Licensed in Israel
Hannah-Valeria Grishko Verified
Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Licensed in Israel
Your therapy is your own unique experience, and nobody fits into a box. My expertise gained through 20 years of practice coupled with life and professional experiences in Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, France and Israel, offers a unique outlook at life’s challenges, especially when you are living not in the country of your birth. My fluency in French, English and Russian and deeper understanding of cultural adaptation and growth that can happen in moving abroad offer a different dimension of understanding and insight to your therapy with me.
My solid educational background in the form of BA in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Chicago and MSW from New York University serves as an important base to my ability to think analytically, creatively and in depth as well as to thrive for excellence when working with you. My areas of specialty are:
• Grief, loss and bereavement
• Trauma and trauma-informed therapy with adults and children, including sexual abuse and domestic violence
• Immigration/cultural adjustment and identity formation for children, adolescents and adults
• Child psychotherapy/parenting and family work.
I am also experienced in working with various mood disorders as well as couple therapy.
I offer an integrative approach that fits your needs as close as possible. This approach includes talk therapy using different methods, body awareness, mindfulness or Jungian Sandplay therapy. I introduce these ways of working in the first few sessions, and we review your progress with me as we move along. Your therapy will be a collaborative experience between us. I bring my utmost positive regard, warmth, relatedness, high level of clinical experience and commitment to your well-being to ensure that you feel safe and protected in the therapeutic space with me. We know from research and years of clinical practice that your relationship with a trusted and competent therapist is key to a successful therapy for you.
I am a Certified Jungian Sandplay therapist and a Teaching Member of Israeli and International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISTA and ISST), which is the highest level of membership and training. Jungian Sandplay is a non-verbal, creative and expressive therapy that allows you to express and work through challenges and dilemmas from a completely different angle, especially when words are just not enough! By accessing your creative and image-based right brain processing and symbolic language, you can gain access to a new level of inner resources and address your challenges in a way that bypasses your rational side. The tactile element of Sandplay is an inviable tool in a healing process.
When dealing with traumatic experience or any situations where you lived through strong emotions, sometimes talking is not enough. Trauma is not only limited to acts of extreme violence or war. In fact, my definition of trauma includes a wide range of painful emotional experience, ranging from rape, betrayal or divorce. What is often needed is an integrated approach that helps the body to process what happened on the somatic level. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), which means that I have additional training in the most current approaches to working with trauma, such as Somatic Experiencing, EMDR and other ways of incorporating our growing understanding of neurophysiology of trauma.
My work has been published in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy, and I contributed a book chapter to a volume called Into the Heart of Sandplay Therapy. I also offered professional training and participated in conferences in Israel as well as Romania, Russia, China, Israel, UK and the United States.
New York University
Jungian Certified Sandplay Therapist (Teaching Member) -- Clinical Membership (2013), Teaching Membership (2015)
Clinical Trauma Specialist -- 2020
Approved Supervisor of Play Therapy UK/International -- 2015
Member of British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy -- 2016
Behavioral Concerns In Children
Parenting Issues / Training
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Anxiety / Panic
Self-Harm / Suicide
Sexual Abuse / Rape
Expressive Arts Therapy
Family Systems Therapy