handle difficult thoughts and feelings
better

Vsevolod
Ardov

(F)ACT & СFT therapist,
behavioural consultant

My story

I used to fantasise about being a therapist in my adolescence but I never had the guts to admit it, not to say to apply for a studying programme. I wouldn’t see such people around, that was not a usual thing in my circle and… all of these cool dream jobs were meant for others, not for me, right? 

Only later did I get to know ACT ideas about life aligned with your values and how to handle all of these difficult thoughts and feelings that arise.

Yes, my brain still says “it’s so complicated and scary for you” at times – but it’s OK. Now I have the skills to UNhook from these stories.

 

Qualifications

The name “acceptance and commitment therapy” reflects a key message: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves your life. It’s a very active form of therapy/coaching. It’s not just talking about your problems and feelings.

Our aim here is to work together as a team, to help you be the sort of person you want to be and build the sort of life you want to live. Part of this approach involves learning skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively, so they have less impact and influence over you. When we introduce these skills, I’ll ask you to practice them between sessions. You don’t have to do that, of course; but it’s like learning to play a guitar or drive a car: the more practice you do, the better you get.

ACT also involves clarifying your values: finding out what matters to you, what you want to stand for in life, what strengths and qualities you want to develop, how you want to treat yourself and others.

I want you to leave here after each session with an action plan: something practical to take away and use to actively improve your life.

I studied with the best trainers in Russia and the world: Daria Suchilina, Russ Harris,  Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson (pioneers of the therapy)

FACT stands for Focused  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It’s a brief intervention for radical change in life. Following its tradition, I’ll try to see you on the same or the next day, maximum.

I studied with co-founders of the therapy, Strosahl Ph.D.&Patricia Robinson, Ph.D

In the first 10 minutes I’ll ask you a few questions about your life now and the reason for your visit. Then we’ll work together as a team, on a plan of the radical change to get you closer to the life worth living. Sometimes one visit is enough, but some people come back for fine-tuning the original plan after experimenting with it for a while.

The session will take 35 min. During the session you can always say “no” to a particular intervention or press “pause” and discuss what arises there.

CFT a was originally developed for people suffering from shame and self-criticism, who did not respond to other interventions well (Gilbert, 2009а; Rector et al., 2000). CFT helps clients not to run from difficult thoughts and feelings but approach them with compassion, feeling safe and secure.

I did a course on CFT with the most prominent trainers in the field: Dennis Tirch & Laura Silberstein-Tirch

I’m qualified to conduct DBT skills training with Dr. Marsha Linehan  the founder of the therapy.
It can help with:

  • mindfulness.
  • distress tolerance.
  • interpersonal effectiveness.
  • emotional regulation.

Now I’m working on integration of its applicable skills into ACT (СЕ

I’m studying individual, couples and family Emotinally-Focused Therapy with its founder , Dr. Sue Johnson

It can help individuals, couples and families with restoring the essential connection and secure attachment.

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2013)

First, I studied neurophysiology of mindfulness at programmes (1 and 2) of Monash University, Australia. Then, I delved into its history and philosophy at the programme of Leiden university, the Netherlands. I also participated in Snezhana Zamalieva’s course for trainers. Finally, I acquired indispensable skills of making my practices trauma-sensitive at Daria Suchilina’s course on ‘Cogntive therapy and Mindfulness skills for depression prevention’.

Motivatonal interviewing is a special type of discussion. It’s based on the premise that everyone of us is an expert in their own life with the therapist not knowing the right answer but being able to provide secure space for taking decisions.

I did a course with the co-founder of the approach, Stephen Rollnick. It was focused on making decisions on vaccination but is applicable for other dilemmas.

graduated from Institute of Psychotherapy and Medical Psychology of Saint Petersburg (Russia) as a psychologist and teacher of psychology.

This added up to my first teaching degree – I’m a Cambridge qualified teacher and teacher trainer (CELTA, DELTA M1). At some point in my career I understood that it doesn’t really matter what exactly you teach. Indeed, be it languages or psychological flexibility, you still work with people, you steal align your actions with your values. And for me it means being gentle to people and to the brain.

Apart from my basic education in psychology, I delve into particular aspects of it:

I help with...

Anxiety and fears

When it’s really scary to do or not to do something 

Depression and low mood

When you don’t feel like getting up in the morning and have lost interest in your favourite activities

Burnout and stress

When holidays and job change don’t help anymore

Procrastination

When you don’t feel like doing what had to be done yesterday

Loss and grief

When life hits hard

LGBTQ+

When it’s difficult to be with yourself, others or the world

New directions

When it’s difficult to choose a future direction and company

Trauma

When past experiences of traumatic events influence your life now

FAQ

Я понимаю, что всегда интересно узнать, сколько сеансов нужно для решения Вашего запроса. Мне тоже. Если бы я сказал точное число, это бы значило, что я либо стригу всех под одну гребёнку, наплевав на индивидуальность, либо хочу обмануть. Никто не знает точно, сколько точно потребуется времени, какая именно техника для Вас сработает, можно гарантировать только одно: если отказаться от терапии – точно не сработает. Обычно говорят, что потребуется около 15-20 встреч.
 
Важные данные исследования от К. Строзаля (Howard, Kopta, Krause, & Orlinsky, 1986):
  • 15% клиентов чувствуют улучшения, когда они решают обратиться за помощью, ещё до первой сессии (неожиданно, правда?);
  • 50% всех улучшений от терапии достигаются к 8-й сессии, дальше часто наблюдается замедление.
Вообще да. Иногда 30 минут достаточно для кардинальных изменений,а иногда нужен повторный визит для дополнительной прокачки навыков или редактирования плана.
 
Важные факты от К. Строзаля:
FACT – единственная краткосрочная терапия, которая была изучена с контрольными группами – а это золотой стандарт в доказательной науке (Strosahl, Hayes, Bergan, & Romano, 1998);
 
По сравнению с ОРКТ (Ориентированной на решение краткосрочной терапией), терапевты FACT достигают тех же результатов примерно за 4 сессии, но с бóльшим уровнем удовлетворенности у клиентов, с значительно меньшим количеством бросивших терапию или направленных далее к психиатрам (SFBT; de Shazer, 1985).

Я являюсь ЛГБТК+ дружественным терапевтом и постараюсь обеспечить максимальный комфорт на сессии – равно как и всем остальным.

 

Одна из моих ценностей – помогать людям повышать качество жизни. Если кто-то не хочет этой помощи, а я буду её насаждать – это уже будет не про помощь, а про насилие. Поэтому влезания в мозг и каких-то изменений на свой лад – не будет.

Без работы в команде в принципе ничего не получится.

Sessions

Longer

Longer sessions mostly based on ACT 

2500 ₽ / 50 min

Shorter

Shorter sessions mostly based on FACT 

1500 ₽ / 35 min

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