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Ms Christina Kioulafas

Ms Christina Kioulafas

Mobile 0477 547 791
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

Christina Kioulafas

Mobile 0477 547 791

Christina is an accredited counsellor and child psychotherapist. She has over 10 years of experience working with people of all ages and stages of their lives. Her specialisation is working with families toddlers, children and young people around a range of issues. She has a lot of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence and their families and friends impacted by the trauma. Christina believes that each person has the capacity to heal themselves.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 299 Moray Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205 0477 547 791 PHONE 0477 547 791

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Home Visits, Online Video Consultations 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Behavioural Issues, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Burnout, Carer Support, Childhood Issues, Cultural Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Dreams, Dual diagnosis, Emotional Overwhelm, Family / Parenting, Fertility / Pregnancy, Migrant Issues, Postnatal Depression, Psychosomatic, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Social Skills, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Attachment Theory, Developmental, Dream Work, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Sandplay Therapy, Trauma-Informed

    Christinas approach is one of gentle curiosity, she brings kindness and compassion to the work. Getting to know you at your pace. She works toward goals together, no matter how small to help her clients to feel connected to themselves. She believes that the healing in therapy comes from a trusting relationship, that is where she starts her work.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • GradDip Counselling & Psychotherapy - 2015 - Australian College of Applied Psychology
    • GradDip Mental Health Science; Child Psychotherapy - 2018 - Monash University

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    Christina is a PACFA registered Counsellor, She attends regular supervision and attend professional development courses.

    Background

    Christina has a decade of experience working in the non profit sector, supporting families establishing themselves in Australia after experiencing trauma, loss and displacement. She work with schools, GP's and other health professionals to advocate for the client. Her specialty is children and young people who may have behavioural or social issues, learning disabilities, attachment issues or overall poor mental health. She practice a strengths based approach.

    Christina is also a sessional university teacher in the counselling faculty.

    Appointments

    Available for telephone, face to face and online

    Fees

    $120

    Payment Options

    Paypal, EFT, Cash



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    10 Questions with Christina Kioulafas

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I always thought I was a good communicator but I wasn't sure what to do with that skill. I stumbled to counselling and realised that it was about so much more than that. It was about listening, understanding and meeting people where they are at; mentally and emotionally.

      I didn't really know where counselling would take me, thinking back on the last ten years its been an incredible personal and professional journey.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • I believe the psyche can heal itself, meaning with the right support and guidance, we have the capacity to heal ourselves. The client is expert and the therapist is merely there to facilitate growth and healing. My sessions are all about creating emotional safety so the client can be free to openly express themselves and get to the real core of the issue or emotion.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I am interested in bringing unconscious thoughts to the surface, changing ingrained patterns of behaviour, childhood experiences and integration of our past traumas. When we are in a safe therapeutic relationship we have an opportunity to integrate the different parts of ourselves, our brain can create new pathways of understanding that can change our behaviour and thought patterns.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Sandplay, play therapy, grounding, talk therapy. There is no one method that is best, we start with safety and trust, taking it from there. If there is a specific modality that is best for you, I am happy to discuss it.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • It's different for everyone. As a client it is on you to do the work outside the sessions. Notice and reflect on your behaviours and interactions. If you are committed to change you will see progress quite quickly, perhaps after 3-4 sessions. It really depends on the issues. Children tend to move through emotional issues quickly as they are less ingrained. Remember, for adults some patterns and traumas are carried around for decades. It can take some time to make progress, and even then its normal to regress. Therapy can be a lifetime of changes, 10 steps forward and 5 steps back. Even when you think you are past something, it can catch you by surprise and trigger you again, it's about how you manage it.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • It has certainly held a mirror up to me and shown me how to own all the parts of myself, even those I don't like. It has made me a better parent and partner, but I am still learning, Everyday.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • The analysis of the work, when I go to supervision and think about my clients and what they are going through, I actually then hold them in mind outside of the session. I like being the emotional holding place for my clients. It's a privilege to be the person they let into their rich inner world.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Of course! I am human. As a mother of two young children, 'bad har day' has a new sleep deprived meaning.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Disconnection from our true selves.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • I used to work at a Blockbuster Video for 7 years! Hard to choose a film...
      Recent selections include
      Book: Girl, woman, other.
      Show: Handmaids Tale
      Song: Kaytranada - Got it good
      Art: Mattise

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    Ms Christina Kioulafas

    Christina Kioulafas

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

    Feeling stressed and burnt out carrying all the emotional burden for your family? Children and young people face a complex world in 2021. Families need support and connection. It’s too common to feel lonely and tired. It takes a village to raise a child, a solid support network is everything. As a mother and partner I know it can feel like we carry all the responsibility of the family. How can we help our loved ones when we are so burnt out? I love working with women, children, teenagers and partners, to re-connect and address serious issues...

    • South Melbourne
    • Attachment Theory, Developmental, Dream Work, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Psychodynamic, Sandplay Therapy, Trauma-Informed