Introducing me

My name is Victoriya Makrishcheva. I am a psychodynamic coach. I earned my undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University and my masters degree in economics from Temple University. Later I studied modern group psychoanalysis at the center for group studies, emotion-image therapy (EIT) at and EIT Psychological Center Linde. I have three years of experience as a psychodynamic coach.

Main approach in my work is emotion-imagery therapy. I help clients deal with their chronic negative emotions such as fear, anger, sadness, envy, jealousy, shame, guilt, etc. To illustrate, I had a client who experienced an intense anger while communicating with his boss, but he could not understand why he had that feeling. I ask him to locate the anger in his body. It was in his chest and it felt like something was burning. I offered him to associate and create an image of that burning sensation. Client said that it was a barking dog. We began a dialogue to investigate the meaning of this image. I asked: who is the dog protecting? Client: I see a young man holding a five year old boy by the hand. And at this moment a memory surfaced, the client remembered that his dad demanded a lot of emotional attention, and my client had to put aside developing his masculinity and was unable to be a care-free child. He needed to be a responsible care-taker to attend to the emotional needs of his dad. What we discovered during our session was that the client’s boss was evoking memories of this childhood dynamic. I invited my client to tell the young man and the boy that from now on he (the adult client) will be the one to take care of them. Now he will prioritize their needs above all. And because this dialogue was with a spontaneously created image it bypassed the client’s cognitive and rational mind. It reached the unconscious mind. And at that deep level the client was able to make a new internal choice, a choice to take care of his emotional needs. As a result, the image of the angry dog transformed into a friendly dog. There was no more need to protect the client’s developing masculinity and inner child. Now there is an adult client who is responsible for creating space for healthy and safe development of his underdeveloped inner selves. As a result of our work, the client was no longer angry at his boss. He felt empowered and learned to pay attention to his masculinity and his inner child. He stopped seeing his boss as an enemy, who consumes all of his life energy. Now, the boss was a separate adult, who is not his father, but another adult with whom my client has a business relationship.

An interesting fact about me, I dropped out of school at age 15 to sell home-made slippers in a street market, and at 24 I dropped out of graduate school to follow my passion and to develop myself into a helping practitioner, psychodynamic coach. Now I am introducing emotion-image therapy Linde to the English speaking world. My hobby is 5rhythms, a movement meditation practice.

Why do you need me? You need me so that I can help you understand yourself and other people. Gain psychological maturity. Why? Because when you really understand yourself you know how to live your life with pleasure, with interest, with joy, with health and with creativity. Your relationships with people become more fulfilling and warm. Your relationship with the world becomes adequate.

Why me and not somebody else? Because I am deep and crisp. Because I can quickly find your hidden inner conflict. And because I will not pity you, I will understand and accept you, the way you are, and I will help you hear your own inner compass, which is hidden behind chronic negative emotions.

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