CALM AT THE CENTER
Cultivate Calm at the Center of Your Life
I am a counsellor and a registered social worker in Calgary, and I am committed to helping you connect with your mental, emotional, and spiritual strengths, to help you navigate any dilemmas and challenges you are facing.
Seeking help from a counsellor is a good way to put life/body/health/spirit/ relationship into perspective. Therapeutic conversations help us connect to our stories of strength, by listening to the quiet calm stillness available to all people through mindfulness and presence.
The calm within can be our source of strength, wisdom, and peace, even in a world of unforeseen challenges.
I am looking forward to working with you and helping you navigate life’s challenges.
Cultivating calm at the center of one's life is a practice of awareness, deep and patient listening, and responding to life's dilemmas with respect and compassion for all aspects of our selves and our lives.
~ A. Wolska MSW RSW
COUNSELLING AND CONSULTING SERVICES OFFERED
Methods and Approaches
Each person entering a therapeutic process is entrusting experiences, challenges, sources of pain, to a therapist because they believe that change is possible.
I believe that choice of therapeutic approaches must always respect a person's life story, life experience, innate wisdom and their strengths, while also acknowledging the socio-cultural and economic contexts that also impact each of us in our world.
I am trained in and informed by Mindfulness-based Body Psychotherapy: the Hakomi Method (2-Year Comprehensive Training with the Calgary Hakomi Institute, currently attending Advanced Training, and engaged in ongoing group and individual supervision); Narrative Therapy (1-Year Program and ongoing supervision); Systemic Family Therapy and the IPScope approach to family therapy (1-Year Internship and ongoing supervison), CBT, MBCT, and Motivational Interviewing.
I ground my therapeutic work in a deep commitment to collaboration, respect, and cherishing the wealth of wisdom, strength, insight of each person.
I work with many problems and dilemmas people experience on the journey in life, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, ecological grief, personal growth and development, and spiritual growth and healing.
When you are feeling stuck, unable to make the changes you desire, when life seems overwhelming and relationships too difficult, a therapeutic conversation can help us connect with our strengths, capacities, skills, and gifts that are temporarily out of sight and seem impossible to reach again.
Relationships between partners sometimes experience challenges in much the same way that individuals do. In relationship therapy, I support all partners through challenging conversations and encourage space and understanding of each perspective.
In relationship therapy, I focus on nourishing and guiding the relationship in order to help partners practice deepening connection and intimacy. Difficulty with communication, lack of intimacy, betrayals of trust, challenges in parenting of children, can all be addressed in therapeutic conversations.
Family life can sometimes become tense and difficult - families are groups of unique people who share many connections with each other and the world outside.
Difficulties encountered by one family member, whether it's stress, a developmental milestone, a health challenge, emotional trauma, may ripple out into the family's relationships with each other.
In my approach to family therapy, I bring a gentle focus to the relationships between family members even through those challenges. The healing process begins with identifying any patterns of interaction between family members that might be causing additional distress, and collaboratively finding new ways to connect and bring healing into the relationships.
I facilitates families in relating in patient, curious, supportive, and connecting ways, even throughout challenging times.
Meeting Format, Fees, and Payment Options
Throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic, Therapy sessions are conducted via secure web-based applications (ie. Doxy.me).
Sessions are 60 minutes. The rate for service is $180 per 60 minutes, via e-transfer. Sliding scale fees are offered upon request, no questions asked.
A free 30 minute initial getting-to-know you consultation is available on request!
I'm Agnieszka (ahg-ñeh-sh-ka). My pronouns are she/her. I cherish the work of witnessing, supporting, encouraging, facilitating, and holding space for all people and all relationships in the deep personal work of healing and reconnecting with their inner strengths and wisdoms.
I believe that all humans carry multiple stories about our Selves, our lives and experiences. There are many nuances and layers in these stories that are sometimes hidden and disconnected, be it through traumatic experiences, hard and unforgiving circumstances, and social/economic contexts that challenge our lives and identities. I believe that it is in the rediscovery and re-telling of our stories that we can find parts of ourselves that are profoundly strong and brilliant! Our bodies hold the memories of these brilliant, resilient, strong, and beautiful parts of our lives, and we can find the connection to these stories when we listen closely.
I hold many different stories and identities as a person and as a therapist.
I am a white Eastern European immigrant, living and working as a settler on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (which includes the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), Stoney-Nakoda First Nations (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
I identify as female (she/her). I am a biological mother of three children.
I am also a writer, a musician, and a deep lover of Nature.
Cultivating calm at the center is a practice of awareness, deep patient listening, and responding to life's dilemmas with respect and compassion for all aspects of our selves and our lives.
New Folx Welcome!
Daytime and Evening Appointments Available
Online or In-person
Please Contact for Availability
I look forward to connecting with you soon!
As part of ongoing pandemic safety measures, therapeutic meetings are conducted primarily on a secure online platform. In-person meeting are available upon request. Safety precautions during in-person sessions are in place to protect our community members; a "plexiglass" section will be in place and masks can be removed during sessions.
These are challenging times. We are in this together!