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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 trauma-informed and aims towards trauma recovery and better functioning. I am often left humbled by the strength, resilience, and inner beauty of the people I meet. .

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • Union Street, Erskineville, Sydney NSW 2043 0468 925 030 PHONE 0468 925 030

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Online Video Consultations 
  • In person sessions and online video sessions are available.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Borderline Personality, Bullying, Childhood Issues, 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, Women's Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

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

    My approach is centred around the immediacy of what's happening now and the richness of the therapeutic relationship. I apply trauma-informed principles and focus my approach on psychodynamic framework; additionally I integrate other modalities such as IFS, ACT, mind-body interventions.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • MCAP (Applied Psychotherapy) - 2013 - Jansen Newman Institute

    Professional Associations

    • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

    Quality Provision

    PACFA, Clinical
    ANZAP, Trainee

    Background

    I work with adults presenting with variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, complex trauma, personality disorders, existential concerns and other related.

    Appointments

    Erskineville: Thu-Fri
    Online only: Wed, Sat

    Transport and Parking

    Street car parking is available in the surrounding area

    Fees

    $140 per session

    Rebates for private health funds available with selected providers, such as BUPA and Medibank.

    Payment Options

    Direct Bank Deposit

    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 understanding 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 choose 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 at a special place. I think that actually, we are already there, already here - in ourselves and we constantly arrive to ourselves. The process of remembering this is sometimes all the healing that we need.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • My work is centred on psychodynamic framework and the trauma-informed principles. Additionally, to support my clients I also draw on a variety of other approaches. I use person-centered, IFS, narrative, DBT, mind-body and dreamwork.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • From the first session - something shifts.
    • 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 with this work. So, from that perspective, it's making me a better person.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Seeing how someone transforms in front of my eyes. In fact, we transform each other; it's a mutual and shared experience.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes, often, but 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.
    • 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 trauma-informed and aims towards trauma recovery and better functioning. I am often left humbled by the strength, resilience, and inner beauty of the people I meet. . ...

    • Erskineville
    • Attachment Theory, Conversational Model, DBT, Developmental, Dream Work, Focusing, Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal, Person Centred, Process Oriented, Psychodynamic, Trauma-Informed