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Hi, I'm Yulia  

The work I'm most passionate about is as much about liberation and the recovery of the authentic voice as it is about growing up, radical ownership and the cultivation of the kind of inner leadership that is clear, compassionate and fierce.

Yulia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of New Mexico (License #0183931) and the state of California (License #51099)

My Story

I am very fortunate to not only do what I do, but to love what I do. And yet it wasn't always clear to me that I wanted to be a psychotherapist. Entering the field of psychology was an instinctual choice more than it was a conscious one. Right around the time I was beginning to see that psychology could truly lead me to my professional calling, I was also beginning to become keenly aware of the impact unaddressed generational trauma had had on my own life. My work today is informed by nearly two decades of training and practice as well as by my own personal experience working through the impact of generational trauma. Since graduating with the Master's Degree in 2006, I have continued to hone my own approach to healing that has been described by my clients as both deep and practical.

In my work today I respectfully draw from multiple lineages whose direct teachings I've been lucky to receive. I have a special place in my heart for the guidance and the wisdom of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Reyes with whom I've studied since 2019. I have been deeply transformed and nurtured by the work of Pete Walker and Pia Mellody whose frameworks on complex childhood trauma and developmental immaturity have given me what my graduate clinical curriculum sorely lacked. I'm trained in Imago Relational Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems model. A separate thank you goes to my embodiment and intimacy teacher, Michaela Boehm.

What I do

I describe my work as relational trauma therapy. I define trauma as the energy that severs us from our lives and disconnects us from our sense of aliveness. 

Trauma is a result of a life-threatening injury. If this kind of injury is overpowering, or if it happens early enough and persists in a chronic enough fashion, it can do a number on a person by truly severing their connection to themselves, complicating their connections with other people, and damaging their relationship to life itself.

When the old ways of doing or being no longer work, but the new way is not yet fully formed, there needs to be a safe container, a safe relationship that can hold your process of becoming. This path-perhaps not yet familiar to you-is the one I travel down my clients with. 

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My therapeutic approach is

HOLISTIC

I do not work with any one aspect of a human experience in isolation and see each individual and each couple as a uniquely complex multifaceted being.

ATTACHMENT-BASED and TRAUMA-INFORMED

I do not view attachment traumas as disorders; I see them as devastating injuries affecting one's natural development and growth.

DEPTH-ORIENTED

I believe that what is unconscious and is not yet seen is a tremendous influence on our conscious behavior and way of being, 

INFORMED BY SOMATIC APPROACHES

I regard body as an important agent of change and a holder of wisdom. I help clients connect with their bodily wisdom through mindfulness exercises, breath, movement and creative expression.

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RELATIONAL

Therapeutic relationship, like all relationships, asks that we bring to bear parts of ourselves that are real. Sometimes that means sharing parts of ourselves that are vulnerable and private. I treat therapeutic relationship, as a sacred container. It's a container for you to grow, play and experiment, and it's a container that can help you get closer to the truth of who you are.

TRANSFORMATIONAL

While we can build a life on a shaky foundation, it becomes exhausting to maintain. Because of that, when a client presents with a lingering concern, the work will include looking at the foundation to understand what is not working and why it is not working, I find that the most transformative work happens when clients are willing to heal the root cause of their pain rather that only trying to eradicate an isolated symptom that causes distress.

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Yulia has an organic and artful approach to healing. She is gentle and deeply present. When I started my sessions with Yulia, I felt stuck and anxious. She helped me develop my confidence, as well as identify patterns and beliefs that interfered with my highest good. She also facilitated an appreciation of my own life/death/life cycle. I now feel more alive, peaceful, creative and hopeful.

TRAINING & CREDENTIALS

  • B.A. in Psychology-San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)

  • M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy-Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, CA)

  • Master's Level Practicum/Internship-Lucille Packard Hospital at Stanford University (Mountain View, CA)

  • IFS Training (Module 1 and 2) -taught by Pamela Krause, Toni Herbine-Blank, and Richard Schwartz.

  • Imago Relationship Therapy training through Imago Relationships North America (2018-2021)

  • The Non-Linear Movement Method™ Certification (2017)

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