The Institute of Intercultural Psychotherapy and Counseling was set up in 2014 to provide professional and competent counseling for individuals, couples, and families in a transnational context:
- having family members in different countries and maintaining family relationships across state borders;
- living in international partnerships;
- struggling with cultural adaptation;
- undergoing societal transition (for example, from the German Democratic Republic childhood ideals to adult life in the Federal Republic of Germany).
Born in Russia, having spent some time in the United States of America, and now living and working in Germany, I understand the problems of transnational families not only in theory, I live this life myself. In 2016 I started postgraduate research in Health Psychology, specializing in emotions, stress, and psychological trauma among individuals in a transnational context. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, I investigated psychological aspects of loneliness and belonging and their connection to mental health. Driven by the unique problems of my clients and supported by modern psychological science, I develop psychoeducation programs and adapt/improve my counseling approach to support and empower people in the transnational context.