Meet Dr. Ola Pykhtina


Services offered:

Art, play, and sand-tray therapy to children aged 3+


About Dr. Pykhtina

I specialize in working with children and families.  I got my Ph.D. in Counselling from Newcastle University, UK. My training as an art and play therapist was conducted through the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy. I use Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Child-Centred Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, and Jungian Therapy in my work with children, young people and parents.

In addition, I have delivered trainings on various programmes including workshops  in Emotional Intelligence, Stress Management, Positive Thinking  and Effective Communication. I have also been involved in delivery of presentation skills and well-being courses  to a wide spectrum of both public and private sector entities within the UK, Canada, Ukraine and the Middle East.  During the course of my career, I have held positions as Program Coordinator  at the American University in the Emirates, Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University, researcher at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, play therapist psychotherapist in the UK and Canada, and a counselling psychologist in Ukraine.

My areas of expertise include play and art therapy, CBT, counselling, positive psychology, and effective communication.

Qualifications and Experience

Play & Art Therapy (Member of Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy)

PhD in Counselling  (Play & Art Therapy, CBT), Newcastle University (United Kingdom)

Member of Middle East Psychological Association

Assistant Professor (Psychology), Heriot Watt Iniversity in Dubai (UAE)

DHCC licensed psychologist