Hi, I’m Eleni! I’m an Educational Consultant, EFT practitioner, and academic coach. A human being who teaches human beings. A world citizen of Greek descent. 

Based in Athens (Greece), I support kids, adults, and schools/educational institutions worldwide through my well-being and academic coaching support services. Most of my private and group coaching/training sessions are delivered online. I love working with people from different cultures. The people I work with tend to be cross-cultural and/or international-minded.

All of my work is secular. Growing up and living in different cultures as a child and adult (Zimbabwe, North Sudan, Belgium, Pakistan, Russia, England, Greece) has taught me the importance of respecting people’s culture and spiritual/religious practices. 

"Most child motivators and Ed. Psychologists have never seen the inside of a classroom. Eleni has. That's why she can really help!"
Anita Ratheb
ANITA RATHEB
Teacher, Author, Mother

DEGREES & QUALIFICATIONS

DEGREES

  • Undergraduate degree from Liverpool University (Modern History and English, 2004-7, Grade: 1st Class) 
  • Masters from Cambridge University (Masters in Education, Researching Practice, 2008-10, Grade: Distinction)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • UK-certified (Cambridge University PGCE 2009) and qualified (NQT 2010) secondary school teacher.
  • UK-certified (EFT International Level 1 and Level 2 2019) and accredited (EFT International Level 1 and Level 2 2020) EFT Practitioner.
  • UK-certified (EFT International Level 3 2023) Advanced EFT Practitioner.    

EXPERIENCE PRESENTING IN & HOSTING CONFERENCES

Oct. 2022, Hosted an online conference called the Tapping in Schools Summit for anyone interested in learning more about how EFT Tapping is being introduced in schools (PreK-Grade 12). My interviews were followed by an audience of 900+ school psychologists/counselors, EFT Pratitioners, teachers, school leaders, and parents. Videos available here.

Jun. 2022, 8th ENSEC Conference, Romania. My workshop: “EFT Tapping for Adult Social and Emotional Learning” 

Oct. 2021, IB Students Conference, Breaking Horizons. My keynote presentation: “Stories from my life: Successes, failures, and finding my purpose”. Video available here.

Oct. 2019, IB Global Conference, Abu Dhabi. My workshop: “IB Learner Profile: A self-reflection tool for IB teachers”

Aug. 2019, 7th ENSEC Conference, Hungary. My presentation: “Well-being education in secondary schools: Building it in rather than bolting it on”

Oct. 2018, Hosted an online conference called the Stress Less Summit for international schools that offer the IB Diploma. My interviews were followed by an audience of 900+ parents, teachers and school leaders in the IB schools community. Videos available here.

MEET ELENI

WORK EXPERIENCE

While working as a classroom teacher in international schools and British schools, I taught well over 3,000 middle school and high school students. The real number is a lot more than just 3,000 kids, but I stopped counting after my first few years of teaching. Let’s just say I’ve taught A LOT of students as a classroom teacher! In my last teaching job as a History (Key Stage 3 History, IGCSE History, HL IB History, IB TOK), I took such good care of my students that they consistently achieved the goals they needed to get into top universities. For example, every school year, about 3 of my Higher Lever IB History students got the grades they needed to get into Oxford University, Cambridge University, or Yvy League universities in the U.S. to study History or Law. I was one of the highest performing teacher at the St Catherines British School of Athens in my 8 years of service there from 2012-2020.
 

After I became a fully qualified EFT Practitioner in 2020, I resigned from my classroom teaching job at St Catherines to work full-time as an academic/student success coach, EFT Practitioner, and school staff trainer for private schools. specialized in assisting primary and secondary school students who want my help with achieving their academic goals by clearing their academic stress blocks like study procrastination (avoiding studying)  or exam anxiety. I also starting coaching adult learners (university and part-time students in full-time jobs, professionals preparing for exams, etc) using EFT Tapping for clearing blocks to achieving goals (e.g. for better progress on their dissertation, better time management for uni essays/assignments, managing stress in preparation for being more composed in their internship interviews/school placement assessed lessons, etc).

I also love coaching parents and school/university staff using EFT Tapping to assist them with their well-being and other goals. Over the years, my experience working with people using EFT Tapping expanded to include parents, grandparents, teachers, school administrators, therapists, learning support staff, school psychologists/counsellors, and university/college students. 

