You are here because you are probably wondering whether
A) you can TRUST me and B) I can ACTUALLY HELP you.
Great questions. I encourage you to listen to your intuition as you read through this page to see if it resonates with you.
I am ethnically Russian, but I was born and raised in Kazakhstan, Central Asia (think Borat). I came to the United States in 2006 to travel for a couple of months (because I love traveling), fell in love with the country, and never left. I had to start my life from scratch multiple times (moved between the coasts), including learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture. It was never easy, but it transformed me as a person and inspired me to become a therapist-the coolest job in the world.
Why I am a therapist?
I have always been fascinated by people and how relationships work. And I hated math. So after studying for about a decade (in 4 different countries), I became a therapist. A therapist who works hard to create a safe place for her clients to explore their fears and insecurities when they are uncertain about their partner’s feelings and they can’t emotionally reach them, leaving them feeling anxious and depressed. A therapist who is determined to help you move from disconnection and unhappiness to being able to step outside of your old cycle and communicate your needs in a loving, open, yet assertive way.
What drives me?
I am VERY passionate about helping people, especially couples and individuals who are longing to build happier and more connected relationships. Because, no matter how old we are, we never outgrow the need to feel truly connected to our loved ones.
And when we don’t feel this connection, we feel “alone” and “lost.” Which, of course, translates into depression, anxiety, insomnia, fear and so many more symptoms.
My Therapy Style
Therapy with me differs from other therapists in that I have a very direct and transparent style (might be due to my Russian culture). My clients say that I “keep it real” and say it as it is.
I am not your typical nod and smile therapist, and I will jump into the emotional soup with you. I will make you work.
Together, we will slow down and really tune in to your emotions. And focus on your relationships…. a lot…both with yourself and your partner.
I think of myself as a process consultant and a fellow traveler, rather than the expert.
If you think of yourself as someone who is ready to reclaim your relationships-with yourself and/or your partner because you are tired of worrying and feeling disconnected and alone, call today for your FREE consult to discuss how I can help you overcome your inner critic and build happy relationships with the person who matters most. Your relationship deserves it!
To learn more about the type of clients I work best with, click here
P.S.: There probably be some crying, laughing, and swearing during our session. It’s all for the right cause:)
We either meet in my office, online (using a highly secure software, much like Skype or FaceTime), or at your own home. Schedule your free 15 min consultation to discuss what option might work best for your needs.
Education and Credentials:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (State of Virginia), License # 0904009547
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (State of North Carolina), License # C010718
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, 2013
Bachelor of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine 2011
Professional Affiliations and Trainings:
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Externship
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Core Skills 1,2,3,4
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Certification