My career started in South Africa where I qualified as a social worker and thereafter moved to the UK to continue my studies in psychology. In London I obtained my Practitioner Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in psychodermatology and a diploma in clinical supervision. Over the next 13 years I worked extensively in the NHS, lectured on post-graduate courses at London Metropolitan University and supervised counseling psychology students.
In 2006 I moved to Greece and worked there for the next ten years. In this time I got selected to be part of the first International Schema Therapy Certification Course in New York. I was trained directly by Jeffrey Young and became an Advanced Schema Therapist, Trainer and Supervisor.
Whilst working in Athens I promoted the development of psychological services in various settings. This included providing counseling as part of an EAP program, setting up a psychology service for patients with skin disease in a major dermatology hospital and serving as the President of the Greek Psoriasis Patient Association. To advance Schema Therapy I lectured at the Athens Institute of Research and Behavior, travelled to the UK to provide Schema Therapy Training and worked as a therapist and supervisor in private practice.
In 2016 I moved to California with my husband and young son. Currently I’m doing my internship at Lifespan and I am co-director of the California Schema Therapy Training Program. Therapeutically my interests include helping adults who suffer from chronic personal and relational difficulties; individuals diagnosed on the narcissistic spectrum or impacted by it including partners, siblings and family members. I am also interested in the cultural and relational dynamics in Mediterranean families, and how to heal from deep and often trans-generational wounds.