Hello, I am the psychotherapist Svetlana Ovsyannikova
LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT
The psychotherapist's main job is to facilitate a sense of emphasis in life. To live a life full of joy and satisfaction, to appreciate life in all its manifestations, to cope with difficulties more easily, to believe, love and create.
My journey into psychology began in 2005. After graduating from Moscow Finance Academy and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, one of the largest and fastest-growing international professional associations) I was able to build a career in international tax management. Starting as a consultant, and step by step becoming a tax director at major international accounting firms.
Although my career has been successful and fast-paced, I didn't feel happy - I felt vulnerable. I felt alien to both this job and this professional community. I was constantly in a state of "internal immigration" - everything felt alien. Even when I was speaking in my mother tongue, people didn't seem to understand me.
To get over this condition I practiced sports (I even got a black belt in taekwondo). Although temporary, it fascinated me and made me feel more confident. But still my sadness, anxiety, melancholy, and insecurity were with me, so I considered myself an unhappy and dissatisfied person. This was the reason for visiting a psychotherapist, which was also my first step into psychotherapy as a profession.
My own path in psychotherapy was neither quick nor easy. I went to different schools, to different professionals, looking for "me" and "mine". It's been 15 years since my first meeting with a psychotherapist until now. I think that my motivation for changing to the profession of psychotherapy was the feeling that I could do something very important - this profession is about the human soul, the essence of life, and mentality.
People come to a psychologist with their worries, their grief, their concerns. When they feel unhappy and desperate when they cannot deal with it alone. I remember well my previous life - a world of documents, reports, and figures - very formal, aloof. Psychotherapy as a profession has become a very different world for me. I feel the meaning, value and great importance of my work.
Strange as it may seem, you need a great deal of courage to face yourself. Therefore, the basic principle of the psychotherapist's work is to create a safe space in which there is trust. It is trust that is woefully lacking in today's society of demands, oversight and control, built on feelings of shame, guilt and duty. In a world where one always owes something to someone and owes something to someone, one is guilty...
Education & Qualification
Russian State University, Vygotsky Institute of Psychology
Psychologist/Teacher of Psychology
Institute of Psychology, State University for the Humanities, Russian Academy of Sciences
Diploma in Analytical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Academy of Practical Psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University
State Diploma of Professional Retraining, "Psychological counselling and personality psychodiagnostics"
Postgraduate course at the L.S. Vygotsky Institute of Psychology, Moscow State University. Specialist degree in Psychology at the L.S. Vygotsky Institute of Psychology
Specialization: Cultural-Historical Psychology
German Institute for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (Potsdam), Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis
Seminar series "Psychosomatic psychotherapy"
Institute of Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology
"Psychotherapy in Crisis and Mental Trauma" seminar series