Christina Patrikakou

Bachelor in Psychology, Diploma in Relationships Counselling

Christina Patrikakou

Ever since I remember myself, I have always been looking at things from a psychological viewpoint and trying to perceive people’s thoughts and behaviour, as well as my own, in such a context. Still, it was not until my undergraduate studies (Bachelor in Psychology – The Open University) that I started to truly develop the ability for psychological engagement and thinking. My undergraduate studies gave me the opportunity to examine a variety of psychological approaches and study the theories of great psychologists such as Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Bandura, Bowlby, and Piaget who have explored and demonstrated the variety and complexity of inclinations, motivations, resistances, inhibitions, ideational associations that motor people’s emotions, behaviour, and practices.

After finishing my undergraduate studies, I decided to continue my studies in Counselling at a postgraduate level with the goal to ultimately become a counsellor. I studied for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (University of Edinburgh) and had the opportunity to explore and practice both the psychodynamic and person-centred approaches to counselling. However, after finishing the Certificate in Counselling (validated by COSCA), my strong belief that clients’ concerns, feelings and behavioural patterns should not be explored in vacuo but rather in conjunction to the clients’ relationships to other people led me apply and study for the Diploma in Relationships Counselling (certified by Edinburgh Napier University and validated by COSCA) – a Diploma which emphasises the fact that humans are social beings, shaped and influenced to a high extent by the people surrounding them.

I am now an integrative counsellor, which means that my counselling combines tools from a number of different therapeutic approaches (e.g. psychodynamic, person-centred, systemic, mindfulness). At the core of my counselling practice lies my belief that every person is unique. Hence, assisted by the integrative approach to counselling, I aim to tailor therapy to the clients’ needs instead of following a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

I work with individuals (adults) and couples online. I offer a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space for my clients to explore their problems, thoughts, and feelings. I specialise in topics such as relationships, anxiety, depression, and abuse.

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