“I provide a supportive, judgment-free space and help clients develop new coping skills, awareness, self-discovery, growth, and healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Starting from a young age, I had an enthusiasm for making a difference in people's lives coupled with a strong curiosity about psychology. I was always searching for books that explained people's behaviors. My passionate focus continued and I graduated with a degree in psychology from Yerevan State University in Armenia. I earned my graduate degree in mental health counseling from The City University of New York and I’ve continued to participate in professional workshops and training courses ever since. Over the last 12 years, I have provided counseling and coaching for individuals and groups of all ages. I’ve worked with adults, adolescents, and children in both clinics and private practices. I’ve also led transformational workshops on topics such as mindfulness, self-discovery through creativity, and the mind-body connection. My innate curiosity and my readiness to help people recognize and overcome challenges remain driving forces in my life and my work.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a supportive, judgment-free space and help clients develop new coping skills, awareness, self-discovery, growth, and healing. I believe in an individual and integrative approach; the tools and techniques will differ depending on your needs. Together, we will create a vision of who you want to be and what you want to accomplish in your life! As we collaborate and build a strong therapeutic relationship, we’ll explore new paths to create opportunities and achieve your goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I’ve continued my professional development through classes, lectures, and courses. I earned a psychotherapy and meditation certification from Harvard Medical School and completed training in cognitive behavioral therapy for treating anxiety, depression, and trauma at the Center for Practice Innovation. I’ve also studied “The Science of Well-Being” (presented by Yale University) and instinctual trauma response through the ITR Training Institute. In addition to traditional psychology, I continue to study leadership, communication, self-expression, and creativity through courses and conferences worldwide. The World Happiness Summit (WOHASU), featuring the world's leading experts in the science of happiness, is one example. I have completed fine arts and design courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I incorporate my psychology and design knowledge into my lifestyle and environmental psychology-related workshops. I love learning new concepts and making them part of innovative approaches in my practice.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In my research paper — "Integrative Approach of Depression" — I developed a dynamic method of addressing depression. My interest in the topic was motivated by understanding the individual message behind depression rather than using avoidance, suppression, or a fixing mentality toward this emotional state. My studies in leadership strategies prompted my paper on groups and team management. I’ve published articles on self-care, burnout, the difference between eustress and distress, and other topics connected to mental wellness.
“Together, we will create a vision of who you want to be and what you want to accomplish in your life!”