Dr. Maria Kontoulis is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Child Clinical psychology. She is a co-founder of the Resilient Lives Centre for Social and Emotional health and the coordinator of the clinical programme. She is also an academic at the University of Nicosia, where she teaches graduate classes in clinical psychology while she provides clinical supervision to students in their clinical practicum.
She studied and worked in the United States of America and has an experience working with children and families for over 15 years. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Rockland Psychiatric Hospital in New York, USA, and two years of a post-doctoral residency with the University of Florida’s division of medical psychology in anxiety disorders with an emphasis on obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders.
Dr. Kontoulis currently provides individual and group therapy to children and teenagers, while she utilizes family therapy and parenting counseling for an integrated approach in treatment planning. She specializes in anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, School Refusal, Separation Anxiety and Tourette’s Syndrome. She also has a special clinical interest in borderline personality disorders and how they are manifested through childhood and adolescence years and how the parental style contributes in the development of this disorder.
Dr. Kontoulis is also trained on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and uses Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulations and Interpersonal Effectiveness in the way she provides intervention. She has an extensive experience in the treatment of Eating disorders using Family-Based Therapy for teenagers, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for adults. Finally her years of training in the United States both in inpatient and outpatient level provides her with a unique expertise in working with groups.