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Chrissa Georgiades

Chrissa Georgiades

Founder
SOPHROSYNA Institute of Perinatal Mental Health
Greece

Biography

Chrissa Georgiades, MSc is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years experience in child, adolescent and family mental health. In 2014, she founded SOPHROSYNA Institute of Perinatal Mental Health- an infant-maternal mental health service following the stillbirth of her daughter Sophronia on May 9, 2012. The service is non-fee based. SOPHROSYNA promotes infant-maternal mental health through workshops, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, training and research, working alongside local community health services in areas that have limited access to infant-maternal mental health services (for example the Cycladic region in Greece). During 2017-2018, SOPHROSYNA has serviced the island communities of Tinos and Andros, providing workshops on the prevention of maternal depression, perinatal anxiety disorders, pregnancy loss, new fathers group and psychotherapeutic postnatal depression groups. Over 125 women and men have attended our service. In addition, in February 2018, SOPHROSYNA offered the first training on Best Practices in Infant-Maternal Mental Health in Tinos for non-psychology professionals. Prior to founding SOPHROSYNA, Mrs Georgiades acquired extensive experience in the early diagnostic and prevention of emotional and behavioural issues with children, adolescents and families through her engagements with social services (specifically Young Offenders) in the UK. In addition, she has experience as a research psychologist at the Section of Family Therapy’s Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Kings College London and as a Seminar Leader, taught undergraduate psychology and research methodology at Birkbeck College University of London. Mrs Georgiades is a postgraduate of the University of London -University College London (2006) and the Open University of the UK (2002) as well as a graduate of the University of Queensland (1997) and James Cook University of Australia (1993). She was a reviewer of the Journal of Social Psychology for several years and has had her postgraduate work published in respective journals of psychology. She has engaged in internationally accredited workshops and training in perinatal mental health. Her research interests are in infant development, specifically attachment and the formation of experiences during infancy. In 2014, she received her licence to practice in Greece (Ἀρθ. 14796/234-21.01.2014), where she resides with her husband and three children.

Research Interest

SOPHROSYNA promotes infant-maternal mental health through workshops, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, training and research, working alongside local community health services in areas that have limited access to infant-maternal mental health services (for example the Cycladic region in Greece).