Dr. Alina Sotskova, R.Psych
|Age group I work with:||19+|
|Where I offer my services:||Online and/or In-person at Broadway location|
|When not at work I am:||Hiking, skiing, reading, and creating art.|
|Favourite ice cream:||Chocolate with cherry.|
|If I wasn’t a therapist I’d be:||A research scientist.|
|Book recommendation:||“How to think like Leonardo da Vinci” by Micheal Gelb.|
Dr. Alina Sotskova is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (#2291). Her goal is to provide a supportive space for clients from which they can explore their experiences, address challenges, and make steps towards enhancing their quality of life. It is very important to her to understand each person’s goals and needs so that she can provide support with moving towards finding fulfilling, sustainable ways to meet their needs and experience a connection to a sense of personal meaning and purpose.
Approach and Values
Dr. Sotskova’s previous professional experience includes working with adults, couples, and groups in private practice, hospital, and rehabilitation settings. Concerns she works with often include: anxiety; depression; PTSD; impact of trauma, injury, or stressful events; relationship difficulties; life transitions; grief and loss; self-esteem issues; substance misuse; and experiencing blocks to thriving in personal goals. Mental health is something that affects everyone, and people can experience emotional difficulties for many reasons, such as changes in relationships, traumatic events, or feeling overwhelmed by life’s responsibilities. Dr. Sotskova believes that the process of acknowledging emotional and psychological experiences, both pleasant and uncomfortable ones, is a valuable and worthwhile endeavour.
Dr. Sotskova’s approach to psychotherapy is based on evidence-supported theories and methods. However, the goals of each person she works with are different and, as such, her approach is uniquely tailored to each client. Approaches she uses often include Mindfulness-based therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and, for treating trauma-related disorders specifically, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Exposure-based therapy. Her previous training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) also allows her to integrate DBT principles and strategies into her work.
Dr. Sotskova provides the following specialized assessment services:
- Independent Psychological Evaluations (also knowns as Independent Medical Evaluations, IMEs) for motor vehicle accidents and personal injuries. See the Assessments page for more information.
- Comprehensive psychological diagnostic assessments, including assessment of mood/anxiety concerns, trauma/PTSD, and personality functioning.
- Brief psychological assessments for the purposes of providing treatment recommendations.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself
Thigh Nhat Hanh
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward
C. S. Lewis