Sissy Lykou

Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Professional Biography

Sissy Lykou MA, PG Cert, Onassis Foundation Fellow, trained as a dancer before injury intervened. She then undertook training as a counselling psychologist, dance movement psychotherapist, and integrative psychotherapist. She is registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy and the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy-UK (psychotherapist, dance movement psychotherapist and supervisor).

Sissy practices in London privately and has been developing innovative therapeutic-educational projects for under 5s and their parents/carers in several children's centres in London. She also lectures on several university and professional training programmes in the UK and Europe and has worked on EU research projects at the universities of Athens and Heidelberg (Germany).

She has published in books and journals and is currently co-editing a book on creative and embodied approaches to working with trauma. Her professional experience includes editorial board membership of international journals, steering group membership of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and has been the clinical community and outreach lead of the progressive psychotherapy community ‘Stillpoint Spaces London’ since its beginning.


  • MA Dance Movement Therapy (psychodynamic approach),Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Diploma in Creative Approaches to Supervision (UKCP and ADMP Accredited Course), London Centre for Psychodrama
  • PG Cert in Person-Centred Counselling: University of Strathclyde 
  • 'Ptychion’ in Psychology (Four-year training, equivalent to BA (Hons), plus one further year of counselling specialisation): Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece

Other Relevant Employment


  • September 2016-present: Re-Vision, Centre for Integrative Transpersonal    Psychotherapy and Counselling Training Supervisor and Tutor
  • September 2016-present: CPPD Humanistic and Integrative Counselling Training Institute Tutor on the BACP ‘Working with Children’ Training
  • June 2013-September 2018: University of Surrey, PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology, Visiting lecturer
  • February 2013-present: The Place2Be, MA in Counselling Children in Schools, Visiting lecturer


  • June 2016-September 2018: University of Roehampton Visiting lecturer on the PsychD in Counselling Psychology Visiting lecturer on the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Visiting lecturer on the BA in Dance Studies
  • October 2016: RISEBA University (Latvia), MA in Psychology of Management and Supervision, Visiting lecturer
  • March 2016: Riga Stradins University (Erasmus exchange), MA in Supervision, Visiting lecturer    
  • March 2016: Tallinn University (Erasmus exchange), MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Visiting lecturer
  • January 2016-June 2016: The Bowlby Centre, MA in Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Tutor
  • September 2014-August 2016: Edge Hill University, MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Programme convener and Senior lecturer (incl. supervisor’s role)
  • September 2015-January 2016: Edge Hill University, BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Lecturer (incl. supervisor’s role)
  • May 2014-November 2016: Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Primary Care Trainer at Universities - ‘Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation: Assessment & Risk Assessment’, a grant aided training funded by the James Wentworth - Stanley Memorial Fund
  • May 2014: Nordoff Robbins, MPhil in Music Therapy, Visiting lecturer
  • January 2014-September 2016: Romanian Continuous Professional Development Programme: ARTE (Romanian Association of Expressive Arts Therapies), ARPDM (Romanian Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy), Visiting lecturer and programme coordinator
  • September 2011-May 2013: University of Heidelberg - Department of Psychology, funded by the German Ministry of Education Researcher in the project 'Body language of movement and dance: Emergence of meaning, “languageing” and therapeutic application'
  • April 2006-November 2006: University of Athens - Department of Psychology, EU funded research Researcher in the project entitled 'Women's and men’s self-images in the context of heterosexual relationships: pictures of emotion and sexuality'


  • Lykou, S. (expected publication Spring 2020) The millennial female psychotherapist. Self & Society: An International Journal for Humanistic Psychology (plus guest editor of the special issue on Millennials)
  • Chesner, A. & Lykou, S. (Eds.) (expected publication early 2020) Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies: When Words are not Enough. London: Routledge
  • Karkou, V., Lykou, S. & Rova, M. (2019) International research and perspectives in dance movement therapy. In L.Yiotis, D. Maravelis, A. Padagoutsou & E. Giannoulis (Eds.), The Contribution of the Arts Therapies in Psychiatric Therapy. Athens: Bhta Publications and The University of Athens Publications.
  • Lykou, S. (2018) Sexuality in dance movement psychotherapy: shyness or avoidance? Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 13(3), 170-184.
  • Lykou, S. (2018) Dance movement psychotherapy with the under 5’s with identified or unidentified learning difficulties and their families. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. 13(2), 72-86. • Lykou, S. (2017) Relational dance movement psychotherapy: a new old idea. In H.Payne (Ed.), Essentials of Dance Movement Psychotherapy: International Perspectives on Theory, Research, and Practice. London: Routledge   
  • Lykou, S. (2017) The death of cosmopolitanism and the rise of multiculturalism: how immigrants and refugees can safely be demonized. Self & Society: An International Journal for Humanistic Psychology, 45(1), 82-84.
  • Lykou, S. (2016) When the professional is political. E-motion, 26(3), 4-8 
  • Koch, S., Kunz, T., Lykou, S. & Cruz, R. (2014) Effects of dance movement therapy and dance on health-related psychological outcomes: a meta-analysis. The Arts in Psychotherapy Journal, 41(1), 46-64.
  • Lykou, S. (2013) Tick the box! But some boxes stay empty when we talk about the age of today’s politically active psychotherapists and counsellors. Transformations – The Journal for Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, 36-37.
  • Lykou, S. (2010) Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions with second-generation immigrant children in primary schools; cultural transmission and its effect on the cultural unconscious. Biculturalism or marginality?. E-motion, 20(4), 8-12.
  • Lykou, S. (2004) Arts therapy with children undergoing chemotherapy. Magazine Aglaitsa of the Hospital for Children Aglaia Kyriakou (Athens, Greece).

