Imagine! You can have a vacation AND improve your Mental Health at the same time! And all of that that IN PARADISE! It is like the popular today medical tourism, where along with improving your physical state you can address your mental health needs!
In order to live a higher quality life, maintaining optimal mental and physical health is key. Everything we feel and do relates to our well-being and directly affects our actions and emotions. In order to subdue stress, reduce illness, and ensure positive moments in your life, you must achieve optimal wellness.
Numerous research over the years all over the world has shown that Nature can heal in such unique and gentle way that is hard to achieve in the traditional counseling setting. It helps open those special doors of our awareness and understanding of self and the world around us. Nature Heals! For information on benefits of Wilderness counseling please refer to the top of this page (under "More").
Leading you on a journey into Nature to heal and open your heart will be my highest privilege. You will be guided to look inside yourself and find the ways to inner Peace and Love for you, others and the world around you.
Healing Hikes and Camping Retreats are offered for adolescents, adult individuals, couples, small groups and families.
Your hiking and/or camping retreat will be specifically designed to meet your mental health needs, your Goals, time frame and fitness level. It can be a hard core backpacking trip or an easy camping retreat. It can be a well-established route or a trail off the beaten path. I will provide the orientation to the trails as well as the packing/equipment support. If needed, I will provide pre-hiking counseling where you can address any issues that are on the way of taking on such a journey.
Experience Wilderness Therapy in Paradise!
Improve your health and wellness while exploring the beautiful outdoors.
Unplug and recharge or/and dive into mental health/life problem resolution work while enjoying the beautiful Hawaii in the company of a skilled therapist. Unlike most of the wilderness programs out there that are offered for youth, this wilderness therapy is also for adults.
You can work through the following issues:
Burn out & Stress
Depression & Anxiety
PTSD & Trauma
Fears & Phobias
Dependence & Co-dependence
Anger & Frustrations
Attachment (abandonment, fear of closeness, fear of loss)
Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional)
Adjustment & Transition
Issues related to self-esteem, self-actualization and Ego.
Bereavement (loss and death, support of a dying person)
I was born and raised in Siberia. Growing up in such harsh climate I was told that there was a place with no winter called Hawaii. Since then I decided to go check it out. I got my AA in TEFL and then I moved to the Far East to get my BA and a Specialist degree in Social Work. In 2006 I got a scholarship to study Counseling at Ole Miss. My first spring break I went to Hawaii and I knew right away it was my home. I graduated with PhD in Counseling and Supervision in 2012 from The University of Mississippi. I applied for an only open position at the University system in Hawaii at that time and I got it! This is how I ended up (very intentionally) living on the Big Island. At this point, I am married and we have a child. I am enjoying my life in Hawaii, and most importantly I feel blessed that I have such opportunity to make a difference in other people's lives. Hawaii is a unique place on Earth and it offers a plethora of natural resources that can be used in healing wounded souls. I am so happy that I can facilitate such process.
I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in HI and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in MS. I received specific training in Mental Health/Community Counseling, EMDR and Nature Based Counseling.
While I received training in a wide variety of approaches, my major preference is EMDR because it has shown the most effectiveness. I also lean towards Solution Focused and Narrative Therapies. I believe that people have an innate ability to find their "Happy", but sometimes they need a helping hand to point them in the right direction. My job is to identify the strengths that can help them overcome their issues and achieve their full potential.
Counseling in the wilderness may sometimes present health related issues. To best assist you, I got certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) - so you are in good hands :)
I worked as a graduate assistant counselor at the University of Mississippi for 5 years. I worked specifically with international student groups and individuals providing them with assistance in adjustment and acculturation. As part of that, I would organize regular sporting events, camping trips and vacation retreats. I worked as a Campus Counselor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo with wide variety of students and organized clubs and activities to help them adjust to campus and life in Hawaii.
Currently I have a private practice at home where I do a portion of telehealth and another portion in the Nature. I do EMDR intensives in the Nature and that work produces the most of the results. I also contract with Root2Rise Counseling Center part time. I see clients with a wide spectrum of issues and of different demographics (adolescents, adults, elderly, couples and families).
Follow your Dream! Never give up. There is always Hope! Hope is my name. I believe that there is always room for change and growth. I am glad that I am trained to guide people through that. That is hard, but hard is FUN! And because I am a FUN-atic, I enjoy doing what I am doing!
I love Hiking and Camping...Dah! I love spending time with my 'Ohana: family and friends. I love dancing and singing. I love traveling. I love ocean. I LOVE LIFE!
I am a superwoman because I have endured so much, I have achieved more than many, and I have come thus far. BUT I am NO different than anyone else! I just had enough guidance, help, love, and compassion along the way. All of that had helped me become who I am today.
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