Yana Gololob

Country: Ukraine
Organization: UUAP

Short CV

Yana Gololob, Master’s degree in Psychology, is a PCA trainer of the Ukrainian Umbrella Association of Psychotherapists, lecturer of Ukrainian Psychotherapy University, and a person-centred psychotherapist in private practice. She is a co-author and co-director of the person-centered children and youth therapy training project. She is a current Board member of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling. Her main concern is with the development of the person-centered approach both in Ukraine and worldwide.

Two joint presentations (30 + 30 minutes)

(together with:  Valeriia Pryhozhyna)

Title: Wounded Hearts. Relationships that Empower.

It has been over a year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. While our country has been fighting for its integrity and independence since 2014, when Russia annexed our territories. Professionals in our field find themselves caught up in this complex and poignant situation of war and genocide. Entire towns and villages find themselves cut off from the surface of the earth. People are deprived of their habitual lives and their roots. Every day the entire territory of Ukraine is threatened by rocket attacks and bombardments, and people are surviving in this situation.

What we are facing:

  • Some 7 million people have either lost their homes or had them partially destroyed.
  • Up to 5 million people have been displaced because of the hostilities.
  • More than 7 million people have immigrated and are in a difficult process of adaptation.
  • Up to 200,000 combatants are serving in the army and are fighting.

A therapist can be useful for all these categories of people, reducing their daily stress and suffering. But what makes our situation unique is that therapists suffer just as much as the rest of our population.

We would like to share with you our experiences and ideas about the wounded healer. Trauma does not define us as individuals. Although it can be painful and have a negative impact on our lives, we can overcome it and find mutual support. The support of others and our own will together helps us to overcome difficulties and achieve a better version of ourselves. Together we can turn our traumas into a source of strength and inspiration.