What I Do?

I am here for you…to help you. My career choice has always been to provide care and support for those who seek to improve their lives. Throughout my life, I have always found satisfaction in helping others work through their difficulties through consulting, teaching, understanding, and supporting. For me, there is no greater reward than seeing my clients feel better by overcoming negativity, becoming emotionally stronger ,and expanding their horizons.

Since 2001, I have combined research, teaching and psychotherapeutic practice to develop tools for diagnosing and solving personal and interpersonal problems.

I provide my clients with a deeper understanding and tools to deal with issues such as anxiety, distress, emotional regulation due to crisis, grief, loss, bereavement, work-stress, burnout, difficulties of adaptation to changes, low efficiency, interpersonal and role conflicts, communicational difficulties, and poor time management skills. I have extensive experience in the topics of self-control, anger management, self-motivation, correction of destructive behaviour and habits, recovery from a traumatic experience, building self-esteem, and improving one’s well-being.

Besides my psychotherapy practice I also have ample experience working in Organizational Consulting. I deal with business-organizations, assess employee’s skills and competencies, provide the performance appraisal, and evaluate interactions between co-workers. I know from an employer’s and employee’s perspective what professional development and career-building requires and how to increase the efficiency of applied efforts.

I received my degree and PhD in Psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. I have also received extensive training in Applied Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. Upon arrival in Toronto I entered the Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Mental Health Professionals and after completing the Program, I received my Registration as a Psychotherapist (RP).

Mostly, I use Person-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Additionally, I can apply the Psychodynamic Approach and Leonov’s Activity Theory.

Beyond theories and techniques, I believe in cooperation between therapist and client, client’s uniqueness, their inner source of wisdom and power, and building a strong foundation of trust and rapport.

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I Believe

“It’s a rewarding and privileged experience to walk along the path of self-empowerment with my clients.

I would be honoured to take the journey with you.”

Qualifications

Elena Mikhaylova

Registered Psychotherapist | Ph.D

Education & Accomplishments

  • Education
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia 2001 - Master of Science Psychology and Psychology Teaching
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia 2005 - PhD Psychology
  • Birkbeck College University of London, London, UK 2011 - Certificate in Higher Education Counselling and Counselling Skills
  • Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Mental Health Professionals, Mennonite New life Centre, Toronto, ON 2019 - Certificate of registration stream completion
  • Trainings (most recent)
  • Alliance of Psychotherapy Training Institutions, ALFREDS & APTI - Working Safely with Trauma: An Adlerian/Integrative Perspective
  • Ryerson University, Continuing Education Workshop - Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment for Anxiety in Youth
  • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - Positive Spaces IN-Person Training
  • Ericson College International, Ericson University International - Business Trainer
  • ALSANA, Continuing Education Provider - Body Embrace: Treating Negative Body Image in Clients in Larger Bodies
  • ADLER Faculty of Continuing Education - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Informed Practice
  • LivingWorks - ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Traumatology Institute Online Training Zone - Overview of Assessment and Interventions Early Intervention Field Traumatologist
  • The Couples institute - Couples Therapy Training Program

Articles

  • Journal Articles

    • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Professionalnoye razvitiye i karierniy rost menegera. [Professional development and career growth of the manager (Part 2)]. Upravleniye razvitiem personala № 2 (10), 144-151
    • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Professionalnoye razvitiye i karierniy rost menegera. [Professional development and career growth of the manager (Part 1)]. Upravleniye razvitiem personala № 1(9), 2-8

Approach

  • Activity Theory
  • Psychodynamics
  • Person-centered Approach
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • SFBT

Professional Memberships

  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP)

Experience

  • 22 Years

Average Cost

  • $140-199 +HST (per session)
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Elena's Favorite Quote

“Unfortunately, I need to use experts’ favorite expression: “I have said”.”

Frequently Asked Questions With Elena

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I was impressed how wonderful and complicated human beings by were reading books of S. Zweig, F. Dostoyevsky and L. Tolstoy and how much was still beyond our understanding.

My favorite things about being a therapist are to be able to help and to bring positive changes in people’s lives.

You can get over it on your own, but with professional help it would be easier and quicker.

The secret of happy relationships is in your own balance and happiness. Happy and healthy relationships are loose and relaxed, unhappy are tight and tense.

Gender differences do exist; I wish we had that course in high school. Your partner can’t read your mind; they can’t be your psychotherapist either.

Please never compare your child to “an ideal child”, or to other children. Your children need not just their parents, but their happy parents.

The best way to be a good parent is to accept your children as who they are and support them on their way to becoming whom they want to be. Your children learn from what you do more than from what you say.

“It was my life-changing experience.”

“I always feel better after talking to you.”

“I still remember what you have said… N years ago.”

“You are an inspiration for many people.”

“I would never have achieved …… without you.”

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Availability

  • Monday-Thursday
    day and evening hours
  • Saturday
    daytime

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What activity instantly calms you?

Any movement: walking, driving, swimming, dancing (doing laundry works too; unfortunately, cleaning doesn’t!)

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

Watching documentaries, gardening, sewing

What’s your “dance like nobody’s watching” song?

‘Tain’t What You Do by Ella Fitzgerald

Throughout history, who would be your number one hero?

