My Philosophy

I believe that everyone has innate wisdom, creativity, and ability needed to deal with life challenges. I hold that every aspect of the self is valuable; the therapist can be a vehicle to help clients fully encounter their natural attributes, express them, understand how they connect to different facets of life, and live from their wholeness.

Psychotherapy involves a profound human encounter through which people can begin to deepen their self-understanding, resolve painful struggles, and move toward a more empowered life. For this to occur, I strive to create a space of safety, respect, empathy, listening, and exploration. I believe in the process of psychotherapy, and I love what I do.

Individual Therapy

Every client is unique and so is the connection between the therapist and the client. Your needs will drive the therapy and the relationship; together we will find choices where there seem to be none, and move toward change.

Couples Therapy

We all need close, secure and safe intimate relationships. I help couples choose more effective patterns of connection, create safety and build trust between themselves, deepen their bonds, and find genuine intimacy.

My approach

I am a practitioner primarily of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and integrate other approaches depending on the needs of the client. EFT is an experiential way of working that combines elements of Gestalt and Person-Centred psychotherapy. I treat people with compassion, strive to listen deeply, and to create an genuine and trusting environment, so that clients can fully explore and confront their toughest concerns and difficulties, discover the possible, and invest in themselves with confidence.

How Therapy Helps

Therapy lets you reveal yourself in a respectful and empathic setting. The therapist helps you understand your emotions, allowing you as a result to take control of your emotional self, and create new experiences. I have helped people confront and overcome many different issues, including: depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, low self-esteem, life transitions, career directions, and more.


In addition to individual and couples therapy, I also offer a variety of workshops for corporate and institutional clients. My workshops range from specific issues such as procrastination, anger management, and dealing with stress, to general wellness events on topics such as creativity, emotional wellness, posture and others.

Featured Blog

My logo is inspired by the ancient geoglyph of a horse carved into a hill in Oxfordshire. It captures the nuances of what we do in therapy - working with primal forces and elemental materials, shaping them into something new....

Events and Workshops

06/30/2013 (All day)
Visit Svetlana during Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday. 50 cents a question!
05/26/2013 (All day)
Join Svetlana for a PWYC therapy session during Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday.

News and Notes

Posted Nov 01, 2012
Join therapist Svetlana Lilova for her Posture Workshop, November 25 2012 at the Spiritwind Centre in Kensington Market. Posture is as much a psychological matter as it is a physical one, and Svetlana will address both aspects in this one hour clinic.