Research Interests

  • Embodiment
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Creativity
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma
  • Early years interventions
  • Feminism

Research Supervision

  •     MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP)

Conference papers given

  • March 2019: Stillpoint Spaces London Anniversary Conference – Keynote speaker ‘The only good neighbour is the dead neighbour: Multiculturalism and the demonising of immigrants and refugees’
  • June 2018: CONFER, seminars, conferences and online resources for psychotherapists – Keynote speaker ‘Women on the Couch’ conference, ‘The millennial female psychotherapist’
  • January 2017: Re-Vision Annual Conference ‘Dialogues across difference’ – Workshop-presentation ‘Body as wounding/body as healing’
  • October 2016: Latvian Association of Supervisors and Riga Stradins University ‘Mutual recognition’, a conference for the 10 year anniversary of the association – Keynote speaker: ‘Partnership, Equality, Embodiment and Creativity in the Supervisory Relationship’ and Workshop ‘Embodied Creative Ways of Being in the Supervisory Relationship: When the Non-Verbal informs the Verbal’
  • July 2016: World Association for Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counselling ‘Integrity, Interdisciplinarity and Innovation’ Conference – Workshop-presentation ‘Body as wounding/body as healing: an interdisciplinary approach to conflict and conciliation via expressive movement’
  • October 2015: Moscow Association for Jungian Analysis Annual Conference ‘Boundaries and ethical issues in analysis’ – Workshop ‘Embodied boundaries in the therapeutic alliance’
  • July 2015: International Transactional Analysis Association Conference ‘Come together: the power of group dynamics’ (Sydney) – Workshop-presentation‘Dialogues without words: group movement as creative engagement with conflict and conciliation’
  • May 2015: 8th Psychotherapy and Politic Conference ‘Reaching Out: Therapy in Unconventional Settings ’ by Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR)
  • May 2015: ‘Therapy in Contemporary Society’ by Stillpoint Spaces and the Zürich Lab (Berlin) – Workshop ‘Dialogues without words: diversity, conflict and conciliation ­from the perspective of dance movement psychotherapy’ and Presentation ‘Suicide: myths and commonalities’ May 2014: 7th Psychotherapy and Politic Conference ‘Body Politic’ by Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR)
  • February 2014: 4th Postgraduate Research Conference 2014 ‘Explore – Connect – Inspire’ Universty of Surrey – Keynote speaker ‘Interdisciplinarity and Integration’    
  • July 2013: 6th Conference of the British Association for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA) – Workshop-presentation ‘World in crisis: 'the personal is political' reassessed’
  • November 2012: ‘The Body in Crisis’ Conference (Onassis Scholars Foundation, Athens) – Workshop ‘When words are not enough…’  
  • May 2012: 6th Psychotherapy and Politic Conference ‘Dialogues’ by Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) – Workshop ‘Dialogues without words’
  • June 2011: Arts Therapies and Diversity Annual Conference ‘Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges’ (London) – Talk-workshop 'Dance movement psychotherapy and the embodiment of diversity'    
  • December 2010: National Conference, Dance and Dementia (Liverpool: Chaturangan, MDI and Foundation for Community Dance) – Presentation 'Dance movement psychotherapy with people with dementia and learning disabilities'    
  • April 2010: International Conference, Kinesthetic Empathy: Concepts and Contexts (University of Manchester) - Poster 'Empathy and kinesthetic empathy in individual sessions within a primary school context'
  • March 2010: ‘Celebrating Diversity and Identity in Tough Times’ Arts Therapy, Race and Culture Group (London) – Talk ‘Dance movement psychotherapy and diversity’