Student Intern – anticipated Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Chaminade University – June 2020
Personally, I believe in integrative approach to counseling due to the fact that I see each individual as a “whole” rather than focusing solely on some part of a person. Even though I believe that every person is different and will require his or her own approach to therapy, I am interested in psychoanalytic, existential, gestalt, feminist, humanistic, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, narrative, and solution-focused approaches.
I was born in Russia, in a family of adventure seekers and dreamers. While sharing my parents’ dreams of traveling the world, I always had my own dream of helping people. I began my counseling journey by studying Clinical Psychology in Russia until I happen to find myself in Anchorage, Alaska and deciding to continue my education there. After graduating with my degree in Psychology, I was longing for some professional experience and sunshine, so I decided to move to a place where I felt the happiest – the island of Oahu. During my first year in Hawaii, I gained a lot of experience while working with kids. But, in order to achieve my dream, I had to go back to school and continue my education in mental health counseling. After another year in Hawaii, I am almost done with my degree and very excited to have my practicum and internships with The Catalyst Group Psychological Services! Things that I love to do outside of school are spending time with my family and dogs, hiking, dancing, traveling, reading, writing, and practicing yoga. One of my favorite quotes that inspires me is by Leo Tolstoy - “If you want to be happy, be.”