Counselling & Psychotherapy
Hello and welcome. I am a psychotherapist and certified mindful self-compassion teacher offering compassion-focused, mindfulness-based therapy to help help people struggling with life challenges around grief, trauma, stress, burnout, illness, eating disorders and relationships. In essence I promote wellbeing and healing by helping people change their relationship to themselves and their struggles and build emotional resilience.
If you are interested in working together, please feel free to contact me to see if I am taking new clients at this time.
Victoria Pawlowski, R.C.C. M.Ed.
“Victoria is profoundly graceful and wisely loving in her presence and state of being.
I highly recommend her as a counselor 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 centered 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 rather than just trying to manage symptoms. I would highly recommend her.” Shawn B.
In the interests of keeping each other and our community safe and healthy, I ask that you do not come into the office if:
•you or anyone you live with have any symptoms of flu, cold or covid (including mild symptoms)
•you or anyone you live with has travelled outside of BC in the last two weeks.
•you or anyone you live with has been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
If you are unsure, or if you answer YES to one or more of these questions, please do not come into the office. Instead I recommend that you let me know and book a Telephone or Video Counselling Session instead.
If you answered NO to all the above questions, please arrive at the office door exactly at your appointment time. Please enter, wash your hands with the provided hand sanitizer and find your seat. I will be waiting for you in the office, but will not come to the door to greet you in order that we can maintain physical distancing. I have arranged the counselling chairs a minimum of 6 feet apart, so that we meet the required physical distancing requirements. Masks and/or Face Shields are also required.
As usual, payment will be processed online through e-transfer or credit card and a receipt will be emailed to you directly.
Please be assured that I have implemented enhanced cleaning to all high-touch surfaces in common spaces including the washroom.
I appreciate your cooperation with these pubic health measures and look forward to seeing you.
If you have any questions please talk to me
Victoria Pawlowski, R.C.C., M.Ed.
My clinical approach has been informed by my training, life experience and passion for health and healing. Born in Toronto, I first studied at the University of Alberta and started my career working as a Registered Dietitian/Community Nutritionist with different levels of government (Island/Coastal Health Authorities, Toronto Public Health) where I was involved in working with communities on food security programs such as community kitchens, school food policy and farmers markets. As I developed more interest in integrative holistic health, I worked with Capers/Whole Foods Market in Vancouver developing educational resources, offering educational programs and coordinating a community based Integrative Health Team.
I pursued graduate studies in counseling psychology through the University of Toronto (O.I.S.E.) and have committed to ongoing personal and professional training in Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, IBP (integrated body psychotherapy), EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy), CFT (compassion focused therapy), Mind-Body Nutrition and Eating Psychology.
I have had the privilege of working in my community as a Family Therapist with NARSF Programs in Nanaimo and then as a Grief Counsellor with Nanaimo Hospice before opening The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health offering counselling and workshops.
Counselling fees are set in accordance with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors:
Individual Counselling: $135.00 plus $6.75 GST/50-minute session
Family and Couples Counselling: $155.00 plus $7.50 GST/50-minute session
Fees are payable at the end of each session.
Credit card, e-transfer, cash or cheque are accepted.
Sliding scale fees are available for a limited number of clients upon request. Please inquire if finances are a barrier at this time.
Unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored. Please offer a minimum 24-hour advance notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment or the full fee will be charged for the session.
If however, you find yourself sick with COVID symptoms, have had contact with anyone who has COVID/symptoms, or have been out of the province/country in the past 14 days, please do not come into the office. If you are well enough, please schedule an online or telephone appointment instead.