Dr Kostas Kouriatis
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), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I am also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.
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, 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. I have experience in working with different therapeutic models (integrative, CBT, ACT, person-centred, psychodynamic and family- systemic) and I have developed an eclectic approach which is tailored to each individual’s unique self and needs. Being an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner, I also make use of EMDR to help people who have had traumatic experiences and have developed distress in the form of PTSD, phobias, anxiety, depression and other difficulties.
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
Training & Qualifications
EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. Completion of the full four-part EMDR Europe Accredited training programme in the theory and practice of EMDR (2016).
Doctor of Psychology. Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD) in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology (2011).
B.Sc. Psychology, first-class honours/Valedictorian (2007).
I currently work in private practice. My clinical experience is diverse, as I have worked in a Community Mental Health Team, a Specialist Psychotherapy Department, a Community Health Psychology Service and a University Counselling Centre. Within the clinical settings I have worked, I have offered integrative, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, 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.
I have also worked as a University Lecturer for the University of East London and Visiting Lecturer for the City University of London.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Therapy is offered on a basis of weekly online video link sessions of 50 minute duration. Fee per session is £80.
Weekday daytimes and evenings
Health Insurance Companies
I work with AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, Bupa, Cigna, WPA and Vitality Health. The session fee for therapy covered by health insurance companies is £90.