About Me

I was born in Greece in 1975 and always loved teaching, music and dancing. My father had a physical disability; he was affected by Polio when he was a baby and always had difficulties in his posture and walk pattern. He was my inspiration to want to help other people with disabilities because I loved him deeply and unconditionally. He never gave up and worked extremely hard all of his life.

 

I grew up learning what it means to give and not necessarily waiting to get something back, how to be grateful for what you have, and how to get your strength together when things become difficult and life is a big challenge. These are values of resilience, hope and togetherness.

I came to UK in 2002 after getting a scholarship from Athens-Greece and The Institute of Public Scholarships. I am forever grateful to IKY for the opportunity I was given. I would not be who I am today without their financial support.

I completed my MSc in Paediatric OT and started working in the NHS from 2003 until 2018 in various settings: Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Services, Paediatric Community Services and Paediatric Therapies. More recently I worked for the private sector as Head of a Mental health Service and Head of School. I am now the Head of Adult Mental Health Services in Community and Inpatient Services for Barking and Dagenham.

As an experienced Occupational Therapist myself, I have seen the massive impact that Occupational Therapy can have in people's lives of all ages, especially in Mental Health. Occupational Therapy is recognised as the catalyst for recovery and independence that brings together social, medical and psychological theories and models of practice to create a unique approach that sees the person wholistically. 

In Havering OT, a new service offer for all children and young People as well as adults in Havering and surrounding Boroughs, we share the values of resilience, togetherness and hope.

Havering OT is here to support everyone who needs advice, guidance, therapeutic input or professional mentoring. We aim to provide individualised and highly personalised interventions that do not only meet the needs but exceed expectations. We do not offer magic solutions and cannot promise miracles. What we can promise is honesty, co-production, collaboration and engagement in order to empower the individuals to maximise their independence in their daily lives.

Havering OT can support children, young people and adult service users as well as their families and carers who face challenges with mental health issues, learning difficulties and related issues such as:

  • Hand writing difficulties

  • Sensory Processing challenges

  • Fine motor and gross motor skills difficulties

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Challenging behaviour

  • ASD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety 

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Social Skills difficulties

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Chronic Mental Health issues

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Other Issues 
     

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