Svetlana Tikhonova, MA, LMFT 
License #LMFT79777 
EMDR Therapist

Registered Sandplay Practitioner

Areas of Focus


​Experienced in helping adults, children and teens with:​


  • Self-exploration, and unearthing strengths for personal growth

  • Coping skills for reducing anxiety and depression

  • Healing post-traumatic stress caused by overwhelming and frightening events, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, physical violence, car accident, natural disasters, and exposure to war. ​

  • Coping with grief and loss

  • Adjustment to life transitions

  • Developing emotional resilience

  • Developing kind and friendly relationships

  • Parenting support


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.

Post-graduate Professional Training and Credentials

Teaching Psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis Palo Alto. CA.​ 2018-2019


SoulCollage® Facilitators Training. SoulCollage® Institute. CA. 2018

Psychosynthesis for Professionals. Psychosynthesis Palo Alto. CA.​ 2009-present.

SandPlay Therapy Training approved by STA/ISST (SandPlay Therapists of America/ International Society for SandPlay Therapy). 2014-2018.

Advanced Study and Applications of Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy. International Institute for Humanistic Studies. Petaluma, CA. 2010-2017

EMDR Therapy, Part 1 and Part 2. EMDR Institute, CA. 2016

The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience. Advanced Level. The Couples Institute. Menlo Park, CA. 2013-2016

Professional Affiliations


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 Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). Member.