Victoria Pawlowski Counselling & Psychotherapy
Victoria Pawlowski, R.C.C., M.Ed., is a professional Registered Clinical Counsellor with a unique holistic approach that integrates over 30 years of training and experience. You can count on Victoria to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, compassionate space for you to connect more deeply with yourself, your struggles and your strengths. She works from a strengths-based perspective believing that we all have inner wisdom and resiliencies that we can develop to help us through the difficult times.
“Victoria is profoundly graceful and wisely loving in her presence and state of being.
I highly recommend her as a counsellor and a teacher.” Melissa T.
“Victoria has a gift, she is a natural healer. She helps clients find the healing answers within themselves through various heart centred approaches and encourages them through the journey or self exploration and healing. Victoria is focused on life long healing and getting to the core of the issue/issues. I would highly recommend her.” Shawn B.
Counselling fees are set in accordance with British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors:
Individual Counselling: $120 plus $6.00 GST/50 minute session
Family and Couples Counselling: $125 plus $6.25. GST/50 minute session)
Fees are payable at the end of each session by Interac e-transfer, credit card, cash or cheque.
Victoria Pawlowski is an endorsed practitioner with the BC Firefighters Associations and an approved Mental Health Provider for First Nations Health Association, BC Crime Victims Assistance Program, ICBC and ARETE Human Resources Inc.
We value your time and are committed to protecting your space and time so that we can use your session time most effectively.
We appreciate that you will do the same for us by giving at least 24 hours notice for a cancellation or rescheduling of your session.
If you do not show up for your appointment, or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, you will be charged for the full session fee.
Victoria started her career as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and worked with different community development food security projects with B.C. Health, Toronto Public Health, Coastal Health and Island Health for a number of years. Victoria then worked with the marketing department of Capers/Whole Foods Markets in Vancouver as their Regional Nutritionist offering workshops, shopping tours and coordinating a multidisciplinary Integrated Health Network.
Victoria’s interest in the psycho-social-emotional aspects of health led to graduate studies in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE) and the opening of her own private practice integrating mental health with nutrition, self-care, eating psychology and mind-body nutrition. Victoria has found that her integrative approach works exceptionally well for people struggling with burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, midlife transition and chronic illness.
Over the years Victoria has studied and integrated the following therapeutic modalities into her life and her practice:
- Narrative therapy
- Family Systems (Bowen and Virginia Satir)
- Integrated Body Psychotherapy
- Compassion focused
- ACT (acceptance commitment therapy)
- Mind-Body Nutrition
- Grief, Loss & Bereavement
- Mindful Self-Compassion
Victoria offers a unique psycho-nutritional approach to clients struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic health, mood swings, stress, burnout, eating disorders, food and body image concerns. She integrates her years of experience and training as a Dietitian/Nutritionist, Registered Clinical Counsellor and Mindful Self-Compassion Trainer to provide a holistic, body positive, somatic and compassion based approach to her clients.
Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety and depression are two different but often overlapping struggles that can cause a lot of distress and dysfunction at times. Fortunately there are now simple, practical, effective skills that can help.. Together we can work on cognitive behavioural strategies, mindfulness, self-compassion practices and body centred therapies to significantly reduce anxiety, depression and the pain/shame that often goes along with it.
Grief & Loss
Grief is everything we think and feel after losing someone or something we love and cherish. Mourning is when we take all the feelings we have inside about our losses (including fear, anger, despair, confusion, overwhelm, regret, shame) and we express them in some way that bears witness to our suffering. Bereavement Counselling can help you find a way through the bewildering transition of living without your loved one, or the anticipatory grief associated with a terminal diagnosis, for yourself or a loved one.
Stress and Burnout
Stress can so easily cross over into burnout over time. Even for the most highly functioning person, there is a limit. And the body keeps score. There is a way to care for yourself at the same time as you are caring for others. A way to learn to manage that edge. Pull back, soften and include yourself in your circle of compassion.
Acute stress can occur after witnessing or being involved in a life threatening or traumatic event. Symptoms can include negative mood, dissociation, avoidance, and/or arousal and can worsen after the trauma occurred. Integrative care that includes cognitive behavioural therapy, stress-reduction, EMDR and compassion focused therapy has been proven to help.
Grief, numbness, anger, anxiety and shame are all very common emotional reactions to trauma. Compassion focused, mindfulness based, integrative body psychotherapy can help you find a way to manage symptoms, navigate through losses, reconnect with your body, regulate difficult emotions and move past trauma in a way that bears witness to your process, but doesn’t define you for the rest of your life. Victoria is an approved Provider for B.C. Crime Victim’s Assistance Program, ICBC, ARETE and Homewood Trauma Program.
Sometimes a commitment to eating healthy foods can slip into a obsession with ‘perfect’ eating. Every day a challenge to eat right and ‘be good’. Life can become so restrictive and focused on eating the perfect diet that there is less room for other interests, activities or relationships, This increasing form of disordered eating is related to perfectionism, shame, anxiety and trauma. Call for a consult and together we can normalize your relationship with food, reconnect with your feelings and find peace and wisdom in your body,
Struggling with conflict, closeness, lack of intimacy, communication problems, abuse, addiction or affairs can touch deep raw spots that can make us feel like we are coming undone. Couples counselling can help us use the relationship as a crucible for growth and transformation. LGBQT friendly.
Victoria Pawlowski is an Endorsed Clinician with BC Firefighters Association. She has completed Occupational Awareness Training and offers counselling support for acute stress, psychological trauma, occupational injury and traumatic grief.