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Oh, do not ask, “what is it?”
Let us go and make our visit
“Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock (T.S. Eliot 1917)”

About

Born in New York City, to Greek - Cuban parents, I come from a large family with three younger siblings, and have lived in the US, South Africa, Australia, and the UK, before settling down in Athens, with my own family. My background and experiences have shaped my beliefs, philosophy and approach to therapy. Also, I am fully bilingual in both English and Greek.
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Following my interest in working with children, I began my studies at the University of Melbourne in Primary Education, continuing in the UK, firstly at the University of Sheffield where I obtained a BA in Psychology and secondly, at City University, London, where I received an MSc in Organisational Psychology and continued my professional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
My professional career started as an Organisational Psychologist in Human Resources departments of multinational companies, mainly focusing on the assessment and selection and training of candidates, the administration of psychometric tests, the organisation of assessment centres and the Annual Appraisals of employees. I later joined my family’s business, a holistic centre for the mind, body and face, as an Organisational Psychologist. I also supported our employees and clients, on mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, relationship problems, professional issues and body image.

 

Stress, anxiety and depression in teenagers and adults are issues I have focused more on, as these have especially been on the rise in recent years mainly due to the effects of social media and pandemic times.
I have received extensive training as an Organisational Psychologist, in education, theatre play, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Clinical Psychopathology, and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, applying a combination of these and other contemporary methods of psychotherapy.

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Approach

My therapeutic approach

My therapeutic approach is primarily based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, first developed in the 1950’s by Aaron T. Beck, MD, and has since become an extremely effective and widely practiced method of psychotherapy used to treat many disorders such as depression, anxiety, anger, panic, jealousy, guilt, shame and low self-esteem.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is based on the fact that how we think about an event or experience, affects our emotional, behavioural, and physical responses to it. It aims to relieve emotional distress through helping patients recognise and modify distorted patterns of thinking. Thus, patients are taught to identify and understand the connection between their thoughts, moods, behaviours and physical reactions in their everyday life and will learn how to modify them, and eventually adopt new more helpful ways of thinking and behaving.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a cooperative and active method of therapy, where therapist and client work together in order for fundamental changes in the clients’ life to be achieved.

The aim is to help clients continue their therapeutic learning process after formal therapy ends. To become their own therapists and apply what has been learned to their everyday life

 

1 – 2 weekly 50 minute sessions sessions are recommended.

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My philosophy is based, first and foremost on the therapeutic relationship. Establishing trust, creating a warm and safe environment, with an ever present display of empathy. Furthermore, I implement an active and realistic approach, with attainable goals, emphasising strengths, skills, and abilities through encouragement and positive reinforcement, working collaboratively with the patient in order to achieve optimal therapeutic results. The patient has an active role in psychotherapy, thus ensuring that what has been learned can be applied in the future.

Therapy Services

Individual psychotherapy for teenagers (ages 14-19)

Adults

Couples Therapy

On-line psychotherapy sessions (in compliance with the European Association for Psychotherapy)

Sessions may take place in both Greek and English

Reasons for seeking therapy

Mood problems such as depression, anxiety, panic, anger, relationship issues, work-related issues, low self-esteem, work-family balance.  Sometimes we go through events, moments, or situations  and periods in our lives, which are too difficult and overwhelming to handle on our own.

 

Turning to a therapist, who offers support, comfort, warmth, empathy and understanding, without judgment, is a significant step towards self – help and alleviating emotional discomfort and pressure.

What to expect from sessions

  • To be able to handle anxiety and stress more effectively
  • Deal with panic attacks
  • Solve relationship problems
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Become less fearful
  • Grow more confident
  • Identify and change unhelpful thoughts leading to negative emotions and behaviours
  • Develop new, adaptive cognitions allowing for more positive experience of self, others and the world.

 

Contact
stheofanidi@hotmail.com
+306937279956

 

Location
Kifisia Attiki