Marie Curie

Elena in the Community

Elena In The Community

Books

  • Mikhaylova E.V., Koriagina N.A. (2015). Socialnaya psychologia. Teoria i praktika. Uchebnoe posobiye [Social psychology. Theory and Practice: the manual]. – M.: Publishing House Yurayt, Serie: Academic course. Bachelor. – 432p. ISBN: 978-5-9916-3024-5
  • Ivanova N.L., Mikhaylova E.V., & Stroh W.A. (2008). Vvedenie v psychologiyu bisnesa: uchebnoe posobie. [Introduction to business psychology: the manual]. State University – Higher School of Economics. – 2nd edition, – М.: Publishing House SU – HSE, – 471p. ISBN 978-5-7598-0493-2
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Samopresentatsia: teorii, issledovaniya, trening. [Self-presentation: theories, researches, training]. – St. Petersburg.: Rech, – 224p. ISBN 5-9268-0547-3
  • Ivanova N.L., Mikhaylova E.V., & Stroh W.A. (2007). Vvedenie v psychologiyu bisnesa: uchebnoe posobie. [Introduction to business psychology: the manual]. State University – Higher School of Economics. – М.: Publishing House SU – HSE, – 471p. ISBN 978-5-7598-0467-3
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Obucheniye samopresentatsii: uchebnoe posobie. [Training of self-presentation: the manual]. State University – Higher School of Economics. – 2nd edition, – М.: Publishing House SU – HSE, – 167p. ISBN 978-5-7598-0450-5

Journal Articles

  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Professionalnoye razvitiye i karierniy rost menegera. [Professional development and career growth of the manager (Part 2)]. Upravleniye razvitiem personala № 2 (10), 144-151
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Professionalnoye razvitiye i karierniy rost menegera. [Professional development and career growth of the manager (Part 1)]. Upravleniye razvitiem personala № 1(9), 2-8

Articles In Newspapers And Magazines

  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). V Moskvu! V Moskvu! [To Moscow! To Moscow!] Rabota Urala № 37 (260) May 21st, 46
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2006). Uchebniy protses… [Educational process…] Novaya gazeta. № 94(1216) 11.12 – 13.12.2006 24 http: // 2006.novayagazeta.ru/nomer //2006/94n/n94n-s35.shtml
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2002). Rabota za granitsey. Portret nelegala. [Work abroad. The portray of illegal worker]. Inostranets № 13 (418), 11
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2002). Obucheniye personala – investitsii v sobstvenniy bisness. [Trainings for the staff mean the investment into your business]. Na stol rukovoditelu № 45, 106

Documentary Web Series

Homemade is a food documentary web series that celebrates home cooks, their treasured family recipes, and the accompanying stories by Ivana Strajin.

EPISODE 6: Borscht by Elena Mikhaylova

https://www.ivanastrajin.com/

Books

  • Mikhaylova E.V., Koriagina N.A. (2015). Socialnaya psychologia. Teoria i praktika. Uchebnoe posobiye [Social psychology. Theory and Practice: the manual]. – M.: Publishing House Yurayt, Serie: Academic course. Bachelor. – 432p. ISBN: 978-5-9916-3024-5
  • Ivanova N.L., Mikhaylova E.V., & Stroh W.A. (2008). Vvedenie v psychologiyu bisnesa: uchebnoe posobie. [Introduction to business psychology: the manual]. State University – Higher School of Economics. – 2nd edition, – М.: Publishing House SU – HSE, – 471p. ISBN 978-5-7598-0493-2
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Samopresentatsia: teorii, issledovaniya, trening. [Self-presentation: theories, researches, training]. – St. Petersburg.: Rech, – 224p. ISBN 5-9268-0547-3
  • Ivanova N.L., Mikhaylova E.V., & Stroh W.A. (2007). Vvedenie v psychologiyu bisnesa: uchebnoe posobie. [Introduction to business psychology: the manual]. State University – Higher School of Economics. – М.: Publishing House SU – HSE, – 471p. ISBN 978-5-7598-0467-3
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Obucheniye samopresentatsii: uchebnoe posobie. [Training of self-presentation: the manual]. State University – Higher School of Economics. – 2nd edition, – М.: Publishing House SU – HSE, – 167p. ISBN 978-5-7598-0450-5

Journal Articles

  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Professionalnoye razvitiye i karierniy rost menegera. [Professional development and career growth of the manager (Part 2)]. Upravleniye razvitiem personala № 2 (10), 144-151
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). Professionalnoye razvitiye i karierniy rost menegera. [Professional development and career growth of the manager (Part 1)]. Upravleniye razvitiem personala № 1(9), 2-8

Articles In Newspapers And Magazines

  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2007). V Moskvu! V Moskvu! [To Moscow! To Moscow!] Rabota Urala № 37 (260) May 21st, 46
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2006). Uchebniy protses… [Educational process…] Novaya gazeta. № 94(1216) 11.12 – 13.12.2006 24 http: // 2006.novayagazeta.ru/nomer //2006/94n/n94n-s35.shtml
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2002). Rabota za granitsey. Portret nelegala. [Work abroad. The portray of illegal worker]. Inostranets № 13 (418), 11
  • Mikhaylova, E.V. (2002). Obucheniye personala – investitsii v sobstvenniy bisness. [Trainings for the staff mean the investment into your business]. Na stol rukovoditelu № 45, 106

Documentary Web Series

Homemade is a food documentary web series that celebrates home cooks, their treasured family recipes, and the accompanying stories by Ivana Strajin.

EPISODE 6: Borscht by Elena Mikhaylova

https://www.ivanastrajin.com/

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