Kalliopi Mantzavinou

About Me

Welcome to my private practice where you can find professional assistance in coping with mental health issues, neurological disorders, and disabilities. I’m a licensed psychologist, psycho-oncologist, clinical neuropsychologist, as well as a Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (CRC) accredited by the US Commission. With my extensive experience in Greece, Luxembourg, and the US, I am dedicated to helping individuals with difficulties surpass their cognitive, physical, and mental health impediments, find new meaning in life, and navigate their way in the current society.

Throughout my career, I have been deeply interested in the rehabilitation field. My goal is to empower my clients, through a holistic approach, to overcome their obstacles and achieve a higher quality of life. My areas of expertise include working with individuals with mental health issues, patients diagnosed with cancer, and cognitive rehabilitation for persons who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and stroke or exhibit chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment. I also guide those with conditions like multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disorder, and dementia.
One significant aspect of my practice is my involvement in the psychosocial rehabilitation of a self-help interactive group of patients with aphasia. This unique experience has allowed me to witness the transformative power of group support and interactive therapy. By facilitating a safe and accepting environment, I encourage individuals to share their struggles and embark on a journey of recovery and transformation together. I believe that by accepting their limitations and embracing their experiences, individuals can lead self-directed and fulfilling lives while striving to reach their full potential.
I understand that the concept of quality of life is subjective and unique to everyone. Therefore, my counseling approach is tailored to meet each of my clients’ specific needs and goals. During our sessions, I provide a welcoming, compassionate, and non-judgmental space for individuals to openly discuss their challenges and embark on a transitional process of recovery, healing, and acceptance that aims to improve overall health and well-being.
I am committed to assisting my clients in achieving their desired treatment outcomes and unlocking their true potential by using various therapeutic techniques and interventions to address every unique situation and support personal growth.

~ A brief Resume ~

Studies:

  • BSc. in Psychology, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Psychology

  • Master of Science Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology-Cognitive Neuroscience, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Medicine in cooperation with Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), Mc Gill University, Canada

  • Master of Education Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Hofstra University, School of Education and Human Services, Long Island, New York, United States of America

  • Inter-University Certificate in Psycho-Oncology, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in partnership with the Universities of Liège and Mons

Languages: Greek, English, Spanish, French

Licenses and Memberships:
Member of the Hellenic Neuropsychological Society (HNPS)

Member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP)

Member of Luxembourgish Psychological Society (SLP)

Licensed psychologist in Luxembourg

Licensed psychologist in Greece

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (USA)

 

Experience:

• June 2022-Pesent: Psychologist-Clinical Neuropsychologist at Cancer Foundation.

• March 2021-January 2022: Intern at Healing & Growth Counseling PLLC, Massapequa Park, New York, United States of America

  • Online sessions focused on helping individuals with disabilities through the transition process of recovery, accept limitations related to disability, and embrace the experience to lead a self-directed and satisfying life while striving to reach their full potential
  • Group counseling for people with acquired disabilities

• February 2020-November 2020: Intern at Hofstra’s University Student Access Services, Long Island, New York, United States of America

  • Observe the process of determining and arranging which accommodations are appropriate based on the individual needs of the students
  • Help students through self-help groups develop individual living skills, social skills, and self-advocate strategies

• May 2020-present: Self-employed Psychologist-Neuropsychologist, Greece & United States of America

  • Online sessions with patients struggling with mental health issues
  • Cognitive rehabilitation sessions online or in person with patients diagnosed with neurological disorders

• October 2016 – May 2019: Volunteer at First Neurology Department of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aeginiteion Hospital, Athens, Greece

  • Participation in the cognitive and social rehabilitation of a self-help interactive group of aphasic patients
  • Involvement in the sessions of the group
  • Encouragement to practice their communication skills

• October 2016 – May 2017: First Neurology Department of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aeginiteion Hospital, Athens, Greece

  • Neuropsychological assessment of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)

• June 2016- September 2017: Volunteer at Hellenic Center of Neurosurgical Research, Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece

  • Neuropsychological assessment of brain tumor patients pre and post-brain surgery and neuropsychological evaluation for iNPH patients pre- and post-shunt improvement

• March-May 2016: Neuropsychologist at Hellenic Center of Neurosurgical Research, Evangelismos Hospital, Athens, Greece

  • Neuropsychological assessment of brain tumor patients pre and post-brain surgery
  • Neuropsychological evaluation for idiopathic NPH (iNPH) patients pre- and post-shunt improvement to assess NPH symptoms before and after drainage of CSF by lumbar puncture
  • Awake brain surgery: During brain surgery, the Neuropsychologist asks the patient to perform tasks while the area around the tumor is stimulated with small electrodes to precisely locate the functional areas of the brain that must be avoided by the neurosurgeon

• December-February 2016: Neuropsychologist at Psychiatric Clinic, First Psychiatry Department of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aeginiteion Hospital, Athens, Greece

  • Observation of medical rounds and patient therapy follow-ups
  • Neuropsychological assessment of schizophrenic patients
  • Observation of Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on MDD and BD patients

• September-November 2015: Intern at ELEPAP-Rehabilitation for The Disabled, Athens, Greece

  • Carrying out daily structured neuropsychological rehabilitation tasks and exercises with TBI (traumatic brain injury) patients, attending weekly group rehabilitation gatherings, observing neuropsychological assessment, and other rehabilitation routines
  • Cognitive rehabilitation of children with developmental disorders

• March-June 2015: Volunteer at Memory Clinic, Special Neurological Disease Center, First Neurological Special Clinic of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aeginiteion Hospital, Athens, Greece

  • Neuropsychological evaluation of adults and the elderly (ages > 45)

• December 2012- June 2019: Self-employed Psychologist working with children with specific learning disabilities.

  • Successful completion of daily homework
  • Skills Education
  • Supporting parents
  • Behavior intervention

• January-June 2009: Intern Psychologist at Day Center “Sunflower”

  • Acquisition and reinforcement of skills in adults with mental disorders and psychological problems aiming their social and occupational rehabilitation