During more than 20 years of a professional career I have worked in a variety of work environments. However, I have always been involved in learning and personal/professional development. My academic career began as a lecturer in Russian Studies and Intercultural Communication at the University of Plovdiv, the second largest university in Bulgaria. I became an Associate Professor in Intercultural Communication in 2002 and developed an international career reading courses related to intercultural matters at a number of universities in Europe, Russia and the UK. Since 1998 I have also worked as an intercultural expert and trainer through my participation in a variety of international educational projects and programmes.
After my relocation to London in January 2008 I pursued my interest in psychoanalytic thinking and the therapeutic function of human communication. I trained at the world renowned Tavistock Centre in London and worked as a psychotherapist for the National Health Service (East London NHS Foundation Trust and Camden and Islington NHS Trust) for over 5 years. I also developed my private consultancy and currently work as a personal and professional development coach, trainer and multilingual psychotherapist in the UK and internationally.
Education and Qualifications
I received my first MA degree (in Russian and English) from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and gained my PhD in linguistics at the Russian Academy of Science, Moscow. I am a Tavistock trained psychotherapist and I completed my MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy through the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. I specialized in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) – a short-term treatment for mood disorders - at the Anna Freud Centre. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Coaching Division) and a DIT practitioner accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
I am bilingual and bicultural by birth. Russian is my mother tongue and Bulgarian is my native tongue. I offer consultancy, coaching and psychotherapy in English, Russian and Bulgarian.