“I am awed and humbled by the experiences of the people who choose to work with me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In 2016, I officially changed careers after over 20 years of living on the cutting-edge of tech in a series of internet startups. In the finale of the show Halt and Catch Fire, there is an exchange between two of the main characters where one says, “Computers aren’t the thing; they’re the thing that gets you to the thing. You were the thing.” My own trajectory led me to the same conclusion. The people alongside me on my journey have been the “thing”. Over time, my priorities gradually changed from technology to people (humans as signal, technology as noise). I have pivoted from building the future to helping the builders of the future cope with their lives in the present.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My life has taught me that change is a constant and that the courage to change always feels hard. I am awed and humbled by the experiences of the people who choose to work with me. I have much to learn from the work we do together.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
COVID-19 has altered my attitude toward telehealth. I believe that distance need not be an obstacle to a meaningful connection and that a successful therapeutic relationship is possible.
Do I target any particular communities?
My bilingual upbringing and life experience allows me to practice psychotherapy in Russian with native Russian speakers.
“My bilingual upbringing and life experience allows me to practice psychotherapy in Russian with native Russian speakers.”