Our Team

MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS

Chrissa Georgiades, MSc LP Psychologist and Founder                                               goldencoast-200908-p

Chrissa Georgiades is a trained psychologist. In 2014, she founded SOPHROSYNA, an infant-maternal mental health service following the stillbirth of her daughter Sophronia on May 9, 2012.

SOPHROSYNA promotes attachment and infant-maternal mental health through early intervention / prevention workshops and psycho-education. Our services include screening for mood and anxiety disorders, assessment and management using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. Our staff offer their expertise free of charge in memory of Sophronia.

Prior to SOPHROSYNA, Chrissa acquired extensive experience in the early diagnostic and prevention of emotional and behavioural issues with children, adolescents and families through her engagements with social services in the UK.  In addition, she has experience as a research psychologist at the Section of Family Therapy’s Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Kings College London and taught undergraduate psychology and research methodology at Birkbeck College University of London.

Chrissa is a postgraduate of the University of London -University College London (2006) and the Open University of the UK (2002) as well as a graduate of the University of Queensland (1997) and James Cook University of Australia (1993). She was a reviewer of the Journal of Social Psychology for several years and has had her postgraduate work published in respective journals of psychology. She has engaged in internationally accredited workshops and training in perinatal mental health. Her research interests are in infant development specifically attachment and the formation of experiences during infancy. Chrissa supports Attachment Parenting, natural childbirth and nursing.

In 2014, she received her licence to practice in Greece (Ἀρθ. 14796/234-21.01.2014), where she resides with her husband and three children.


Joanna Lamprinopoulou, Consultant specialising in positive mental health and emotional well-being of children & adolescents.

Joanna Lamprinopoulou is a psychologist and psychotherapist with several years experience in early diagnostic and prevention of emotional and behavioural psychological disorders amongst children and adolescents. Her clinical interests at present are centred on effective and efficient treatment outcomes on children’s anxiety disorders and the ability of parental cooperation on these disorders. In addition, she engages in the treatment of anxiety disorders, body weight management and supports couples who are faced with infertility and adoption challenges. Joanna has worked within a host of public services in Great Britain, such as, education, social services and the NHS. At present Joanna is employed by the NHS in the Early Intervention and Social Psychology service in London, offering direct couselling to families, children and young people (individual, family or group). As well as that, Joanna takes part in regular counselling and educational training of other professionals-such as, teachers, social workers and medical doctors-regarding psychological aspects of raising children.

Joanna is the clinical director of SOPHROSYNA overseeing all treatment programs.


Chrysi Kariotoglou, Psychologist-Psychotherapist, external consultant

Chrysi Kariotoglou is a psychologist, psychodynamic-psychotherapist and addictions counsellor. She graduated from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and Oxford University. She received training from the Hellenic Group Analysis and Family Therapy. During 2001-2011, Chrysi has worked in the Centre of Addictions. Alongside her addictions work, she held a private practice offering individual and group psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Athens (2006-2010) and in the regional city of Agrinio  (2009-2011). Since 2013, she is employed as a group psychodynamic psychotherapist at East London NHS Foundation Trust. Recently she has developed an interest in the Existential Psychotherapy-Speech Therapy of V.Frankl as well as Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT). 


COMMUNITY SUPPORT TEAM

Emmaouela Santamouri, Mother-Infant Creative Play Co-Ordinator

Emmaouela Santamouri is a qualified Infant and Child Carer. She is a graduate of the 3 year program at the Childcare School Andrea Sygrou and is an Animateur graduate from ANIMA, IEK Sotiropoulou.

Mrs Santamouri has managed the care of newborns, infants, toddlers and children at the day care centre “EIRINI” in Tinos between 1999 and August 2018. She has been an active member of the theatrical group “Theatropeio” in Tinos, participating in children’s productions whilst motivating children’s engagement in drama and theatre.  She has participated in a range of psychoeducational seminars on infant and maternal attachment as well as the emotional development of children. In addition, Mrs Santamouri has completed the intensive training course on Infant-Maternal Mental Health offered by SOPHROSYNA in Tinos 2018.

For SOPHROSYNA Mrs Santamouri offers her extensive experience in creative engagement and socio-emotional development of children 0-3 years. As Co-Ordinator of Creative Play, she is responsible for infant-maternal support groups using play (i.e. drama, arts & crafts) for awareness and promotion of mother-infant attachment.

Her voluntary work ethic in infant mental development compliments the commitment of SOPHROSYNA to local communities in Tinos.