Hello, my name is Azhar Sultanova. Being a therapist is my calling. Ever since I was little, I have always been “that friend”, to whom everyone went to talk things out, and share secrets with.
I came to the U.S. when I was 18 to study Psychology. I graduated from UC Santa Barbara and after a brief detour at Stanford, where I was exploring an option to become a researcher, I got my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Even though I love science, I love working with people directly so much more.
When I sit in the room with my clients, I hold that safe space, I am there as they explore their past, experience present and plan future. I am in awe when they find their voice and use it to communicate effectively with loved ones and the rest of the world. The growth that happens in therapy inspires me! I truly enjoy using my skills and knowledge to help people transform their lives.
I specialize in treating Eating disorders. I work with adults and adolescents, who struggle with Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder. My passion for treating EDs comes from personal experience of being a woman in a weight-focused society.
My clinical experience comes from working in higher level of care ED treatment centers: Healthy Teen Project in SF Bay Area and Center for Discovery in Tigard. As well as experience in my private practice.
I am serving on the board of Columbia River Eating Disorders Network (CREDN), which is an organization for professionals, specializing in treating EDs.
My second specialty is Couples Therapy. I work with married and non-married couples, heterosexual and gay.
My belief, which is also supported by psychological research, is that healthy romantic relationships are cornerstone of physical health, as well as, life satisfaction as a whole. If one is satisfied in their romantic relationship, other stressors are more manageable, and vice versa, if one is unsatisfied, other stressors end up being amplified and harder to manage. I am passionate about helping couples communicate effectively, support each other emotionally and keep love alive.
Couple fun facts about me:
- I speak Russian fluently.
- I love zumba and yoga.
- I have traveled to every continent except Antarctica.
- I am a mother to two boys and I am amazed how much love my heart can handle!
Fee for a 50-minute session is $225
Fee for FBT family sessions is $250
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.