Chaya is originally from Toronto, Canada. She received her Master’s of Science in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Shortly before graduating, Chaya moved to New Jersey to participate in a mental health internship which focused on working with teens. In 2018, Chaya moved to Israel and built on her prior experience by acting as an on-staff counselor in a post-high school gap year program.
In 2020, she opened a private practice where she specialized in working with young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem and body-image. She also focused on providing therapeutic solutions for clients experiencing trauma related to various forms of abuse, particularly those arising from dysfunctional relationships and family situations. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2022 and is excited to continue practicing here.
She underwent specialized training in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy and obtained certification in IFS Levels 1 and 2. IFS encourages the client to take an active role in their own healing by addressing their inner parts (their thoughts, feelings, and sensations) with the guidance of a therapist. Chaya believes that the IFS philosophy can be a powerful tool for clients to achieve unique sense of self and help them appreciate their inner wisdom. Chaya is working under the licensed supervision of Alexis Clarksean, MA, LMFT while she pursues licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
Outside of therapy, Chaya loves to travel, try out new restaurants, read historical novels, and spend quality time with her husband and their two young children.