Dr. Simakhodskaya is a leading trainer, supervisor and therapist in the New York Emotionally Focused Therapy community.

  • MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology from CUNY Graduate Center
  • Faculty of Psychiatry Department of NYU School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Faculty of Doctoral Psychology Programs at CUNY and Rutgers University
  • Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer, ICEEFT
  • Executive Director and Chair of Education Committee, NYCEFT
  • Level 3 Therapist in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Therapy

I BELIEVE IN THE POWER of resilience and relationships. Over the years I have developed expertise in providing assessment and psychotherapy to those struggling with depression, anxiety, difficulties with anger, sexual problems, trauma and abuse, interpersonal difficulties, and career changes. I have worked with individuals affected by the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, survivors of torture abroad, and many distressed couples.  After completion of the doctoral program, I provided assessment and crisis intervention to patients in an inner city psychiatric emergency program.  There is really nothing that can surprise or shock me. Having immigrated as a young adult from the former Soviet Union, I have a unique point of view that allows me to be especially attuned to the young bilingual, Russian-speaking men and women who are straddling the two worlds.  I teach and present nationally and internationally and have a particular interest in sexuality in intimate relationships.

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