MY EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist licensed to provide online marriage counseling (teletherapy) to residents of Oregon and Washington State. I earned a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from the California State University of Fullerton and was awarded a Professional Promise Award at the graduation ceremony.
I received training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy from Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dr. Brent Bradley and James Furrow. I have been successfully applying Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy for more than 12 years, helping couples who struggle with marital distress, infidelity and other attachment injuries.
In addition to online couples counseling, I provide online individual counseling (teletherapy) to men and women, helping them address relationship problems, trauma, anxiety and other challenges.
I also have extensive experience working with children and adolescents, who experienced trauma, at group homes, shelters and drug rehabilitation centers. By utilizing play therapy, art therapy and other therapeutic modalities, I help children and adolescents heal from trauma, develop effective communication skills, reconnect with their inner strengths and start enjoying their childhood again.
As a wife and a mother, I understand how important relationships are to our happiness and overall well-being.
I am passionate about helping couples, families and individuals heal and strengthen their relationships. Seeing couples and families restoring connection with their loved ones makes my work incredibly fulfilling and satisfying.
WHAT INSPIRED ME TO BECOME A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST
I see the profession of a marriage and family therapist as one that brings fulfillment and meaning into my life by helping others.
It is my career and a mission.
Experiences in my own life sparked a desire to help people in need and have led me to become a marriage and family therapist.
My personal background has significantly influenced my decision of pursuing the profession of a marriage and family therapist. I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1968. My values and believes were built upon the interactions with my aunt, who was a like a second mother to me. She taught me such values as kindness, honesty and integrity. She also opened a wonderful world of books for me. Reading was and still is the most enjoyable activity for me.
My aunt’s passion about her career inspired me to enroll at St. Petersburg University to pursue the career of a teacher. After graduation I followed in my aunt’s footsteps and became a teacher. I had been teaching World Literature and English Language at St. Petersburg University in Russia for 6 years.
Life was not always easy for me. I had both positive and negative experiences while living in Russia for 29 years. The healing process was not easy, and I learned a lot from attempting to heal my own emotional pain.
As a result, I was able to develop my own coping skills to overcome negative experiences. By forgiving, I was able to move on with my life and not allow such feelings as bitterness, hatred and anger control my life. With time I was able to heal and live my life fully and joyfully.
Since moving to the United States more than 20 years ago, I started working as a group counselor with children at Orangewood, a shelter for abused and neglected children. I also volunteered for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Laura’s House, the agency that was helping survivors of domestic violence.
I believe that my personal life experiences have influenced my decision to select the counseling profession. Having experienced life’s hardships, I have a heart for helping those who feel trapped in their emotional pain and experience relationship distress.
I have a passion for inspiring and empowering people to connect with their inner self to experience healing, joy, peace and happiness. Even though it is not easy, I know that it is possible to stop the cycle of abuse, heal from trauma and have a joyful and fulfilling life.
After graduating from California State University of Fullerton with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, I have been providing counseling to couples, men, women, children, adolescents and families.
I worked with teenagers who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and experienced severe trauma, helping them break destructive behavioral patterns, feel greater self-worth, reconnect with their inner strengths, learn to make healthy choices and rebuild connections with their families.
I have been counseling couples for more than 12 years, during which time I have helped many couples improve the quality of their relationships and rebuild their lives.
As a wife and a mother, I understand how important relationships are to our happiness and overall well-being. I am passionate about helping couples and families heal and restore their relationships. Seeing couples restoring their connection with their loved one seems like a miracle to me every time I work with couples. I feel privileged to be a part of this process.
While I am incredibly honored to be a marriage and family therapist and consider helping people to b my life mission, my other important missions are that of wife and mother. I love spending time with my loved ones – my husband and my son. My other passions are adventures, reading, swimming and hiking in the nature.
I wish you all the best
Anjelika Layco, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist