At times, life can leave us feeling unheard and overwhelmed. Often we may judge ourselves as being entirely alone, struggling to catch up with our constantly changing world. We don’t have to be alone. Everyone could use some extra help in overcoming the challenges that arise in the pursuit of a fulfilling life and bridging past experiences with newfound opportunities. Coming together is what provides us with faith in our ability to change and adapt to new circumstances and environments. By understanding who we are and where we come from, we strengthen our resolve and garner resilience.

As a Russian immigrant growing up in Brooklyn, I often felt out of place and unsure of who I wanted to be. Along the way, I had the good fortune of befriending some truly wonderful people who taught me how to express myself and feel confident, not as an outcast but as a remarkable and truly unique individual. In my work, I strive to create a space open to all people in need of help and empathy—a place where one can safely and effectively explore one’s mind, foster growth, and discover new areas of interest.

I believe therapy is a process which works best when clients are motivated, set intentions, and work collaboratively within the therapeutic alliance. I use an integrative approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) covering a wide range of issues such as trauma, mood disorders, addiction, family and interpersonal conflict, and identity crises. I have additional experience working in both crisis intervention and substance abuse research.

I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Macaulay Honors College and my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Wellness from NYU Steinhardt. For many years, I earned a living as a professional poker player, which I still view as one the most fascinating areas of applied psychology.

In my spare time, I enjoy kiteboarding, skiing, hot yoga, watching sports, and going to concerts.

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