Elisavet Tapini


Professional Biography

Elisavet is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist in private practice and a Visiting Lecturer with HASS at Regent's University London. Elisavet retrained as a psychologist after extensive involvement in theatre and performance. She started getting involved in research and academic teaching since she was an undergraduate and developed a special interest in research on social exclusion, migration issues and identity. Her decision to specialise in counselling psychology reflected her desire to combine academic research and teaching with applying psychological knowledge in everyday settings, ranging from the social sector and voluntary organisations to delivering counselling and psychotherapy in private practice.

Elisavet has experience in delivering psychology modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with an emphasis on Counselling Psychology, History & Philosophy of Psychology, Psychology and Culture, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theory, and Qualitative Research Methods. She also works as an academic supervisor for DCousnPsy students, and has acted as an internal examiner for the DCounsPsy at Regent's University London.

Elisavet has a special interest in the Psychology of Skilled migration and has published her prior research with Skilled Returnees with LAPD Academic Publishing. She got involved with the Grundtvig Project for Migrants and Returnees in Europe with Regent's School of Psychotherapy & Psychology at Regent's University London and presented findings and ongoing research relevant to the project.


  • BA (Hons) in Psychology: The American College of Greece; Deree College, 2004
  • MA/ Post-MA in Counselling Psychology: Regent's University London/ City University Validated 2008.
  • PhD (c) School of Applied Social Science, Middlesex University (In Progress)

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2008 – 2010, Visiting Tutor at Hackney Community College, London
    Courses taught: Introduction to Counselling Skills; Certificate in Counselling Skills; Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling


  • Tapini, E. (2012; under submission). The Middle-Class Professional and the Economically Deprived Client: Incommensurable Qualities or Empowering Space? Paper to be submitted for peer review at the Psychotherapy and Politics International. Wiley – Blackwell
  • Tapini, E. (2011). Choosing to Return: The Experience of Greek Skilled Migrants who decided to settle back in Greece. Saarbruecken: Lap Lampert Academic Publishing

Other Outputs

  • 2008 – current, Counselling Psychologist/ Psychotherapist in Private Practice.
  • Open-ended work for those who wish; Short-term psychotherapy for periods of crisis
  • Specialising in: Anxiety, Bereavement, Bisexual issues, Cultural issues, History of mental illness, Identity, Immigration, Lack of meaning in life, Loss, Marital relations, Personal relationships, Post-traumatic stress (PTSD), Psychosomatic symptoms, Self-harm, Sexuality, Trauma, Unresolved issues.

Conference Papers Given

  • Tapini, E (2010a). Psychology of Skilled Migration: Returning home or Settling elsewhere in the EU? Paper presented at the Grundtvig Learning Partnership/ Guidance & Counselling for Migrants and Returnees, Limassol, Cyprus, UK, 27-28 May
  • Tapini, E (2010b). European Skilled Migration and the Question of Identity: Contributing to Migrants' Wellbeing. Paper presented at the Grundtvig Learning Partnership/ Guidance & Counselling for Migrants and Returnees, London, UK, 9-10 December
  • Tapini, E. (2009). Choosing to Return: the Experience of Greek Skilled migrants who decided to settle back in Greece. Poster presented at the BPS/ Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference “Riding the tide – Counselling Psychology goes forward”, Warwick, UK, 9- 11 July.
  • Karakitsou, C., Houndoumadi, A., & Tapini, E. (2005). Strategies suggested by Greek 
    and Albanian Pupils to resolve School-based Dilemmas, and their Possible 
    Relationship to Attitudes Relevant to Ethnic Background. 
    Paper presented at the 9th European Congress of Psychology.
    Granada, Spain: 3 -8 July 2005

Research Supervision

  • DCounsPsy (Doctoral Level) with SPCP 2009 – date
  • PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy with SPCP 2012

Research Interests

  • Psychology of Skilled Migration, Identity, Psychosocial Issues, Social Inclusion
  • Reintegration of patients with Severe Mental Health Issues in the Community
  • Psychotherapy and Society

Grants Awarded

  • 2009 –  2010, PhD Studentship University of Brighton: £14, 000

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • BPS (British Psychological Society) 191904
  • HPC (Health Professions' Council) PYL22189
  • BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy): 627445

Teaching & Course Development

Course Development:

  • 2010 – 2011, Assisting Course Development for the Practitioner Doctorate in Existential Phenomenological Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy) with SPCP/ Regent's College. Involved in Validation (Open University) and Accreditation Committees (BPS/ HCP) for that programme


  • 2012, Critical Psychopathology (DCounsPsy/ SPCP)
  • 2012, Extension Clinical Superivion (ADIP/ SPCP)
  • 2011, Research Methods in Psychology I – Qualitative (BSc Psychology)
  • 2011, Social & Developmental Psychology (Psychology Foundation)
  • 2010, Professional Issues In Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy/ SPCP)
  • 2009 – current, One Year Foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy (SPCP)


  • Psychology Foundation 2011: Social and Developmental Psychology Exam marking
  • Doctoral 2010: Internal Examiner for Marlene Cauchi (DCounsPsy candidate)