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.
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
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.
- 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
- Introduction to Counselling Concepts
- Cognitive and Biopsychological Perspectives
- Exploring Psychology I
- Applied Psychology
- Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
- Understanding the Person
- Counselling Skills
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Personality and Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Social and Critical Psychology
- 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 University, 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. Katerina Karageorgou
Karageorgou is a PhD candidate in Political Psychology at 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 her research, supervising student dissertations at Panteion University and teaching the course Psychology of Adjustment on the Empire State College-SUNY programme at NYC. Katerina runs the NYC Student Counseling Service, offering short-term consultation and longer-term individual counseling sessions to students.
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, 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 course teams for the University of Greenwich BSc (hons) in Psychology and the Empire State College-SUNY programme, coordinating several courses on both programmes, including General Psychology, Theories of Personality, Social Psychology and History & Systems in Psychology. He also teaches Psychological Principles of CBT on the University of Bolton MSc CBT programme. 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 in the past and has been involved in student academic advising for a number of years.
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 Londons 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 Fall 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 Medical School- Kapodistrian University of Athens, 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 centred 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.
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 experience as an examiner for Edexcel foundation programmes. 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 and since 2015 she supervises the University of Bolton MSc CBT students clinical training (running the internal supervision group). She also recently became an accredited Parent Effectiveness Trainer. She has taught on various franchised programs of UK Universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, she has also served as the Head of a Psychology Department in the past. 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 counseling. 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.
Dr. Natasha Soureti:
Natasha holds a PhD from Vrije University, Amsterdam and an MSc in Organisational Psychology, as well as an MSc in Health Psychology from the City University, UK, where she also acted as research assistant and visiting lecturer in 2002. She has extensive experience in the area of Health psychology and health behaviour change projects, and is co-ordinator of the stop smoking program Living without smoking in Athens (www.quit-smoking.gr), a behaviouraly based program with the optional use of pharmacotherapy. She has trained in Cognitive Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Her work experience includes working for Unilever R&D in the UK as a behaviour change health Psychologist, and for Barts & the London Queens Mary School of Medicine & Dentistry, as a research health psychologist, where among her many responsibilities she helped in setting-up smoking cessation clinics in East London. She has numerous publications in scientific journals and is continuously involved in research projects and academia. Natasha is one of the three instructors who share the teaching of the modules Applications of CBT 1, 2 and 3. She is much appreciated by her students for her approachability and supportive style. As MSc CBT dissertation supervisor she assists students in continuing their research efforts by preparing articles for publication and presenting their papers in conferences related to their specific subject area.