Sissy Lykou

Psychotherapist-Embodied Movement Therapist-Supervisor, London UK
  • English
  • Greek
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My Approach

Therapy can help people who face a crisis or difficult long-term emotional problems. But it is also useful for those who would just like to live better lives or make better choices. It needs lots of courage to explore ourselves, looking at past experiences and present feelings, but counsell...

Therapy can help people who face a crisis or difficult long-term emotional problems. But it is also useful for those who would just like to live better lives or make better choices. It needs lots of courage to explore ourselves, looking at past experiences and present feelings, but counselling and psychotherapy can be the first step to solving long-term difficulties. For some people, the aim is to achieve a creative integration of the past with the present. By exploring how your childhood might have contributed to the problems you have to deal with now, you may be better able to understand your present situation and change it. However, some people don't go back into their pasts but work on their issues in the here-and-now. Whichever direction the work takes, as your therapist, I will be there to support you in your exploration and to provide you with a safe, confidential (and stimulating) space for you to actively engage in your personal journey. When words are not enough, and if you like the idea, we can use the movement and the meaning our body provides. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a well-established method of understanding how your mind and your body interact. My work is pluralistic. This means that I am not theoretically rigid and deliberately use a range of approaches to suit the individual client. I believe that there is a special kind of 'equality' in the therapy relationship so I am not authoritarian or dogmatic. My focus is on helping clients to develop their sense of inner balance, interpersonal skills, and positive self-image. The human imagination can contribute to working things out when all seems lost. In an era of financial stringency, I believe there is a power in the imagination that can contribute to the management of economic, social and practical problems. Finally, my range as a therapist and supervisor includes the person-centred, psychodynamic, and expressive arts approaches.

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About Sissy

I was born in Athens. Originally, I trained to be a ballet dancer but injury intervened. I studied psychology, specialising in counselling. After some years working as a psychologist and realising that my practice was more depth oriented, I moved to London to study Dance Movement Psychother...

I was born in Athens. Originally, I trained to be a ballet dancer but injury intervened. I studied psychology, specialising in counselling. After some years working as a psychologist and realising that my practice was more depth oriented, I moved to London to study Dance Movement Psychotherapy (psychoanalytic orientation) and Person-Centred Psychotherapy. My clinical experience started in 2001 and includes work in the NHS (Maudsley Hospital), private therapy centres, care homes, children’s centres, as well as film and acting schools. As a practitioner who is extremely interested in cultural diversity in modern societies, I have been leading workshops for colleagues on how therapists can work with clients from minority backgrounds, whether ethnic, sexual or physical. I have also worked as a clinical researcher with the Psychology Departments of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Athens in Greece. I have been teaching and supervising in several University and Institute based psychotherapy and counselling programmes in the UK and internationally. I serve on the editorial boards of the international journals 'Self and Society' and 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy' and have been contributing chapters to books on relational approaches to movement and the body in psychotherapy. My work is influenced by politics; thus I have served on the steering group of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility.

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Education

* UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK (ADMP): registered psychotherapist, dance movement psychotherapist and supervisor * British Psychological Society (BPS): Graduate Member 

Experience

* Stillpoint Spaces London Community Co-ordinator  *Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent's University London * Visiting Lecturer - University of Roehampton and Surrey, UK * Senior Lecturer and Course Leader - MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Edge Hill University, UK * Supervisor - Re-Vision Integrative Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling Training Institute * Tutor - The Bowlby Centre * Researcher, Psychology Departments, University of Heidelberg, Germany and University of Athens, Greece * Psychotherapist and 'Sparkle Time' project manager in Sure Start Children's Centres, London * Psychotherapist, Acute Psychiatric Unit, Maudsley Hospital, London * Editorial Board Member, 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy' and 'Self and Society' * Author of chapters and papers * Steering Group Member, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility * Steering Group Member, Arts Therapies and Diversity

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