Valerija Gnusareva – Psychotherapist
Valerija is a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist who began her studies with a B.A.(Hons) in Psychology and then successfully completed a clinical M.A. in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Dublin Business School. She is a fully accredited member of APPI (Association for Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy in Ireland) and of ICP (Irish Council for Psychotherapy) and abides by their code of ethics. Valerija’s training consisted of intense and various components, ranging from theoretical modalities to clinical placements, including weekly psychiatric case conferences at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, infant observation and personal analysis. She continues to progress professionally by participating in and attending conferences, seminars and training groups as well as by ongoing intensive personal development.
Valerija has a breadth of experience gained from clinical, social, educational and private settings. She has worked on placements in a number of different sectors including several South Inner City Primary Schools in Dublin, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Navan (Department of Psychiatry) where she worked therapeutically with out-patients and participated in clinical meetings, ward rounds and collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team. She has worked extensively with students in Dublin Institute of Technology, as well as with students from Dublin City University. Valerija works with several Employee Assistance Programmes providing brief, solution focused, goal-oriented counselling services. She provides psychotherapy in two languages: English and Russian.
Valerija’s practice is guided by the philosophy and ethics of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the primary focus of which is to reveal the unconscious workings of a client’s mind in an attempt to alleviate psychic tension. It offers a way of exploring the obstacles to progressing forward which may not be accessible to everyday thinking. This approach may help the individual to gain new insights leading to a shift in repetitive patterns which negatively affect the person and are in their way of moving forward.
Valerija works with people who experience various problems, which include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship or marital difficulties, stress, gender and sexuality issues.