Varvara V. Sidorova completed her REAT, Ph. D. in Psychology in 2005 with her thesis “Cross-cultural research of the image of consciousness (on the materials of Russian and Japanese cultures)” at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Counseling. Prior to this, Varvara completed an MA in psychology from 1991-1998 at Lomonosov Moscow State University, as well as additional programs including: two levels of Integrative arts-therapy practice at the Derby University (UK), art therapy at the Moscow Institute of psychotherapy, work therapy at the Moscow Institute of Process, and systems therapy at the Institute of Family (Moscow), etc. Since 2005, Varvara is the Head of a two-year Continuing Education Program “Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy” at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, within the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Counselling. Since 2017, this program has a cooperation agreement with EGS. Since 2012, Varvara is an organizer of an annual International Expressive Arts Therapy Festival in Moscow.
In 2016, through her initiative, the Russian Association of Expressive Arts Therapy was established and she was a first president of REAA. She is a Director of the Arts Therapy Center "ArtDom" in Moscow and has a private practice with more than 20 years’ experience. Varvara is a member of the Russian Professional Creative Union of Artists and Graphic Designers (since 1995) and a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) (since 2007). She is an artist and has had solo exhibitions.