Anastassis is a Senior Systemic and Family Psychotherapist offering psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families of diverse compositions.
Having lived in Greece, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and being fluent in English, Greek and German, Anastassis is experienced in working with families from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and takes time to connect with the culture and social context relevant to the clients and their presenting difficulties.
Anastassis has extensive experience working with a wide variety of issues, and is a member of several professional organizations. He has a background in Psychology (MSc, Westminster University), Organizational Management (MSc, Imperial College, London) and Communication (BA, University of Athens).
He completed an MSc and a Graduate Certificate (with Distinction) in Systemic & Family Therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at the Maudsley, Kings College London. Additionally, he has completed a further postgraduate qualification in Family Therapy Supervision, Consultation, and Training at the Tavistock Centre in London.
Anastassis’ previous clinical experience included working in inpatient and community based child and adolescent (CAMHS) NHS services, adult and couple outpatient services, sexual health clinics, and third sector organisations.
He currently works at two world-renowned mental health institutions, the Tavistock Centre and the Maudsley Hospital. At the Tavistock Centre Anastassis works as a Highly Specialist Systemic and Family Psychotherapist for a national child and adolescent community mental health service supporting young people and families who present with challenges in relation to the development of their bodies and identity, including sexuality and gender. There he set up and currently leads the first NHS Family Therapy & Consultation Service in London for gender non-conforming, gender diverse and gender questioning young people and families. He has significant experience working with individuals, couples, or families who identify in LGBTQI+ identities from different cultural backgrounds.
Anastassis also works as a Senior Systemic & Family Therapist at a Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Service in a leading London hospital. Having had a strong clinical background in working with young people who present with eating disorders, often anorexia nervosa or bulimia, he is experienced in facilitating individual, family and multi-family therapy sessions and offering psycho-education for all those involved.
In his different roles, Anastassis supervises qualified and training clinicians, facilitates assessment and treatment sessions and trains professionals from several different disciplines across the UK. He enjoys presenting at national and international conferences, is engaged with ongoing research, and is a Visiting Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.
Anastassis is skilled in working with a wide variety of psychological and psychiatric difficulties and is flexible in adapting his approach according to each person or family. His aim is to support individuals and families further develop communication, explore meaning, overcome impasses, and bring about positive changes in their lives.
He has a strong commitment to ethics and diversity, which form the basis of his therapeutic approach and is cautious about mental health diagnoses; he adheres at all times to the AFT and UKCP code of ethics. He pays particular attention to each person’s and family’s difference and how these connect with some of the challenges they face. Anastassis offers a safe, confidential and flexible service and strongly believes that ‘the problem is the problem; the person is not the problem’.
He has experience working with a wide range of presenting issues including
-Relationship, family and couple difficulties, including communication and marital challenges.
-Life cycle transitions, including births, loss and death, separation, migration.
-Eating Disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia or seeking meaning in life whilst recovering from an eating disorder.
-Gender identity development, including trans identities, gender dysphoria or people who discontinue with their gender identity. He has experience working with people with a wide spectrum of gender identities.
-Neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ASD.
-Intense and difficult feelings, such as sadness, anger, depression, anxiety.
-Sexuality / sexual identity and difficulties with family or social circles.
-Experiences of discrimination and bullying.
-Couples where one or more partners have received an HIV diagnosis.
Anastassis works in 60 minute sessions.