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Hi! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Certified Somatic Ecotherapist, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Artist, and Activist. I was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to the U.S. when I was young. I had a love of the arts from when I was little, cultivating passions in painting, photography, dance, writing and music. My life experiences led me to pursue healing through these creative interests and wanting to understand human struggling. I discovered humanistic psychology which opened the door into the transpersonal realm for me where I learned meditation, spiritual practices, and connecting more deeply with the earth and my body. I was then lead to learning more about health from a holistic perspective and more deeply integrate all of my teachings into a healing practice that embodied the mind/body/spirit connection.
My work is trauma-informed and inspired by somatic ecotherapy, mindfulness meditation, expressive arts, humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, reiki, non-violent communication, neuroscience and social justice activism.
I have experience creating and facilitating workshops, classes, and retreats on a wide range of therapeutic topics including ecotherapy, group dynamics, holistic health, relationship coaching, mindfulness meditation, and identified female empowerment.
I am passionate about supporting individuals, families, and couples in increasing internal resources and capacities, transforming and resolving conflict, integrating parts to feel whole, healing trauma, creating and maintaining boundaries, and building a greater self understanding and self acceptance.
I strive to help people find guidance within themselves for greater life potential, meaning, inner peace, and personal empowerment within their lives, communities, and the greater world.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #110651, by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California
Certified in Somatic Eco-therapy, EarthBody Institute, 2015
Certified Massage Practitioner, by the California Massage Therapy Council in California
Certified in Holistic Health, University of California Santa Cruz, 2015 (Specializing in Nutrition, Massage, Reiki, Acupressure, & Herbalism)
Master's in Counseling with specializations in Creative Expression & Transpersonal Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now known as Sofia University), 2014
Bachelor's in Expressive Arts, University of California Santa Cruz, 2011