617-710-1482 // Olga Fotin, MA, LPCC, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC

Education

B.A. in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston (2008)
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Boston College (2011)

Certifications & Licenses

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), National Board for Certified Counselors
National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board for Certified Counselors
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), State of Massachusetts and New York
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), State of California

I have been working in clinical and research settings in the mental health field since 2006. I received training and worked at top-ranked hospitals, including McLean and Massachusetts General Hospital (both institutions are affiliated with Harvard Medical School). After completing an M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2011, I continued working in community mental health care as well as in my private practice in the Boston area.

My goal is to help my clients to achieve their best, given the constraints and limitations present in each person’s life, while minimizing possible regrets in the future. I believe in the importance of treating the whole person rather than addressing each symptom or issue separately.  Thus, I help clients to discover how the following areas of their life are intertwined and affect one another: physical and mental health, relationships, career and workplace functioning, and a sense of purpose.

Struggling with work-related issues is what often initially brings clients to my office. A large proportion of our time is spent at work. The workplace can be a source of pride and satisfaction but it can also cause stress, sleepless nights, discouragement and frustration. People often do not realize that they need a place and time to process their thoughts and feelings about what happens at work. An attentive and encouraging presence of a professional helps to clarify your stumbling blocks, needs, wants and preferences. A deeper analysis of presenting issues can help you to bring more joy into your everyday life, increase your productivity and achieve better outcomes.

Dating and struggling with relationships is another common area of concern. It’s not easy find the right person to share your life with. It can be even more challenging to keep your relationship strong and healthy over the years. Many issues can get in the way.  As once noted by Leo Tolstoy, “all happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Whether to stay in the relationship or leave can be one of the hardest decisions to make. It helps to have a supportive person on your side as you try to resolve these issues.

I also pay close attention to my clients’ physical health. My clients are often referred to me by their PCPs due to medical problems where stress could be a contributing or exacerbating factor: cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal problems, obesity, diabetes, headaches, muscle tension, chronic pain, fatigue, etc. Coping with a new medical diagnosis and adjusting to a chronic disease can be emotionally very challenging. Together, we look for ways to overcome barriers to maintaining healthy habits and develop strategies to prevent illnesses from appearing or getting worse.

A sense of purpose in life is what holds it all together – that’s what gives us strength not to give up during difficult times. For more on existential issues, the meaning of life, personal fulfillment and accomplishment, please read here.

My experience ranges from working with people suffering from severe mental illness to helping people cope with normal and expected life challenges. I have been fortunate to work with clients from diverse backgrounds, different age groups and varying life experiences.

I value each and every encounter with my clients. I am deeply grateful for an opportunity to witness how each life unfolds and to participate in an effort to make it better. I am honored by the trust clients place in me and feel deeply rewarded when I can make a difference in their life.