After graduate studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and as a former translator and interpreter at the United Nations Organization, with my life-long multi-cultural experiences, and deep interest in mysteries of the human psyche, as a psychotherapist, I have been focusing on ways to help people overcome existential pain and reach a greater meaning in their lives.
After many years of in-depth studies of various psychotherapeutic approaches and skills, and with a deep sensitivity for my potential clients’ diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and needs, I assist people suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression, psychic pain and help them achieve meaningful and lasting changes.
I strongly believe that the key to successful therapy is my clients’ willingness to become active participants in their own therapeutic process. I see my role as a guide assisting them in the development of their healthy inner lives, loving relationships, as well as finding fulfilment in their daily lives. When called for, my services can be provided in other European languages as well: (French, Spanish, Polish, and Russian).
With a great number of my clients wanting a rapid and effective solution to their problems, I tend to work from a brief, problem-focused approach, with particular emphasis on the results they would like to achieve. After years of my own immersion in the depth-oriented therapy, I also integrate Jungian and growth oriented spiritual perspectives. In addition, I offer dream-work and meditative art making.
In my over twenty-five years of clinical practice, I have also treated people in mental health hospitals, community-based mental health clinics for children and adults, and domestic violence programs. Moreover, I have provided volunteer therapeutic work within a number of AIDS community organizations as well as several homeless groups on the Skid Row, including the Downtown Women’s Center. In addition, I have provided clinical supervision at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
- Stress, Emotional Burnout
- Anxiety, Depression
- Severe and Chronic Health Issues
- Trauma, Loss, Grief
- Age-related Phases of Life
- Personal Growth
Credentials /Education: (Licensed MFT in November 1994)
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, July 2001, Ryokan College, Los Angeles
- M.A. in Counseling Psychology, August 1991, Ryokan College, Los Angeles
- Solution – focused Psychotherapy Training, Century Counseling Center, Los Angeles, July 1993-November 1994
- American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services Training, April-October 2004
- Domestic-Violence Training, Glendale YWCA, 2006
- Certification in the Treatment of Victims of Violent Crimes, 2010
- Glendale Area of Mental Health Professionals Association (GAMPHA)
- Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley chapters of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists;
- Group Psychology Association of Los Angeles (GPALA)
- Brief, problem-focused counseling;
- In-depth, growth-oriented psychotherapy;
- Personal development, creativity groups;
- Therapy for individuals, couples, adults, and seniors provided to people from all walks of life: gay, heterosexual, lesbian or trans-sexual
Chief Areas of Focus:
- Multilingual, specific culture-sensitive therapy
- Feminist-guided psychotherapy
- Relationship and communication issues
- Recovery from abusive and/or neglectful relationships
- Anxiety and depression
446 So. Marengo Avenue, Suite A
Pasadena, CA 91101
For appointment call Voice Mail: 310-281-9797 or
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