Zoi Dorit Eliou, Ph.D


License number: PSY 15967

                    " When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
                        pray that the road is long,
                       full of adventure, full of knowledge."

                       Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)

Dr. Zoi Eliou was born in Athens, Greece and was raised in Greece and Israel.  She graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, Magna Cum Laude.  In 1986 she came to the US with an Onassis Foundation Scholarship to attend Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.  She graduated from Lesley with an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy.  She was awarded an additional scholarship from the Onassis Foundation to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology from Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA (APA approved program). 

Dr. Eliou trained at Lemuel Shuttack Hospital (Tufts university affiliate) in expressive art therapy with rotations in the acute and chronic psychiatric inpatient units.  She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in NYC (Columbia university affiliate, APA approved internship).  She completed rotations in inpatient and outpatient services, and a day treatment service for patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and Affective Disorders. 

Dr. Eliou has worked in inpatient, residential, and day treatment settings primarily with patients with severe psychopathology and personality disorders. She has worked at the Metropolitan State Hospital in Waltham, Mass, as well as in a private residential facility in Lexington, Mass, and at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn NY.  While at Kings County Hospital, Dr. Eliou was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center, SUNY, and she supervised practicum psychology students and medical students in inpatient psychiatry.  In 1995, she returned to Greece to set up and direct a Substance Abuse Secondary Prevention Program for Adolescents in Athens, Greece.  The program was funded by a European Union Grant and was partnered with similar programs in Ireland and Portugal.  

She returned to California in 1998 and worked at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara and Mountain View for 9 years.  She was a psychologist for the crisis service, intensive outpatient program, and mood disorders team.  During her nine year stay at Kaiser, in addition to seeing patients individually and in groups, she supervised post doctoral psychology students and was the Chair of the Continuing Medical Education program for the Department of Psychiatry in Santa Clara, CA.

Dr. Eliou opened her private practice in 2001.  She sees primarily patients with Affective Disorders (Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Depressive Disorders and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders), as well as patients with Trauma history.  She has extensive experience treating personality disorders, primarily Borderline Personality Disorder.  In addition, she treats patients with complicated medical and psychiatric profiles (autoimmune disorders, diabetes, cancer and pain disorders).  She is fluent in English, Hebrew, and Greek. She is EMDR trained.

 In her free time,  Dr. Eliou is busy with global trotting, photography (www.circumio.com) art performances, swimming, scuba-diving, reading and spending time with friends and family.