I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in the states of California (LCSW# 88575) and Florida (SW# 16210). I offer online therapy to both California and Florida residents. My background is Russian, Armenian, and American. Culture plays a very big role on our core beliefs, on our health, mental health, and overall wellness. In therapy work, I take into consideration how one’s cultural background impacts their mental health and life’s challenges. I’ve been working in the field of psychological support since 2016. My work experience includes working at psychotherapy clinics and centers. I’ve worked with a variety of clients of different ages and backgrounds- those struggling with severe psychiatric mental illnesses, substance and process addictions, couples dealing with a wide range of relational problems, and individuals working through past trauma, etc. My belief is that therapy should be supportive and trauma-informed. Additionally, it should be culturally sensitive and consider all the layers of one’s identity, including gender, race, and sexuality.
I am aware of the complex impact of trauma, no matter how big or small, on an individual and a relationship. My approach integrates this knowledge into every aspect of your treatment. While I give clients coping skills using a variety of therapeutic modalities, the goal is always to get to the core of the problem. I believe everyone has a powerful story, and I also believe in everyone’s inner resiliency and self empowerment. I believe that everyone who has experienced life’s ups and downs are incredibly resilient, and I like to see myself as a guide to support in getting to a place of inner acceptance and harmony. I don’t believe those painful moments mean that you’re “broken” or need to be “fixed” in any way. I truly see therapy as an opportunity to slow down, understand the experiences better, make meaning, and learn how to cope more effectively. l
I am an EMDR certified psychotherapist. I am also trained in Attachment Focused EMDR, the Havening Techniques, and other trauma modalities. Using the lens of EMDR, I help clients understand and process the impact of trauma and move through states of protection and connection in their nervous system to establish an embodied sense of safety. Additionally, I am a clinical supervisor for therapists who are working towards their licensure.
My process in working with clients is collaborative, and flexible. I want everyone who enters my office to know that your emotions aren’t too much for me, your anger isn’t scary to me, your pain is something I am willing to honor and sit with, and your traumatic experiences won’t disturb me. I will help you hold all of this so we can work together to help you get some relief and create the life you want.
I’m a member of the EMDR international association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and member of the California Society of Clinical Social Workers. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and completed my Bachelor’s level education from California State University Northridge.
EMDR Therapist in California and Florida
LCSW# 88575 and SW# 16210
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