Individual counseling and psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, couples, and families. Services offered in English, French and Greek. Short or long term therapy
My therapeutic approach:
My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic: I believe that there is more to a problem than meets the eye; what is explicit in a dysfunctional situation is only the visible part of an iceberg, the rest being unconscious, waiting to be unveiled and worked through. Bearing a personalized approach which addresses the subjective needs and desires of each patient, I strive to help individuals and couples increase awareness of their internal functioning, through an in-depth exploration of their symptoms and behaviors. This exploration operates both on conscious and unconscious levels, helps alleviate psychological suffering and aims to achieve self-knowledge, together with an overall greater sense of well-being. The therapeutic process thus becomes a transformational experience with life-long positive effects.
My areas of interest include:
I am experienced in the treatment of depression and melancholia, loss, bereavement and separation, anxiety and panic attacks, phobias and compulsive behaviors, psychosomatic symptoms, social withdrawal and adaptation issues, etc.
My fields of expertise extend beyond my Doctoral research which dealt with the question of female infertility in cases of failed In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) procedures with egg donation, and cover the issues of femininity, motherhood, fatherhood, parenthood in face of the new reproductive techniques, pregnancy, post-partum, early mother-child attachment and other perinatal issues, contemporary family, gender, sex equality, the forms of contemporary suffering, the effect of medical advancements on subjectivity, etc.
I am a Greek national and I moved to Dubai in 2015, after having lived in France for eight years and in the UK for one year. I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Psychology focusing on Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from the University of Strasbourg in France, another Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex in the UK, specializing in depression and melancholia, and a PhD in Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology from Sorbonne Paris Cité – Paris Diderot University in France, dealing with female infertility and egg donation In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) issues.
I am licensed to practice Psychology in Greece, and the European territory, and have worked as a therapist in private practice in Greece for more than 10 years. I am a Professional Member of the Panhellenic Psychological Association and as such I adhere to their standards, guidelines and ethical principles. I am firmly committed to providing you with the best possible care in a professional and confidential environment. I am also a licensed psychologist by the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai.
In parallel to my clinical work, I have been teaching Psychology in undergraduate and graduate levels since 2011, as a Lecturer at the University Paris Sorbonne Cité – Paris Diderot, as well as American Universities holding campuses in Athens, namely the University of Indianapolis, the State University of New York – Empire State College and the University of Greenwich – UK, in New York College Athens. Currently I am a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Wollongong in Dubai.
If you are interested in finding out more about my work, I have published various articles in international peer-review journals based on my research findings and other topics, among which:
Simoglou, V., Garnault, D., (2015). Grossesses en temps de biomédicalisation : Les « emprunts » au corps de l’autre femme [Pregnancies in times of biomedicalization : « Loans » from another woman’s body]. Cliniques Méditerranéennes, Accepted.
Simoglou, V. (2015). On love and melancholia in Marguerite Duras’s autofiction. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 84(3) 719-744.
Squires, C., Lalanne, C., Murday, N., Simoglou, V. & Vaivre-Douret, L., (2014). The influence of eating disorders on mothers’ sensitivity and adaptation during feeding: A longitudinal observational study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14:274.
Simoglou, V. (2013). De la Grèce en France et au-delà : Quelles ‘politiques’ pour le don d’ovocytes ? [From Greece to France and beyond: What « politics » for egg donation?] Champ psychosomatique, 64, 37-52.
Simoglou, V. (2013). The pain of egg donation. The Open Pain Journal, 7 (Supplement 1: M4), 41-45.
Squires, C., Simoglou, V., (2013). Psychic aspects of the parents’ project to conceive a second child by donor insemination. Fertility and Sterility, 3(100) S417.
Simoglou, V. (2012). Failures in egg-donor IVF or a locus for subjectivity: A review of contemporary literature on female infertility in egg-donor IVF procedures. Recherches en psychanalyse, 13, 60-72.