“I view psychotherapy as a deeply personal transformational process of growth regardless of where you are in life and whether you’re in crisis, struggling with a relationship issue, curious about who you are, or suffering from a mental illness.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew at an early age that I wanted to help individuals through challenging times as well as help them identify and build upon their strengths. I idealized the power of psychology and decided that I wanted to obtain the training that would allow me to help individuals with mental health problems. My personal, academic, and clinical experiences have reinforced my belief in the value of mental health treatment and guided self-discovery. I completed a bachelor’s of science in psychology at Fordham University as well as a master’s degree in psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology at the New School for Social Research. I worked for a decade in a myriad of clinical and educational settings, including colleges, mental health clinics, psychoanalytic clinics, and inpatient and outpatient units at hospitals across New York City.
What should someone know about working with you?
I view psychotherapy as a deeply personal transformational process of growth regardless of where you are in life and whether you’re in crisis, struggling with a relationship issue, curious about who you are, or suffering from a mental illness. Our therapist-client relationship will be unique, nonjudgmental, and supportive. We will build a trusting space where it will be safe and comfortable for you to share your experiences, feelings, and thoughts. By exploring unfulfilling aspects of your life, we can work together toward a positive change.
I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship where we will explore patterns from your past and current relationships as well as the thoughts and feelings that emerge in the here-and-now. We will work on your awareness of detrimental patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that may take place unconsciously and create problems in your everyday life.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My personal and professional experiences have strongly formed my views on diversity and helped me better understand and appreciate the nuances and histories of different cultures. My identity as a Byelorussian immigrant helps me to recognize the struggles of immigrants and provides insight into how societal power structures can impact an individual’s sense of self and wellbeing. This outlook informs my clinical work as I have learned to be sensitive to the interdependent nature of psychological and sociological factors.
As a clinician, I have always been interested in working with diverse populations. These experiences have taught me the importance of exploring unique identities and worldviews in a culturally-sensitive and collaborative way. I have learned to be flexible within the therapeutic frame and believe my therapeutic approach should fit the needs and cultures of my clients. This process has been mutually enriching, fostering connection and therapeutic relationships.
“We will build a trusting space where it will be safe and comfortable for you to share your experiences, feelings, and thoughts.”