Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:
- Post-Graduate Qualification in Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – The Bowlby Centre
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling – University of Strathclyde
- Bachelor of Architecture – University of the Witwaterstrand
- UKCP Registered
- MBACP Accredited
My professional experience:
After qualifying and working as an architect I trained as a Person-Centred Counsellor and subsequently as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. I bring almost 15 years of clinical experience arising from a broad range of settings which includes the NHS, the voluntary sector, the private hospital sector, inpatient and outpatient care and my private practice. Furthermore, I set up and managed a pioneering, pilot programme for Age UK, funded by the Department of Health, which offered therapy to older people with Dementia. This was subsequently mainstreamed.
I have worked with clients from across the lifespan with diverse backgrounds and presenting with a broad range of issues which I continue to work with. I have also specialised in eating dsorders having worked at the Eating Disorder Unit at the Priory Hospital for 5 years.
My personal statement:
I believe that a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship in which safety can be fostered, can offer a unique opportunity for genuine support, change and development. Often we can find ourselves stuck in conscious and unconcious patterns of living, resulting from earlier difficulties and traumas.
In my work I aim to offer the opportunity to create such a secure base, in which painful experiences can be thought and spoken about. With awareness comes the choice to change what is preventing us from leading a more fulfilled and happier life. Together with understanding what is painful and difficult, I feel it is important to work with the resilience and resourcefulness present in individuals. I am interested in how early attachment issues have influenced individuals’ lives and how through the therapeutic relational experience, clients can learn a new way of relating.
I work in the here and now, with the difficulties a current problem is presenting, but also through using attachment theory and working psychodynamically I aim for sense to be made of what has happened and ultimately a better understanding of the self. In my work I also include concepts and practices of mindfulness.
The work is collaborative with reviews at regualr intervals in order to assess the efficacy and direction of the work. Aside from a specialisation on eating disorders, I have extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, work stress, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, loss and trauma, bereavement and personality disorders.
Additional information about my reserach, publications and interests:
Patrikiou, A. (2014). Empathy and Earned Security: reciprocal influences, ruptures and shifts in the psychotherapeutic process. In: A. Odgers (Ed.), From Broken Attachments to Earned Security (pp.107-125). London: Karnac Books.