Psychologist - Psychotherapist
Maria Karantoni is a psychologist and psychotherapist. She works with children and adults. She specializes in the field of educational psychology; she is trained to provide full educational, psychometric and psychological assessment and works with children and adolescents providing psychoeducational support. She is also a trained psychotherapist, her area of expertise is systemic therapy (*) and she works with adults either on an individual basis or in family or couple therapy.
She is a native English speaker. She has studied in both Greece and England. She holds a BA (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Crete, Greece and a MEd in Educational Psychology from the University of Manchester, UK. She has trained as a systemic therapist at two major institutions in Athens: the Athens Psychiatric Hospital and the Hellenic University Institute for Mental Health. She is registered with the Greek Psychological Society (www.seps.gr) and the European Family Therapy Association (www.efta.com).
Since 1998, she has worked at schools and private and public mental health services. She has been teaching, assessing and supporting children with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties and their families. She has also taught IB psychology. She currently works at a Child Psychiatric Unit; she also has a private practice.
(*) Systemic therapy focuses on the systemic context rather than the isolated behavior or individual that is regarded as problematic. The goal is to move therapeutic conversation from problem talk to solution talk, in order to disrupt the vicious circles of problem behavior. Virtuous circles of behavior are encouraged that are healthy to the individual, the family, and relevant social settings.