I received my doctorate of philosophy from the University of Florida in 2018. Before coming to the USA, I earned my Master’s of Social Psychology (2001) as well as the candidate of psychological science in social psychology (2006) from Lomonosov Moscow State University. My education includes intensive training in Family Systems, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Theraplay, Play Therapy, as well as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR). Currently, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida. Over the years, I dedicated my professional career to helping adults, mothers, and children navigate the challenges of mental health issues, family dynamics, as well as adjustment and developmental disorders.
My work with diverse populations of people is focused on helping my clients to overcome a wide range of personal and relational challenges. In fact, the multicultural aspect of my identity helps me connect with and understand clients more readily. I not only see people who have been living in the US since birth and identify as White Americans, but also work a lot with clients who come from Germany, Russia, Cuba, France, Argentina—you name it. Click here to learn more about my background.
Anger is one of the basic human emotions, it helps us to fight injustice and get energy when we need to overcome difficulties. It is when we can’t control our anger and harm others when we may want to learn how to deal with it.
Family members form a system, where each element affects everyone. Working with families is exciting as you can see the change in several people at once. However, even when one family member attends counseling, the system changes.
We all have different levels of vulnerability when it comes to stress. However, there are situations that are potentially traumatic for most people, such as physical injury, car accidents, violence and abuse, suicide, infidelity, divorce. Using specific techniques we remove emotional charge and traumatic events becomes history.
Anxiety and fear help us to be prepared to cope with danger or harm. At times we may feel these emotions when there is no threat. This is when we check the facts and use the opposite action skill to regulate anxiety.