My Background

I completed my Doctorate education in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. This program’s focus on multicultural awareness has fostered my development as a psychotherapist who recognizes the importance of my own cultural context as it pertains to my clinical work. I am a first-generation immigrant from Russia and have a great deal of interest in working with immigrants from different countries as they navigate life in a new environment. I am able to conduct therapy both in English and in Russian. I also have tremendous respect towards people's diverse identities within the social context of the United States and the power and privilege dynamics that are at play within our society and in the therapy room. I welcome clients of diverse backgrounds and seek to provide respectful and culturally sensitive services to all.

 

I have worked in many different settings and have experience helping people at all stages of adulthood. I completed my predoctoral training at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA, where I gained an in-depth understanding  of the unique problems faced by young adults and mastered brief treatment modalities that can enable you to see results in as little as 8-12 sessions.

 

I worked with individuals 65 and older at The Institute on Aging in San Francisco, CA. Here, I refined my Russian-language therapy skills and learned about the unique needs of older adults of diverse backgrounds; contributing to my becoming a culturally sensitive clinician attuned to your unique life experience and needs.

At the Berkeley CBT clinic in Berkeley, CA I served adults in the community and underwent extensive training in evidence-based approaches; allowing me to assist you in overcoming depression, anxiety, and regulating overwhelming thoughts and feelings and helping you build your very own coping skills toolbox to use whenever difficulties arise.

 

At the Wright Recovery Clinic I trained in innovative techniques for helping adults overcome substance abuse issues; giving me the knowledge I need to help you find healthy ways of coping with life's difficulties and free yourself from the underlying causes of addictions.


Prior to the start of my doctoral training, I sought out a wide range of professional psychological experience to better prepare me for working with differing client needs. Aside from the categories mentioned above, I have also worked with people affected by eating disorders, attachment disorders, personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and other forms of severe mental illness, and dementia and Alzheimer's.

Education

Psy.D in Clinical Psychology

The Wright Institute, Berkeley CA

June 2015

Master of Arts in Applied Sociology

University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston MA

May 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology

University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston MA

May 2008

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Advanced Training

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I

Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory (180 Hours)

April 2017

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level II

Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair (180 Hours)

July 2019

Advanced Training in Complex Trauma and Dissociation

Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma with Janina Fisher Ph.D. (60 Hours)

January 2019

Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification Program

Master Hypnotherapist: HCH Institute (150 Hours)

January 2018

2-Day Intensive Hypnosis Certificate Workshop

Clinical Hypnosis Application with Psychological Treatments

January 2017

2-Day Trauma Treatment Certificate Workshop

Shame and Self-Loathing in the Treatment of Trauma with Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

February 2016

2-Day Experiential Workshop: Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

with Richard Schwartz, PhD

January 2016

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Speciality Areas

I have always been a healer at heart, and feel incredibly lucky to be a part of people's journey towards inner growth and contentment through psychotherapy. I specialize in helping individuals with: Relationship Difficulties, Trauma, Stress and Anxiety, Depression, Immigration and Adjustment, as well as Body Image and Eating Disorders.

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3120 Telegraph Ave. Suite 9, Berkeley, CA 94705

415-621-9234

CA License PSY 29273

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