Christos Papalekas

Registered Counselling Psychologist, CBT & EMDR Psychotherapist


Christos Papalekas joined Priory in 2009. Since then he has been treating hundreds of patients with a variety of disorders. He has been providing individual and group therapy as well as clinical supervision.

Group therapies include anxiety disorders groups (obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), panic and phobia groups), depression groups, assertiveness groups, cognitive behavioural therapy for mixed diagnosis using psychodrama techniques, and mindfulness groups.

He has been presenting to conferences, workshops and training events throughout the years and is one of the lead trauma therapists at Priory Hospital Hayes Grove. Christos has been running his own private practise alongside his other responsibilities.


Christos graduated from the University of Teesside with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Counselling. He also gained a Diploma in Counselling from Edexcel Institute then completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology from University of West London. Christos completed his Masters in Social Psychology from University of London as well as his Masters in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the same university.

He was trained in EMDR therapy for three years and finished his professional training in 2012. He was also trained in psychodrama therapy where he was granted a certificate from the London Institute of Psychodrama. Christos has been trained extensively with world experts in ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy).


  • English
  • Greek

Research Interests

Christos is very interested in research around neuroplasticity and the effects of mindfulness to the brain, as well as about the clinical co-existence of EMDR and CBT.

Clinical Articles and Research Papers


  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counselling
  • Certificate in Psychodrama
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in EMDR / completion of professional training
  • MA in Social Psychology
  • MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Therapy
  • Postgraduate diploma in Psychology

I work using the rational cognitive approach as well as experiential exercises to psychotherapy. I also use mindfulness interventions in my clinical practise and can guide patients to develop cognitive, emotional and behavioural strategies that will contribute towards the prevention of any further psychological problems, as well as becoming more resilient.

Psychotherapy is a challenging but life-changing process based on empathy, acceptance and committed action based on fulfilling, life-enriching goals.