South Melbourne

  • Christina K

    Couples Therapist Melbourne

    BASocialSc, GradDipCouns, GradDipMentHlthSc

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • South Melbourne, VIC
    About Christina K

    Christina Kioulafas is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. She specialises in both individual and family counselling. She has a keen interest in couples work as it encompasses the core of the family and involves people at various stages of their lives. Relationships are in constant transition as couples grow in different directions, weathering the storms of life. Christina has extensive experience working with trauma and how that impacts relationships and mental health.

    Christina believes couple’s therapy is really being able to understand why we are the way we are. Our partner holds a mirror to us that reflects the best and worst parts of ourselves. She believes that unmet needs and unprocessed emotions manifest in behaviours and patterns that get replayed in our relationships. She aims to assist clients to gently recognise and reflect on themselves and their relationship to others. She tailors her approach the client and offers explanations and choices about how they want the therapy to proceed by setting goals, doing couple activities or keeping a journal. She particularly enjoys helping couples to examine their core values and beliefs.

    Christina practices a person-centred approach, meaning the client is expert in their experience, the therapist is there to support growth and healing in the gentlest way possible. Christina believes that healing starts in a safe and trusting relationship between client and therapist. She practices a variety of modalities depending on the client’s needs. Within relationships, she works with loss of connection, communication difficulties, increasing intimacy, parenting tensions, unmet needs, expectations, cultural differences, affairs, separation and divorce, life-transitions, and grief and loss. She also has experience working with children and young people who may also be impacted by family tensions. Christina assists couples to move through each season of life, encouraging them increase empathy, patience and understand their relationship dynamics and patterns.

    Christina is a mother and plant lover.  She started her academic journey with a keen interest in sociology, only to find herself drawn to people, relationships and the bright inner worlds of children and infants. Christina has been working in the community non-profit sector with traumatised adults, children and young people for 10 years. She also teaches post graduate counselling students and is a clinical member of PACFA.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Helping a young couple come back to each other after having 3 children and a significant trauma history. Assisting the husband really understand what postnatal depression was really like, and how it connected to past trauma, while helping the wife understand the pressure of being the sole provider for the family. Basically, their relationship had become one of practicality and the children were acting out, picking up in the sense of disconnection. I worked with the parents to help them build a sense of empathy and supported the wife to disclose to her partner a traumatic experience that caused so much shame for her, helping the family to reconnect.

    What are three strengths you have as a Psychologist/Counsellor?
    1. Capacity to connect with clients therapeutically, and to create a safe space
    2. Support couples to better understand their interactional patterns; especially those learned from their own family of origin
    3. Dynamic and warm approach to connecting with clients, to help them connect to each other
    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Helping clients to make their own realisations about patterns and behaviour, while bringing the unconscious thoughts to light.

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