We talk to Health Psychologist Joanna Konstantopoulou about what her average day looks like full of lunch meetings, working with patients and how she unwinds after a long day.
Joanna is an award-winning London Psychologist and the founder of the Health Psychology Clinic in the medical district of Harley street. She is an expert in behavioural and emotional change. She offers unique treatment programs which are a combination of the latest scientific researched strategies of Health Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Joanna uses the latest advances in technology such as Biofeedback and Virtual Reality Therapy.
What is your job?
I am a registered Health Psychologist and I specialise in behaviour change, weight management, chronic illness management and stress management.
What responsibilities does your job entail?
My work focuses on empowering people to gain insight, facilitate health behaviour changes, improve their quality of life and prevent relapse. I use a variety of Health Psychology interventions and techniques to improve quality of life, including motivational interviewing, theory of planned behaviour and cognitive behaviour tools. My goal is to help my patients improve their overall wellbeing, achieve balance and develop a rational mindset
How did you get your job?
I obtained a Bachelor (B.Sc.) degree in Psychology and two Master (M.Sc.) degrees one in Health Psychology and one in Child Development in London. Furthermore, I completed a four-year professional qualification in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am a registered Health Psychologist by the Health and Care Professions Council which means that I have met all their standards for training, professional skills and behaviour to become register with this professional body and use the protected title of a Psychologist. My background is on a clinical setting where I completed my training and I was part of the medical team. After my training as a health psychologist I was so inspired to create a clinic where people are treated with not only effective but mostly efficient psychology treatments from a practitioner Health Psychologist. This dream has come to life with the Health Psychology Clinic in Harley Street. While as a health psychologist I focus on lifestyle changes, anxiety and depression that accompany a chronic condition diagnoses, I work with psychiatrists, nutritionists, doctors and GP’s to ensure a holistic approach to my patients nationally and internationally.
How does your typical day go?
I am self-employed, and I start my day at 8am, I have a healthy breakfast and coffee at home and I enjoy it with no rush. If I don’t have a morning clinic, I invest in my wellbeing and continue my morning with a workout. I love pilates and barre classes or play tennis with my coach. It helps me focus and continue my day with energy. Usually I am in my clinic at 10.30am and see my first patients for the day. In the midday, I have lunch meetings with colleagues and doctors. After lunch, typically I am with my patients for one to one therapy sessions until 7.30pm. Usually after work I would be invited in an event/ launch or a dinner where I will find friends or family.
What does your work space look like?
My clinic is in the prestigious Harley street. My consulting room is elegant and warm with comfortable armchairs. I am feeling lucky to hear compliments from my patients that they feel welcomed in an environment with peace and trust.
Tell us about your lunch!
Most of the days I have lunch meetings and I eat a healthy and light lunch. I love prawns and seared tuna which I combined with grilled vegetables, edamame or courgetti.
How do you unwind after work?
Typically, I am with patients all day, so when I finish work, I try to make my time as introspective as possible. I practice my relaxation techniques, I do stretch, or I will take a walk before I continue my evening.
What is your motto do you live by?
My favourite two quotes are from the Greek Stoic Philosopher Epictetus:
“Make the best use of what is in your power and take the rest as it happens”.
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters”.