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Dr. Fevronia CHRISTODOULIDI

Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Fevronia (aka 'Fenia') is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy on the BSc (Hons) Counselling Programme at the University of East London. She is an accredited practitioner by the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a qualified clinical supervisor for trainees and experienced therapists. 

    Dr Fevronia (Fenia) Christodoulidi completed her undergraduate studies at the School of Philosophy at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and her Postgraduate Professional Counselling Training at the University of Durham (UK). She has also completed an MSc in Research Methods and a PhD in Counselling as a fully funded Scholar of the University of Manchester, UK. Her qualitative, heuristic doctoral study focused on the challenges and opportunities occurring for therapists moving between cultures; topics explored were touching upon the dimensions of personal and professional identity perceptions resulting from such professional migration, their sense of home and belonging, issues related to repatriation and professional mobility, issues around practitioners' bilingualism and biculturalism, the therapeutic relationship dynamics in multicultural counselling and so on.

     Fenia joined the BSc (Hons) Counselling team at UEL in 2013 where she is lecturing as well as preparing future counsellors through the roles of skills tutor, personal tutor, clinical and academic supervisor and personal development group facilitator. Before lecturing at UEL, she has taught counselling at FE colleges as well as at UG and PG level at the University of Salford and The Metanoia Institute. She has collaborated with Prof. Maria Malikiosi-Loizos for the set-up of an MA in Counselling Psychology and Counselling at the University of Athens, where she has worked as External Clinical Supervisor and Examiner. She has a keen interest in the dialogue & research around designing culturally sensitive models for the provision of counselling & psychotherapy training and practice in countries, where it is considered a developing discipline.

    Fenia gained her BACP practitioner accreditation as Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 2005 and has extended practitioner experience in a variety of settings, such as student and staff counselling in FE and HE, staff counselling in the NHS, offering counselling for refugees and asylum seekers, offering play therapy to children and young people, working with women experiencing eating distress, offering group-work to specific client groups as well as working in the charity sector. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision and has been offering individual and group supervision, the latter being one of her roles when training Level 6 counselling students at UEL.

    Fenia is a voracious reader and passionate about innovative developments within counselling and psychotherapy thinking, through the integration of different approaches under a pluralistic framework. She is involved in groups discussing such issues and has contributed in the field through presenting at local as well as international conferences and reviewing numerous books for academic journals. 



    MBACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist

    External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University

    Overview

    I believe that counselling & psychotherapy research informs a practitioner's work with clients in enriching and creative ways. My research so far has focused on several areas, with special focus on the following:

    - Race, Migration and Postmodern Identities

    - Cross-cultural counselling and the use of second language in therapy

    - Enhancing multicultural competence in counselling training programmes & multicultural organisations

    - The role and interplay of spirituality and culture in counselling, psychotherapy, education and pastoral care

    - Existential Counselling & the use of philosophy in therapy

    - The experience of being a foreign/migrant practitioner or an international student

    - The use of expressive media, metaphor and art as agents in learning, counselling practice and supervision

    - Qualitative Research Methodologies (special interest in Auto-ethnography, Heuristic Research & IPA) 


    Collaborators

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    Research

    1. Chapters in edited books:

    Christodoulidi, F. & Lago, C. (2013) Client-Therapist diversity and Relational Depth. In Knox, Murphy, Wigging and Cooper, Eds. Relational Depth: New Perspectives and Developments. Palgrave MacMillan.

    Christodoulidi, F. (2010) Counselling, Spirituality and Culture. In W. West (ed.) Exploring Therapy, Spirituality and Healing. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

    Christodoulidi, F & Lago, C. (2010) Tortoises and Turtles: Pittu Laungani,
    Cultural Transitions and Therapeutic Relationships. In R. Moodley & A. Rai, (Eds.) Building Bridges in East-West Psychology: The Work of Pittu Laungani. Delhi, India: Sage.


    2. Articles:

    Christodoulidi, F., Berdondini, L. & Baskerville, V. (2018) Brexit and the Counsellor: identity shifts, social responsibility and the therapeutic relationship. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy. Volume 18, No 2, p.92-99.  June 2018.

    Christodoulidi, F. & Kostopetrou, P. (2014) The ‘Kakalidis Method’ for Literature Analysis: a Synthesis Approach. Athens Journal of Philology, p.161-172.

