Licensed Psychologist

Phone: 215-969-2420



I was born and raised in the former Soviet Union. I completed my education and worked in two very different countries, Soviet Union and the United States and speak two different languages fluently, English and Russian.

My personal experience helped me to become aware of and be very sensitive to individual differences, accept and embrace diversity, to recognize the universality of experiences of transition, losses, and adjustment to the unknown. I work with people of different ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Having experienced immigration at first hand provides me with a special qualification to work with individuals and families who experienced migration, uprooting and loss. I help them to recognize their difficulties as developmental tasks and to overcome them successfully.

I contributed a chapter to the second edition of "Ethnicity and Family Therapy" (editors Monica McGoldrick, Joe Giordano, John W. Pearce, Guilford Press, 1996) and conducted several workshops on the issue of migration and psychotherapy. I also contributed a chapter called "Early Family Interventions for Prevention of Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties in Older Children Adopted from Russia" to a book entitled "Transforming Troubled Lives. Strategies and interventions for Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties" (2012). Additionally, I delivered presentations on this issue at two 2010 international conferences: "Changing Families in a Changing World" at the University of Edinburgh, UK and "Transforming Troubled Lives" at Keble College of the University of Oxford, UK.

I received my Master's degree in clinical psychology from St. Petersburg University (Russia).

My post-graduate training was at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic in family therapy. I am also certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

2009 Irene Feigin, M.A.