What we do
At CK Counseling we strive to help you live a more fulfilling life by working together to improve emotional, social, academic, and professional well-being.
We offer a variety of services to children, adolescents, adults, teachers, and schools to address each person’s cultural needs and specific interests. As we believe everyone is unique, our services are tailored to ensure an age-appropriate, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach.
We value and seek to change the lives of individuals by working within the community, schools, home, and many places in between. We operate in communities all across Athens, Greece.
Positive Teacher Effectiveness Training
Parent Support Groups
Positive Parenting Seminars
Teenager Support Groups
ESL English Lessons
BA, MA Clinical Psychology
Creative Play Specialist & Counselor
Co-founder and Director of CK Counseling
Cynthia Ouaijan Tyrberg received her first master's degree (MSc) in Forensic Mental Health Science at Kings College London: The Institute of Psychiatry, and her second master's degree (MA) in Clinical Psychology at The University of Indianapolis. She is currently completing her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at California Southern University.
She started working at ACS Athens in 2012 in various capacities related to counseling and conducting assessments and is currently working as a part-time consultant Clinical Psychologist/Diagnostician Specialist at the testing center. Furthermore, in her private practice, she conducts extensive psycho-educational assessments, parent seminars, support groups, and works with teenagers and adults providing psychotherapy.
She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
Her previous work and voluntary experiences around the world include providing assistance and working extensively with NGO's & other organizations such as;
Mentor: She has served as a mentor to children, developing and facilitating individually tailored programs, and connecting with them on a deep level, to help children/adolescents change their lives significantly for the better.
Victim Support: She has undergone extensive training to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
The Red Cross Youth Division: She has serviced hundreds of individuals facing various adversities, and provided psychological, emotional, and humanitarian assistance to refugees of war.
Saint Jude's Children Cancer Center: She provided emotional and practical support to both children and parents during treatment procedures for children undergoing chemotherapy.
Research: She has also conducted several research studies in various universities and schools, and is continuously learning on how to develop programs and deliver individualized interventions to help children strengthen their resilience and aspire to reach their full potential.
Kacey Loudermilk holds an M.A. Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. She is currently completing her Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at California Southern University.
She is currently a member of the American Counseling Association and also a certified member of the Positive Discipline Association.
Her previous work and volunteer experiences include working with young children in their home setting, college-aged students within an academic setting, as well as providing practical, emotional support, and educational services. She has conducted teacher effectiveness workshops, parenting seminars for parents of young children and adolescents, and co-directed parent support groups.
Kacey currently works as a mentor for young adults and children while teaching Creative--Play ESL lessons within the private house setting.
She also served as an adviser and addressed the needs and challenges young adults faced during their daily life while staying in a new country. She has also experience in working with middle school and high school students with special educational needs ranging within a wide spectrum from the: Autism spectrum, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
She has volunteered at international schools and refugee centers consisting of people from several different cultural backgrounds and taught English as a second language to children and young adults of all ages. Making her culturally aware and sensitive to each individual's needs.
June 11, 2016
Summer Boredom and Your Child
“A child develops best when, like a young plant, he is left undisturbed in the same soil. Too much travel, too much variety of impressions..."
Teacher Relationships: Every Kid needs a Champion!
"Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
May 04, 2018
Thinking of starting therapy? How to:
Getting therapy can sometimes feel overwhelming. You might have been referred by your doctor, or you might be trawling online ...
Why do people seek therapy?
Psychotherapy: Reduces Suffering
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. Therapy can help people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being, and it can also increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace. Therapy can address and resolve a large number of specific concerns, issues, and symptoms.
Therapy is also a very effective method of self-growth and self-actualization. In addition to overcoming barriers and helping people to release extreme beliefs and feelings, therapy can help people to increase many positive qualities; such as joy, compassion, self-esteem, self-concept, spiritual connection, and love. Many people enjoy therapy and embrace the journey of perception and becoming more consciously aware of themselves, their inner world, and their relationships with others.
Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are “Crazy”
The connotation that people who attend therapy are “crazy” or “damaged” is completely false. The most common individuals that go to therapy include current, ordinary people struggling with everyday, real-life problems, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. A very small amount of people seeking psychotherapy qualify as having a serious mental illness. If a person is afraid of being judged as "crazy" by others or by their own inner-critic for going to therapy, then therapy would ultimately be even more useful in building self-esteem and freeing one from the limitations of what others think.
What is Psychotherapy?
Individuals enter into therapy for numerous reasons, ranging from a desire for self-improvement and growth to contending with severe mental and physical illness. Counseling and Psychotherapy can be of great help to all of these individuals.
People pursue therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in life, while others seek opportunities for self-understanding and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, shame, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and effective coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, low confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, psychosomatic issues, body image issues, and creative blocks. People who seek therapy demonstrate a willingness to take responsibility for their actions, work toward self-change, and create greater awareness in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions, I will expect you to discuss the primary concerns and issues in your life. A typical session lasts 50 minutes. Usually, weekly sessions are best, but periods of crisis or significant distress may call for more frequent meetings. During the time between sessions, it is beneficial to reflect on what was discussed. Sometimes, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping a journal. For therapy to be effective, you must be an active participant, both in and outside of our therapy sessions.
Is therapy confidential?
All sessions are confidential and information will be shared only with your written consent. There are a few situations, however, in which I am ethically and legally bound to break confidentiality. These are the following: if I become aware of abuse, abandonment, neglect, or exploitation of a child, an elderly person, or a vulnerable/dependent adult; if I believe you are a danger to yourself or to others; If I am served with a court order for your records, or I am subpoenaed to testify. If any of these circumstances arise, I will inform you before breaking confidentiality and will disclose only the minimum amount of information necessary, in order to protect your privacy.
What benefits can I expect from working with
A commitment to therapy carries many benefits. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands your situation. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the stress of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Potential benefits include: attaining a better understanding of yourself, your values, and your personal goals; developing skills for improving your relationships; managing anger, anxiety, depression, and other emotional pressures in life.; improving your self-esteem and self-confidence; finding a resolution to the concerns that brought you to therapy; improving communication skills - learning how to listen to others and be heard; and breaking unproductive patterns and developing new, healthy behaviors and habits.
What does Creative Play mean?
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
What are Parent Support Groups?
When a child’s challenges first emerge—whether it’s at birth, as a toddler, or during the school years—parents often find themselves feeling not only confused but alone. You may not know anyone who’s experienced the same kinds of problems, and it may feel too painful to share the details of what you’re going through with friends whose kids seem to be sailing through all their milestones. They are small groups of parents that allow each person to gain support, have access to
resources useful to a parent and a safe place to vent. They also help each parent appreciate their child along with deepening relationships and new friendships.
Who has Educational Diagnostic Tests done?
Clinicians are familiar with making diagnostic decisions based on information gathered from history, a clinical examination, and educational diagnostic tests. Although many exams assess students; CEO's, parents, educators and many more also take these tests.
We draw parallels between the processes used to make a clinical diagnosis and the similar processes needed to make an educated decision.
I made an appoint for a diagnostic test, now what?
Once you request an evaluation for your child or yourself, what happens next? There are a number of steps involved in this process.
Your child or you will take a series of tests that look at different areas of learning.
Knowing the ins and outs of the evaluation process helps you be prepared. It also allows you to prepare your child or you for this experience. Each test is held at our center and conducted by our trained and specialized colleagues.
Athanasiou Diakou 5,14561, Kifisia - Athens
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
- Maya Angelou
Cynthia Ouaijan Tyrberg
BA, MSc, MA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Diagnostician Specialist
Co-founder and Director of CK Counseling