Misty Mountains

Izabela's Story

Child Therapist
Family and Couple's Therapy
Mental Health Therapist

Since I could remember I’ve always been fascinated by human relationships and dynamics, behaviour and how people think. Even as a child I often sat back and observed people, thought deeply about what they were going through. I’ve always been able to feel with and empathize
with others. This often granted me the privilege of people opening up to me, being vulnerable and telling me their stories. So, I did what came most naturally, I am pursuing registration as a psychologist. As a
mental health professional over the past couple of decades, I have learned that my own journey counts in how I work with others. I work just as hard at my own stuff as those I work with.


Personally, I have a big supportive family, I am a new mom, and I’m loving it! I love yoga, hiking, cooking, baking, blogging and writing, painting, and documentaries. 

 

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Areas of Practice

Populations

  • Children 8+

  • Adolescents

  • Couple's Therapy

  • Family Therapy

Presenting Concerns

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Behavioural Issues

  • Childhood Development Issues

  • Child and Youth Self Esteem Issues

  • Child and Youth Stress and Trauma

  • Relationship and Couples Issues

  • Family Issues

Education and Credentials

Izabela obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta and Masters in Counselling
Psychology from CityUniversity of Seattle in 2021. She is practicing as a Mental Health Therapist, awaiting approval from the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) to practice as a Registered Provisional Psychologist. She is anticipated to be approved by CAP this summer 2022 and provides a reduced rate for services until then. 


She also obtained a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care from Grant MacEwan University and Masters in Child and
Youth Care Counselling from the University of Victoria.


Throughout her education and training, Izabela has always been interested in Research. Her projects have focused on Integrative medicine and Complementary and Alternative approaches
in paediatric health services, attachment models and personality disorders.


She hopes to continue doing research in these areas the future.

Post-Graduate Training

  • Introduction to Hakomi Therapy

  • Polyvagal Theory - Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice in Schools

  • Attachment Styles In-services and Consultation

  • Attachment Theory and Techniques

  • Gottman’s Level 1 Couple’s Counselling

  • Clinical Foundations – AHS

  • Positive Space Network Workshop 2010 The Cross-Cultural and Equity Portfolio 

  • Aboriginal Awareness Training

  • Brain Story Certification

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (C.P.I.) – Standard

  • Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

  • First Aid and CPR - C

  • Creating an inclusive space for all gender identities and sexual orientations

Mental Health Experience

Izabela has worked for Alberta Health Services, Edmonton and Calgary School Boards, and
various community agencies providing therapeutic and counselling services for children and
families for over 15 years. Izabela believes that sensitively adapting to the needs and goals of
clients through therapeutic relationship is essential to good therapeutic work. She has
supported school staff, adjunct health care professionals and community support workers,
providing supervision, consultation and professional education. Izabela has also provided many
volunteer hours at professional conferences, university program events, community arts
projects, and as a board member for the Calgary Jung society and CreArt Edmonton.


Izabela practices counselling using various techniques including psychodynamic psychotherapy,
supportive counselling, family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution-
focused therapy, and expressive arts. Her approach is relational, attachment and trauma
informed, and strength-based. Izabela strives to support individuals in gaining a deeper
understanding of themselves in the context of their families, relationships, environments and
circumstances. She views psychological services as integral in maintaining healthier, more
functional lives at school, the workplace, at home and in their communities.