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Online Psychotherapist
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Irene Bakopoulou
BSc, MA, Cert.

25+

Years of experience in mental health

10+

Years of experience in online psychotherapy

25+

Years of continued psychotherapy training

Irene Bakopoulou online psychoanalytic psychotherapist
Painter Natalia Thomaidi, "The Internal"

“The Internal”, painting by Greek artist Natalia Thomaidi, presented on this website with her express permission.

Welcome

I am a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a licensed psychologist in Greece. I provide psychotherapy online from my office in the city of Thessaloniki.

My basic training is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Over the last 8 years I have also been using tools from other types of therapeutic models such as Relational Life Therapy (RLT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and some theoretical principles of parts work, specifically Internal Family Systems (IFS). I use these tools where appropriate as I find that they enrich my work and are helpful to my clients.

I am a fluent English speaker, as I have lived and worked in the United Kingdom for 14 years. I enjoy working with a diverse range of people of various nationalities and cultures, residing in many parts of the world. In this website you will find information on psychoanalytic psychotherapy, how I work online, and where I stand on issues around psychology and psychotherapy.

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For development & self-awareness

I want to better understand my self.
To discover my strengths and weaknesses.
To better understand how the way I was raised informs my behaviour today and affects how I relate to others in the here and now.
To get to grips with why some situations and particular behaviours upset me and trigger defences that make life harder for me and those around me.
To find better, more adaptive ways of dealing with the challenges of relationships and life.

Why

come to

psychotherapy?

I have anxiety and/or depression

Life has become very hard and I struggle most of the time.
I don't want to do anything, my work, my relationship, my family, everything gives me anxiety.
I struggle to find meaning and enjoyment in life.
I want to stop feelings like I'm chocking and drowning.
I want to stop feeling shame and guilt.

I have a harsh inner critic

It's like a voice in my head that constantly tells me I'm doing things wrong, that I come lacking, that I should just quit.
I take care of everyone and nobody seems to want to take care of me.
I try so hard but nobody seems to appreciate me.
I often judge me and I often feel that others judge me too.
I often judge others myself and I get angry with them.
Negative thoughts are a daily part of my life.

I am or have been in an abusive relationship

I want to understand what abuse is, how to spot it, what to do about it and how it affects or has affected me in the way that I perceive the world around me.
I want to find a way to change things.
I want to leave my partner/spouse but I can't.
I can't talk to anybody about the abuse; I'm always hiding it from people around me.
I want to stop feeling like "I'm crazy" or "losing my mind".
My partner/parent/friend/boss is a narcissist and I don't know how best to deal with the situation.

I want to enjoy satisfying, reciprocal relationships

I want to be able to communicate more effectively and respond more appropriately in my relationships.
I want to speak and be heard.
I want to know what I need and how to ask for it.
I want to not be one foot in and one foot out of the relationship.
I want to not be so afraid of commitment or abandonment.
I want to learn to fight better.
I want to learn to listen better.
I want to learn to love better.

Why come to online psychotherapy

Access therapy from anywhere in the world

With online psychotherapy you can access psychoanalytic psychotherapy from any location in the world, so long as you have a good and steady internet connection of at least 20 Mbps.

From the comfort of your own home

Take your psychotherapeutic journey in the comfort and safety of your own home or office, giving yourself the space you need to process your session afterwards, without being exposed to the stresses of a bus, train or car ride on the way home.

Online psychotherapy with video and audio

Therapy is offered only through Zoom so you can see and hear your therapist. In my experience of working online, I have found that in order to create a meaningful and working therapeutic relationship, it’s essential for us to be able to see and hear each other, to have a face and a voice. Hence, no chat sessions are offered.

Talk to an experienced online therapist

I am a licensed psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with years of experience in providing therapy, both face to face in my office and online via Zoom.

Psychotherapy online for expats

Having lived abroad for many years, I have experience with other cultures and can relate to the challenges you might be faced with when moving and living abroad, regardless of where you are from. As I am a native Greek speaker, I also provide psychotherapy for Greek expats.

Easy payment

Payment can be made through Paypal with a few clicks or via bank transfer.

Artist Natalia Thomaidi "The In and the out"

“The In and The Out”, painting by Greek artist Natalia Thomaidi, presented on this website with her express permission.

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