Academic Staff

Sofia Balamoutsou,
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Sophia after the completion of her undergraduate studies in Greece moved to Britain, where she worked for over ten years as a psychology professor at the Universities of Keele, Wolverhampton and Chester.
As an academic she has taught a wide range of counselling and psychology topics. She has worked for the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain as a psychologist. She is an active member of the British Association of Psychologists and she recently received the honored title, Associate Fellow (BPS). She is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), while she is also a member of United Kingdom Register of Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKRC) and a member of Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Sophia returned in Greece in 2006 and she taught at the Minoan International College until 2010. She is a therapist and a supervisor. Her research interests are in: qualitative research, narrative therapies in psychotherapy, metaphoric language in communication, social constructionism, supervision and training in counselling and psychotherapy.  
Since 2007 she is occupied with the development of the Postgraduate of Person-Centered Counselling and Psychotherapy at ICPS, while since 2012 she is responsible for the qualitative research in the Counselling Department of the College. 
Recent Publications
Triliva, S. Fragkiadaki, E. Balamoutsou, S. (2013) Forging partnerships for mental health: the case of a prefecture in crisis ravaged Greece. European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, European Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, October  
Fragkiadaki, E. Triliva, S. Balamoutsou, S. Prokopiou, A. (2013). The path towards a professional identity: An IPA study of Greek family therapy trainees. Counselling Psychotherapy Research,  February 
Balamoutsou, S. (2011) Developing a Research Culture: A challenge for person-centred counselling and psychotherapy. Στο Κολλέγιο Ανθρωπιστικών Επιστημών - ICPS (Επιμ.), Προσωποκεντρική Συμβουλευτική και Ψυχοθεραπεία Σήμερα: Διαδρομή και Προκλήσεις. Πήλιο: Κοντύλι.
Dunnett, A., Cooper, M., Wheeler, S., Balamoutsou, S., Wilson, C., Hill, A. Randall, S. Owen-Pugh, V. and Nowell-Smith, R. (2007). Towards Regulation: The standards, benchmarks and training for Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP, Lutterworth.
Wheeler, S, Balamoutsou, S. & Thomas, M. (2006). Core competencies in Counselling and Psychotherapy. BACP: Lutterworth.

Teacher Skills

Research Methodology
Qualitative Research
Person-Centred Counselling

Education & Training

  • 2003
    Ph.D. in Counselling
    Keele University, UK
  • 2004-2005
    Ceritifcate in Learning and Teaching in the Greater Field of Higher Education
    University College Chester, UK
  • 1992-1993
    M.A. in Counselling
    Keele University, UK
  • 1987-1992
    B.A. in Psychology
    American College of Greece (Deree)
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