“I consider myself a holistic psychotherapist—I utilize traditional psychodynamic techniques as well as mindfulness, hypnosis ... and meditation to assist clients with building coping skills and meeting their goals in treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since I was a teenager, I naturally gravitated toward helping family and friends navigate their relationships and handle life struggles. I had a deep curiosity in human nature and cultural points of view, as I immigrated with my family from the Soviet Union and observed the added stressors of acculturation and immigration. Through my own extended family history and dynamics, I recognized the impact of personality disorders and addictions on mental health. I went to NYU to become a psychotherapist and trained extensively in clinical hypnotherapy to treat trauma and addiction. I have been in private practice as a licenced psychotherapist since 2002. I’ve furthered my clinical palette with training in hypnotherapy, mindfulness-based therapy, positive psychology, psychodrama, and inner child work.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider myself a holistic psychotherapist—I utilize traditional psychodynamic techniques as well as mindfulness, hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, regression therapy, guided visualization, and meditation to assist clients with building coping skills and meeting their goals in treatment. I focus on treating various issues, such as childhood trauma, anxiety, panic disorders, depression, addictions, self-esteem, eating disorders, interpersonal relationship issues, and life purpose inquiries. I support and empower my clients in their healing, transformation, and personal development to create lives filled with joy, love, and personal fulfillment.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Since the inception of my private practice, I have collaborated extensively with psychiatrists, other psychotherapists, yoga therapists, as well as functional medicine doctors when creating retreats and workshops for women with cancer. I was also part of a wellness program in an alternative health clinic with acupuncturists, chiropractors, and osteopaths treating women with a myriad of health-related concerns, such as fertility issues, PMDD, postpartum depression, and anxiety. In all of these experiences, I have gained knowledge regarding the impact of nutrition, supplementation, yoga, and meditation on the health and well-being of my clients. I am now also certified in mental health integrative medicine.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
For me, the most exciting aspect of the evolving landscape of mental health is the inclusion of somatic therapy, energy psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. I incorporate mindfulness practices and training into my treatment protocol with most clients. I’ve also opened my practice to support those looking to explore their inner life to deal with existential issues such as death and dying, find the meaning and purpose of their existence, and explore altered states of consciousness through psychoactive substances, silent meditation, and yoga. Being in the field for 18 years, I am excited to see more individuals view themselves holistically, as energetic and spiritual beings seeking to not only understand the psychology of their minds, but also that of their bodies and spirits.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I am most excited by the rapidly developing research in the field of positive psychology. The practice focuses on decreasing our natural negativity bias through retraining the brain to seek positive expectation, focus on strengths, and see the glass half full. In my practice, I have found that incorporating daily gratitude journals and working on building compassion and self-acceptance through various exercises is particularly helpful in shifting clients' inner states of conscience and mood. My favorite research-based techniques, which I use with both teenagers and adults, is mindfulness training. I have found it to be powerful in addressing test and performance anxiety, navigating difficult relationships, defusing stressful situations, and gaining deeper awareness and self-reflection into our behaviors, reactions, and triggers.
“I support and empower my clients in their healing, transformation, and personal development to create lives filled with joy, love, and personal fulfillment.”