Azhar Sultanova, MFTI
Specialty and Philosophy:
I specialize in treating Eating disorders. I am especially skilled in working with teens and their families as they work towards full recovery. Engaging families and empowering them has proved to be one of the main factors in favorable treatment outcome. I believe in collaborative and team approach to treating Eating Disorders and always welcome close collaboration with other specialists.
I offer individual therapy, as well as family and couples therapy formats. Also, I do private coaching for parents, and I run a weekly support group for parents, whose child struggles with an ED.
In my work, I use evidence-based approaches, which means that their effectiveness was proven in clinical studies: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Family-Based Treatment (for EDs), Internal Family Systems etc. I adhere to the philosophy of Health at Every Size (HAES) and constantly pursue training to deepen my knowledge.
My passion for working with families stems from the extensive research and personal experience. Research is telling us that empowered families that are led by self-aware parents are crucial for the mental health of future generations.
As a parent myself, I realize how much guilt and shame comes to our lives as soon as we become parents and learning how to navigate between personal needs, needs of the family members and pressures of the society is the key to having an empowered family.
Additionally, I really enjoy working with couples and help them improve communication as well as connect on a deeper level. In couples work I utilize most well-researched and proven approaches such as Emotionally Focused therapy and Gottman Method.
After having a child myself, I also became more attuned to perinatal and postpartum issues. I strive to help women to have a smooth journey into motherhood. I am also a trained Doula and occasionally attend births.
Education and Experience:
Masters degree I received at Santa Clara University and Bachelors degree from University of California Santa Barbara. I was closely engaged in psychological research at Stanford. My internship year I spent at the YWCA, providing therapy to women in need. I also worked at an eating disorders clinic, which offered PHP and IOP Levels of care for teens with Eating Disorders before I started my private practice. I have been in practice for 5 years. Currently, I am a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #R5365 with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists and practice under the supervision of Brittany Boney LMFT #T1049.
Couple fun facts about me:
- I speak Russian fluently.
- I love zumba and yoga.
- I have traveled to every continent except Antarctica.
- My son is 2,5 and I am amazed how much love my heart can handle!
Average cost per session – $125
Assessment – $150 (90 minute session)
I have limited space for sliding scale clients, based on the need and financial circumstances.
Private pay only. I am considered an out-of-network provider for most insurance companies and can provide you with superbill, that you can submit to you insurance company and get reimbursement for my services.