Yana holds a Masters Degree in Social Sciences (Counselling) from the University of South Australia. She has a Diploma in Psychotherapy and a Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills. She is a Master Solution Focused Practitioner and a Certified Advanced Solution-Focused Coach. She also holds a Graduate and Post Graduate Certificate in Expressive Therapies, as well as a Certificate in Sandplay Therapy.
Yana has significant experience working with children and adolescents. She also has extensive experience in providing counselling in multiple languages to adults. She has dealt with issues such as anxiety, eating disorders, stress management, grief and loss, cultural adjustment, life transitions, etc. Her focus is helping her clients to get in touch with their own strengths and resilience to better face the challenges of their lives.
Originally from Latin America, Yana has spent the past 25 years in Asia (Singapore and Japan). She can provide counselling in English, Spanish and Japanese (also understands Portuguese and French). Her multi-cultural background and experiences allows her to empathize with clients from different cultures.
In her psychotherapeutic work, Yana integrates various strength-based approaches including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Mindfulness Based Family Constellations and Mindfulness Based CBT, depending on the invidual needs of clients. Yana also has a Diploma in Yoga Teaching and a background in dance and dance therapy, which allows her to include relaxation and visualization techniques together with body awareness and movement into her practice.
- Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)