Because I understand. I know how it feels to feel like you don't fit in and to feel uncomfortable in your own skin.
I am extremely passionate about finding a balance between physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. I believe that everyone deserves to be healthy and happy in all realms, and they deserve to feel comfortable in their own skin. Not only that, but they deserve to be heard and understood.
My relationship with my body has been something I have been working on for a long time. It's still a work in progress and it probably always will be. This is a journey that has taken me to places I never thought I'd be and achieved things I never thought possible. I've gone from over-analyzing everything I put into my body to allowing myself to live fully and have a flexible diet. Each milestone and obstacle has taught me that my body is capable of so much more than I ever dreamed of.
I can sincerely say that I love my body for the amazing machine that it is. The most important lesson I've learned is that if you love your body, it will love you back. It's easy to change your diet or workouts, the hard part is changing the way you think about and view your body. Mindset is everything. This is where therapy comes in.
Your body hears everything your mind thinks.
My own journey has inspired me to help others love the skin they're in.
Experience & What I Currently Do
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Buffalo. It was there that I took Intro to Counseling as a summer course, and I was inspired by my professor to pursue the career path of becoming a therapist. I graduated with my Master's in Science in Counselor Education, with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Brockport. During my master's program, I completed a year long internship working as a Primary Therapist at Wayne Behavioral Health Network; a rural mental health outpatient clinic located in Lyons, NY. I then worked as a Primary Therapist at a community outpatient mental health clinic through Rochester Regional Health System. Before working for the outpatient clinic and while completing my master's degree, I worked at the Villa Of Hope with teens and adolescents.
In addition to my private practice in Rochester, I have also been building my online practice at BetterHelp.com. This allows me to work with NYS residents and those living outside of the United States. With our ever-evolving world, it has been such a great experience and important to practice online. I have been able to work with and help individuals who are not able to physically make it into my office.
Forms Of Therapy I Offer
- Face to Face: Individuals, Families, and Couples
- Walk & Talk Therapy
- Online Therapy--Video, E-mail, Phone
Video counseling sessions through a secure, HIPPA compliant, and confidential platform called doxy.me.
It is completely up to you which form of therapy you would like to utilize & what would best serve you and meet your needs.
For more information regarding each of these forms of therapy, please feel free to contact me.
My Therapeutic Approach
First and foremost, the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important factors in predicting the amount of change and progress that will take place. I take the time needed to develop this relationship with each and every one of my clients.
I believe that each individual can benefit most from a different approach that is tailored to them and their own specific needs. I begin from a client-centered approach, and I believe in “walking alongside” the client throughout the therapeutic process. I believe that the individual is the expert in their own problems and the therapist is there to guide them to finding solutions.
My approach includes the use of:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy skills and techniques
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills and techniques
- Behavioral Interventions
- Insight-Oriented Therapy
- Relational-Cultural Theory
- Reality Feed-Back
- Narrative Therapy
I also believe that utilizing a holistic approach is most beneficial.I encourage them to focus on the here and now, and overcoming barriers that hinder them from moving forward. However, I also believe that making connections to the past can be helpful in gaining insight into their current situation. Lastly, I am an advocate for engaging in a type of exercise that fits one's lifestyle.
Just like becoming skilled at a sport, training for a marathon, or learning/perfecting a new skill, therapy is a process. It takes time, energy, resources, commitment, and practice. There may even be times when you are struggling more than other times , and it may seem like you are taking steps backward (nobody ever said therapy was easy)! That's completely normal and all part of the process. Clients usually see progress in about 8-10 weekly sessions. The amount of time that a client spends in therapy is a decision that individuals (or couples or families) and I make together.
Above all else, I love working with people and helping them find balance and meaning in their lives.
A Little Bit More...
I am happily married to my husband, Zach, and together we have three BIG dogs. Hopefully, our family will continue to grow! I am half Ukrainian and this has always been a huge part of my life. Growing up I went to Ukrainian school and was part of a Ukrainian dance ensemble. I love Ukrainian traditions and I'm lucky that my family continues to practice them!
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