Olga

Semenova

Trainer, psychologist, EMDR-consultant and supervisor. I have 9 years experience in psychological counseling and group management, and more than 5 years of working experience with vulnerable population groups, including people who have suffered violence, torture, HIV-infected people, people with chronic illnesses and non-neoprene individuals, workers and workers in spheres that are not generally publicly accepted in Ukraine. 

Along with many Ukrainians, with the onset of the war, I did not avoid the conflict, and instead, worked in the field of rehabilitation of ATO participants and veterans, as well as continued to deal with psychological recovery and the development of stress tolerance among volunteers and civic activists.

I advise organizations in the public and private sectors on establishing a psychological climate in teams and stress management. I conduct individual consultations and consultations with couples, as well as short and long-term psychotherapeutic groups in Kyiv. I conduct public events on psychological topics for the general public. I am a co-author and conductor of training courses on working with vulnerable categories of the population for social workers and psychologists. In general, I work with topics of relationships, different traumatic experiences, adaptation to life with the consequences of injuries, illnesses and mental disorders.

All I do is related to the word "love," as I love what I am doing. Immediately after school, in 2001, I started my career as a psychologist. Since then and up to this day, I have been on the path of professional development and improvement. I work through the faculty of practical psychology and specialize in clinical psychology, family counseling and psychotherapy of the sexual sphere.

 

I believe that each person has a multiple potential futures and a choice among them. I do not divide my life into "work" and "life outside of work." I work very hard to combine these parts of myself in a balanced way, and support others in these same ways so they might lead an interesting, fulfilled life.

I speak 3 languages, which help me explore life through travel and communication with people. It should be noted that I learn very much from my clients about myself and the world around me. 

 

Apart from psychology and psychotherapy, I have worked in human resources, as a recruiter, headhunter, and even a staff manager in large companies. I have worked in international companies as well as in Ukrainian.

 

Through all my years of professional experience, I have experienced both great successes and difficult failures. There were both crises and losses, a sense of loneliness, and a sense of uselessness. I am familiar with different emotional states such as abandonment and despair, pretender syndrome, and, moreover, pride and success. But, thanks these experiences, I always knew what to do in one way or another in order to get through the losses without losing myself.

 

I make an effort to stay focused, so as not to spread myself too thin, while staying sensitive to the needs of myself and my clients. I work with my own therapist and supervisors to maintain clarity of mind and sensitivity of perception.

 

Formal information about training, hours of personal therapy and supervision are, of course, important and good to know. However, I believe there is something else that would be very useful for potential clients to know about me. Namely - how will I be in counseling sessions? What type of therapist am I? Do I have what they are looking for, or do I offer something that they absolutely do not need?

Unfortunately, even a very good video would not adequately provide such information, and it is even more difficult to describe all this with words. But I will try. Because there are probably people for whom this is important, more than just the formal information. I think it will be great if my "clients" will find me.

Personal life experience very much contributes to who I am as a therapist. I have my own story of differentness, isolation and misunderstanding. It has developed my attitude to other "excluded" individuals.

First of all, for those who represent "minority" groups and individuals with disabilities: I know how important it is to feel that another person accepts you in general, with benevolent curiosity and warmth. For me, receiving this attitude from my first therapist provided an opportunity for healing. Therefore, I try to give this same attitude to my clients, rather than trying to investigate things that are "wrong with you," as is certainly not the case for things that are a part of your identity. I'm simply physically incapable of perceiving parts of one's identity as an reason to think "something is wrong here." You simply identify yourself in a certain way and this part of you - exactly the same as the color of hair and eyes. I know that this point of view is not present in several psychological theories, but it is how I show up in counseling sessions.

 

The methods I have learned and familiar with:

  • Gestalt therapy

  • systemic family therapy

  • art therapy

  • cognitive behavioral therapy

  • (CRT), ECG (EMDR).

I usually work to synthesize all these methods, depending on the context and the client's goals.

 

I invite those who want to talk through painful moments in the past, or what is still coming up from these memories in daily life.

If you have had difficult times or faced a difficult choice,

If you have a conflict of needs or values, a crisis, a depressed state,

If you want to change your self or your self-esteem, to establish relationships with you yourself, your relatives or partners,

I invite you to call for consultation.

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Адреса: м. Київ,
вул. Чистяківська 7, оф. 75
станція метро Святошин
Християнська гаряча лінія "Добре Слово"
0800-50-77-50

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