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 Vassilka Dimitrova-Isbell

Vassilka Dimitrova-Isbell

Mobile 0468 925 030
Psychotherapist

Sfumato Psychotherapy

Mobile 0468 925 030

I believe that trustworthy and positive human connections are the most powerful healing experiences. My approach to therapy is therefore relational, playful and creative, as well as delving into the depths of the personal experience. My approach is also trauma-informed and aims towards trauma recovery and better functioning. I am often left humbled by the strength, resilience, and inner beauty of my clients.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Junction Street, Woollahra, SYdney NSW 2052 0468 925 030 PHONE 0468 925 030
  • 134-140 King Street, Newtown, Sydney NSW 2042 PHONE 0468 925 030 0468 925 030

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Educational Resources, Online Video Consultations 
  • Online video sessions are available using the Zoom platform. Online sessions are provided in a secure and confidential environment.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Borderline Personality, Bullying, Childhood Issues, Compulsive Spending, Creativity, Cultural Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Dreams, Emotional Overwhelm, Existential Issues, Gambling, Migrant Issues, Obsessive Compulsive, Personality Disorders, Phobias, PTSD, Self Harm, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality / Religion, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, Attachment Theory, Conversational Model, DBT, Developmental, Dream Work, Focusing, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Jungian, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic, Sandplay Therapy, Trauma-Informed

    I draw on a variety of approaches, such as Internal Family Systems, DBT, ACT, Person-Centered, Narrative, Psychodynamic. I address the power imbalance in relationships and in society. I welcome the clients' existential and spiritual concerns, as well as the dream experiences they have had.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy - 2013 - Jansen Newman Institute
    • MSciMed (Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy) - current - Sydney University
    • Grad Certificate Counselling - 2010 - Australian College of Applied Psychology
    • Master Creative Writing (HD) - 2004 - University Of NSW
    • BA Theater and Rethoric - 1995 - National Academy of Theater and Film Arts,Bulgaria

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    Clinical Member of PACFA
    I attend plenty of professional events, workshops, and seminars.
    My work is being monitored by attending 3-4 monthly supervisions.

    Background

    The clients I work with are adults presenting with a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, bullying, and other types of interpersonal violence, abuse, PTSD, complex trauma, gambling addiction.
    I have facilitated Anxiety support groups; a process group, and a SMART Recovery group.

    Appointments

    Saturdays: 8am - 4pm
    Thursdays: 4pm - 8pm

    Transport and Parking

    Public transport available.
    Street car parking is available in the surrounding area.

    Fees

    $130 per hour.
    Rebates for private health funds available soon.

    Payment Options

    Cash, Direct Bank Deposit.

    PayPal might be available for international transactions.

    Languages

  • English
  • Bulgarian


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    10 Questions with Vassilka Dimitrova-Isbell

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

    • I have always been interested in the human condition. All my endeavors, all my studies, and everything I've done is related to that. On reflection, it seems that the profession of psychotherapy chose me.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • Existential and spiritual concerns are important to me. It seems that everything else comes second.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • I think this is about remaining aware that the human journey is a ... journey. Often we think that we have to arrive somewhere special. I think we are already there, already here - in ourselves and we constantly arrive to ourselves. Remembering this is sometimes the healing we need.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I believe in the human connection. It is what heals.

      My work draws on a variety of approaches depending on the needs of the client. I use person-centered, narrative, DBT, ACT, mind-body approaches, as well as ideas of power and control and social construction.

      Currently, I am developing skills in the Conversational Model, developed by Russel Meares and Robert Hobson. The Conversational Model is rooted in psychodynamic understandings and is a relational approach to therapy.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Hopefully from the first session.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Well, what does 'better' mean? I think it is making me a fuller person as I too face my own challenges and limitations, which I have to address in order to continue in this work. So, from that perspective, it's making me a better person.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Perhaps seeing how someone transforms in front of my eyes. In fact, we transform together, it's a mutual experience.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, often, but then I also have 'good hair' days. I appreciate and enjoy both states of my hair.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • The lack of meaning in the everyday existence, lack of experiencing the depth and beauty of being alive and of the process of living. It seems to me that we forget that life is a continuation and we are on that continuum. We are here because of those who lived before, and our lives will affect those who come after.

      So, the most significant problem we face in the world today perhaps is that what we do today matters, it affects others. You matter.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • This is a difficult question as I have had plenty of books, films, and other works of art that have influenced me and have inspired me over the years.

      Some examples are the works by Akira Kurosawa and Japanese productions such as those by Studio Ghibli; Tarkovski, Fellini, European Cinematography in general, Korean Cinematography, Indian Cinematography prior to Bollywood, Checkov, Turgenev, Vladimir Visotsky, Hesse, Michael Ondaatje, Yordan Radichkov, Yavorov, Vazov, Pasternak, modern arrangements of traditional music such as but not limited to the choir Mystery of Bulgarian Voices, Hans Christian Andersen and other Fairy Tales of the world, myths and legends and other unusual artifacts.
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    Vassilka Dimitrova-Isbell

    Psychotherapist

    I believe that trustworthy and positive human connections are the most powerful healing experiences. My approach to therapy is therefore relational, playful and creative, as well as delving into the depths of the personal experience. My approach is also trauma-informed and aims towards trauma recovery and better functioning. I am often left humbled by the strength, resilience, and inner beauty of my clients. ...

    • Woollahra, Newtown
    • ACT, Attachment Theory, Conversational Model, DBT, Developmental, Dream Work, Focusing, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Jungian, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic, Sandplay Therapy, Trauma-Informed