Irina Volynsky, PhD.
2007 PhD in Clinical Psychology, City University of New York
I am a product of two cultures and two education systems; therefore I have a first-hand experience of going through many complicated transitions, including immigrating to a foreign country, overcoming a language barrier, acquainting myself with a foreign method of graduate studies, and familiarizing myself with peculiarities of the market economy.That is probably one of the reasons why a large area of my practice has always consisted of people at various stages of their immigration journeys. I had completed my first graduate degree in psychology while still in Ukraine, my native country, and my first clinical experience was at an inpatient adolescence unit in a state hospital. A combination of these experiences in addition to the year I spent as a psychology intern at Bellevue Hospital's adult inpatient and outpatient units, while finishing my graduate studies in New York, makes it difficult for me to be staggered by the vast range of human suffering.
While still completing my PhD, I worked with the Federation of Employment and Guidance Services, giving lectures and seminars on various topics and providing therapy for people from all walks of life. While there, I also participated in Project Liberty, which served people affected by the September 11 attacks. I provided counseling and therapy for families of victims and for individuals who sustained various levels of trauma during that period of time. Upon finishing graduate school, I spent a number of years doing research at Mount Sinai Hospital/Bronx VA Hospital. While looking at the biological basis of various personality disorders, our research team was developing and fine-tuning advanced methods of early diagnosis of personality pathology. I am currently an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology. Here, I have the privilege of overseeing clinical work as well as psychological and neuropsychological testing performed by very talented, advanced PhD students who tend to relentlessly challenge their professors and supervisors, thus keeping us on our toes in terms of being professionally up-to-date. I have over 15 years of experience working in eclectic mode of treatment. This means that I will not try to mold your difficulties and your personality so that it fits into my treatment approach, but rather, I will pick and customize an approach that works best for you. In addition to working with adults, I do parent-child consultations (including at-home consultations for toddlers) and developmental consultations, as well as psychological, educational, and neuropsychological testing. This is exactly the type of testing your child's educators may request from you, especially when they feel that something is off in your child's performance, but they cannot get to the root of the problem. Whenever anything on this website is written in the form of “I,” and not otherwise specified, it means that you hear my voice with all its imperfections and a strong tendency to be opinionated.