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Olessia

Olessia Axenova
Masters Student
olessia.counselling@gmail.com

Reduced Fee Sessions

Hello! My name is Olessia and I am currently in the process of completing my Master of Counselling at City University of Seattle.

 

My approach to counselling is that of being open and warm, collaborative and integrative, creating a safe space for us to explore your experiences and for me to support you in navigating your unique journey in growth.

 

Truthfully, I have yet to meet a person who has a rich life and depth of character who had it easy. I believe that life’s challenges can be a source of transformation and deepening of life’s experience. Our struggles are openings and opportunities to rediscover our greatness and experience life a little more fully, so that one day we can proudly look back and say, “Wow, what a journey this life has been!”

 

I also believe that life is richer in connection with ourselves and others. Although relationships can be challenging, complicated, and confusing; they can also be healthy and healing, joyful and rewarding, and a secure base to explore the beauty of life from. I work with people to help bring them in alignment with relational goals they have for themselves.

 

I bring a calm, warm, and non-judgmental energy to my practice with individuals and couples. Whatever your challenges, I welcome all of you. Let’s explore what’s happening for you and see how you can get closer to a life that feels a little lighter, brighter, and more meaningful for you!

 

OTHER CERTIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

 

I am a certified yoga instructor and have been teaching for the last few years. I have also sat in multiple silent meditation courses, learning and practicing vipassana, which is a type of mindfulness meditation, and I bring that presence and awareness to my practice. Prior to teaching yoga, I had a career in corporate/finance and can certainly empathize with challenges that arise in that kind of environment, as well as questioning one’s path and going through life transitions.

 

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

 

Because each individual is unique, I practice from an Integrative approach. This means I pull from various theories and therapies, including: Humanistic/Existential (which helps clients understand themselves, their values and desires, as they journey towards their “highest” and most authentic selves); Acceptance and Commitment (helps clients align their behaviours and life with what matters most to them); Attachment (a way of understanding how we establish and maintain connection with others); Somatic (connects our life experiences to how they live in the body); and Solution-Focused (a brief form of therapy focused on finding ways of working through specific issues).

Please note that as a Masters student, Olessia's sessions are available at a lower fee.
Sessions with Olessia are $50+gst per hour. Please feel free to reach out and ask any questions you may have.

 

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