We Live What We Teach
Dr. Alina Sotskova, R.Psych.
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.
Dr. Sotskova's previous professional experience includes working with adults, couples, and groups in private practice, hospital, rehabilitation, and mental health clinic settings. Concerns she works with often include: anxiety; depression; impact of trauma, injury, or stressful events; relationship difficulties; life transitions; chronic pain; difficulties coping with life challenges, such as loss of a loved one; self-esteem issues; substance misuse; and or experiencing blocks to thriving in personal goals. The approach she takes is based on evidence-supported theories and methods of counselling and psychotherapy. 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, specifically for treating trauma-related disorders 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.
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.
While providing counselling and psychotherapy is Dr. Sotskova’s main focus as a psychologist, she also engages in advocacy for increased awareness of mental health in the community.
Please note that Dr. Sotskova does not presently work with cases that involve a motor vehicle accident, litigation for personal injury related to a motor vehicle accident, or ICBC referrals. She does regularly works with clients who have experienced a workplace injury, or a non-motor-vehicle injury/trauma (e.g., interpersonal violence, operational stress injuries for actively serving Canadian Forces/RCMP/Police members and veterans, assault). If you are not sure whether this applies to you, please feel free to email or call our clinic before coming in, and we would be glad to provide clarification.
Please note that Dr. Sotskova is not currently accepting new clients. Openings are anticipated towards the end of September 2021 - please get in touch with us for more details. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to Dr. Sotskova's waitlist for an initial consultation."