My Approach to Helping
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed to provide online marriage and individual counseling to residents of Oregon and Washington state. My counseling style is grounded in compassionate and effective principles of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy and The Gottman Couples Therapy Method.
More Info About My Practice
With over 12 years of experience helping couples who struggle with marital distress, I am devoted to helping couples rebuild loving bonds, improve communication and feel safe, connected and loved by their partner.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Having experienced life s hardships, I have a heart for helping those who feel trapped in their emotional pain and experience relationship distress. I had both positive and negative experiences while living in Russia (St.Petersburg) for 29 years. The healing process was not easy. By forgiving, I was able to move on with my life and not allow such feelings as bitterness, hatred and anger control my life. With time I was able to heal and live my life fully and joyfully.
Since moving to the United States more than 22 years ago, I started working as a group counselor with children at Orangewood, a shelter for abused and neglected children, volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as a hotline operator at Lauras House, the agency that was helping survivors of intimate partner violence.
After graduating from California State University of Fullerton with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, I have been providing counseling to couples, men, women, children, adolescents and families. I worked with teenagers who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and experienced severe trauma. Even though it is not easy, I know that it is possible to stop the cycle of abuse, heal from trauma and have a joyful and fulfilling life.