FAQs

Office hours

I’m available in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday both for morning as well as afternoon sessions.

Office hours are by appointment only and I’m unable to accommodate walk ins. To get started please feel free to fill in the contact form found on each page.

What therapy looks like?

Therapy is a very personal experience and it’s often challenging to give a simple answer; however the ultimate goal is to experience change and peace with whatever it’s that is troubling you.

I have come to realise that when you make the first step, then you are ready to commit for this change to happen; but most of the times you don’t know how. That’s where I step in! As a systemic psychotherapist, my goal is to get as much information from you about your existing systems, such as the family, friends, significant people that might have influenced your direction in life. At the same time, by being present with you, I make sure I also get a sense about your interaction, your approach with people, (with me in this case) your attitude towards emotions, problems, etc. By collecting all this information we identify patterns as well as discuss new possible ways of handling presenting difficulties, relationships, etc.

How do I know that therapy will help me?

It is a very difficult question to answer with a simple yes or no, because it all depends on how you feel about it. Do you feel that you have had enough feeling torn, stuck, miserable, unworthy? Do you feel that it is high time you felt seen and heard? If the answer to the above mentioned questions is yes, then I would say that one session couldn’t hurt. I’m more than happy to see you once and decide on your own whether this is something that you would like to explore or not. It’s always best to see that for yourself.

Do you take insurance?

I’m afraid I don’t take insurance. Although I understand that insurance is a vital part of our system and helps pay for the dramatically rising costs of healthcare in the UK, I don’t accept it since I’m not a doctor; that means that you won’t be coming to see me with a list of symptoms so that I can diagnose and heal you. That’s not what I do. That’s why I don’t believe you need a diagnosis that is going to follow you around. Insurance needs a symptom in order to be justified. On the other hand, I only believe that you deserve company on this part of your journey. When you are ready we start; when you feel competent and ready to go on your own, we stop. No one outside of the two of us deserves the right to say otherwise.

Do you prescribe medication?

No.

But I enjoy working closely with doctors who might be working closely with you, who are interested in your mental health and in your well being in general. If you agree, I believe in communicating with the care team you already have in place.

How often do I have to come?

I would say that at the beginning it’s always beneficial to come once a week, until we have managed to ensure that you feel comfortable working with me, whilst being able to get as much information and understanding about your presenting difficulties. Once this has been established, you could carry on coming once a week, but I also have many clients who find once or twice a month gives them enough to think about and work on. It all depends on your needs and your responsibility to communicate about it.

What kind of problems do you work with?

You could get an understanding by reading the pages under the issues tab. However you could always drop me a message through the contact me form found on each website page and I will do my best to get back to you asap.

Do you do sessions over the internet?

I have always been in favour of whatever seems appropriate for anyone, if internet is the solution then I’m up for it! I have had lots of experience so far working with people all over the world over the internet, but that being said, I offer this option only to my existing clients. Once there has been a consistent and established relationship with my existing clients, I’m more than happy to provide this option when the need occurs. Otherwise I’m always open to refer people to other colleagues who might be able to accommodate with internet sessions.

How do I know where to start with during our first session?

When the “big” day comes, you only have to show up, sit down and talk. That’s it! Nothing fancy, just talking! If you already know what to talk about, that’s great! If you don’t already know, that is why I’m here for! My role is to create a space where you feel safe, free from judgment and expectations. Your role is to be as honest and vulnerable as you can for the first time. I’m not here to decide what is wrong with you. I’m here to help you look inside, identify some patterns, discover the person who is longing to be free and together find the right tools to do so.

Then once our session is over, you can go back to your daily life, only with some additional information to think about and hopefully an excitement for the possibilities waiting for you in the future.

I’m greek but I feel more comfortable talking in English, will this be an issue?

Of course not.

It is very common for people who have lived in the UK for a while to feel more confident expressing themselves in English, although their background might be Greek. One of the most important factors in therapy is the establishment of the relationship, and the sense of being able to share personal difficulties without feeling ashamed, judged or afraid, regardless of whether you do it in Greek or in English.

Do you work only with Greek clients?

Although the content of my website is very much directed towards Greek people, however I strongly believe that boundaries and the issues that arise because of them happens to be a universal pattern. Therefore if you feel that you would benefit addressing those issues and you are not Greek, but you are happy to discuss your challenges in English, I’m more than happy to arrange for a first meet up session. Besides I have had plenty of experience working with various cultural backgrounds since my post graduate studies took place in the UK.

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65 York Street
London, UK W1H 1 PQ

info@evalychrou.com

08002494930 | 07591916146

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