What ties together all of the work I’ve ever done as an educator, school trainer, and EFT Practitioner is my interest in what works. I enjoy working with kids and adults in schools, universities, and companies who are ready to work in a collaborative, problem-solving manner towards their well-being and professional/academic growth goal(s). 

  • 2004-2007: Worked as an intern in St. John’s International School which is an IB school in Brussels Belgium, Palmerston Special School which is a school for children with special needs in Liverpool UK, and Greenbank Primary School in Liverpool UK.
  • 2007-2008: Worked as a member of staff (PA to the Deputy Principle) and teaching intern at an IB school in North Sudan that was called Khartoum International Community School (staff have now been evacuated and the school shut down due to the civil war).
  • 2008-2009: Completed two assessed teaching placements as part of my teacher training PGCE program at Cambridge University in English public schools (Comberton Village College and Hinchinbrooke School in Cambridgeshire) 
  • 2009-2012: Worked in a British state school as secondary school History teacher where daily incidents of verbal and physical violence from students to staff and staff to staff were considered normal (to protect the school’s reputation and brand, I will not mention it’s name)  

CREATING MY PERSONAL EFT PRACTICE FOR EMOTIONAL SELF-CARE

JANUARY-MARCH 2012: Started practising the biological component of EFT Tapping to support my nervous system by relieving my stress in between sessions with a qualified trauma therapist (EMDR) to successfully recover from work-related PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: Completed a self-study online tapping course to learn how to do both the psychological and the biological components of EFT Tapping for my wellbeing and preventative mental health reasons.

2016-2018: Deepened my EFT Tapping practice for self-care after reading books on tapping and Energy Psychology.

2018-today: Continue to regularly invest personal resources and time for EFT sessions for my own self care with other fellow EFT Practitioners

AUGUST 2009-2016: Worked full-time in schools serving in a range of roles (A Level, IB, IGCSE, and GCSE History teacher, IB TOK teacher, TOK Coordinator, etc) and types of schools (British state school, private IB World School). Under my care, the results of my students who were preparing for rigorous academic assessments consistently resulted in good to great performance in external assessments.

JUNE 2016-2018: Re-negotiated my full-time permanent contract with a private IB World School to turn it into a part-time permanent contract so that I could start working to support students with academic success blocks using my academic coaching and teaching skills. 

DECEMBER 2018: Started using EFT Tapping as a stress relief tool when coaching young people in my private practice. Noticed most of my clients made quicker progress when we used EFT Tapping than when we used other mindfulness-based tools and types of meditation for stress relief. In awe at the effectiveness and efficiency of the results! So I wanted to get myself certified and learn more about how to apply these tapping strategies to help my clients achieve their goals quicker and with more ease.

AUGUST 2019: Became a certified Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner with EFT International.

FEBRUARY 2020: Became an accredited Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner with EFT International. Qualified to extended my EFT Tapping services to adults. After qualifying, I resigned from my part-time permanent contract working as a classroom teacher in a school to grow my private practice and offer bespoke training for schools as an EFT Practitioner and Educational Consultant.

JUNE 2023: Became a certified Advanced EFT Practitioner (Level 3). 

SEPTEMBER 2020-today: Private schools started hiring me to work virtually with their staff for stress management, student and staff wellbeing, and body-based Social Emotional Learning training as an independent Educational Consultant.

MARCH 2022-today: Private schools started hiring me for in-person staff training for student and staff wellbeing, stress management, and body-based SEL applications based on my experiences to date.

BOOKS I'VE READ THAT INFLUENCE HOW I THINK AND WORK

Dr Carol Dweck (2017) Mindset: Changing The Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential

Dr Mihaly Csikszemtmihalyi (2002) Flow: The Classic Work of How To Achieve Happiness

Dr Daniel Goldman (2013) Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Dr Judson Brewer (2021) Unwinding Anxiety: Train Your Mind to Heal Your Brain

Dr Angela Duckworth (2018) Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

James Clear (2018) Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Arianna Huffington (2014) Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life

Arianna Huffington (2016) The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time

Charles Duhigg (2012) The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How To Change

