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Please contact me to discuss projects related to the wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ young people and adults, diversity, grief, social media or popular culture.


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Lefteris is a counselling psychologist and lecturer in psychology and counselling at Monash University. In his counselling practice, teaching and research, Lefteris adopts the framework of intersectionality whereby individuals' multiple identities intersect to create novel experiences of mental health and illness while operating as both protective and risk factors. As a psychologist, Lefteris has worked extensively with clients with issues relating to migration, grief, trauma and LGBTQI+ identities. He has also worked with clients with a variety of mental health issues, court-ordered parents and their children, and individuals and couples pursuing artificial reproductive treatment. Lefteris has a particular research interest in the wellbeing, grief and belonging of LGBTQI+ young people and adults and migrant populations.

Lefteris is the course leader of the Master of Counselling. The Master of Counselling is one of the largest courses at Monash University and it is offered in Australia (on-campus and online), Singapore and Hong Kong.

Lefteris's professional affiliations are:

Research interests

LGBTQIA+ health and wellbeing

Grief, loss & bereavement

Social media and popular culture



Community service

Editorial assistant of Advances in Mental Health peer-reviewed journal

Queer mentor at Out for Australia

Monash teaching commitment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Psychology (Counselling), PhD/Master (combined), Bereavement Experiences of Same-gender Partners and Impact on Subsequent Relationships, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 21 Aug 2019

Psychology, Bachelor with Honours, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Counselling & Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma, Cairnmillar Institute

Research area keywords

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Grief & Loss
  • Death & Dying
  • Bereavement
  • Migration
  • LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing
  • Diverse Sexes, Genders & Sexualities
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Mixed Methods
  • Trauma
  • Posttraumatic Growth
  • Shaping digital futures
  • Enhancing health and wellbeing
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion
  • Social Media
  • transgender, non-binary gender
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer

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