Dr Maria Papanastassiou qualified in Medicine from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1991. She trained as a psychiatrist at the Charing Cross and Imperial College training schemes in London.
Dr Papanastassiou has been a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry in the NHS since 2002. She has worked in various mental health settings, including general adult, eating disorder outpatient departments and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinics.
Dr Papanastassiou also qualified as a Group Analyst in 2012 and is a teacher and a trainer at the Institute of Group Analysis in London. In addition, she is a Visiting Consultant Psychiatrist for London Universities supporting students with their mental health and offers supervision and support to student mental health advisers and counsellors.
Dr Papanastassiou has been awarded 8 Clinical Excellence Awards for outstanding contributions in Psychiatry in the NHS. She has published on deliberate self-harm, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and group psychotherapy.
Dr Papanastassiou has a warm, empathic and flexible approach to her work with clients as well as extensive knowledge coming from years of clinical experience. She has genuine concern and interest in people’s mental health difficulties and distress. Therefore, one can expect to have a very safe and confidential forum to explore mental health needs and arrive at a tailor-made care plan, which can lead to therapeutic change, hope and relief from distress and mental health difficulties.
Dr Papanastassiou has an interest in helping caring professionals alleviate their distress and address their own mental health difficulties. She is an ambassador for the charity Doctors in Distress.
Dr Papanastassiou can offer in person as well as video consultations and can also conduct meetings in Greek.