    Christodoulidi F. & West, W (2013) Traditional Healing & Modern Therapy. The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy, pp216-223

    Christodoulidi, F. (2013) Spirituality: a way to live, a way to heal. ASPCC: Thresholds (summer issue)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2008) Namaste! Spirituality and Culture meet in Bangalore. ASPCC: Thresholds (spring issue), p. 6-9.


    3. Conference proceedings/presentations:

    Invited addresses (as guest speaker):


    Christodoulidi, F. (2011) Counselling, Spirituality and Culture. A day-school/book launch event at the University of Manchester, School of Education. 28.1.2011

    Christodoulidi, F. (2010) The Practice of Spiritual Healing in Greece: a positive example of approaching health and well-being from a spiritual perspective. Ethnic Health Initiative Conference: Traditional Healers and Mental Health Services, London, UK, 10.10. 2010.

    Christodoulidi, F, Khurana, I., Lago, C. and Watson, V. (2009) The I-We Debate in Person-Centred Theory & Practice. Keynote Address at the BAPCA 20th International Conference, University of Reading, UK, 10-13 September 2009.


    Following accepted abstract submission:


    Christodoulidi, F & Wood, N. (2015) Upholding professional and ethical issues during training at undergraduate level. UEL Professional and Ethical Practice Conference, London, July 2015

    Christodoulidi, F. (2012) Creative Expression in University Group-work as a means of facilitating resilience and attending to the non-academic needs of doctoral students. NCCPR 6th Annual Conference at Newport University.

    Christodoulidi, F. (2011) Chorodromena: attending to the transpersonal dimension through the dancing therapy of the soul. 15th Annual Conference, BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section, Cober Hill, 17th September 2011.

    Christodoulidi, F. (2011) Chorodromena: movement and music as media for an ‘intimate encounter’ with self and others. 5th Annual Counselling Conference, University of Keele, 26th March 2011.

    Christodoulidi, F. & Adam, S. (2010) The Challenges of Researcher Reflexivity: toward academic rigour that entails identity change. London, BACP Research conference, May ’10.

    Christodoulidi, F & Adam, S. (2009) The use of Metaphor, Poetry and Art as agents in the qualitative research process. Student Research Conference, School of Education, University of Manchester, UK (30th June 2009)

    Christodoulidi, F. & Malikiosi-Loizos, M. (2008) Counselling in the Greek Culture. XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany (20-25 July 2008)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2008) A synthesis of Counsellor, Healer and Researcher: an auto-ethnographic account of my cultural influences as a therapist, drawing on personal, professional and research narratives. Building Bridges for Wellness through Counselling and Psychotherapy: An International Conference, Bangalore, India (9-11 January 2008)

    Christodoulidi, F. & Adam, S. (2008) Dr Who? A question of researcher identity in the doctoral PhD research process. Student Research Conference, School of Education, University of Manchester, UK (1st July 2008)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2007) Counsellors moving between cultures: where is ‘home’ and how does this affect our sense of self and practice? Student Research Conference, School of Education, University of Manchester, UK (3 July 2007)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2006) The transition from Counsellor to becoming a Researcher. Presentation at the Counselling Research Group, University of Manchester, UK (25th October 2006)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2006) Cross-cultural Counselling: an exploration of the effect/role of Spirituality & Culture upon Counsellors’ identity and Therapeutic Practice. European Association for Counselling Conference, Panteion University of Athens, Greece, (30 March – 2 April 2006)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2006) Exploring Spirituality & Culture in relation to Counsellors’ identity and Therapeutic Practice. Counselling and Psychology Conference, Moscow School of Social Sciences, Moscow - Russia (14-15 April 06)

    Christodoulidi, F. (2006) Spirituality & Culture in Counselling and Psychotherapy: Practitioners’ perspectives. Presentation at the Counselling Research Group, University of Manchester, UK (17 October 2006)

    Publications

    2005-2006: £15750 MScEdRes Studentship by the University of Manchester, UK 

    2006-2010: £45000 PhD Studentship by the University of Manchester, UK

    Funding




    Interests

    Portfolio

    Person-Centred Counselling (GC4703, Module Leader)

    Clinical Practice & Supervision (GC6701, Module Leader)

    Existential Philosophy & Existential Counselling

    Qualitative Research Methods

    Clinical Supervision

    Core Counselling Skills

    Group-work


    Teaching