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Bachelor in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling

Bachelor in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling

Studying Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling at New York College offers you a unique opportunity to explore, acquire and critically apply concepts, theories and models used in all three disciplines Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling. This degree offers you the chance to learn about the interaction between these disciplines, gaining an appreciation of the diversity of perspectives involved, along with an understanding of their therapeutic use. A highly specialized, supportive and experienced teaching team will guide you as you develop knowledge of the theories, methods and debates central to the three core elements. We'll support you as you explore psychology, gain specific counselling skills, and consider broader social issues that impact on the roles of psychotherapist and counsellor, such as assumptions, stereotyping, diversity and prejudice. We'll also focus on developing your knowledge and skills in the use of psychological research methods, and your appreciation of the ethical issues involved.

  • The UK based course is one of only a few Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling degrees in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist in the UK).
  • Graduates of the NYC Athens based course may apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, via the International Route by individual application.
  • The University of Bolton psychology courses are ranked top in the UK for teaching quality by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, as well as top in the UK for student satisfaction by The Complete University Guide 2020.

As the programme leader for the BSc (hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling programme at the University of Bolton, I am pleased to be in collaboration with the programme team at New York College in Athens as the link tutor. Our strong collaboration provides students with an equivalent experience to the University of Bolton UK based course and we are currently working together to gain British Psychological Society course accreditation for the Athens programme, to further cement our very successful collaboration. In the meantime, Bolton graduates of the Athens based course can apply to the BPS by individual application for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership.     

Dr Julie Prescott, CPsychol, SFHEA, AFBPS, PhD, MA, BSc (Hons) Reader in Psychology Programme Lead BSc (Hons) Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling School of Education and Psychology- University of Bolton

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Level 3

  • Self-reflection and Self-presentation
  • Reading Modern Society
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Key Studies in Psychology
  • Stage C for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters

Level 4

  • Introduction to Counselling Concepts
  • Cognitive and Biopsychological Perspectives
  • Exploring Psychology I
  • Applied Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • Understanding the Person

Level 5

  • Counselling Skills
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Personality and Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Social and Critical Psychology

Level 6

  • The Therapeutic Process
  • Applications of Counselling Skills
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • The Honours Project
  • Applied Experience (optional)
  • Psychology of Loss and Trauma (optional)
  • Cyber Psychology and New Media (optional)


Graduates are equipped with many diverse skills to undertake different types of work in the field of mental health, or to progress to postgraduate training in any specialist area of Psychology, Psychotherapy and/ or Counselling. In particular the final year modules and the opportunity to undertake voluntary work in a placement in the final year maximize practical abilities to apply knowledge gained through the programme thus ensuring academic, professional and employability skills are developed side by side. 


Head of the Psychology Department: Dr. Antonia Svensson Dianellou

Antonia holds a PhD in Psychology and BSc (hons) in Psychology from Goldsmiths University of London (Unit for School and Family Studies), an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK and a PGDip in Dance Movement Therapy from the University of Hertforshire, UK. Apart from heading the Psychology Department since 2015, and her teaching and management responsibilities at NYC, she is a member of the International Advisory Board of the ISPS (a global organization with presence in over 20 countries and a history of 50 years). It is composed of the leading international professionals, service providers and academics in the field of psycho-social intervention, and organizes conferences, awareness campaigns, and training at national, regional and local levels around the world. She was previously a researcher for the National School of Public Health in Athens, where she was involved in research on intergenerational relationships funded by the 5th Framework of the European Commission. Furthermore she was employed as a Project Evaluator/Researcher at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), Cambridge, where she conducted a two-year evaluation of the international project Mistral to improve the employment opportunities of people with mental health problems, physical and learning disabilities, a project funded by the European Social Fund. Antonia is a licensed Psychologist under Greek law and an experienced counselor-Dance Movement Therapist specialising in work with children, women and vulnerable populations. She oversees the running of the NYC Student Counseling Service and coordinates placements and internships for psychology students.


Ms Mary Christopoulou

Mary holds a Masters degree in Positive Psychology from Panteion University, Athens, Greece and is a PhD candidate of the same department. She also holds a degree in Mass Media and Communication from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently involved in research activities in the field of Positive Psychology and has recently published a systematic review on the new concept of “grit”. She has worked as a freelance research assistant at EPIPSY, for the purposes of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD Greece). Mary teaches Research Methods in Psychology and supervises final year undergraduate research dissertations.


Dr Katerina Karageorgou

Katerina has a PhD in Political Psychology from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. She gained her first Masters (Professional) in Clinical Psychology & Psychopathology from Paris V-Descartes University, a second Masters (Research) in Clinical Sociology & Psychosociology from Paris VII-Diderot University and a Bachelors in Psychology from Panteion University. She is a licensed psychologist both in Greece and France. Katerina has worked amongst others with children in numerous public and private settings in Paris and Athens. During recent years, she has focused on research, supervising student dissertations on the University of Bolton MSc in Psychology programme and also teaching the courses ‘Psychology of Adjustment’ and ‘Psychological Statistics’ on the Empire State College-SUNY undergraduate psychology programme at NYC.


Mr. Dimitris Panagiotopoulos

Dimitris completed his MA (Hons) in Philosophy at the renowned University of St Andrews, Scotland, and then went on to complete an MSc in Counselling Studies at University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology, from Liverpool John Moores University, which is one of his main areas of interest and research. Dimitris has been teaching at NYC for a number of years and is a core member of the undergraduate psychology course teams, coordinating several courses on both programmes of study, including General Psychology, Theories of Personality, Social Psychology, Counselling Theories and History & Systems in Psychology. His passion for teaching, as well as the individual attention he gives to his students make him one of the most popular instructors within the Psychology Department. He held the post of Assistant Head of Department and Academic Advisor for undergraduate students in the past.


