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Elina Polyakov,
Board certified bilingual psychotherapist,
Licensed in NY and NJ

Bilingual Extension

Office: 150 Airport Executive Park, Suite 152, Nanuet, NY 10901

Tel: (646) 312-9473; (845) 694-8496
(845) 694-8497


In my practice I am committed to creating an atmosphere of safety, comfort and respect for individuality while providing space for emotional and spiritual growth. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is of primary importance to personal change, because it encourages one to be as true to oneself as possible. I am convinced that everybody has the ability to transform his/her own life; all one needs is a belief in oneself and at times, focused guidance.

In my clinical work I often combine traditional psychotherapy methods with hypnosis. I find that this combination works best when treating a wide range of emotional and physical problems, enhancing well-being, and improving quality of life.

The kind of knowledge and experience that I bring to my practice lies in working with adults from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, and social problems. As an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, and therefore bilingual and bicultural, I am sensitive to issues common to immigrant population. This personal experience enhances my understanding of the complexities related to adaptation and acculturation that the adoption community often faces.

I hold a BA degree (Magna Cum Laude) from NYU in Psychology, a MS degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, and an Advanced Clinical Certification in Hypnotherapy from The Institute of Hypnotherapy. I am board certified and licensed to perform psychotherapy in NY and NJ.

Areas of specialization:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management
  • Bereavement
  • Adjustment issues
  • Trauma
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Self-esteem/self-confidence issues

For more details read Newsletter #92 Hypnosis: Questions and Answers and Newsletter #91 Hypnotherapy



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