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Life as an Expatriate

Life as an expatriate can be exciting, but it is not always easy. As an expat myself, I know that being away from your home country and leaving behind your loved ones can prove to be tough emotionally. Trying to adapt and build a new life, a new home for yourself in a new environment, can be a challenging and stressful process that can easily lead to feelings of isolation and stress. Through personal psychotherapy or counselling, however, you can acquire the appropriate skills to help you to feel more empowered, stronger and more confident in dealing with the issues you are facing.

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About Me

I was born and raised in the city of Volos, Greece. I completed my bachelor studies in Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), majoring in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Psychology in 2008. During my undergraduate years, Ι completed my internship at the D’Acute ward of the Psychiatric Hospital of Thessaloniki and I worked as a volunteer with the Greek Association of Alzheimer’s Disease & Associated Disorders of Volos. After getting my degree, I undertook work experience as a volunteer psychologist at the Neurological Department of Athens University (Aiginiteion Hospital).

My degree studies included a period as an exchange student in Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands). As a result of this experience, I decided to follow a Master’s degree in The Netherlands. I completed a Master of Science in Health Psychology in 2011, in Leiden University. Whilst studying for my Master’s, I also did work experience as a coach. Since then, I have worked in The Netherlands, as a freelance psychologist - psychotherapist and a group teacher for primary school children. In  2016 I moved back to Greece and since then I live and work in Athens as a psychotherapist.

 In 2012 I began my training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist trainee at the Nederlandse Stichting Gestalt (NSG) in Amsterdam and I concluded it in Athens at the Gestalt Foundation institute. Gestalt Therapy recognises the human being in a holistic way, giving equal consideration to our body, our thoughts and our emotions. Gestalt Therapy focuses on “the here and now” and examines how we function in contact with our environment and how we can make our experiences more satisfying and fulfilling.


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Services


Personal Psychotherapy

Personal psychotherapy consists of individual (one-to-one) one-hour sessions. These sessions usually take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Personal therapy is aimed at people who seek a new way to deal with their daily life issues and who are motivated to achieve self-growth. The use of Gestalt Therapy can help you to acquire insights and a better self-understanding, to discover your patterns and to make positive changes in your life. Through personal therapy, you can lead a more healthy, responsible and happy life. 


Therapy for the Family

Couples Counselling consists of one-and-a-half-hour sessions. During couple's therapy, both partners participate. These sessions usually take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Couple’s therapy is aimed at couples who face challenges or who just want to improve their relationship and their communication. Gestalt Therapy can help you to understand yourself and your partner better and to develop and maintain a more balanced and healthy relationship.

Parents Counselling consists of 50-minute sessions. In these sessions, one or both parents participate. These sessions usually take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Parental counselling is aimed at parents who find it daunting to overcome the challenges they face with their children and choose to seek professional advice. Parental counselling can help you to better understand your child and the relationship between you. It can also enhance your parental skills and make you feel more efficient and confident as a parent.

Play Therapy consists of individual (one-to-one) one-hour sessions. These sessions usually take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Play therapy is aimed exclusively at children. It is a form of therapy specifically designed for children, which uses play and art in order to help children express themselves in a creative and productive way, whilst having fun at the same time. Parents also have some meetings with the therapist in order to discuss the progress and the process of the child. Gestalt play therapy can help children to gain a better understanding of themselves. Children can learn to better communicate their needs and to become more independent and self-sufficient.


Health Psychology sessions 

Health Psychology Coaching consists of individual (one-to-one) one-hour sessions. These sessions usually take place on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Health Psychology Coaching is aimed at people who face physical issues and who need some help to adapt and cope with these special circumstances as well as to manage their daily life in a better way. Therapy can also help to provide a more positive meaning to life experiences and to give a better understanding of the situation.


Online sessions

Online sessions 

consist of online individual (one-to-one) sessions, conducted via Skype. They can serve people who are not able to attend a personal session (therapy, coaching or counselling), either because of distance or because of health issues. During the online sessions, the code of ethics is applied. The sessions have a specific structure and are initiated by contacting me via phone or e-mail. The online sessions have advantages and disadvantages but are not a complete substitute for face-to-face contact, which is extremely productive during the therapy process.

* Payment is made in advance, by way of a deposit into my personal account. In turn, a guarantee of service is provided by an invoice via e-mail. 

 

 

Contact

To book an appointment, please:

  • Fill in the form or

  • Send an e-mail to electramatsangou@gmail.com

  • Call at 6974549174

 
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