Our Providers

Mary Mykhaylova, LCSW

Pronouns

she/her

Education

MSW from Smith College School for Social Work

BA in Psychology, BA in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley

Special Interests

I work with people to help them heal from trauma, interrupt unhelpful patterns, set healthier boundaries, dismantle crippling perfectionism, bolster their sense of self, increase self-esteem, mindfully manage anxiety, and live a more authentic existence. I have a special interest in serving queer and immigrant individuals, and working with those reflecting on the impact of and/or their complicity in systemic oppression.

Therapy Style

I am warm, empathic, real, and curious. I encourage you to get in touch with aspects of your internal life that feel confusing, painful, or unspeakable. I listen deeply, pay attention to recurring patterns, and share my reflections and associations with you. I strive to create a safer space by attending to how systems of power (with respect to race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, among others) shape identities and relationships and how this may emerge between us.

Modality & Approach

I am interested in how our past and current relationships shape how we think, feel, and behave. The experiences we have and the messages we receive in key relationships throughout our lives, starting from a very young age, have a big impact on how we feel about ourselves, and what we seek out and expect from those around us. At times, the powerful pulls of familiar dynamics can operate out of our awareness. I am largely informed by psychodynamic theory and attachment theory (Emotionally Focused Therapy/EFT), and integrate mindfulness and elements of CBT into my work.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

Coco’s Ramen

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Prioritizing sleep.

Interests

Baking, reading, writing, hiking, live music, modern art

License Number and State

87694 - CA