Since I was a teenager, I was curious about emotions and behaviour and their impact on our relationships. This curiosity later became my motive to study Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. Following the completion of my BSc in Psychology, I continued my studies and obtained a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. My research thesis was on anorexia nervosa. My special interest in eating disorders led me to obtain a Masters Practitioner degree in Eating Disorders from the National Centre for Eating Disorders in London (approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and British Psychological Society). I am a licenced Counselling Psychologist (registration number 241) and a member of the Cyprus Psychologists Association and of the British Psychological Society.
My working experience includes working with various client groups in inpatient and outpatient settings. As part of my studies in Thessaloniki, I worked as a trainee psychologist at the Open psychosocial Support Program for Addicts and their families. Additionally, I was a volunteer at a Self-help promoting program where my duties were to help people with disabilities to learn how to support themselves by learning basic skills and knowledge. In Scotland, I have worked as a supervised Counselling Psychologist at the National Health Service (NHS), at National Schizophrenia Fellowship, and at University of Glasgow. Also, as part of my training, I worked at Priory hospital in Glasgow at the Eating Disorders Department as a group co-leader to people with anorexia nervosa. In all these settings, I provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment. In addition, I worked with individuals (teenagers and adults) and couples dealing with a variety of issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship and identity issues and eating disorders.
Since 2013, I am employed by the University of Nicosia as a Clinical Supervisor of the MSc students of Clinical Psychology. At the same time, I was a lecturer at the Department of Psychology and also an associate Counselling Psychologist at the Centre for Therapy and Research (KESY) in Nicosia. Recently, I was appointed as a Practicum Coordinator of the MSc Counselling Psychology Program at University of Nicosia.
I hold a pluralistic perspective towards my practice and I believe that every person is unique and needs to be accepted as an individual and not a label or diagnosis. My approach is integrative, a combination of humanistic/experiential therapies and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Finally, I tailor my approach in order to meet the clients’ needs and requirements using an open and collaborative way of working.