Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
California License #LMFT79777
Founder & Director
Clinical Supervisor
Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDR Parent-Child &Attachment Specialist
Registered Sandplay Practitioner
Regular fee: $300-$350

I see clients for

Individual therapy
Family therapy
My approach to therapy is based on empathy, compassion, unconditional positive regard, respect for all life paths, and my deep belief in the healing power of a genuine human connection.
I am trained and experienced in a variety of therapeutic methods and integrate them depending on the unique needs of each client. I am always paying attention to creating a free and protected space, where the most difficult and sensitive issues could be shared.
adults 18+

Svetlana Tikhonova, MA, LMFT

children 3+

I work with

Schedule 20-minute free consultation

English, Russian
I speak:
Integrative and based on your needs. I use ideas and techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities:
Family systems
Humanistic - Existential
Jungian (Kalffian) Sandplay
Mindfulness based CBT
Expressive Arts
Gestalt therapy

Therapy approach


  • Teaching Psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis Palo Alto, CA.
  • Psychosynthesis for Professionals. Psychosynthesis Palo Al
  • Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training. Training by International Association of Trauma Professionals.
  • Complexities of Complex Trauma. Training by International Society for Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
  • The 10 Core Competencies of Trauma, PTSD, Grief & Loss.
  • Training by International Association of Trauma Professionals.
  • Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments & Interventions.
  • International Association of Trauma Professionals.
  • SoulCollage® Facilitators Training. SoulCollage® Institute, CA.
  • SandPlay Therapy Training approved by STA/ISST (SandPlay Therapists of America/ International Society for SandPlay Therapy).
  • Advanced Study and Applications of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy. International Institute for Humanistic Studies. Petaluma, CA.
  • EMDR Therapy, Part 1 and Part 2. EMDR Institute, CA.
  • The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience. Advanced Level. The Couples Institute. Menlo Park, CA.​

Post-graduate Professional Training and Credentials

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). Clinical member.

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Clinical member.

  • SandPlay Therapists of America (STA). Registered SandPlay Practitioner.

  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). Professional membership.

Adjunct Faculty at Sofia University, California, at the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program.

Professional Affiliations

  • MA in Counseling Psychology. Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University), Palo Alto, CA.
  • Specialization in Creative Expression on Master's Level. Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Now Sofia University), Palo Alto, CA.
  • Diploma in Applied Psychology. Moscow State University of Humanities, Russia.
  • MS in Applied Math and Physics. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russia.