Integrative Medicine. Dr. Maria Christodoulou is the Programme Coordinator for Integrative Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and a leading Health Coach. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience derived from more than 20 years in integrative healthcare and ongoing health coaching in the private and public sector.Based in Cape Town, Maria graduated from Stellenbosch University in 1990 and went on to establish a successful private practice offering integrative care. She is known for her expertise in the support of people living with cancer and extensive experience in the management of stress-related and chronic lifestyle diseases. In 2005 she completed a Diploma in Practitioner Coaching and transitioned from Integrative Medical Practitioner to full-time Health Coach. In 2009 she was appointed Program Coordinator for Integrative Medicine at the University of Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Health Sciences where she is responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating a year-long, online, distance-learning certification in Integrative Medicine for doctors. The course represents an innovation in medical education in its bid to meet a growing demand for practical applications of systems-thinking in medicine, and integration of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in primary care. This, along with its emphasis on the importance of practitioner self-awareness in the therapeutic relationship, makes it the first academic initiative of its kind in South Africa, and perhaps even Africa.
Maria is a registered member of the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) and COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa). She is also a lecturer and member of faculty at The Coaching Centre, where she teaches health coaching as part of an integral coaching program and participates in the supervision and assessment of coaching students. She has spent most of her career supporting people to transform their lives by developing their capacity to access inner resources, leadership ability and creative thinking. Qualifications: MBChB (Stell)/Dip. Hom (CEDH)/Dip. Practitioner Coaching (TCC) Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel number: contact number 083 459 9736.