Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed., R.C.C.

Victoria Pawlowski M.Ed., R.C.C.

Registered Clinical Counsellor | Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion

I offer a compassion-focused, mindfulness-based holistic approach to counselling that integrates over 30 years of practice, education, professional training, life experience and a passion for health and healing.

I started my career as a Nutritionist with different levels of government and industry focusing on food security, workplace wellness and school food programs.  As I became increasingly interested in the bio-psycho-social aspects of health, I pursued graduate studies in Counselling Psychology and post graduate work in Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, IBP (integrated body psychotherapy) and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing therapy). 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 Society. I offer a deep bow of gratitude to my colleagues and clients during this time of service.

I bring this training, life and work experience with me now into my private practice where I offer counselling, psychotherapy and training to people suffering with grief, loss, burnout, stress, illness, depression and relational distress.  You can choose in-person sessions (with masks), online confidential zoom sessions and/or telephone sessions.

Feel free to contact me and to book your session online.




Counselling fees are set in accordance with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors 2021 Fee Schedule:

Individual Counselling:
$150 plus $7.50 GST/session = $157.50

Family and Couples Counselling:
$175 plus $8.75 GST/session = $183.75



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.

Cancellation Policy

Your appointment time is reserved just for you.  A missed appointment or late cancellation leaves a space that could have been filled by another client.  Please provide a minimum 48-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, in order to avoid being charged full fee for the session. 


If you find yourself sick with COVID or other flu-like symptoms, please reschedule your session or, If you are feeling well enough, we can change the modality of your session from in-person to online or telephone. 


We are all in this together.  If you have COVID or other flu-like symptoms, if you suspect you have been exposed to COVID and/or have tested positive for COVID in the past ten days, please reschedule your session or, If you are feeling well enough, we can change the modality of your session from in-person to online or telephone.

Please do not come into the office if you are feeling cold, flu or COVID-like symptoms. 

In the interests of keeping each other and our community safe and healthy, I will be wearing a K95 level mask during our session and request that you do the same.  Thank you for your cooperation.







Socially Engaged Buddhist Training, UPAYA, 2021/22
Being with Dying: Clinician Training Program, UPAYA  2021
G.R.A.C.E. Training in Cultivating Compassion-based Interactions, UPAYA  2021
The Antidote to Shame, Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion 2021
Being with Suffering: Tools for Clinical Practice in the Midst of Crisis, UPAYA 2020
Embodied Trauma-Informed Contemplative Teaching Online, HeartWorks 2020
Inquiry Essentials, Centre for Mindfulness Studies Toronto 2020
Exploring the Humble Art of MSC Inquiry, Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion 2020
Cultivating Embodied Presence, Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) 2020
MSC Teacher Certification, USCD Centre for Mindfulness 2018-2019
Living School: Centre for Action and Contemplation (CAC) 2017-2019
MSC Teacher Training, USCD Centre for Mindfulness 2014
Integrated Body Psychotherapy: Pacific NorthWest IBP Institute 2010-2012
EMDR Training, Dr. Marshall Wilensky, Vancouver, B.C. 2009
Satir Family Systems Training with Dr. Maria Gomori, Haven, 2008
Bowen Family Systems Training: NARSF 2007-2012
Narrative Therapy, Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy 2008
Mind-Body Nutrition, Institute for the Psychology of Eating 2006
Counselling Practicum, Community Counselling Centre: Hamilton, Ontario 2004
Masters of Education, Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto, June 2004
Dietetic Internship, Royal Columbian Hospital, 1981/1982
Bachelor of Applied Science (Foods & Nutrition), University of Alberta,1981