Dr Zoi Simopoulou
Works as Counsellor/Psychotherapist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.
She is particularly experienced in working with children and young people with a history of traumatic abuse (domestic, emotional, physical); emotional and relational difficulties; existential challenges; learning difficulties; and physical difficulties.
Zoi is fluent in Greek and is happy to work with people who would feel more comfortable speaking in this language.
Zoi's way of workingZoi is a counsellor/psychotherapist and a qualified art therapist who aims to provide a safe space so that children and young people can work with her to freely explore their experiences and their feelings about them. Her practice is informed by a relational approach. Her work focuses on finding new ways of relating through the bond with the therapist, as well as the relationship to the artwork, the materials/toys, and the process of art-making/play. She believes that creative making and play are familiar means that can help the child and young person to express themselves, to make meaning of their experiences, and to have a deeper understanding of their feelings and of their relationships with others.
Zoi's background and trainingZoi has a background working with children, young people and families who have experienced domestic abuse. She has also worked as an academic researcher in counselling and psychotherapy with a focus on children and young people and on creative approaches to exploring mental health and wellbeing.
Zoi has a BA Hons in Philosophy and Pedagogic Psychology from the University of Athens, Greece, an MSc in Art Therapy from Queen Margaret University, and a PhD in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences from the University of Edinburgh. She undertook additional training in Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People (PgDip) at Human Development Scotland, with a focus on psychoanalytic infant observation and reflexive practice.
Zoi is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and she is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).