Paul McKenna (2009) Control Stress: Stop Worrying and Feel Good Now

Dana Cohen [M.D.] & Gina Bria (2018) Quench: Beat Fatigue, Drop Weight, and Heal Your Body Through The New Science of Optimal Hydration

Dr Patricia Carrington (2008) Try It On Everything: Discover the Power of EFT

Karl Dawson & Kate Marillat (2014) Transform Your Beliefs, Transform Your Life: EFT Tapping Using Matrix Reimprinting

Dr Bruce Lipton (2015) The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles

Dr Dawson Church (2014) Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention 

Clint Ober, Stephen Sinatra [M.D.], & Martin Zucker (2014) Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Malcolm Gladwell (2020) Talking to Strangers

Dr Travis Bradberry & Dr Jean Greaves (2009) Emotional Intelligence 2.0

Dr Daniel Goldman (1994) Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Dr Marc Brackett (2019) Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Our Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

Arun Gandhi (2017) The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons From My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi

Eric Berne, MD (1964) Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relations

Thomas Harris, MD (1969) I’m OK – You’re OK

Dr George Simon (2010) In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing With Manipulative People

Dr George Simon (2011) Character Disturbance: The Phenomenon of Our Age 

Dr Christiane Norhtrup [M.D] (2019) An Empath’s Guide To Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power

Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1992) Women Who Run With the Wolves

Marlene Rose Shaw (2019) How Kind People Get Tough: Assertiveness Tools, Tips and Techniques for More Confidence and Happier Relationships

Dr Gabor Mate [M.D.] (2011) When the Body Says No: Understanding The Stress-Disease Connection

Dr Gabor Mate & Daniel Mate (2022) The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Dr Bessel Van Der Kolk (2015) The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma

Dr Peta Stapleton (2019) The Science Behind Tapping: A Proven Stress Management Technique for the Mind & Body

Dr Judith Herman [M.D.] (2015) Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Violence to Political Terror

Dr Peter Levine (2015) Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body In Search of the Living Past – A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory

Dr David A. Treleaven (2018) Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing

Dr Nicole LePera (2021) How to Do the Work: Recognise Your Patterns, Heal From Your Past & Create Your Self

Dr Daniel Goldman (2002) The New Leaders: Transforming the Art of Leadership into the Science of Results

Matthew Syed (2016) Black Box Thinking: Marginal Gains and The Secrets of High Performance

Simon Sinek (2011) Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

Simon Sinek (2017) Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Dr. Brené Brown (2017) Braving The Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage To Stand Alone

Adam Grant (2013) Why Helping Others Drives Our Success: Give and Take

Rachael Jayne Groover (2015) Powerful and Feminine

Sheryl Sandberg (2013) Lean In: Women, Work and The Will To Lead

John Baird and Edward Sullivan (2022) Leading with Heart: Five Conversations that Unlock Creativity, Purpose, and Results

Dr George Simon & Dr Kathryn Armistead (2021) Essentials for the Journey: Embracing and Living the 10 Commandments of Character

Dr David Feinstein and Donna Eden (2011) Ethics Handbook for Energy Healing Practitioners

Dr Don Dinkmeyer & Rudolf Dreikurs [M.D] (2000) Encouraging Children to Learn

Kevin Hawkins (2017) Mindful Teacher, Mindful School

Kevin Hawkins & Amy Burke (2021) The Mindful Teacher’s Toolkit: Activities for 4-18 Year Olds

Dr Deborah Miller & Jondi Whitis (2022) Emotional First-Aid for Children: Compassion in Action, How to Quickly Help in Times of Trouble

Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (2020) Educating Mindfully: Stories of School Transformation Through Mindfulness

Uz Afzal (2018) Mindfulness for Children: Help Your Child to be Calm and Content

Steve Oakes & Martin Griffin (2016) The A Level Mindset: 40 Activities for Transforming Student Commitment, Motivation and Productivity

Dr Daniel J. Siegel (M.D) & Dr Tina Payne Bryson (2020) The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired

Sue Palmer (2015) Toxic Childhood: How The Modern World Is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It

Dr Fabienne Vailes (2017) The Flourishing Student: Every Tutor’s Guide To Promoting Mental Health, Well-Being and Resilience in Higher Education

Dr Dominique Thompson & Dr Fabienne Vailes (2019) How To Grow a Grown Up: Prepare Your Teen for the Real World

