Anna Sizorina - Individual and Couples Therapy
A bilingual therapist specialized in the treatment of crisis and trauma, anxiety, psychogenic depression, and emotional dysregulation for individuals (EMDR); emotionally focused therapy for couples; and attachment-focused consultations for parents. Private Praxis–Hamburg-Center.
Individuals residing outside their passport countries permanent or temporarily, partners living in an international partnership, and families raising bilingual children, face many challenges. New cultures and the urge of adaptation create additional pressures and adjustment problems both for you, your partner, and your family. Loss of a secure home base (either through moving or through marital conflict) may evoke old feelings and stress reactions that no longer benefit your current situation.
Are you feeling anxious, sad, helpless, discouraged, numb, or detached? Do you experience difficulties in controlling your emotions, you either cry or scream? Are you feeling stuck and empty deep inside? Have you lost sight of a person you fell in love with? In the therapy sessions (individual and couples therapy), we will find the meaning of your emotional experiences, understand your reactions, develop and train suitable coping strategies and a sense of better connectedness within yourself and between you and your partner.
Born in Russia, trained in Germany and the USA, working on my Ph.D. in Cross-Cultural Psychology at Walden University, the USA, I am a good match for those who live in international partnerships, who came to Hamburg to follow love or pursue a career, who speak English, Russian, or German as the first, second or third language. Since 2014 I have been working with representatives of diverse nationalities: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany Great Britain Holland Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, the USA, and Russia. My clinical work is based on the attachment theory, theories of emotions, and is supported by the emotionally focused and trauma therapies. The focus of my scholarly interest is cross-cultural relationships, emotion regulation, trauma, and resilience.
The Focus on Emotion
In an everyday situation, feelings are normal reactions to environmental changes, they allow an individual to quickly assess the situation on a “good for me-bad for me” basis and induce a reaction. Very often emotions are faster than thoughts and it has evolutionary meaning. Thus emotions serve as signals to us and to the others. Furthermore, emotions and facial expressions associated with those emotions are universal languages understandable all over the world. We can connect and understand each other even if our common vocabulary is limited. Behind most of the psychological problems one can find some sort of emotional distress, for example, extreme sadness, grief, fear, fury, or numbing, as well as inability to regulate emotions may disrupt everyday functioning.
First Relationships as a Cradle of Trust and Coping
We are born into this world as a part of a family consisting of a mother and a father. Nested in our parents’ hands we learn the essence of connection, the nature of emotion, and the ability to trust. Supported by our first loving relationships we dare to make first steps into this big world. And these relationships influence our lives thereafter.
When we mature we break up those close ties only to start looking again for someone to share our life with: we are not designed to live in isolation, we are programmed to connect.
Not all relationships are able to give a young person a good start into a resilient adulthood: losses, conflicts, and early traumatic events influence ways of coping with stressful situations. As time passes by we may gather life experiences, but every time when we are exposed to acute stress situations, we would forget experience and flexibility and rigidly react the way we had learned in childhood. An EMDR therapy, developed for trauma and crisis, will enable you to leave your past in the past and will allow you to live and act in here and now using the most of your potential.
Another capacity impaired by childhood hardships is the ability to connect and to rely on close people. This may impact both couple’s relationships and parenting styles; this may become a problem at work. Emotionally focused and attachment-based approach can help to develop a sense of connection to yourself and to your important others.