Individual therapy

Basic information

Clients work one-on-one with a therapist in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment to explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviours and present-day difficulties. Services available in Russian and English, in person and online. There is good evidence that online therapies can be as helpful as face-to-face therapies.

 

During the first few sessions, I am going to conduct a psychological assessment by asking questions about your life, present and past experience,  some formal information about whom you live with, your relationship, work, leisure, what brings you in therapy, and what changes you expect to make from it. After the assessment phase, we can both to decide if continuing to work together feels like a good idea and make a treatment plan.

 

Please, read Informed consent before coming for the first appointment, a printed copy will be provided.

 

Download Informed consent.

Download the Initial form (edited PDF).

How does it work?

In person and Online

I believe that empowerment and growth through interpersonal connection and skill-building interventions are both important.

 

I aim to:

  • Help you understand your patterns of thoughts and feelings about yourself and others.

  • Find how significant relationships from the past and present shape your experience.

  • Help to identify your values, how you want to live your life and find a way to perform this kind of life.

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I am currently seeing clients on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in person. Video conferencing therapy is available during the week from Monday to Friday in Zoom.us

My principles

Therapy frame

I believe that effective psychotherapy is based on the following principles:

 

  • Emotional regulation is the key to well-being and depends on having satisfying relationships with others.

  • Thinking strategies might be ineffective and lead to suffering.

  • The history of relationships may have a significant impact on the development of Self, level of Self-criticism and Shame. Focus on these processes may reduce suffering and increase Self-support.

  • A safe and supportive therapeutic relationship is a context for the healing process, exploration and development of Self.

 

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” Dalai Lama

My Continuing Education

Therapy models

2019 Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems: A comprehensive certificate training course, Frank G. Anderson, MD (PESI, USA)

2019 Neuroscience Certificate Course for Clinical Practice: Applying Neuroscience for the Treatment of Trauma, Anxiety and Stress Disorders, Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. (PESI, USA)

2019 Somatic Interventions for Treating Complex Trauma with Janina Fisher, Ph.D. (PESI, USA)

2019 Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Candice M. Monson, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Canada)

2019 Compassion Focused Therapy for PTSD, Deborah Lee, PhD (UK)

2019 Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Advanced course, Matthew Skinta, PhD (USA)

2019 Personality Disorders Certificate Course: Advanced Diagnosis, Treatment & Management (PESI, USA)

2017 Therapist Certification Unified Protocol for the transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD (USA)
2017 Brief Interventions for Radical Change: Basics of Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Kirk Strosahl, PhD (USA), Patricia Robinson, PhD (USA), Thomas Gustavsson (Sweden) 

2017 ACBS World Conference 15 participation
2017 Art and Science of Compassion 2, Dennis Tirch, PhD and Laura Silberstein-Tirch, PsyD (USA)
2017 Shame and Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma, Janina Fisher, PhD (USA)
2017 Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Basic course, Paulo Gomes de Sousa-Filh, PhD (Brazil)
2017 CBT tools for clinical practice, Arthur Freeman, PhD (USA)

2017 ACT with Self-care, Kelly Wilson (UK)
2017 Compassion Focused Therapy Advanced Clinical Skills workshop, Paul Gilbert, PhD, OBE (UK)
2017 ACT Matrix - 6 steps to Flexibility workshop, Benjamin Schoendorff, MA (Canada)
2016 Introduction to Theory&Practice of Compassion Focused Therapy workshop, Chris Irons, PhD (UK)
2016 Acceptance and Commitment therapy Clinical Skills building workshop, Steven Hayes, PhD (USA)
2016 Acceptance and Commitment therapy Advanced Level, Russ Harris, PhD (Australia)
2015 Acceptance and Commitment therapy Beginner Level, Russ Harris, PhD (Australia)
2015 The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness and Body-centred Psychotherapy Training Assistant, Caroline Braham (UK)
2015 The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness and Body-centred Psychotherapy part of 3 level, Caroline Braham (UK) 2014 The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness and Body-centred Psychotherapy 2 level, Caroline Braham (UK)
2013 The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness and Body-centred Psychotherapy 1 level, Caroline Braham (UK)
2011 Gestalt approach to group processes, Maria Lekareva, PhD (Russia)
2011 Postgraduate certificate in Gestalt therapy, Maria Lekareva, PhD (Russia)