About the founder Dr. Yulia Koba
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with many years of experience in individual and couples therapy. I offer therapy for a variety of issues, including:
• Anxiety or depression
• Self-esteem issues
• Relational problems
• Trauma of all kinds
One of my specialties is supporting women and couples who are going through fertility treatment or struggling to adjust to the challenges of motherhood. I also offer help to couples or individuals who have suffered a pregnancy loss, including those who are facing a very hard decision-making process after receiving news of a fetal anomaly.
Warm, empathetic, and collaborative
In addition to reproductive and perinatal psychology, I have many years of experience treating substance use, trauma, and relational issues. I have extensive training in the use of a body-oriented therapy method called Somatic Experiencing for resolving trauma.
My style is warm, empathetic, and collaborative. I practice non-judgmental active listening centered on your needs and values.
Personal Influences on My Therapeutic Approach
I am a mom myself, and I am personally passionate about maternal mental health. I use my clinical training and experience to help moms feel like themselves again after a struggle with postpartum depression, anxiety, and/or postpartum adjustment.
As someone who went through a personal struggle with infertility, I understand how difficult and nerve-wracking this journey can be. I know firsthand how the waiting and the uncertainty can take a toll on your relationship and your own ability to cope with stress.
I am very aware of cultural differences as well as universal aspects shared by every culture. I am bilingual, being fluent in English, Russian, and Greek.
Education and Clinical Experience
I received my master’s degree in psychology from The New School for Social research in New York City and my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from California School for Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. In my doctoral dissertation, “Battling Stigma: Adult female identity and the use of affirmative feminist therapy with women who do not have children,” I explored the stigma attached to infertility and ways to negotiate it.
During my clinical training I worked in many different settings and gained experience working with substance use, trauma, severe persistent mental illness, chronic pain, anxiety, and other issues.
Beyond my PsyD in clinical psychology, I completed a three-year post-doctoral program in Somatic Experiencing, a body-oriented trauma resolution method.
I am an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Postpartum Support International.