I grew up in Russia and moved to the UK in 2007. Yoga has always been a key part of my life, together with mindfulness and meditation. As a therapist, I combine laughter and compassion, optimism and empathy, with practical tools from cognitive-behavioural therapy to support my clients.
“Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach is one book that has had a huge impact on my life. It has taught me that many unfortunate things happen in people's lives but empathy and acceptance can be incredibly powerful. To let people know that they are not alone and that someone cares; to respond to them with compassion and understanding; to help them embrace what they are going through and be brave in the process - these are some of the lessons I have brought to my own practice with clients.
I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that combines elements of Buddhism and stoic philosophy. According to REBT, it is not so much what happens to us that causes our emotional suffering as the meaning we give it. Often we hold onto rigid, irrational or dysfunctional beliefs that distort reality and lead to self-destructive, self-defeating emotions and behaviours. The goal of the therapist is to help us identify those beliefs, learn to question them and create in their place more constructive, flexible and helpful ones. At the same time, REBT aims to instill in us unconditional self-acceptance. We learn to accept ourselves as worthy no matter what and to embrace our flaws as part of being human.
I charge £30 for a 50-minute weekly session.
I offer both long-term and short-term therapy, in-person, or over Skype and telephone.