Natalia Pliakou is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Counseling Center at HAU. She previously lectured at the American College of Greece-Deree and the PsychD Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey where she completed her doctorate and subsequently taught theoretical models of therapy and clinical practice as well as supervised trainees' doctoral theses. She has worked for many years as a psychologist/clinical supervisor for public and private psychological services in the UK and in Greece, where she also specialised on community trauma services for vulnerable populations. She is an HCPC/BPS registered Counselling Psychologist, an accredited clinical supervisor as well as a clinical trainer for medical organizations. She has trained in different models of psychotherapy, she delivers lectures and clinical supervision in psychotherapy institutes and she runs a private practice in Athens. Her scholarly interests include the emotional possibilities and relational dynamics in therapy, father-daughter relationships and their effects on daughters' psychosocial development, fathers' role in the development of eating disorders in women, women and leadership, neuroscience and psychotherapy and the neurobiological mechanisms of maternal behavior.