I was born in Greece and began my journey in embodied practice at the age of nine studying with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in Athens and mentored by international RAD tutor and examiner P. Richards. I started my teaching career as a trainee in 1998 and in the summer of 2002 I was awarded the RAD Teaching Certificate in Ballet with Distinction. In 2005 I graduated from the University of Roehampton with a first class Bachelor’s degree in Dance which included studies in contemporary dance, choreography and dance theory among others. During this time, I tought and choreographed for various dance schools in London as well as Roehampton University as a guest tutor between 2005 and 2006. During my vocational post-graduate training in Dance Movement Psychotherapy I was taught and supervised by leading practitioners in the field including Dr B. Allegranti, Y. Feldman, N. Papadopoulos and G. Harrison among others. During this time I began my clinical practice in mental health, education and the community working with children, adults and older adults of diverse backgrounds and needs. I became a registered practitioner with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK in 2007. I then went on to conduct my Master’s research study on the ‘Phenomenology of Embodiment within Dance Movement Psychotherapy’ which was awarded with Distinction in 2009. During 2010-2011 I developed De Mentis: Silent Stories I, II and III an independent performance study exploring the lived experience of Dementia in collaboration with London-based artists and therapists, performed in venues across the UK. In 2016, I completed my practice-based interdisciplinary PhD research into ‘kinaesthetic empathy’, after receiving a studentship award by the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton (2012-2015). Alongside my interdisciplinary research, I acted as a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Roehampton (MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy and BA Dance Studies). In addition, between 2015 and 2016 I served as a Council Member for the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK offering assistance in the running and governance of this professional organisation and leading the Research Working Group.
I currently practice as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist within adult mental health, and a specialist mother and baby unit in the National Health Service. I also provide independent consultations for different organisations offering specific guidance in embodied interventions and reflective practice. I am also an Associate trainer for Dementia Pathfinders.