Dr Fevronia (Fenia) Christodoulidi completed her undergraduate studies at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and her Postgraduate Professional Counselling training at the University of Durham (UK). She also holds an MSc in Research Methods and a PhD in Counselling as a fully funded Scholar of the University of Manchester, UK. Her qualitative, heuristic doctoral study focused on the challenges and opportunities occurring for therapists moving between cultures; this research brought up significant findings on topics related to professional mobility and identity transitions for therapists and those identifying as global nomads, discourses around home and belonging, relational dynamics occurring via bilingualism and biculturalism in therapy and so on. Fenia holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision and has been offering individual and group supervision from a pluralistic perspective. She has also trained in online counselling and has been actively involved in preparing resource material for working remotely with clients and offering online clinical supervision to counsellors and other professionals.
Fenia predominantly teaches on the BSc (Hons) Counselling at UEL, where she lectures as well as prepares future counsellors through the roles of skills tutor, personal tutor, clinical and academic supervisor and personal development group facilitator. She also contributes to the postgraduate teaching at the School of Psychology, including lectures on the Prof Doc in Counselling Psychology. Before lecturing at UEL, she has taught counselling at FE colleges as well as at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Salford and The Metanoia Institute. She has collaborated with Prof Maria Malikiosi-Loizos for the set-up of an MA in Counselling Psychology and Counselling at the University of Athens, where she has worked as External Clinical Supervisor and Examiner. She has a keen interest in the dialogue and research around designing culturally sensitive models for the provision of counselling and psychotherapy training and practice in countries where this field is a developing discipline.
Having gained her BACP practitioner accreditation as Counsellor/Psychotherapist in 2005, Fenia has extended practitioner experience in a variety of settings, such as student and staff counselling in FE and HE, staff counselling in the NHS, offering counselling for refugees and asylum seekers, offering creative therapies to young people, working with women experiencing eating distress, offering group-work to specific client groups as well as working in the charity sector. She has also worked in humanitarian intervention projects such as volunteering in areas affected by natural disasters as well as offering culturally sensitive training to those working in humanitarian aid. For numerous years, she has been facilitating meditation and relaxation groups in the community as an active member of a voluntary group with branches in Athens and London.
In terms of leadership initiatives, Fenia has acted as course leader for the BSc Counselling, she has been co-ordinating the Admissions of the counselling programme and has been offering a leading role towards implementing the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) vision of the School of Psychology at UEL; she is actively involved in facilitating dialogue towards decolonising the curriculum and fostering inclusive pedagogic practices. Fenia is a voracious reader and passionate about innovative developments within counselling and psychotherapy thinking, through the integration of different approaches under a pluralistic framework. She is involved in groups discussing such issues and has contributed in the field through presenting at local as well as international conferences and reviewing numerous books for academic journals.