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Phodios Matheou is a Psychology graduate and trainee Counselling Psychologist, currently in the third year of his professional doctorate (DPsych) at City University London, with a graduate certificate in counselling skills. He has experience providing both short and long-term therapy in several settings, including bereavement care and community services. In addition to providing therapy at Private Therapy Clinic he also applies Cognitive-Analytic Therapy within the NHS. Phodios practices according to humanistic principles, where a positive, trusting, empathetic therapeutic relationship is considered the cornerstone of transformation and change. This approach respects the client’s individuality, allowing for tailored treatment specific to their needs.
As a counselling psychologist, Phodios uses Cognitive-Behavioural techniques with Person-Centred Therapy enabling the client to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a non-judgemental environment. Psychodynamic therapy can also be integrated with these modalities when assessing the impact of early experiences on current issues. Through becoming aware of and re-structuring the patterns of thinking underlying difficulties, positive change can be facilitated. He also draws on techniques within Compassion-Focussed Therapy such as mindfulness meditation to assist clients in their growth, where a renewed, equanimous relationship with the mind can be developed. Phodios has worked with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, low-self-esteem and social anxiety in addition to helping clients through life challenges or transitionary stages.
Phodios is conducting doctoral research into the use of virtual reality (VR) in therapy. Working with Limbix, who collaborate with Harvard University, the use of VR in the treatment of social anxiety will be assessed. VR is a novel, cutting-edge approach and has great promise as a therapeutic tool; his research is seeking to further its potential. Further, Phodios is interested in the use of VR headsets to treat several phobias, including fear of flying and public speaking.