About. Iryna Natalushko, MA, CITRI is a practicing and teaching art therapist and an ITR-certified trauma therapist, with training background from GW graduate art therapy with a trauma concentration via Fulbright Fellowship 2008-2011; with three academic year-long practicum placements in the Washington, DC area: an open art studio for individuals with chronic mental illness and developmental delay, an NGO providing counseling and support services for inpatient and outpatient oncology patients and their families, and the George Washington University art therapy trauma clinic. She is currently working with individuals and families affected by various types of trauma through NGOs and in private practice, as well as training colleagues in trauma-focused approaches that utilize art therapy, in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Grief and loss
Mindfulness and self-compassion
Helping strong feelings, thoughts or impulses
My understanding of what happens for a person going through a stressful or a traumatic experience and how that can challenge them and their families right away, or later in life - and how those could be very well helped - is grounded in two key approaches. One is neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel's brilliant work with integration. The other one is science-based, non-pathologizing, safe and efficient process of the Instinctual Trauma Response model (the ITR model), developed by my teachers art therapist Linda Gantt and psychiatrist Luis Tinnin. I use the ITR model as ground-work for screening and intervention for many persons I see, in cases when adverse childhood experiences, stress or trauma are hidden in the background of individual and family concerns, specific symptoms or challenges with transitions and complicated grief. Additionally, I use the Internal Family Systems Therapy process that applies self-compassion to help any parts of a person that hold strong feelings, thoughts or difficult behaviors.
When we meet:
I will be curious about what brought you to see me and what you’d like to focus on.
I will tell you about the tools and approaches that I use, how they work and how they might be helpful for your goals.
I will be open to hear any concerns or requests about therapy you might have.
I will be curious about your present and past, so that we can get a bigger picture and focus on the most important targets, and using the most efficient tools, first.
I will need your continuous feedback and participation to make this process most efficient for you as we go.
I work with adults, children and families, with trauma history, ranging from single instance trauma to repeated or chronic traumatization; ranging from accidents, illness or transitions to relational trauma of abuse, neglect or separation; from preverbal to very recent - affecting them in a range of post-stress/post-trauma consequences or thwarted potential; and to support improvement and growth.
Psychotherapy services for Kyiv international and local community.
English, Ukrainian, Russian are my working languages. To get more information or to schedule a session, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not include any confidential information in the email, as it is not fully secure. I am looking forward to meet you and answer any questions you might have in the first session!