School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry
A native of Russia, Dr. Smirnova is an instructor in the Saybrook Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine and in the Graduate School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Dr. Smirnova is a transpersonal coach, facilitator, and an experienced educator. She specializes in working with individuals in midlife and second half of life. Utilizing individualized sessions, Dr. Smirnova helps her clients to galvanize their creative processes, to befriend their creative genius, and to bring their creative work into the world. Her personal and professional journey has been enriched by earning a Bachelor degree in Music Education (Minsk State Pedagogical University), Master of Arts degree in Counseling (Central Michigan University), and PhD degree in Psychology, with Transpersonal Psychology Concentration (Sofia University, formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). In addition, Dr. Smirnova studied transpersonal psychology and Holotropic Breathwork with Stanislav Grof. She is an ASCH certified practitioner of Clinical Hypnosis and a GTT certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator. She lives in Battle Creek, Michigan."
Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution
- PhD in Psychology
- Concentration: Transpersonal Psychology
- Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)
- Master of Arts in Counseling
- Central Michigan University
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education
- Major: Music Education
- Belarusian State Pedagogical University
Smirnova, M. A. (2014). Neurolinguistic psychotherapy: A postmodern perspective by Lisa Wake [Review of the book Neurolinguistic psychotherapy: A postmodern perspective, by L.Wake]. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 56:3, 308-309, DOI: 10.1080/00029157.2013.827920
Smirnova, M. A. (2013). Atonement with the Dreadful Manifestations of the Sacred in Holotropic Breathwork: Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Breather’s Embodied Experience and the Meaning Arising Within and Out of It (Doctoral Dissertation). Palo Alto, CA: Sofia University.
Smirnova, M. (with Adams, Z., & Akhrymuk, S.). (2012). Research Edition Translation into Russian of TA-285-Body Insight Scale (BIS) by Rosemarie Anderson. Menlo Park, CA: Mind Garden.
Willmarth, E., & Smirnova, M. A. (2013, March). Mesmer, Music and Movement: Integrative Approaches in Mind-Body Medicine. Workshop presented at the 55th Annual American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Scientific Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky.
- (1) the interface of psychology and embodied spirituality;
- (2) the interface of Jungian/post-Jungian and Grofian psychologies;
- (3) transpersonal psychology, Jungian/post-Jungian psychology, alchemy, mythology, archetypal astrology, and intuitive practices;
- (4) transpersonal development, somatic studies, and human potentials;
- (5) indigenous psychologies, traditions, and healing and ethno-medicine;
- (6) atonement with the sacred;
- (7) consciousness, non-ordinary (resourceful) states of consciousness, holotropic states, and archetypal possession states;
- (8) clinical hypnosis, meditation, shamanic breathwork and therapeutics, and Holotropic Breathwork; and
- (9) qualitative research (phenomenology, heuristic, hermeneutic, Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, and Romanyshyn’s alchemical hermeneutics).
Expertise Working with Saybrook Students
Instructor in the Saybrook Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine and in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry.
Research Expertise Rating Guide:
- studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
- special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
- taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
- used in research myself
- published or presented at conferences my research using this method
Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)
|Randomized Controlled Clinical|
Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods
|Events paradigm (psychotherapy)|
|Case History Methods|
|Multiple Case Depth Research|
|Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design|
Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)
Types of Analysis
|Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)|
|Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)|
|Analysis of Covariance|
|Regression (including multiple regression)|
|Discriminant Function Analysis|
|Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis|
|Meta-analysis and effect sizes|
|Time series analysis|