and confidentiality, which is embedded within the code of ethics and conduct of the above organisations. My practice is also insured and regularly supervised as per the requirements of BACP.