Dr. Vasiliki Varela

Vicky earned her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of East London, and went on to earn her MSc in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics (LSE). In 2007, she completed her Ph.D. at University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, researching episodic memory retrieval in young eyewitnesses. She completed her post-doctoral training at Cambridge University (in Developmental Psychology) and is since working as a university lecturer on the subjects of Developmental, Cognitive, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. She joined the NYC faculty in the Fall of 2015. Her research interests in psychology include cognitive neuroscience, decision-making, models, systems and pathologies of memory, attentional processes, language acquisition and disorders, applications of psychology in forensic settings and music perception. Vicky teaches psychological statistics, research methods, biological, cognitive and developmental psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is well-liked by her students for her enthusiasm and for being able to teach complex topics such as statistics and the use of SPSS, in a simple and meaningful way to her students.


Ms Chryssanthi Andronoglou

Chryssanthi holds a BSc Psychology, MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, MSc in Developmental Neuropsychology from the University of Essex. Chryssanthi is currently studying for her PhD with the University of Nicosia, and is a licensed Psychologist, Developmental and Clinical Neuropsychologist and experienced lecturer focusing on Neuropsychology, Therapy, Intervention and Special Needs. She also has experience of teaching Statistics & Experimental Design and Research Methods with SPSS, for which she has developed a relevant practice manual. She is a Member of the International Neuropsychological Society and Member of the Greek Society of Neuropsychologists.


Ms Nefeli Koskina

Nefeli holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete, a Postgraduate diploma in Practice-based Play Therapy from Canterbury Christchurch University, PGDip. in person-centered counselling and an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Athens. Nefeli works in Private Practice as a Play Therapist working with children and adolescents, and as a Counselling Psychologist with individual adult clients. She is the author of a book on Developmental Psychopathology, with a focus on autism, ADHD, conduct and anxiety disorders in children. Until recently she worked for the Institute of Education and Lifelong Learning (Ι.ΝΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ.), affiliated to the Ministry of Education as a Trainer, leading parent groups in schools, offering guidance and empowering parents. In addition, she has published journal articles and presented at conferences on eating disorders, attachment status and resilience in children. Nefeli teaches courses in applied psychology, developmental psychology and counselling.


Dr. Marsha Koletsi

Marsha earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Crete and was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield, having received a scholarship for her studies. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and in 2006, she completed her 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatry Department of the Medical School of St. George's Hospital in London, UK. She has studied the quality of life and independence of people with severe mental illness through supported employment. She has worked as a psychologist in the National Health Service (UK) in the Mental Health section, at the Counselling Centre of the University of Sheffield, in the Eating Disorders Unit for the Medical Centre of the University of Sheffield. She has extensive research and clinical experience with people suffering from various disorders and she is currently working as a licensed psychologist-psychotherapist at her private Counselling Centre. Furthermore, Marsha is an accredited clinical supervisor from the British Psychological Society. Since 2015 she teaches counselling skills and abnormal psychology courses at NYC. She has participated in various seminars, guest lectures, written book reviews and taken part in radio and TV shows. In 2014, she co-authored a book on clinical assessment in counselling. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Member of the Eating Disorders Association, Member of the Greek Psychological Society and the Hellenic Psychological society.


Ms Georgina Angelopoulou

Georgina is a clinical neuropsychologist. She holds two undergraduate degrees; from the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy, Psychology and from the Department of Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has a Masters degree in Special and Inclusive Education from University College London and a Masters in Clinical Neuropsychology from the Faculty of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine/Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. She is currently completing her PhD at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1st Department of Neurology. Her doctoral dissertation is focused on neural substrate of cognitive deficits in post-stroke aphasia. In 2017, she was awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Visiting Research Scholarship from Fulbright Foundation and spent six months at Boston University, where she was trained in several neuroimaging methods. Her research interests include Clinical Neuropsychology e.g. post stroke aphasia and neurodegenerative diseases. She has extended experience in neuropsychological assessment of stroke patients, individuals with neurodegenerative diseases, and children with developmental disorders. She is currently involved in a series of research projects on post-stroke aphasia and healthy adults, as a research associate at the Neuropsychology and Language Pathology Unit, 1st Neurology Department of Eginition Hospital. She has co-authored several research papers, book chapters, and conference abstracts.


  • Graduates are equipped with many diverse skills to undertake different types of work in the field of mental health, or to progress to postgraduate training in any specialist area of Psychology, Psychotherapy and/ or Counselling.
  • There is no other programme on the Greek market that includes all 3 areas of study Psychology, Psychotherapy and/ or Counselling.
  • Applicants with a low level of English can be accepted – into level 3 which is taught in Greek.
  • A highly specialized, supportive and experienced teaching team.
  • An emphasis on counselling skills and practical experience.
  • The UK based course is one of only a few Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling degrees in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist in the UK).

Quick info

  • Duration: Four (4) years
  • Language: Level 3 is taught in Greek and Levels 4-6 are in English
  • Academic Semesters: Two (2)
  • Exam Period: January, May

Entry Requirements

  • A pass mark in your High School Certificate
  • A good standard of English (IELTS 5.0 or a recognized equivalent)
  • Applicants with a high standard of English (IELTS 6.5) may be accepted into level 4 following a successful interview with the Programme Leader.


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