Qualifications: Currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Integrated Behavioral Health
Languages: English, Russian
Maya Wheeler was born in the southern part of Russia. She studied dance in early childhood and throughout her high school years and enjoyed it with a passion. Ms. Wheeler found that dance offered an outlet for fun and for healing. After high school, Maya began her career as a ballet dancer at the Professional Theater in Pjatigorsk, Russia. When she was 22, she moved to the United States and continue to teach dance, working at various dance schools including the American School of Russian Ballet. She also taught dance for continuing education in the metro area. During this time, Ms. Wheeler earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carlson School of Management.
After her graduation, she worked for a Fortune 500 Company and later started her own business as an interpreter. She worked closely with the Russian Community and their Primary Care Team. During this time, she realized how much information gets lost in translation for her clients. After ten years, she decided to go back to school pursuing counseling as a career.
"After researching available programs, I found the Integrated Behavioral Health program at the College of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Minnesota. I was impressed at how well-rounded and up-to-date their program is and found that it met today's requirements for providers working with patients who have multiple disorders. I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Integrated Behavioral Health”.
Ms. Wheeler completed an internship in addiction counseling at NUWAY and is currently working with the immigrant population in the Twin Cities. Many of her clients are refugees who primarily present with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and addiction issues. Ms. Wheeler utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She also works in the area of psychosomatic and body modalities, namely Hakomi, Expressive Arts and Dance Movement Therapy, as she believes that these techniques are beneficial.
In her spare time, Maya Wheeler is still passionate about dance, culture and is continuing her education. Her experience aids her in connecting to her clients on many levels.