Welcome to Athens Interdisciplinary Center for Families and Children (in Greek: «ΔιΕπιστημονικό Κέντρο Αθηνών για το παιδί και την οικογένεια – ΔΕ.Κ.Α.»).

DEKA was founded in 1998 by Nikos Stathopoulos, a child-adolescent psychiatrist, psychotherapist and group analyst. His vision had always been to establish a guidance clinic that would offer top-quality mental health services to children, adolescents, grown-ups, couples and families.

In 2006, our move from the center of Athens to the suburb of Kifissia signaled our transformation and expansion towards an even deeper cultivation and application of our principles and our clinical experience. 

Interdisciplinary Approach

We believe that, in Mental Health Services, more than in any other setting, the Interdisciplinary Approach is the most appropriate one, if we are to aim at a deep and substantial understanding of the various manifestations of human disorders. It practically means that, professionals from different, although relevant and adjacent scientific fields, work together, collaborate and complement each other in a joint effort to assess, diagnose and understand the very nature of every clinical situation. Moreover, the subsequent therapeutic planning, the offered form of therapeutic intervention, as well as, the follow-up, are implemented well according to contemporary scientific knowledge, integrating complementary points of view, towards a holistic bio-psycho-cultural understanding of the human being and his/her difficulties. 

The coordination of such an Interdisciplinary Team should definitely be managed by a medical doctor (appropriately trained, of course), so that the team’s efficacy is maximized, the patients’ interests truly met and the Code of Ethics and principles respectfully followed. 

DEKA’s interdisciplinary team currently consists of:


  • Child-adolescent psychiatrists,

  • Psychiatrist,

  • Clinical psychologists,

  • Psychotherapists (individual – group),

  • Special educators,

  • Speech-language therapists,

  • Occupational therapists,

  • Social worker,

  • Socio-therapists, and

  • Vocational guidance counselor. 

Thus, we are ideally structured to handle a wide range of human difficulties that may need attention and intervention, such as:

  • Anxiety disorders (: phobias, separation anxiety, tics),

  • Mood disorders (: depression, bipolar, dysthymia),

  • Conduct disorders,

  • Eating and sleep difficulties,

  • Learning disabilities (: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia),

  • Speech and language difficulties,

  • Disorders of the autistic spectrum (: autism, Asperger’s syndrome),

  • Siblings’ rivalry – Grief/mourning – Enuresis – Encopressis,

  • Divorce management and problems – Single parenting,

  • Internet (or other) addiction,

  • Relational / Social avoidance and dysfunction,

  • Career consultation.

Scientific Director’s CV

Nikos Stathopoulos is a Child-Adolescent Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Group Analyst and Psychoanalytic Couples and Family Therapist. He graduated from the Medical School of Athens University in 1991 and received his specialization and license in 1997. Simultaneously, he concluded his psychotherapeutic training in Group Analysis, in 1997.

He mostly works in his private practice, but he has occasionally participated in numerous collaborations of the private and the wider public sector (i.e nursing schools, Hellenic Association of Group Analysis and Psychotherapy, KETHEA, Ag. Dimitrios Municipality Social Service, Korydallos’ Center of Social Intervention, etc.)

He is a Founding Member of Hellenic Organization of Psychotherapy and Education in Group Analysis (HOPE in GA), a member of its Management Committee, its Scientific Committee and the Director of its Training Program on Couples and Family Therapy.

He is a Full Member of the Group Analytic Society International (GASi), the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and the Group Processes (IAGP) and a delegate in the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (EFPP)’s Section for psychoanalytic couples and family psychotherapy.

He attends GASi – IAGP – EFPP congresses regularly, presenting papers of theoretical and clinical interest. 

Diagnostic Process

Children are most often referred to DEKA by their pediatrician, another medical doctor, their teacher, school management or a lawyer. During the first visit, both of the child’s parents meet with the scientific director (the child psychiatrist) for the first assessment of the situation and the planning of the diagnostic process.

After all necessary actions have been taken (i.e. clinical evaluation, projective psychological tests, qualitative educational assessment, language or occupational assessment), the Interdisciplinary Team discusses the case during its scheduled weekly meeting. The final conclusions (verbally and in writing) are then given to both parents along with the team’s recommendations and proposals regarding the necessary therapeutic intervention.


In all cases where the therapeutic intervention is undertaken by us, we closely collaborate with both parents from the beginning of therapy until we all agree on the exact therapeutic planning. This collaboration with the parents goes all the way through their child’s therapy.  

Types of therapy offered


  • Psychotherapy (individual – group) for grown-ups

  • Psychotherapy (individual – group) for children and adolescents

  • Art therapy

  • Couple or family therapy (psychoanalytically oriented)

  • Parental therapy – Consultation – Psychoeducation 

  • Learning disabilities' management

  • Speech therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Counselling

  • Career Consultation

  • Therapeutic Community 

Therapeutic Community – Sociotherapy

DEKA’s Therapeutic Community (T.C.) is a program of democratic-type psychosocial intervention for adults who deal with significant psychosocial disorders, like psychosis, personality and mood disorders. It is a day-center that works on a twice-weekly basis, following the basic rules and values of Community of Communities, as well as those of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, the british Royal College of Psychiatrists, the greek Medical Code of Ethics and the Athens’ Medical Association.

The main purpose of our T.C. is to supplement its members’ already existing personal therapy (: medication – psychotherapy) in order to facilitate their social interaction. Through such procedure, the T.C. members manage to deal with their everyday issues more effectively and find more creative ways to connect with others. Finally, they learn how to better organize their life, so that it becomes more constructive, more functional and of higher quality.