Anna Velychko

About Me

Welcome… My name is Anna, and I use she/her pronouns. Thank you for taking a moment to get to know me. As a first-generation American who immigrated alone at the age of 19, I understand the feeling of being othered and the challenges of navigating multiple identities. In our sessions, I’d help you identify what keeps you stuck, what creates inner tension between your desire to experience life fully, and your fear of straying from what is familiar. My background enriches my approach, offering a deep resonance with those facing similar transitions. You can read more about my work on my website, annavelychko.com.

How I Work

My presence is guided by bioenergetic analysis, somatic experiencing, and psychodynamic theories, enriched by my firsthand experience with immigration and cultural transition. Together, we work on increasing awareness and insight around the manifestations of internal pain and anguish, such as anxiety, depression, loss of meaning, self-trust issues, identity confusion, and fear of life and connection with others. These issues often intersect with the challenges of adapting to new cultural contexts, which I deeply understand. I practice yoga, Five Rhythms, learn pottery and interior design, and engage with psychoanalytically informed literature.

Education and Training

I have an MS in Social Work with an emphasis on the psychodynamics of reproductive health and a BA in Psychology. As of 2022, I completed the 3-year Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute Program, which gives me specialized experience working with attachment ruptures, developmental, and systemic trauma. My training experiences include yoga teacher training, the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), Kint Institute Arts and Trauma Treatment, the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT), and Elmhurst Hospital.

Specializations

Trauma: I work with individuals who have experienced attachment ruptures, developmental trauma, and systemic trauma, helping them acknowledge and work through the impacts of oppression, whether it’s systemic oppression or turning against oneself.

Anxiety: Difficulty relaxing or managing time effectively; nervousness, stress, or discomfort arising in social settings or while being alone.

Depression: I help clients increase awareness and insight around the manifests of internal pain and anguish, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, loss of meaning and self-trust, and fear of life and connection with others.

Immigration & Identity Transition: Navigating complex dynamics of cultural transition and identity; managing feelings of being othered; addressing challenges of adaptation; fostering congruent integration of diverse identities; adjusting to new environments and thriving by embracing one’s full self in all its complexity.

Somatic Symptoms & Stress: Chronic pain, dissociation, numbness, and other physical manifestations of emotional distress, like loss of interest or pleasure in activities; physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, or digestive issues; changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels; and difficulty concentrating or making decisions; decreased motivation and productivity.

Relationship Challenges and Sexual Expression: I help clients address frequent conflicts, disagreements, or misunderstandings with a partner, where feelings of being unheard, disrespected, or emotionally disconnected are common. We explore challenges like jealousy, infidelity, or lack of trust, alongside decreased intimacy and enjoyment. My approach supports individuals in understanding the impact of trauma and emotional distress on their relationships and sexual expression.

Shame: A complex emotional and physiological response where individuals feel deeply unworthy, flawed, or inadequate. It is often experienced as physical sensations like chest tightness or stomach sinking, or an overall sense of contraction and smallness, involving the autonomic nervous system. Common behaviors include excessive self-criticism, a strong need for approval, and avoiding triggering situations.

Career struggles: Feeling unfulfilled, dissatisfied, or stagnant in one’s job or career; lack of motivation, engagement, or sense of purpose; experiencing burnout, chronic stress, or work-life imbalance; concerns about job security or professional growth.

Contact

To contact me, you can email me at anna.velychko.lcsw@gmail.com, visit my Psychology Today profile, or call me at 862-294-4101.