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Details of PracticeI am medically trained fully qualified relationship and psychosexual therapist. I work in many modalities with different and challenging life stage transitions and kinds of relationship, if you are married or not, long-term partners or more recent, separated or together, heterosexual, gay or lesbian and most importantly the relationship with yourself.
My first career in Moscow was as a medical doctor, paediatrician and clinical neurologist. I moved to the UK in 1993 and retrained in Systemic therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural approach, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Early Attachment and Psychopathology, and as a Psychosexual therapist.
I am bilingual in English and Russian.
My overarching therapeutic approach is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) helping people to change their negative patterns of blame-distance or 'attack-withdraw' into safe emotional connection and functioning.
When a relationship is in trouble we tend to start what Sue Johnson, founder of EFT, calls the Demon Dialogues. One person starts complaining or criticising and gets angry and the other starts defending and stonewalling. The couple get caught up in this negative dance which takes on a life of its own, and very soon we see the other person as the enemy.
EFT helps the partners identify the habitual negative patterns of blame and distancing, where their stuck places are, and change them. It shows couples that love comes from feeling that your partner is emotionally available to you, and that you are valued and special to each other.
I am in regular clinical supervision and undertake systematic professional training on various aspects of therapy.
Apart from my Harley Street practice I also see couples and individuals at my London Bridge clinic 10 min walk from the tube.
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and ICEEFT (International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Canada). I follow and abide by their Code of Practice and Ethics.
Please, go to my website for more info about myself and how I work.
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