Victoria Pawlowski Counselling & Psychotherapy
“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 Pawlowski is an experienced professional Clinical Counsellor with extensive and ongoing training in a number of complementary evidence-based therapeutic modalities
Victoria has a warm, connected presence and a unique integrative holistic approach. She holds a deep commitment to helping people develop more peace, health and well-being from a framework of mindful awareness and self-compassion.
You can count on Victoria to provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental, compassionate space for you to be with yourself and your feelings, emotions, thoughts, fears, angst, concerns. She works from a strengths-based perspective believing that we all have inner wisdom and resiliencies that we can use to help us through the difficult times.
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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 approved Mental Health Provider for the following programs:
– First National Health
– B.C. Crime Victim’s Assistance Program
– ICBC Rehab
– ARETE Human Resources Inc.
– Homewood Trauma Program
and endorsed by the B.C. Firefighter Association
If you need to reschedule or cancel your scheduled session, please give a minimum of 24 hours notice in order to avoid being charged the full fee for your session.
Victoria received her Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and offers a client’-centred, strengths based approach that is individualized to meet client needs and goals in counselling. She has in depth training and expertise in the following modalities
- Family Systems (Bowen and Satir)
- Integrated Body Psychotherapy
- Compassion focused
- ACT (acceptance commitment therapy)
- Mind-Body Nutrition
- Grief, Loss & Bereavement
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.
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.
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, 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. Studies show that Orthorexia responds well to integrated compassion-based counselling. 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,
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.
Obsessing about size, shape, and weight? Using food, dieting, activity, vomiting or weight loss drugs to manage difficult experiences, relationships, or painful thoughts, feelings and memories? Struggling with a Self-Critical Eating Disorder voice? An integrative holistic compassion focused approach can help you transform that debilitating shame while normalizing your relationship with food, your body and your life.
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.