Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
California License #LMFT79777
Clinical Supervisor
Regular fee: $250 per 50-min session

Svetlana Tikhonova, MA, LMFT

I speak:
English, Russian

Schedule 20-minute free consultation

I work with

children 3+
adults 18+
My approach to therapy is based on empathy, compassion, unconditional positive regard, respect for all life paths, and my deep belief in the healing power of a genuine human connection.
I am trained and experienced in a variety of therapeutic methods and integrate them depending on the 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.
Family therapy
Individual therapy

I see clients for

Therapy approach


  • Teaching Psychosynthesis. Psychosynthesis Palo Alto, CA.
  • Psychosynthesis for Professionals. Psychosynthesis Palo Al
  • 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.
  • SoulCollage® Facilitators Training. SoulCollage® Institute, 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.​

Post-graduate Professional Training and Credentials

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). Clinical member.

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Clinical member.

  • SandPlay Therapists of America (STA). Registered SandPlay Practitioner.

Professional Affiliations

Integrative and based on your needs. I use ideas and techniques from a variety of therapeutic modalities:
Family systems
Humanistic - Existential
Jungian (Kalffian) Sandplay
Mindfulness based CBT
Expressive Arts
Gestalt therapy
  • 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.