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I am a fully registered and endorsed Health Psychologist, with a Masters in Health Psychology from Monash University, Australia and postgraduate training in Performance & Organizational Psychology from Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia. In addition to my university training I also completed extensive registrar program in chronic pain and am a certified Sleep Psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
I have experience working in large hospitals, private practices, non-for-profit and corporate organizations in both cosmopolitan and rural areas in Australia and overseas. I am also an experienced provider of online and over-the-phone psychology services.
Since I was young I experienced strong desire to help people to get relief from internal suffering and freedom from paralising fears, to help them to find inspiration and strength to successfully deal with challenges and embrace their lives, and to even flourish and grow under the pressure. And as a result I spent many years studying the subject of human psychology, physiology, spirituality and culture.
I grew up in an environment of a rich cultural and historical heritage and it had a strong impact on my developing identity, sense of belonging, boosted my admiration for human strength and inner beauty, and stimulated my inspiration to grow, to push my boundaries and to follow my dreams. It also had a big impact on my development as a psychologist, making me fall in love with music and performance psychology, and to think about the ways human culture and inspiration can improve our resilience to adverse experiences, help us to accept what it means to be a human being, and give us with more strengths to be kind to our real selves.
I have a keen interest in mental health research and I have also completed research project in psychology of music – a topic I am highly passionate about. My study explored how people with emotional difficulties use different strategies and reasons for listening to music and how it helps them to manage those problems. The results of this study were presented at several international psychology conferences and were published and cited by other researchers in international peer-reviewed journals. Prior to working as a clinician in Australia, I also worked for several years in research at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, the University of Melbourne.
My professional membership and registration:
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority – Full generalist registration with Health Psychology Endorsement
Australian Psychological Society – Full member, Member of APS College of Health Psychologists
Registered Medicare provider
Registered North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network provider for Generalist Counselling and Suicide prevention services
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