Koitida was founded by people with extensive experience and expertise in issues around the psychological functioning during pregnancy, infant mental development, and early therapeutic intervention practices to treat perinatal and infant mental health problems.
We are committed to directly assisting infants and families and disseminating knowledge and good practice, including by training and supporting health professionals.
Dr. Meropi Michaleli
Psychoanalyst, Founder and Scientific Coordinator, Koitida.
Dr. Michaleli is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in perinatal mental health support in the national and private health system (Athens General Children’s Hospital, “Alexandra” Hospital, Maternity Hospital “Elena Venizelou”, among others). She is a member of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society (HPS), the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis (SEPEA). She is also a psychosomatic psychotherapist, trained at the Paris Institute of Psychosomatics (IPSO-PARIS), and a member of the Hellenic Psychosomatic Society. Dr. Michaleli is a founding member (1993) and former president (2013-2019) of the Hellenic Society for Infant Mental Health.
Agelou Eva is a psychologist, specialized in the development and mental health of infants (MA in Infant Mental Health) in collaboration with the Society for Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents (EPSYPE) with his University East London (UEL) and the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is a candidate member of the Hellenic Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Children and Adolescents (HACCAP). She has been working in a variety of clinical, educational and community of care, support, counseling and psychotherapy settings, both for young children and adults. She also works as a private practitioner.
Midwife – MSc in Health Crisis Management
Daliani Katerina is a Midwife-MSc in Health Crisis Management. She worked as a midwife at the Elena Venizelou Maternity Hospital and as a laboratory associate at the Obstetrics Department of the TEI of Athens (now PADA) for about 35 years.
She was active with zeal in the fields related to Mother-Child-Family-Care and Education of Health Professionals during the Perinatal period.
The love for the profession of midwife gave her the blessed opportunity to care for thousands of mothers – newborns and future and new parents.
She believes that the Cradle is the right place to continue to do so!
Irini Dimopoulou was born in Athens, on September 11, 1975. She studied Psychology in Padua, Italy, specializing in clinical psychology (2002) and later obtained a postgraduate degree in Social Psychiatry from the Medical School of Ioannina (2007).
Vasiliki Eirinaki, MSc
Vasiliki Eirinaki is a psychologist who has specialised in the evaluation, analysis and enhancement of the mother-infant relationship. She is a PhD candidate at the Roehampton University and an honorary researcher in the Mother & Baby Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital, National Health System Foundation Trust in London.
Psychologue clinicienne – Psychanalyste
Psychologue clinicienne, je suis diplômée d’un D.E.S.S. de Psychologie Clinique et Pathologique depuis 1988 (Université Paris VIII – Saint-Denis, 93).
Très tôt, je me suis intéressée à l’approche psychanalytique via la Société Psychanalytique de Paris.
J’ai complété ma formation en suivant le cursus de psychanalyste psychosomaticienne de l’École de Paris (Institut Psychosomatique de Paris-P. Marty).
Je partage depuis près de vingt ans mon activité de psychologue en cabinet libéral et en institution au Centre des soins du Département de l’ASM13 Institut de Psychosomatique de Paris.
Elli Kazakou is a clinical psychologist. She studied Psychology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She continued her studies on a postgraduate level (Master’s) in Clinical Psychopathology and Psychoanalysis at the Paris Descartes University in France, where she specialized in Clinical Psychopathology of children and adolescents. During the course of her postgraduate studies, she took part in seminars focused on the perinatal period by Professor Sylvain Missonnier. Under his supervision, she completed her thesis on paternal representations of the fetus during pregnancy.
Psychologist, M.Sc. – Psychotherapist, Family Therapist, Group Coordinator
Georgia Koutsavgousti is a Licensed Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Family Therapist. She has many years of experience in coordinating training and therapeutic groups. She has worked in the field of Education in a position of responsibility focusing on school climate improvement and the empowerment of school community stakeholders. She has participated in “Parents’ Schools” and supported teachers in the implementation of experiential Social and Emotional Learning programs (SEL).
Social Worker – Operations Coordinator
Christina Michailidou is a Social Worker and Systemic Psychotherapist trainee at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos (AIA). She has studied Social Work at the University of West Attica and School Psychology at the University of the Aegean. She worked at supported living homes of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Adapted Activities “ALMA”. She was also a volunteer Social Worker at the Home-Start program of the “One Child – One World” NFO, where she provided in-home support to families in matters related to raising a child, the stress of everyday life, separation, illness and loneliness. In practice, she worked with cancer patients and their families at the Day Centre for the Psychological Support of Patients with Cancer P. Sakellaropoulos.
Eleni Panopoulou is a Social Worker with over 7 years experience in Social Work.
Studied Social Work in Democritus University of Thrace, Faculty of Social
Administration and Political Science.
Eleni got an internship in General Directorate of Public Health and Social Support of
Greek Republic in Komotini city with scope in adoption and fosterage. More than 2
years worked as an internship and volunteered in a rehabilitation programme for
alcohol and gambling ”KETHEA ALPHA”. Experienced target groups , relatives
groups and worked in the supportive telephone line for gambling 11-14.
Since 2016 has been working in the refugee crisis supporting vulnerable families,
women and minors.
Eleni believes that Koitida is the most suitable place to continue with passion her
action in the humanitarian field and be educated in prenatal and perinatal science.
Katerina Spyridaki is a physiotherapist with many years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of infants and children with neurological and similar conditions.
She was trained at the Bobath Center in London, she has attended many seminars and trainings using the Bobath NDT method and other therapeutic approaches, such as Craniosacral therapy, Myofacial release, Visceral manipulation, Sensory Integration, etc.
Dr. Efi Stefanidou
Efi Stefanidou is a Pediatric Neonatologist with over twenty years of experience in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Greece. Her key responsibilities include providing medical care and support to premature and troubled newborns. At the same time, she accompanies their parents in their long and often challenging journey, recognising their unique needs.
Since 2013, she has been systematically involved in supporting the mental health of infants and their mothers. She is certified in applying the NBAS scale, a tool that presents to parents their infant’s early capabilities and secures the family bond.
In addition to Medicine, she holds a degree in Orthodox Theology and the Humanities from EurAka University in Switzerland.
She lives in Athens and works as the Deputy Director of the Intensive Care Unit in Leto Maternity Hospital.