The Holy Journal

Keeping a journal in therapy: a personal treasure, a tedious task, a compulsion, a routine, a…? I try to explain the value of it in my sessions. Some of the arguments towards my clients are: they will be helped to build more on self awareness, they will gain satisfaction from their progress, since the journal...

Song, lyrics and a smiling heart

Thursday the 21st of June 2018. Athens, 21.30 in the night. Listening to “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, while waiting on skype to be examined orally by Robert Kohlenberg. It is the last thing that needs to be done in order to be certified as a trainer in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Filed with...

Falling in love with a stranger

When I started walking the path of Psychology as a student I had several crushes. My first love was absolutely linked to Freud. I was infatuated by his theory, his writings and psychoanalysis in general. I was fantasising of being an analyst myself and stay connected with Freud for all my life. Some years afterwards...

When guilt disappears

Before traveling to a city due to a conference I catch myself feeling anticipation. I look forward to walking around its secret places, to absorbing new knowledge, to interacting with colleagues and to reconnecting with old friends. The 46th EABCT conference in Stockholm seemed very promising. I applied without second thoughts. I was eager to go...

Suffering

“Is it normal to suffer till now?”. Her look invaded in my eyes. She was so hungry for an answer. She kept wondering how it was possible to carry this pain for so many years. She thought that she was the problem. She was certain that other “normal” people don’t feel that way. Nobody had taught...

Knitting words in English

I started the English version of my site and I was excited to share my thoughts to a broader audience. I had already written articles and posts in Greek. The idea was to translate all this material into English. I read again the articles and I began to get disappointed. How would I translate all these...

Stories in Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a field so rich with narratives and stories. I use writing narratives as a clinical tool in my practice and I invite my clients to keep on writing. The synthesis of stories is not only useful in psychotherapy but in trainings as well. I was honored to be invited by Mavis Tsai, PhD, cofounder...

I offer individual therapy and online counseling to adults and adolescents. I apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) and use creativity in therapy. Areas of Expertise: Abuse Anger Management Anxiety disorders (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-OCD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety) Depression Grief & Loss Personal growth, Self-compassion, Self-esteem Personality...

The polka dot skirt: a therapist’s story

“Be careful of your outfit. What you are wearing is not appropriate for a psychologist”. This remark made my polka dot skirt shrink. I was not dressed up in a provocative way. I was dressed in colors. I complied and I changed my wardrobe. Women’s suits, jackets and shirts were my new work wear. Neutrality...

Presenting at the 4th Greek Conference of e-Mental Health

I participated as a presenter at the 4th Greek Conference of e-Mental Health. I chose to present online training groups in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). I shared my experience in the online groups as a trainee and a co trainer. I described the basic principles of FAP, I presented the results of the studies conducted to date and...

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