Olga Alayev (she/her)

MA, AMFT #124377, APCC #9305
Accepting Clients

Come as you are!

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in California
Supervised by Dr. Hiroshi Sasaki, PhD

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

I am a Ukrainian therapist who now calls California my home. Life happens! We cannot predict when another pandemic will be, or even more tragic events, like war. I cannot teach you to predict the future, but I can teach you to face it with the most valuable tool – resilience. Resilience - defined as having the capacity to recover from difficulties, while enabling elasticity in thinking and action, with a growth mindset - is your most powerful tool in an ever-uncertain future.

My Background and Approach

Therapy can be an effective forum to learn personally effective tools for addressing anxiety of various forms and overcoming obstacles, all the while building your strong personality. Much like Carl Rogers, I ask “How I can provide a forum which my client may use for their own personal growth?” In my practice, the road to personal growth starts with building the main skills using the tools of resilience, then moving on to unwinding anxieties, and developing a viable personal growth model – your unique model. As my first career was in finance, where I worked for nearly a decade on large projects, I deeply understand what anxiety is, and how it manifests in panic attacks and other symptoms. I can also relate to how internal and external factors including perfectionism, meeting tight deadlines and goals, the “never-enough” attitude and the “what-if?” syndrome, combine to negatively affect your personal and professional life.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Having grown up among grandmothers who survived wars and famine, while providing “therapy” to each other, I see the value of having a trusted confident with a therapeutic alliance. As such, I am a therapist who believes in the importance of doing my own therapy, while constantly improving my knowledge and expertise with ongoing trainings to increase my own effectiveness. Moreover, I bring my experience of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural family, which cultivated within me a profound respect of all ethnic, social, cultural, and religious identities, to my practice. I value time and results. As such, I am heavily trained in evidence-based modalities including CBT, ACT and EMDR therapy for trauma. I am currently seeing individuals, couples, and adolescents / teens.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 2 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Русский
  • Rate: $180 - 225/session

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