“I look to go the extra mile, caring deeply for my clients and tirelessly studying techniques to better assist the individual.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted my work to make a direct and positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of others. Part of my motivation stemmed from personal experience. Growing up, I watched and supported family members who grappled with chronic physical and mental health issues. I was too young to understand the impact of these struggles at the time but the more I learned, the more I realized I wanted to dedicate my life to helping others find hope, even in the darkest times.
What should someone know about working with you?
I’m not the type of therapist who sits there passively and responds to your narrative with a question like, “How does that make you feel?” Our interactions will be collaborative conversations tailored to your individual needs. I look to go the extra mile, caring deeply for my clients and tirelessly studying techniques to better assist the individual. Previous clients have said I have a very “can-do” attitude and they feel more connected and understood after our sessions than they have in previous therapeutic settings. I offer both short and long-term psychotherapy and am able to conduct sessions in both English and Russian. I have experience utilizing culturally-competent and sensitive frameworks with diverse populations. My goal is to empower clients to develop the tools that will unlock answers and change their lives for the better.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Above all, I have a deeply held respect for the individual. I believe we all have our unique stories and experiences and my goal is to be sensitive and attuned to your particular circumstances. There is no one-size-fits-all approach; my clients and I work together to assess what outcomes and issues are most important and what strategies and tools are the best fit. I have also noticed a lot of medical models today focus on what is wrong with the individual and how we can “fix” them, but I truly believe no one is broken. I strive to find opportunities in our sessions rather than dissect the faults. I want to ensure we are making progress and that you are deriving value from our work together. My hope is to help you grow out of therapy rather than keep you in it for the sake of it.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There are exciting emerging patterns and options within therapy that did not exist a decade ago. I am happy to see that telehealth has opened a lot of doors for people who were not able to access therapy due to physical proximity or ailments. I am similarly pleased to discover there are more in-network care options than ever before. Another positive trend is materializing around the destigmatization of mental health issues. I have noticed a lot of open and honest mental health conversations that would not have taken place before. It is heartening and empowering to witness more people sharing personal stories and supporting each other.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy, what would they be and why?
A lot of books have and continue to influence my approach to therapy, but the following two stand out in particular: Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. Viktor Frankl writes, “Everything can be taken from us but one thing: The last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” It is my firm belief that we free ourselves to think and act in new ways when we are willing to embrace the exploration of the self and develop insights into the motivations behind our behaviors. We will work together to build a shared understanding of the obstacles that you are facing and discover the best path forward. Van der Kolk writes, “As long as you keep secrets and suppress information, you are fundamentally at war with yourself. The critical issue is allowing yourself to know what you know. That takes an enormous amount of courage.” My hope is to create a safe and comfortable space to fully explore your struggles and uncover what may be holding you back. I infuse these deep insights with your somatic expression to ensure we are healing both the mind and body.
“Previous clients have said I have a very “can-do” attitude and they feel more connected and understood after our sessions than they have in previous therapeutic settings.”