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Βιογραφικό Ειρήνη Κουτάντου

Δρ. Ειρήνη Ευσεβία Κουτάντου

Διδάκτωρ Πανεπιστημίου Essex, Τμήμα Ψυχαναλυτικών Σπουδών

Εκπαιδευόμενη Ψυχοθεραπεύτρια στην Ψυχοδυναμική/ Ψυχαναλυτική Ψυχοθεραπεία Ενηλίκων



» Εκπαίδευση

  • Εκπαιδευόμενη στην Ψυχοδυναμική/ Ψυχαναλυτική Ψυχοθεραπεία Ενηλίκων – Διεπιστημονική & Ερευνητική Ψυχοκοινωνική Υποστήριξη Παιδιών & Ενηλίκων (ΔΙ.ΚΕ.Ψ.Υ). Έναρξη εκπαίδευσης: 2022                                                                                                                                            
  • Εκπαιδευόμενη στην Ομαδική Ανάλυση και Οικογενειακή Θεραπεία – Ελληνικός Οργανισμός Ψυχοθεραπείας και Παιδείας στην Ομαδική Ανάλυση (HOPE), 2020-2022                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Διδακτορικό Δίπλωμα στις Ψυχαναλυτικές Σπουδές – Πλήρης Υποτροφία Διδακτορικών Σπουδών από το Παν/μιο Essex, Τμήμα Ψυχαναλυτικών Σπουδών. Title of Thesis: Young people, subjectivity and the desire of the Other during the Greek economic crisis. Supervisors: Prof. Jochem Willemsen , Dr. Isabel Crowhurst. 2017-2022
  • Μεταπτυχιακό Δίπλωμα Κοινωνιολογία: Κοινωνική Οργάνωση και Κοινωνική Μεταβολή                                             Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης, Σχολή Κοινωνικών Επιστημών – Ρέθυμνο, Κρήτη, 2010                                                                                               
  • Πτυχίο Κοινωνιολογίας                                                                                                                                                                    Πανεπιστήμιο Κρήτης, Σχολή Κοινωνικών Επιστημών – Ρέθυμνο, Κρήτη, 2004


» Πιστοποιήσεις

  • Trust Certificate: Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, 2016-2017
  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education (AFHEA) – Date of Fellowship 26/03/2021 – Fellowship Reference: PR213755
  • Ψυχοπαθολογία: ΘεωρίακαιΠρακτική I and II – Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by Confer (Independent UK Organisation providing education for psychotherapists and other mental health workers), 2021                                                      


» Κλινική Εμπειρία

  • Ψυχοδυναμικό Κέντρο Ψυχοθεραπειών και Έρευνας  (09/ 2021 – σήμερα)

Συν-συντονισμός ομάδας ψυχοθεραπείας ομαδικο-αναλυτικού τύπου

  • ΕΛ.Ε.ΑΝ.Α. – Ελληνική Εταιρεία Αντιρευματικού Αγώνα (09/ 2021 – σήμερα)

Ατομικές συνεδρίες υποστήριξης ατόμων με ρευματικά νοσήματα, Ομάδες Πολλαπλών Αντικειμένων: Ομάδες Ψυχολογικής Υποστήριξης ατόμων με ρευματικά νοσήματα. Σκοπός της βιωματικής ομάδας πολλαπλών αντικειμένων είναι η επικοινωνία και η αλληλεπίδραση των μελών της ομάδας, καθώς και η επεξεργασία και η έκφραση σκέψεων και συναισθημάτων μέσω του εκάστοτε αντικειμένου.

  • Εταιρεία Περιφερειακής Ανάπτυξης και Ψυχικής υγείας (ΕΠΑΨΥ)  (02/ 2021 – 06/ 2021)

Παρατήρηση και συν-συντονισμός ομάδας Πολύ-Οικογενειακής Ομαδικής Ψυχοθεραπείας για οικογένειες με μέλη με ψύχωση


» Διδακτική εμπειρία


University of Essex

Assistant Lecturer (Face to Face and Blended Learning), 10/2018 – 2021



Τμήμα Ψυχοκοινωνικών και Ψυχαναλυτικών Σπουδών

  • PA223: Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach (Autumn 2018 – 2019, Autumn: 2020 - 2021) – Module Leader: Dr. Chris Nicholson
  • PA140: Introduction to Childhood Studies (Full year 2020 – 2021) – Module Leader: Dr. Carolyn Laubender
  • PA108: Popular Film, Literature and Television: A Psychoanalytic Approach (Spring 2021) – Module Leader: Dr. Kevin Lu


Τμήμα Κοινωνιολογίας

  • SC203: Researching Social Life II (Qualitative Methodology) (Spring 2021) – Module Leader: Dr. Isabel Crowhurst

Responsibilities of the posts:

  • Attending all main lectures for the designated module that provide input to the allocated classes
  • Preparing and teaching classes to undergraduate students
  • managed to communicate course material to people of mixed background
  • motivated students to be active learners and produce high quality coursework
  • Holding academic support hours related to the modules taught
  • Marking coursework assignments and preparing extensive feedback to students
  • Undertaking related administrative duties
  • Assisted students in forming groups in order to prepare their presentations for the module
  • Organized ‘Schedule for Group Presentations’, uploaded to Moodle and maintained regular contact 1:1 with students
  • Organized ‘Essay preparation 1:1 tutorials’ for all modules using ‘Scheduler’ and uploaded to Moodle in order to assist students with their assignments


» Κοινωνική Έρευνα

Κοινωνική Έρευνα σε ευρωπαϊκά χρηματοδοτούμενα προγράμματα                                                 

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre – Αθήνα

Addressing violence against vulnerable populations

Implementation of social initiatives, education, research and development of know-how on social policy issues.

