Expertise and Experience
Dr Chouliara is an Associate Psychologist at Purple House Glasgow. She is a Practitioner Counselling and Health Psychologist and Registered Psychotherapist/Counsellor.
Dr Chouliara is experienced in working with adult and adolescent clients. She provides assessment and therapeutic input for a range of common psychological issues including depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. She specialises in working with complex psychological traumas, including childhood abuse and neglect, and sexual abuse. She also specialises in working clinically with people suffering from severe and/or complex appearance distress as well as identity issues, including gender identity challenges/transgender.
Dr Chouliara works from a person-centred / positive psychology approach. She also utilises systemic and compassion focused techniques as well as action/psychodrama and projection techniques. She delivers professional training and clinical supervision.
Prior to working in private practice, Dr Chouliara has been a clinical academic and Professor in Mental Health. Dr Chouliara has practised clinically across sectors. She worked in the NHS for 3 years as a Clinical Health Psychologist, leading a specialist psychology service in Plastic surgery. She was named in the Top 100 of Nation’s Lifesavers in 2019 for her expertise and clinical work in childhood sexual abuse.
Dr Chouliara is well published. She has worked as a trainer in professional training programmes for Counselling Psychologists and Counsellors and practised as a clinical supervisor.
2018 Certificate in Creative Counselling Supervision, Jenny Biancardi.
2008 Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, Univ. of Strathclyde, Counselling Unit.
2003 PhD in Psychology, Univ. of Stirling, Dept. of Psychology.
1996 MSc Psychology & Health, Univ. of Stirling, Dept. of Psychology.
Professional Registrations and Memberships
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL04979
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP): 636797
British Psychological Society (BPS): 041701
Complex psychological traumas, including childhood abuse/neglect, sexual abuse.
Psychological distress secondary to physical illness, especially so skin conditions.
Identity issues & Gender /transgender identity issues.
Competent in psychological assessment for surgical procedures (including plastic surgery and dermatological interventions) and for transgender medical transition, i.e. hormonal treatment.
Main Therapeutic Approaches
Person Centred Approach / Positive Psychology Approaches (main approach and premise of my work).
Compassion Focussed Approach.
Action & projection techniques.