Counselling in Moscow
My name is Ivan Strigin, I am a counselling psychologist with 8+ years of experience in helping my clients to make successful changes to their lives. I hold a specialist degree in clinical psychology, a diploma in existential analysis and logotherapy (certified by GLE-International, Austria), certificates in cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, psychosynthesis, EMDR and treatment of psychological trauma. I have got my personal therapy experience and I undergo supervision regularly.
I aim to help you overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable. I can provide a safe space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings and the ways they are affecting your life. I am here to support you and respect your views. I won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights. I am LGBT-friendly and poly-friendly.
I offer one-time and short-term counselling as well as long-term psychotherapy sessions. Feel free to contact me to schedule an appointment.
Issues I work with as a counsellor
Here is a list of some of the issues I work with regularly.
If your issue is not listed and is causing you discomfort, feel free to contact me.
Anxiety and fear, frustration, depression, stress, loneliness, low self-esteem, self doubt, guilt, emotional burnout, agression and rage.
Conflicts with a partner, adultery, emotional dependencies, living through a break up or a divorce, sexual life.
Child trauma, sexual violence and harassment, psychological violence, extremely painful life circumstances.
Loss of a meaning in life, stress due to major life changes (changing one’s job, wedding, pregnancy, birth of a child), spiritual crisis, grief and bereavement.
Self-acceptance, issues involving one’s sexuality or gender identity, coming out and outing, accepting one’s friend or a family member.
Work and career
Conflicts at work, procrastination, finding one’s vocation.
I base my practice on the provisions of existential analysis, a modern psychotherapeutic approach aimed at living one’s life fully and freely, in accordance with one’s personal goals, meanings and responsibility. The central topic of existential analysis is one’s values and the way one can actualize them in the outer world.
The analysis of the circumstances of one’s life helps to accept issues that one cannot change, to live in the world of one’s feelings, to acknowledge the value of one’s individuality, and to act in the world in the most meaningful ways.
Briefly this can be expressed as four basic questions:
— I am here, but do I feel that I can be here?
— Do I like the way I live now?
— Do I have the right to be as I am and to act the way I do?
— Is there a meaning in my life?
If one cannot say «yes» to one of these questions, one becomes blocked in some part of his/her life, and life itself becomes poorer. A long-term blocking results in psychological disturbances. The purpose of existential analysis is to find ways to live one’s life to the fullest and to be able to say «yes» to all these four basic questions.
Alfried Laengle, M.D., PhD, the founder of the modern existential analysis.