About Me

Dasha Tcherniakovskaia

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Therapy and
Premarital Counseling

After an intellectually stimulating, but soul-crushing career in corporate law, I found my calling helping people heal. Healing takes different forms: insight, acceptance, mourning and letting go, self-forgiveness, self-care, and so much more. I appreciate the vulnerability and courage it takes to embark on this journey. In addition to my extensive training and experience, I couldn’t have grown into the kind of therapist I have become without having gone through this healing process myself. I feel tremendously honored to be let into my clients’ private spaces and to walk this path with them as a “fellow traveler,” a term coined by the great existential therapist Irvin Yalom. 

In addition to individual therapy, I have found my passion helping couples create stronger relationships by chipping away at years of resentment, introducing more kindness and appreciation, identifying the ghosts of each partner’s family of origin that are present during a fight, rebuilding intimacy, and reconnecting in the midst of a crisis, such as an infidelity. 

As a certified premarital counselor, I enable couples to gain a better sense of their relationship and where they are headed together and individually.

Financial Healing

One of my niches is financial healing and Money Coaching. I enjoy helping women and couples heal their money shame and take control over their financial reality. The more I do this work or talk about money with friends and colleagues, the more I realize how many of us are shackled by money shame and limiting beliefs that prevent us from earning our full potential. Even the few lucky ones with a relatively healthy relationship to money have benefited from this work by reinforcing their supportive beliefs about money, enhancing their trust in themselves, and cementing their sense of self-worth and value.  

This area of work is dear to my heart because I had struggled with conflicting beliefs and emotions about money for many years myself. I had so much money shame and feelings of unworthiness that I wouldn’t accept a close friend’s offer to buy me a $2 cup of tea. These feelings and frustrations had nothing to do with whether I was living on meager earnings as a recent college graduate or making quite a bit more as a corporate attorney at a big law firm. Guilt, shame, anxiety, a lack of proper financial education, or restrictive “truths” about money: we all seem to be saddled with one or more of these. 

I wonder if you can relate to this.

I hoped to heal these hangups in my own therapy, but my core relationship to money remained unchanged until I dug into the real financial healing work myself. I am now aware of what comes up for me internally in different money situations. I can work through my experiences with mindfulness and self-care. This healing experience has also liberated me to have money conversations with others with clarity and compassion. 

I invite you to join me in uncovering what stands in the way of having a healthy relationship to money, earning your worth, and learning to manage money-related guilt, shame, and anxiety with the right tools.

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Are we a good match?

As a licensed mental health counselor, I welcome Individual clients to explore what stands in the way of a more fulfilling life. I help couples enhance communication, address sexuality, heal after an infidelity, handle conflicts and money arguments, or decide whether to stay together or part ways.

As a former attorney, I also work with professionals looking for balance, meaning, a shift in priorities, or a new direction altogether. 

As a certified premarital counselor, I lead couples through a research-based process of preparing for a stronger marriage. 

As a financial therapist, a Certified Money Coach (CMC)® and a Certified Couples Money Coach®, I am passionate about healing my clients’ relationship to money and helping them uncover blocks to increased financial success.