Elpiniki completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (Class 1) in the area of neuroscience at the University of New South Wales. She then completed her Master of Clinical Psychology at the University of Sydney and is currently completing her PhD. Elpiniki’s research focuses on identifying the effects of stress on exposure-based treatments for anxiety and fear-based disorders. She is particularly interested in enhancing treatment for these disorders by optimizing individual stress levels in order to reduce relapse.
Her research has resulted in publications in international peer-reviewed journals and presentation at international conferences. Elpiniki has also consulted at leading organizations such as Suncorp to improve the psychological health and knowledge of stress in the workplace; and conducted trauma-related research at the Westmead Institute of Medical Research.
Elpiniki has had several years of experience supporting adults with mental health difficulties. She has worked with a variety of clients with depression, anxiety disorders, work-related stress, emotion regulation difficulties, suicidal ideation and problems with addiction in a number of settings, including hospitals, universities and research centres. Elpiniki has had experience facilitating inpatient and outpatient DBT, anxiety, and addiction groups, as well as online groups for COVID-19-related difficulties.
Elpiniki is an empathetic and friendly psychologist who draws upon her research experience and ongoing professional development to provide evidence-based treatment for her clients. Elpiniki is passionate about offering a warm and safe space for her clients to be heard and understood. She believes in helping individuals to be their own psychologist and primarily draws upon CBT and related approaches. Elpiniki also uses DBT and schema therapy to support individuals in meeting their psychological and emotional needs. Elpiniki has particular interest in anxiety. And trauma-related disorders, depression and emotion regulation difficulties.