Psychotherapy is not just my vocation, it’s my life’s calling. I started counseling people 30 years ago after receiving a masters degree in psychology from Moscow University. I was fortunate to get a job as a counselor soon after my arrival to the U.S. as a Russian refugee. Working with various groups of immigrants while receiving my Masters degree from Hunter College School of Social Work was a great experience. The classical training I received in psychodynamic psychotherapy expanded my already wide repertoire of techniques, including CBT, interpersonal neurobiology, brain spotting, Ericsonian hypnosis and Internal Family Systems therapy.
Obviously I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach to counseling. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process in which the therapist has the necessary training and skill to help each client gain access to the resources that person already possesses. My approach tends to emphasize health over illness, and client strengths over weakness. I strongly believe in mindfulness, working with the mind-body connection, and the healing power of laughter.
I have a great deal of experience working with trauma (PTSD), depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, anxiety, and gender identity issues. I enjoy working with adolescents and have a strong interest in parenting issues. Couples therapy is a passion as well as my forte.
Endlessly interested in human nature, I will never stop studying it. My love of travel exposes me to different cultures, as does my love of literature and the arts. I’ve been happily married for 30 years (which honestly was not always easy). We have two wonderful children I try not to brag about–although it’s very tempting!