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Igor Light

Clinical Psychotherapist & Life Coach

Credentials 

  • LMHC: NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, May 17, 2023

  • NCC: National Certified Counselor, January 21, 2021

  • BCC: Board Certified Coach, June 21, 2021

Education 

  • December 2020 - M.S. in Mental Health Counseling at State University of New York at Brockport 

  • October 2018 - Bhakti Sastri at Bhaktivedanta College, Durbuy, Belgium

Specialty 

  • Depression (Major Depressive Disorder, Persistent Depressive Disorder) 

  • Anxiety (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) 

  • Relationships issues 

Interests

  • Existential Congruence Theory

  • Existential-Holistic Therapy

  • The Journey of Fulfilling Life program 

Igor Light is a Ukrainian-American psychotherapist. He is the developer of the Existential Congruence theory and Existential-Holistic approach to psychotherapy and coaching. By synthesizing elements of Bhakti philosophy with Western methodologies, Igor offers a unique perspective on the complexities of human experience. This integrative intellectual framework enhances his ability to establish profound connections, laying the foundation for transformative healing and growth in his clients. 


Igor Light offers individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and psychoeducational workshops in Rochester, NY. Igor offers online coaching services to people worldwide. 

Questions for Igor

- What motivated you to pursue a career as a therapist?

     Since I remember, I have held a steadfast aspiration to become a person who can profoundly impact the lives of others. Upon reflection, I think this desire emerged from a belief in the inherent potential of every human being to live a truly meaningful and fulfilling life. This conviction was nurtured through my studies in philosophy and spiritual practices, which ultimately led me to the realm of psychotherapy.

     As an existential therapist, I perceive other humans as fellow travelers on the same journey—the journey toward a more authentic and enjoyable life. In my experience as a therapist, I find it akin to being a lighthouse: when we are lost at sea and losing hope, it is the lighthouse that guides us home. Sharing this transformative journey with another person is profoundly meaningful and enriching, making my own life all the more enjoyable and purposeful.

- What should someone know about working with you?

     I believe individuals seeking therapy are ready to transform their lives. As the therapeutic relationship plays a crucial role in the therapeutic outcome, developing a trustworthy connection is a major priority in fostering this transformation. Both the therapist and the client should take responsibility for cultivating these relationships.

     Understanding that relationships rely on mutual desire and the personal growth of both individuals, I place great value on my personal growth, echoing the idea of one of my esteemed therapists, Carl Rogers, who stated, "The degree to which I can create relationships, which facilitate the growth of others as separate persons, is a measure of the growth I have achieved in myself." Throughout our work together, I encourage my clients to actively participate in their growth as well, both within our office sessions and, importantly, in the various aspects of their lives beyond our meetings.

- What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?

     I have mixed feelings regarding modern mental health treatments emphasizing symptom reduction. These symptom-oriented approaches have a narrow focus, solely aimed at alleviating specific symptoms without delving into the underlying causes or considering the individual's unique context. While reducing symptoms can be beneficial, not understanding the root causes of psychological disorders and neglecting to address them comprehensively may lead to increased desperation.
In my view, symptoms of mental health disorders, be they emotional, cognitive, physical, or behavioral, can serve as a compass, often manifesting due to what I refer to as "existential discontent." This discontent arises when individuals do not fulfill their full potential. As Abraham Maslow once said: "If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life." 

     Nevertheless, I approach the evolving mental health landscape with a sense of hope and anticipation. What excites me the most is the growing recognition of human nature and the increasing emphasis on more integrative approaches to mental health. I am grateful to be able to draw upon the best ideas and techniques from the most effective methods and schools of philosophy and psychology to facilitate my work. By emphasizing understanding the unique experiences and values of individuals, I believe we can move beyond mere symptom reduction and empower individuals to live authentic and purposeful lives.

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