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Ms Lidia Smirnov

Ms Lidia Smirnov

Mobile 0403 921 223
Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

Lidia Smirnov Counselling

Mobile 0403 921 223

Integrating Mind & Body for Long Lasting Relationships. Every relationship goes through ups and downs, major life events can send you off track and leave you feeling depressed and/or anxious. While you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. Counselling and a good therapist can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and help you navigate your way back to a clearer path.


  • Level 1, 147 King Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 0403 921 223 PHONE 0403 921 223
  • 1-1 Gibbons Street, Oatlands, Sydney NSW 2117 PHONE 0403 921 223 0403 921 223


  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Online Video Consultations 
  • I guide and facilitate my clients towards finding the solutions that fit best for them. I provide practical take-home tools to assist each person in their daily lives. In therapy I work hard to create a space in which each person feels secure so that they can safely explore and understand the dynamics that are at play in their lives. I will help identify each person's individual strengths so that they can draw on them to explore the difficulties they are experiencing and find constructive solutions.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Childhood Issues, Climate Change / Environment, Communication Issues, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Issues, Decision Making, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Gender and Sexuality, Intimacy Issues, Life Transitions, Pre-marital Counselling, Psychosomatic, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Emotional Freedom Techniques, Experiential, Hakomi, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Somatic Psychotherapy

    The foundations of my couples work rests on two evidence-based methodologies: The Gottman method and Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). The Gottman Method was pioneered by globally recognised relationship experts Drs John & Julie Gottman. This approach focuses on giving structure, understanding & practical research-based interventions to couples' difficulties. Stan Takin’s PACT uses cutting edge techniques, incorporating neuroscience, biology and theories of attachment to help couples work through the real issues in a safe setting. The method that most inform my individual work is Hakomi, it's a gentle, respectful, mindfulness based approach to working with early attachment wounds and help change ingrained life patterns.


    • Bachelor of Counselling & Human Change - 2011 - Jansen Newman Institute
    • 3 Levels of Gottman Couple Therapy - 2014 - The Gottman Institute
    • 2 Levels of PACT - 2017 - Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy
    • Hakomi Graduate - 2017 - Hakomi Institute

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association
    • Hakomi Australia Association


    More than 10 years ago, with a successful career and pregnant with my second son, I faced a life-threatening illness. That experience prompted me to overcome my fears and create a more meaningful life for myself and my family. For me, that meant returning to full-time study in Psychotherapy, to retrain in an area I am passionate about, and where I can help others create lasting positive change in their lives. Since then I have gone on to work in various areas of practice, ultimately setting up my own private practice in Parramatta & Sydney CBD.


    Monday, Tuesday & Friday - City
    Wednesday - Oatlands
    Currently offering online therapy via Zoom/Skype Monday through to Friday

    Transport and Parking

    City practice is close to the Wynyard Station, Town Hall Station, St James Station & Martin Place Station
    Ample street parking for the Oatlands practice


    Individual (60mins) - $190 (inc. GST)
    Couple (90mins) - $300 (inc. GST)

    Payment Options

    Direct Debit


  • English
  • Mandarin

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    10 Questions with Lidia Smirnov

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I was working full time in Human Resources and pregnant with my 2nd child when I experienced a health scare, and this propelled me to pursue a long held dream to retrain in the area of psychotherapy and eventually specialising in relationship/couple therapy.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Buddhist philosophy on common humanity and suffering has helped me a lot in framing my own experiences and those of my clients. By this I mean, we are all trying to do the best we can at any given time and often what gets in the way is what we have spent a whole life time burying and/or running away from.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Relationship of all kinds i.e. couple, sibling, parent/child, colleague, friends, marriage, relationship to self.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Gottman Couple Therapy
      Stan Tatkin - PACT
      Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Depending on the type of work the client is interested in, by that I mean, if the client is coming to gain skills and tools in order to better manage conflict then 2-3 sessions should yield result. On the other hand, if the client wish to understand what is really going on underneath our reactions then that process will take longer to unfold.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • I am more content, happy, relaxed and comfortable in my own skin. I also have a lot more compassion towards my own suffering and try in those moments to bring kindness to myself.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • I feel honoured and extremely privileged to be a therapist.
      I am humbled by the fact that my clients are allowing me to journey with them and often to places that they've never visited.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Absolutely, coming back to the buddhist philosophy around 'common humanity' I am not immune to having off days but I know I handle them a lot better now than before.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Climate change
      Social isolation in times of technology
      Trust in each other, politicians and our system
      Corporate greed
      Human rights
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • "The Guest House" by Rumi
      Anything by Sir David Attenborough
      French film "The Intouchables"
      Songs by Andrea Bocelli
      Paintings by Claude Monet
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    Ms Lidia Smirnov

    Lidia Smirnov

    Psychotherapist, Relationship Therapist

    I am a registered Psychotherapist and Specialist Couple Therapist working in Parramatta and Sydney CBD. While I have learned a variety of therapy approaches over the years, and use various techniques to help guide my clients, I see my clients as experts of their lives and it's my job to use my skills and expertise to work collaboratively with you, helping you challenge yourself and find new ways of approaching difficult situations....

    • Sydney, Oatlands
    • Emotional Freedom Techniques, Experiential, Hakomi, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Somatic Psychotherapy