Design and implement impactful initiatives, aiming to make a difference in tackling the ongoing challenges in a globalized world

Manage Project implementation, follow and manage project timetables, draft deliverables

Desk research, participating in meetings with partners and exchange ideas and knowledge for project implementation


EU Projects undertaken as a Researcher and Project Assistant

  • REC Program: ACTIVE: Strengthening Policies in Sports and Leisure Activities focused on Children – Duration: 1/10/2019 – 30/09/2021, Number of Agreement: 856826.
  • REC Program: Pattern: Prevent and Combat Domestic Violence against Roma women – Duration: 20/02/2020 – 19/02/2022, Number of Agreement: 881731.

-         Interview transcription, Data analysis (thematic analysis) and National report writing for Greece


» Δημοσιεύσεις

  • Κουτάντου Ειρήνη Ευσεβία. (2022). «Προς μια ψυχοκοινωνική προσέγγιση της διαμόρφωσης της υποκειμενικότητας των νέων στην Ελλάδα κατά την διάρκεια της οικονομικής κρίσης» στην Επετηρίδα Κέντρου Έρευνας της Ελληνικής Κοινωνίας (in press)
  • Chalari, Athanasia and Koutantou Efi – Eirini. (2020). "Narratives of Leaving and Returning to Homeland: the example of Greek Brain Drainers living in UK" in Sociological Research Online.
  • Chalari, Athanasia & Koutantou, Efi – Eirini. (2020). “Greek Brain Drainers in the UK: The deeper causes of this flight beyond the Greek crisis” in Koinoniologiki Epitheorisi (in Greek), V. 7
  • Koutantou, E. (2017). “Young people’s constraints in contemporary Greece: the self in crisis” in Crossing Conceptual Boundaries IX, PhD Annual Yearbook New Series, Social Sciences, UEL, UK


» Επερχόμενη Δημοσίευση Βιβλίου

Title:“Psycho-Social Approaches to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Change, Crisis and Trauma” co-authoring with Dr. Athanasia Chalari, Palgrave MacMillan Publications, UK


» Παρουσιάσεις σε Συνέδρια και Χρηματοδότηση

  • “Lived Experiences of COVID-19 Crisis: The meaning making of a pandemic” in Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures, 15th ESA Conference 2021, 31 Aug – 3 Sep, Barcelona (virtual conference). Athanasia Chalari, Efsevia Koutantou.
  • “Greek Lived Experiences of Covid-19 Crisis: The meaning making of a pandemic” in the ‘Contemporary Societies in Motion’ virtual conference, 27 – 28 May 2021, Athens, Greece. Athanasia Chalari and Efi Eirini Koutantou
  • “Greek Brain drainers in the UK: the deeper causes of this flight apart from the Greek crisis” in the 7th Conference of the Greek Sociological Society: Societies after the crisis, societies without crisis in Athens, Greece 23 – 25 September 2020 (online zoom conference).
  • Subjectivity in the making: A Psychosocial exploration of the influences of familial relationships in young people in Greece during the crisis”, at the PPS Conference “The Unconscious and Everyday Life”, University of Essex, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies Department, 30-31 May 2019. Funded by University of Essex.
  • 'Religions' as haunting ideologies - transforming potential in 'possessed' subjects, at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) 2018 Annual Conference: “Transformations: Disrupting Dystopian Futures”, at the Rutgers University In and Conference center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, 20 October 2018. Funded by the University of Essex.
  • Sublimation of emotion into ‘logic’ on the stage at the International Conference: Laban’s Philosophy ant Theatre Practice, Athens, 16-18 July 2018. Funded by the University of Essex.
  • Loss and Trauma during the Greek crisis: A Collapse of an ideal? at the “Psychoanalysis and Politics” Conference Series. Conference Subject: Psychodynamics in Times of Austerity in the Portuguesa Sociedade de Psicanalise, 18-20th May 2018, Lisbon, Portugal. Funded by the University of Essex.
  • Research Forum Presentations, University of Essex, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, February 2018.
  • Greece: the self in transition or maybe not? at the 8th Biennial HO PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus, 1st July 2017, London School of Economics and Political Science (presentation will be published on the Hellenic Observatory website). Travel grant from LSE.
  • Psychosocial Dimensions of Identity and Subjectivity in Greek young adults: what place does ‘family’ have? at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Association for Psychosocial Studies at the University of West England, 29th June – 1st July 2016.

» Παρακολούθηση Συνεδρίων και Σεμιναρίων   

  • Online Advanced Training series for PGR students, University of East Anglia (UEA)/ South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS)
  • Psychosocial Methodologies: Politics and Change: A short doctoral course offered by UCL Institute of Education in association with the Association for Psychosocial Studies and the University of Birmingham, November – December 2017
  • Identity, Mind and Body Conference, Psychoanalysis Unit, Research Dept of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
  • Bion’s Legacy: Twenty – First Century Transformations, UCL Psychoanalysis Unit, July 2016
  • Workshop: “A World in Common? Group Analysis meets Psychosocial Studies”, Association for Psychosocial Studies and Institute of Group Analysis, May 2016
  • Psychoanalysis and Philosophy: 12 week evening course, Freud Museum London, UK, April 2016 – June 2016
  • The Political Mind Seminar Series, Institute of Psychoanalysis, London, UK, April 2016 – July 2016
  • Disordered Personalities and Extremism, Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London, NHS and the Association of Psychosocial Studies, March 2016
  • Psychosis and Psychoanalysis: History, Politics, Theory, Technique, Freud Museum and Psychosis Therapy Project, March 2016