Svetlana Mitsina


Dr. Mitsina is a post-doctoral fellow at the DBT Centre of Vancouver. She received her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University, which is located near Portland, Oregon. Dr. Mitsina is licensed by the Oregon Board of Psychology to practice psychology independently in the State of Oregon. Dr. Mitsina has diverse prior research and clinical experiences. She was awarded a Fulbright fellowship at the Victoria University of Wellington, located in New Zealand. During her Fulbright fellowship, Dr. Mitsina was involved in neurobiological research focused on the effects of recreational drugs on the brain. During her graduate school training at Pacific University, Dr. Mitsina worked at a residential facility for adolescents, and at a non-profit mental health agency focused on providing group and individual therapy to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Dr. Mitsina completed her pre-doctoral internship in a large government-funded community mental health organization in the state of Virginia. During her internship, Dr. Mitsina engaged in individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and college counseling. Dr. Mitsina completed her post-doctoral training at the Oregon Youth Authority, in Salem, Oregon. During her time at the Oregon Youth Authority, Dr. Mitsina provided psychological assessments and therapy to juvenile offenders. She also provided consultation services to correctional facility staff regarding the mental health needs of the youth, as part of regular crisis intervention and treatment planning. While working at the Oregon Youth Authority, Dr. Mitsina frequently utilized DBT skills and theory, as the organization relied heavily on evidence-based DBT treatments specifically developed for adolescents.

Dr. Mitsina enjoys working with all age groups, including adolescents and adults. In addition, she is fluent in the Russian language and can provide services to Russian-speaking individuals with limited English language skills. Dr. Mitsina has a particular interest in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as helping clients improve their emotion-regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. In her free time, Dr. Mitsina likes to explore new places, visit family and friends around the world, and spend time at home with her family and two cats.