I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist providing therapy to individuals, children, and families. I began my psychology studies in Ukraine where I completed a Specialist degree from Rivne Institute of Slavic Studies of Kiev University in 2002. I earned my 2nd Bachelor in 2008 and Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University in 2011. Because personal, professional, and spiritual growth is an important aspect of my life, I continue connecting with other professionals, expending my knowledge through workshops and conferences, and deepen my expertise through certification processes.
My personal experience of acculturation in the United States, clear understanding of trauma of an orphaned child, as well as awareness of differences in Eastern European and American cultures made me especially sensitive to the needs and challenges of an adopted or fostered child. Therefore I completed Theraplay Level I Training, a new approach for healing attachment related disorders commonly seen in children who are being adopted or are in foster care into American families. It’s especially comforting to my clients to work with me as I also offer therapy in English, Russian, and Ukrainian.
My greatest love and passion in life is children. I am swept off my feet with their authenticity, liveliness, and naivety. I believe that children are like bright stars that emit immeasurable light of hope, love, creativity, resilience, and forgiveness. Each of them has their own color pallet, brightness, and frequency of sparkle. Sometimes this light is dimmed by various adverse biological, social, and environmental factors. Whether it is anxiety, worries, depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, impulse control, explosive tantrums, anger, aggression, communication, ADHD, difficulty concentrating, child-parent relationship and attachment problems, peer and sibling issues, academic and learning difficulties, my goal is to help them to overcome barriers that are obscuring their brilliance and affecting their happiness and growth.