I have studied Psychology in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and I continued my education with Master studies in Substance Use, at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
Being raised in Greece and having witnessed the implication of practices that infringe basic human rights and societal values, had already provided me with feelings of frustration with the global migration policies. Working in the Mental Health field one can easily identify the impact of this violation and a gap in accessibility and adequate support for refugees and asylum seekers. This feeling of frustration brought me to Lesvos. Working in a culturally responsive way, utilizing the least invasive interventions can be challenging within a constantly changing legislative and organizational context. The ambition of a non-privileged mental health system widely available to vulnerable populations keeps me motivated to be engaged in mental health efforts. Arriving and working in the demanding context of Lesvos, I came across the challenge of adapting mental health interventions to each person I work with, having in mind that the refugee experience is a multilevel procedure. People I met at Fenix and on this island, assist me stay resilient and guard my beliefs, keeping the knowledge of my white privilege and the limits of my professional impact.
Moments of my work in Lesvos that I will always remember include my cooperation with our cultural mediators. People who are translating and listening to stories that can be similar to their own journeys, always have an impact on the counselling process. After the sessions, they are always interested in learning psychological terms, reaching out to you when they feel you doubt yourself and providing you with motivation to continue.