- Currently: Pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, CA
- Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, PA
- Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Long Island University, with Minors in Fine Art, Business and Philosophy
Location: New York, NY
Teaches: C.A.P.P. Online, Bounce Back Better (B³), Applied Positive Psychology Coaching (APPC), Certificate in Positive Psychology Consulting (CPPC), Group Coaching Certification (GCC), Flourishing Skills Group (FSG), Group Mentor Coaching (GMC), iMastermind & Mentoring Incubator (iMMi)
Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a New York City based, Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) that is dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities worldwide.
She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program, offered and online worldwide, which has trained over 1,500 practitioners to date. She is the creator the Bounce Back Better® (B³®) Program, Applied Positive Psychology Coaching Certification (APPC), Flourishing Skills Group® (FSG®) Program, iMMi Program, co-founder of the Positive Educator Certification™ (PEC) Program, creator of the PERMA-V Model and the 5i Change Agent Model. (If you haven’t noticed, she likes creating and is an “inventor” in our 5i Change Agent Model.)
Emiliya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Positive Psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, where she is also an adjunct faculty member. Emiliya holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC™) credential with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), as well as over a dozen certifications in modalities ranging from coaching to yoga, Reiki, intenSati, Thai massage, biofeedback, motivational interviewing and more.
Prior to her work in the science of wellbeing, Emiliya was a professional party entertainer for over 12 years. She brings her entertaining background to her work today as a “pra-cademic-prenuer”; first and foremost she is a practitioner working in the field with individuals and organizations, then a researcher and academic, and an entrepreneur, focusing not just on the growth of The Flourishing Center, but is passionate about the craft of entrepreneurism and helping others grow their work. She integrates these tools into a unique approach to vitality and mind-body health, inspiring and empowering others to craft a life of thriving mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially.
At the age of 5, my family and I fled from Kiev for New York City during the fall of communism and following the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Moving to a new country at such a young age came with unique challenges. However, as an immigrant kid, I wholeheartedly learned to not take the opportunities I was given for granted. My parents sacrificed everything they had so their son and daughter could have a better life.
When I was 14, we experienced the sudden loss of my brother (he was 24), when he drowned trying to save his fiancés life. In addition to the love and support of friends and family members, one of the things that impacted my healing was participating in bereavement groups at school. The love and compassion of the psychologists at school began my healing, and it was further accelerated when I was able to help others who had experienced loss to heal, simply with my ability to empathize and relate. I knew then, that helping people thrive, despite pain and adversity, was part of my life purpose. And by the age of 15 was already a trained peer mediator, trained natural helper, and active member of a bereavement group.
Years later, my mother died after a decade long battle with ovarian cancer. Helping her navigate her health and looking for alternative sources of healing, left me with a passion for understanding how to care for the mind-and-body. I recognized that there was a relationship between my mother’s loss and the physical disease in her body. That led to a 15 year journey of mastering the mind-and-body, studying with some of the most exceptional teachers on the planet, learning everything I could get my hands on that helps people live happier and healthier lives. I became committed to testing the skills in my own life, and then sharing them with others.
Within these challenges, I easily see that I could have given up, blamed the world and walked away from a life of joy, happiness and possibility. Instead, I found awakening, strength and a renewed sense of gratitude. It was these experiences that created a relentless desire to understand where happiness and the ability to thrive comes from. I was blessed to have been part of the second graduating class from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology, studying under the founder of the field, Martin Seligman. As I gathered researched based tools, I was floored by how these fundamental life skills were not typically taught, and how important they are. I was determined to spread these tools and help people create more personal mastery in their lives.
I started The Flourishing Center in 2008. What started out as 2-3 person Meetup groups has spread into a thriving community actively working as part of the Flourishing Movement, creating a world where more people thrive than languish. Everyday I feel the spiritual influence of my mother and my brother as I work endlessly to get these tools in the hands of the people that need them most. I am grateful and humbled that I get to activate my purpose and I am forever inspired by the work of our community members in how they take the tools we give them and put them into action. Together, we ARE changing the world. Namaste.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”
― George Bernard Shaw
Words of Wisdom:
My Morning Ritual:
Some combination of water, feeding Dora, coffee/tea, meditation, exercise (yoga, OrangeTheory or Crossfit), journaling/task outlining, pulling a tarot card for the day. (The order of which varies.)
A Little Known Fact About Me…
My colleagues refer to me as a content generating machine. I love and live to create experiences for people, it’s how I spread my love and light in the world. I’m an avid mover, runner, dancer, crossfitter, yogi and watercolor painter. I have a dog named Dora, my friends are like my family. Oh, and… I can twist 20 different animals and shapes out of balloons from my entertainment days.
What Students Are Saying:
“Not only is Emiliya multi-talented she is also a phenomenal woman. I am so grateful to Emiliya for offering the positive psychology program. These courses have improved the quality of my life and the lives of my clients. One person can truly make a difference in the world. Thank you Emiliya!”
– Gemma Nastasi
Author & Coach