Get To Know Dr. Broustovetskaia
Alexandra "Sasha" Broustovetskaia, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist specializing in mindful self-compassion. Colleagues and clients know her as "Sasha" or "Dr. B". Her approach is integrative and anchored in developing a collaborative, non-judgmental relationship. She uses evidence-based techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness based approaches to empower clients with tools for examining patterns and learning new ways of thinking and managing emotions. She encourages clients to tap into their resourcefulness, curiosity and creativity to come up with solutions or implement change in a way that works for them. Therapy with Dr. B provides a safe relationship in which clients gain insight into patterns and habits that are no longer serving them, and explore new ways of thinking and being. Most importantly, her clients discover a different way of relating to themselves that is more self-accepting and compassionate.
What clients can expect from therapy with Dr. B: "We will work together to help you get to know yourself, recognize your potential, and make intentional choices in your life. You deserve to feel a sense of belonging, agency and joy."
As a therapist, Dr. B has a calm, warm, and sincere style. She is active and affirming in sessions and attuned to clients' needs. She is collaborative with her clients, joining forces with them to help them reach their goals and lead the life they want to live.
Dr. B has a generalist training and is adept at working with a variety of mental health concerns. She has been successful in working with young adults and early career professionals. Specifically, she has an interest and competence in working through issues related to life transitions and the potential accompanying symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression, irritability). Some of the transitions may include loss and grief, relationship and career concerns, and adjustment to different phases of life or environments.
Regarding loss and grief, Dr. B has co-facilitated a bereavement group and has presented on the impact of grief to members of a university community.
When addressing relationship concerns, Dr. B is knowledgeable in effective partner communication and how different attachment styles impact relationship behaviors. She has also presented on factors that undermine positive relationships.
Her career development expertise includes teaching a career exploration course to undergraduate students and completing a training with various career assessment instruments such as Strong Interest Inventory, Career Thoughts Inventory, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She can help clients explore different career choices or process any indecision related to career change.
Last but not least, she is aware how transitions can impact a person’s sense of identity. Dr. B has done research on the strengths of individuals who identify as bicultural, has worked with patients undergoing a major bariatric surgery, and has conducted a consultation project focused on integration needs of Veteran students. She has also co-authored a chapter on issues related to identity and social class changes of international and immigrant individuals.
Dr. B enjoys helping clients navigate the inevitable life changes while providing tools for coping and space for exploration.
Education and Training
Dr. Broustovetskaia received her B.A. in psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington and doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Purdue University. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship training from University of New Hampshire Counseling Center.
Dr. Broustovetskaia received training and worked in university counseling centers serving both traditional and non-traditional college students. She also obtained training at a bariatric weight loss clinic working with the general community. At each of these settings, Dr. Broustovetskaia worked with clients from diverse backgrounds and with wide range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, family of origin concerns, identity and career exploration, and relationship issues.
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