Olena provides services to couples and individuals. Her special area of interest is psychological issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, anger, adjustment to loss, assertiveness, work-related stress, interpersonal difficulties, coping with medical conditions such as IBS or infertility, and cross-cultural or minority issues. Olena’s approach to therapy is informed by attachment theory as well as the transformative power of emotions; however she is trained in a variety of therapeutic models, including cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal and experiential.
Olena earned her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from McGill University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Given that Olena’s doctoral research background is in the field of cross-cultural psychology, she holds a particular interest in and has gained experience working with individuals and couples from a variety of cultures. She completed her predoctoral residency at the Center for Psychological Services at the University of Ottawa. In addition to private practice, Olena has worked in the community (i.e. Children’s Aid Society) and hospital (i.e. CHEO, Bruyére Health Centre-Palliative Care Program, Memory Disorders Clinic) settings. She is registered with theCollege of Psychologists of Ontario.