Senior Occupational Therapist
"The journey to recovery can be long and at times painful but I believe that as an Occupational Therapist I can make this journey real, tangible and meaningful. When I see a child/young person/individual I see beyond the barriers. I see solutions where others see difficulties and I approach everyone with compassion, understanding, a never give up attitude and with hope."
Bachelors Degree from the Technical Educational Institute in Athens
Masters of Science Degree in Paediatric Occupational Therapy from University of East London
"Evangelia has been an amazing professional. She is sweet, caring and supportive. She was able to reassure me and explain everything in detail."
" I had a really positive experience with Evangelia and she is highly recommended."
QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
The young people and their families know me as Evangelia, the OT. I qualified as an Occupational therapist in 1998-1999 and have worked as an OT ever since. I have graduated as an occupational therapist before coming to UK to complete my MSc in Paediatric OT with the University of East London. My occupational therapy experience expands across different settings, in inpatient, community, private organisations and the NHS in UK and abroad.
I am highly skilled in adolescent mental health recovery, family support, sensory integration, coaching and occupational therapy assessments and interventions, using evidence based reflective practice. My interventions range from goal orientated therapy to specific therapeutic interventions according to the needs of the child/young person and their family’s understanding (for example: sensory strategies, psychoeducation, etc.).
I currently work in the NHS as Head of Adult Mental Health Services in In-patient and Community Settings in East London. I am also a Greek Teacher at a Greek School in Leyton, East London. I have been a teacher in the school for more than seventeen years and support pupils that need extra help with their learning. I specifically assess their needs with concentration, attention, handwriting and emotional dysregulation associated to learning experiences.
I have gained expertise in therapeutic education for children and young people with developmental trauma. Previously I worked as Head of a therapeutic school and in Newham Community Specialist Services as a Children’s Therapies Service Manager as well as at the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust as Head of Clinical Service for Paediatric Occupational Therapy.
Before that I was a Principal in Occupational Therapy at the Coborn Centre for Adolescent Mental Health for ten years and have been a honorary lecturer at City University.
I love working with the children/young people and their families/friends, schools, colleges, relatives, appropriate contexts where my patients belong. Occupational therapy is about seeing the child and the young person holistically and empowering them to take control of their lives, gain new skills and re-learn old ones maximising resilience and independence in every single way.
Life does not have to stop because of a difficulty. I am always available to listen, understand and apply the best practice available to the best of my ability. My passion is my work with the young people and whatever I do comes from the heart!
I look forward to meeting you and working with your child.