Svetlana Tikhonova, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 
License #LMFT79777 
Clinical Supervisor

Registered Sandplay Practitioner
EMDR-trained Therapist
Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional

Phone number: (650) 910-8929 ext1


$190-220 individual therapy
$270 couples therapy 75 min

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 immigration

  • Ethnic minority distress 

  • Coping with grief and loss

  • Adjustment to life transitions

  • Coping with separation and divorce

  • 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
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.

Teaching Psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis Palo Alto, CA.

SoulCollage® Facilitators Training. SoulCollage® Institute, CA.

Psychosynthesis for Professionals. Psychosynthesis Palo Alto, 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.

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.

My approach to therapy is based on empathy, compassion, unconditional positive regard, respect to all life paths, and my deep belief in a healing power of a genuine human connection. I am trained and experienced in a variety of therapeutic methods and integrate them depending on 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.