Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Race and cultural identity
Milena Kazakov is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in SoHo, New York. She is an expert in trauma, working with adults who have experienced difficult life events ranging from an unstable or neglectful childhood to survivors of abuse and interpersonal violence. She prioritizes helping clients restore their sense of control and self-regulation and find power in overcoming challenging circumstances.
In addition to her trauma expertise, Milena's practice is safe and welcoming for a wide-ranging clientele, including artists and creatives, bicultural people, members of the LGBTQIA community, and anyone who is feeling a little lost in the world and is seeking clarity in next steps. Her approach is primarily insight-oriented, helping clients to break through internal barriers to find new meaning in relationships and foster greater self-compassion.
Milena's office is a respite from a busy world placing competing demands for emotional energy. She invites each client to refocus their attention inward, nurturing their connection to their inner self and the strength that lies within. Her office is located a short walk from the Spring St, Prince St and Houston St subway stations.
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Initial/ongoing sessions: $200/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $150 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"We are all able to change and grow!
Therapy is a unique experience for each person that leads to increased self-awareness and acceptance. It is an evolving, collaborative process of trust building through conversation and discussion. Through our work, you will grow into a stronger, more vibrant version of YOU; more flexible in handling difficult situations, able to find new ways of being in relationships, and become more accepting and compassionate toward yourself and others. Ultimately that will give you the power to be in charge of your life."
Treatment approachesInterpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Relational-Cultural TherapyRelational-cultural therapy is grounded in the belief that culture plays an integral role in influencing relationships. By focusing on culture and its context, a more complete and accurate picture of the human experience emerges. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 1999 - 2004, 2011 - Present
Brooklyn College, Adjunct Lecturer, 2014 - Present
American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Archives Editor, 2013 - Present
Karen Horney Clinic, Therapist, 1995 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2011 - 2013
Borough of Manhattan Community College, Coordinator of Family Resource Program, 2000 - 2002
Spence-Chapin Services for Families and Children, Social Worker, Coordinator of Programs, 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2011
Reece School, School Social Worker, 1992 - 1998
American Institute of Psychoanalysis, Candidate of Psychoanalysis, 2011 - Present
American Institute of Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Certification, 1998
New York University, Masters in Clinical Social Work, 1996
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria, MA in Psychology, 1991