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Ruslan Ivanov, LMHC

Ruslan Ivanov, LMHC, M.A., earned his graduate degree in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a bilingual therapist (English/Russian) who has experience in individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and programming. Ruslan is also a part-time adjunct professor at Saint Francis College where he teaches classes in psychology, sexuality, and child development.

Ruslan's previous experience includes providing individual psychotherapy to college-aged students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Kingsborough Community College. There he has co-facilitated mindfulness meditation groups and workshops for faculty, staff, and students. In addition, Ruslan has provided individual services at the Community Guidance Center in Pennsylvania. In addition, Ruslan has worked with individuals with severe mental health conditions at Brooklyn Community Services, a non-profit organization committed to empowering at-risk children, youth, and families who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. He has also volunteered at Hopeful Hearts, a center for grieving children, adolescents, and their families where he co-facilitated grief groups, and provided emotional support for bereaved families.

Ruslan has also worked with individuals with substance use disorders at Bridge Back to Life and One World Counseling; outpatient clinics primarily serving the Brooklyn community. At this time Ruslan coordinated individual and group sessions while providing evidence-based, client-centered treatment to address the challenges surrounding substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health needs.

Ruslan’s work is based on an integrative and holistic approach, and each session is tailored to the unique needs of clients, helping them to discover their internal truth, expand their sense of self, and recreate personal meaning. He utilizes evidence-based cognitive-behavioral, feminist, mindfulness-centered, body-oriented, and positive psychology approaches. Additionally, Ruslan specializes in complex trauma and attachment work. He views his work through an attachment lens and believes that a healthy human connection is an essential source for healing. In such work, clients re-establish the ownership of their body and mind restoring the proper balance between the rational and emotional brain leading to the increased feeling of ownership over how they respond and conduct their lives.

Ruslan has experience working with adults, young teens and men who are struggling with transitions, intimacy issues, and in search of an authentic self.  He creates a safe space for individuals to feel comfortable to connect, as well as to access, express, and transform their emotions.  Ruslan is invested in providing clients with a skill set that allows them to use healthy coping strategies when faced with various life challenges. He has a lifelong passion for spiritual growth and the mind-body connection. Through this lens, he aims to help clients gain a better understanding of their life purpose, to access their inner wisdom, and to overcome obstacles along the way.