I became interested in counselling after recognizing how the experiences of growing up in different environments and cultures had impacted my development and my own mental health. Immigration from Russia created a number of challenging situations that I needed to work through and address to achieve my goals and follow my interests while living in Canada.
I have completed Master’s of Counselling program (M.A.) at Trinity Western University and since 2009, worked with children, youth and parents as a counsellor at the Child and Youth Mental Health, and then as an Elementary School Counsellor.
Completing my Ph.D. in Human Development, Learning, and Culture at UBC deepened my knowledge of human development and further motivated me to continue my work as a counsellor.
I work with individuals who are experiencing relational challenges and life transitions. I am oriented toward change and future in my approach. Building healthy therapeutic relationships with my clients is the key to positive outcome in counselling. I believe that reflecting on the past brings insight, looking into the present contributes to the recognition of strengths and needs that provide a solid foundation for moving forward to a more positive and meaningful life for every individual.