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Nori Efremovski

Nori Efremovski
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling & Addictions Counseling, Graduate Counseling Program
Academic History:

M.A., counseling (mental health, substance abuse, college counseling and guidance track) Johnson State College, 2008
B.A., Liberal Arts Johnson State College, 2005
B.A., Elementary Education Educational Academy, Europe, 1993

Advising: Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) & Addictions Counseling (M.A.)

About Blagorodna Nori Efremovski

Professor Efremovski has worked in the social/human services profession for 18 years. She has worked with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples, and groups.

Her areas of experience include cross-cultural counseling, adjustment, and emotional issues, mood and personality disorders, PTSD, depression and relationship issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, anger management, gender issues, anxiety, and substance abuse issues.

Her therapeutic orientation is predominantly based on behavioral therapy. She believes that action (behavior), feelings (emotions) and thoughts (cognition) are all interrelated. Being depressed is certainly a feeling; however, it involves negative thinking and a lack of energy for action. On the brighter side, love is an emotion tied to positive thinking, in most cases, and boundless energy. People who seek help are usually dealing with some type of unbalance between these three components for which they may not have or have unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Professor Efremovski has seen through many therapeutic alliances in which healthy balance is present between cognition, emotions, and behavior; the issues usually are less stressful or simply disappear.

Throughout her years of experience, she has found that treatment based on these ideas is very effective.

In her spare time, she likes to travel and read. “I am fascinated by the lives of different cultures and I am on a mission to learn as much as I can by visiting or reading about various traditions around the world. I often refer to Joseph Campbell saying, ‘We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.’ ”

Professor Efremovsk teaches undergraduate and graduate courses for the NVU Behavioral Sciences Department.