Individual counseling and psychotherapy for adults and adolescents (15+), couples’ therapy, family therapy. I also offer perinatal and infertility counseling and psychotherapy. Services offered in French, English and Greek. .
My therapeutic approach:
Major life events, relationship challenges, marital conflict, family transitions, childbirth, work issues, losses, relocations… Throughout our lives we stumble across challenges that make life journey difficult, but also worth living. When you feel that you can no longer cope with hardship as you used to be able to, or when you cannot find ways to see yourself through a situation, maybe the time has come for you to seek counseling and therapy. The way I approach therapy is psychodynamic: I believe that there is more to a problem than meets the eye; what you are currently going through is actually the tip of an iceberg. In our work together, we will explore your current situation, but we will also focus on the rest of the iceberg, the part of it that seems unaccessible. This way we will be able to identify and work through the underlying causes of what brought you into therapy. I often relate to my work as “opening up a closet”, where everything you had ever experienced was tossed inside, and because it was shut, you thought you couldn’t be affected by it anymore. Therapy will consist of opening up the closet, looking inside, understanding and tidying up. As tasking as it may be to “open up the closet”, you can know that you will not be alone; I will be with you all the way – with a promise: that at the end of this exploration awaits self-knowledge, which is the only sustainable pathway for self-acceptance, healing and the ability to change and move on, peacefully and creatively.
My areas of interest include:
- Depression, grief and loss
- Family and couple dynamics, separation and divorce
- Infertility counseling, psychological support during IVF
- Pregnancy and post-partum challenges, perinatal loss
- Transition into motherhood and fatherhood, attachment difficulties
- Management of psychosomatic symptoms
- Social withdrawal, isolation
- Work-related issues
- Adjustment to life-changing events
- Challenges associated with expatriation
- Stress, anxiety and phobias
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 completed all my studies in Psychology in France: I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Strasbourg and a PhD in Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology from Sorbonne Paris Cité – Paris Diderot University in Paris. I also hold another Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex in the UK. I am a licensed psychologist in Greece and the European territory, and in Dubai by the Community Development Authority (License number: CDA-PL-0001064). I have been working as a therapist in private practice for more than fourteen years. I am a Professional Member of the Panhellenic Psychological Association and as such, I adhere to the standards, guidelines and ethical principles set out by it. I am firmly committed to providing you with the best possible care, in a professional and confidential environment.
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, but also the University of Indianapolis Athens Campus, the State University of New York – Empire State College and the University of Greenwich – UK, in New York College Athens. In Dubai, I was a Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, and currently I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Zayed University.
I have published various articles in international peer-review journals based on my research findings and on other topics. You can find out more about them on my personal website: www.vsimoglou.com