Founder/CEO of Personal Development Consulting, LLC; Writer
Natalia Volkonsky attributes the idea of launching “Personal Growth Consulting” to her rambunctious curiosity about why people are so different. She started asking this when she was a kid and, with years, that question only persisted. Natalia grew up in a newly devastated post-Soviet Union environment, and could not comprehend why people, who just a few years ago had seemed to be living very similar lives, ended up having drastically different experiences.
For the past 16 years, Natalia has been studying the subtleties of personal development extensively, by following numerous leaders and coaches in the area of psychology, spirituality, metaphysics, and hypnosis. She has also earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from George Mason University, a master’s degree in Counseling from George Washington University, and a number of professional certifications, such as NLP, Hypnotherapy, Science of Well-Being, and CRC.
However, Natalia contributes the majority of her expertise to personal experiences, sharp self-awareness, and a peculiar ability to reap outstanding benefits in any given situation. Having survived various forms of abuse, poverty, discrimination, bigotry, and complete loss of self-identity, being broken down to nothing, halfway across the world, she found herself at the lowest and scariest point in her life. Knowing she had no one to support or understand her journey, Natalia realized that she could only rely on herself and she had no other way but to find the internal strength to lift herself up. Moreover, she knew that she now had to become her own support system, filled with love, acceptance, and compassion. She had to make herself believe that despite all the adversities that life had put on her trail she was still worthy of happiness and prosperity she had dreamed of.
Looking back at her journey of rebuilding herself from shattered pieces into a strong, confident, and successful individual she is today, Natalia identifies three main factors that led to her transformation, and, subsequently, laid the foundation for Personal Growth Consulting: self-discovery, self-love, and consistency.