1. Hellenic Focusing Center (HFC)
1.1 General information
The Hellenic Focusing Centre (HFC) was established and is directed by Pavlos Zarogiannis and Anna Karali.
Both they have studied psychology and are living and practicing in Athens. They work as psychotherapists-counselors, trainers, and supervisors in Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy and they are Certified Coordinators of the New York International Focusing Institute for Greece.
In 2001, the HFC began its activities in the psychological health field, always having as a main objective the
development, promotion and establishment of the Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy in Greece.
Read below about the Main Activities of HFC, about the Principles and Aims of HFC and about the Code of Ethics of HFC.
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1.2 Main activities
The main activities of the Hellenic Focusing Centre are:
- in Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy
- in Focusing Practice
- in Trauma Therapy
- in Communication Skills
- Personal and group therapy/counselling
- focusing and arts
- focusing and poetry
- focusing and dramatic arts/theatre
- focusing and archetypes
- focusing and myths
- decision making
- stress release
- Elaboration of research studies and training courses
- Translation of texts significant for the training courses of the Centre
- Editing and publishing books relevant to the Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Approaches
- Representation in scientific and professional bodies of Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Approaches, both in Greece and abroad
- Collaboration with Greek and foreign bodies, both public and private (institutes, psychological health bodies, universities)
- Participation in seminars, meetings and conferences
1.3 Principles and Aims
The Hellenic Focusing Centre acknowledges that all people deserve a therapy according to the individuality of their reactions and experiences.
It believes that each person is entitled to a safe, discrete and effective therapeutic approach, which, at the same time, must respect their right to fully control their therapeutic process.
Hence, it trains counselors/psychotherapists according to the humanistic principles and the directions and philosophy of the Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.
Furthermore, it supports its trainees for the development of their empathy, skills and experiences in order to be able to help vulnerable groups or people in the best possible way, depending on their particular needs at a social or personal level.
It supports its trainees in their attempt to establish Person-Centred and Focusing-Oriented Counselling and Psychotherapy in their work environment.
Those in charge of the Centre work within an atmosphere of respect, comradeship, cooperation and good will between all the members, the colleagues, trainers and trainees of the Centre.
1.4 Code of Ethics
The trainees are provided with the Code of Ethics and Counselling Practice
of the Greek Association for Counselling as it appears on its official website.
The training of the HFC is certified by The International Focusing Institute of New York, U.S.A and recognised by
- a. The National Organisation of Psychotherapy in Greece
- b. The Greek Association for Counselling
- c. The Network of European Associations for Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling
- d. The World Association of Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling
|Trainers and Training Committee||Anna Karali
|Trainers in training||Pat Foster
|Associates||Campbell Purton Ph.D (U.K.)
Dieter Mueller (Germany)
Greg Madison Ph.D (U.K.)
|Supervision Administrators||Anna Karali
|Financial Administrators||Anna Karali
|Ethics Committee||Anna Karali
|Administrative Secretariat||Jenny Anagnostopoulos|
|Web Administrator||Nikolaos Kypriotakis|