Lindsay Gibons (2015) Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How To Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents

Roger Jahnke (1998) The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods for Optimal Health

Lynn Roulo (2016) Headstart For Happiness: A Guide Book Using Kundalini Yoga and the Enneagram

Dr Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Dr Gudmundstdottir, Dr Felicia Huppert, Vanessa King, David Roffey, Dr Sue Roffey (2021) Creating The World We Want to Live In: How Positive Psychology Can Build a Brighter Future 

Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees (2008) Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds

Mark Wolynn (2017) It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How To End The Cycle 

CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

UPSKILLING MYSELF

AUGUST 2019-FEBRUARY 2022: Invested in Level 1 and Level 2 certification, followed by Level 1 and 2 accreditation to become an a qualified EFT Practitioner. Certified and accredited by one of the top 3 EFT trainers in the world, EFT International.

FEBRUARY 2020-DECEMBER 2022: Committed to investing in continued professional development. Highlights of my CPD experiences:  

  • May 2020: Trauma-Focused EFT Workshop, led by chartered Psychologist and accredited EFT and EMDR practitioner, Christina Buxton.
  • June 2020: Trauma Summit, hosted by Action Trauma.
  • November 2020: “Women, Trauma, and Mental Health: Empowering Women With the Skills and Insight to Thrive“, hosted by PESI UK.
  • January 2021: Intergenerational Trauma Conference, hosted by Action Trauma. 
  • October 2021: Young Hearts & Minds Conference, hosted by Action Trauma.
  • February 2022: Global Mindfulness in Education Summit, hosted by Dr Helen Maffini and Dr Chris Willard.
  • February 2022: “Considerations for Working Safely with Children and Trauma”, led by Dr Amy Gaesser.
  • March 2022: “Online Educators Retreat”, led by Amy Burke and Kevin Hawkins.
  • March 2022: “I Stress, Eustress, We Stress: Exploring the Evidence for EFT’s Effectiveness in Transforming Stress” by EFT International.
  • March 2022: “Growth Mindset in the Classroom: Online Conference for Educators”, hosted by the Big Life Journal.
  • June-July 2022: “Social and Emotional Learning, and Positive Development”, ENSEC (European Network for Social and Emotional Competence) Conference
  • August 2022: “Tearless Trauma Technique”, live EFT training teleclass with Dr Peta Stapleton. 
  • August 2022: Began working through the advanced EFT training as a member of EFT HQ from Evidence-Based EFT by Dr Peta Stapleton. 
  • August 2022: “Tapping in the Classroom”, self-paced training for teachers and school counsellors led by Dr Peta Stapleton.
  • September 2022: “Tapping with Children”, live training led by EFT Guild member Deborah Sampson.
  • October 2022: “Chasing the Pain and Tips from our Clinical Trials”, live EFT training teleclass with Dr Peta Stapleton.
Continue to keep up with the latest developments in the fields of trauma, epigenetics, and EFT for my therapeutic coaching & school services work. 
For example…
  • Took part in Dr Gabor Mate’s 12-hour in-person training here in Athens on the 22nd-23rd June 2023 to learn more about his Compassionate Self-Inquiry method of circular questioning.
  • Took part in the in-person practical trauma training with the world’s top psychiatrist Dr Bessel van der Kolke in Athens September 14th-15th 2023 to learn about C-PTSD and what trauma healing methods this world-renowned psychiatrist has found work best.
  • Completed the world’s best Tapping in the Classroom training by Dr Peta Stapleton (July 2023-February 2024). 
  • Regularly invest in world-leading training such as Dr Peta Stapleton’s comprehensive Evidence-Based EFT HQ (August 2023-today).
  • Became a certified Advanced EFT Practitioner (Level 3) in June 2023. 
  • Now working on my Advanced EFT Practitioner accreditation qualification with EFT International (includes Inner Child work, gentle techniques for working with traumatic stress, working with psychological resistance using EFT, and other advanced strategies). 
  • Upcoming: 2-day Trauma-Focused EFT Training led by Dr. Christina Buxton & George Brooks (May 25th & June 15th) 
  • Upcoming: 2-day workshop led by Dr Bruce Lipton that will take place here in Athens (October 12-13th 2024).