About My Clients
People of various ages w personal crisis, depression, anxiety, addictions, uncertainty, loss, or trauma. Love working with teens and their families, couples in different stages of their evolution, families who aim to rebuild their bonds in a meaningful way due to challenges of work, parenting and caregiving, betrayal, separation. My goal has been to promote greater acceptance of our human diversity and to support people who find themselves all over the spectrum of the Human Rainbow.
My Background and Approach
It has been a personal privilege and a professional joy to help people seeking new life goals, improved clarity and energy with a mindful, trauma sensitive, validating and strength-based approach. The years of professional training help me address many aspects of emotional and thought disorders, as well as issues resulting from the legacy of trauma. My personal experiences as a former Soviet refugee and a child-immigrant in Israel inform my understanding of struggling that runs more than skin-deep. I chose a graduate degree in Social Work to deepen my knowledge of the societal processes that aggravate deeply personal problems. The recent developments in understanding the neuroscience of such basic needs as attachment, connection and survival help me guide my clients towards developing self-awareness and emotional self-regulation skills, which help them regain control over their lives, establish healthy boundaries and enhance their sense of meaning and well-being in the world.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I have been "in the trenches" of social and mental health services since I was 20 years old - volunteering for crisis prevention line, working at Women for Women centers and shelters for battered women, engaging in projects supporting LGBTQ youth and providing services to refugees and survivors of torture from Africa and Asia. Social justice is at the core of my personal beliefs on a very personal level, and I was able to mobilize this energy and this passion towards professional goals - working with culturally diverse and frequently underserved populations in Israel and in US (for the past 15 years). American socioeconomic and racial disparities made me acutely aware of my own unearned privileges in the new home country. It's what drives me when I pick personal volunteering projects for my family, and what informs my understanding of the clients I work with. In recent years I had been delighted to watch the Neurodivergence Revolution, and growing understanding of what it entails.