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Iwona S Florianowicz

 Accreditation and Affiliations:

Iwona was awarded the degree of Master of Science in Counselling and Psychotherapy by the University of Salford in the United Kingdom, after receiving Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Counselling and Psychology from the University of Bolton, UK.  She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Iwona is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and practice under clinical supervision as per requirements of the Collage of  Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario (CRPO). 

Other Affiliations that Iwona belongs to: 

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

International Association of Trauma Professional (IATP). 

Specialization and Experience:

Iwona has been working in the field of counselling and psychology since 2008, and has been practicing psychotherapy since 2012. She has extensive experience working with clients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds in various settings such as educational institutions, mental health community, and private practice. 

Iwona specializes in working with women who are struggling with issues related to feeling stuck and not knowing what is the next step to take; who feel isolated and disconnected; struggle with depression and issues related to every aspect of life; who feels as if their past experiences influence who they are today; who struggle with self-image; and relationships. In addition, Iwona is experienced working with individuals dealing with a vast array of concerns and personal difficulties, including personality disorders; depression; anxiety; post-traumatic stress; emotional distress; relationship difficulties; addictions; anger management; self-esteem/confidence; trauma; grief and bereavement; work/school related issues; emotional eating; chronic pain and psychosomatic symptoms; life transitions; LGBTQ issues; paranoid or suspicious thoughts; suicidal thinking; self-injury; and other inter/intrapersonal issues. If you are interested in a more formal list of Iwona's experience and qualifications, please check out her resume on LinkedIn.

Personal Experience:

Iwona's professional qualifications and experience has not only been influenced by her professional growth but as well as by her own personal growth through her own life journey. Iwona's country of origin is Poland, since the age of 15 she has moved to the USA to join her family where she experienced the end of her first marital relationship and remarried. Along with her husband and two children she moved to different counties in search of better future and opportunities - she lived in Czech Republic, and the UK - currently residing in the province of Ontario after moving from the province of Saskatchewan.  Her work with you is influenced by Iwona's own experiences and challenges that shaped her deep understanding of what it means to keep rebuilding your family home, loosing job, adapting to new cultural customs, challenges and transitions due to change, end of relationships and building new ones, loss and bereavement,  and making sense of who you are and where you are coming from. 

Personal Message to you:

I am committed and strive to provide effective and holistic therapy for you by helping you to feel empowered and encouraged to make positive changes in all aspects of your life. I'm prepared to work with you as a team and respond to every single thing that you bring to therapy. I'm comfortable with deeply distressing issues that you might choose to explore and am committed to work with you no matter how difficult that might be for both you and I.  To help me understand and to help you in the process of change I found of significant benefit to be well informed on a wide array of concerns and to integrate evidence-based interventions that we can collaboratively chose to implement in your therapeutic process. 

If you feel that you and I can connect through the therapeutic relationship, call me or email me, even if you only need to gain some information.

I can see clients in my office, located in Oakville, Canada; or via Skype; or at the comfort of your home.

My Approach to Counselling & Psychotherapy

My approach encompasses an integrative psychotherapy - primarily of Person-Centered Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Therapy, Affect regulation approach, Attachment therapy, Mindfulness, and using evidence based interventions to derive unique treatment plan depending on the needs of the client. PCT is a non-directive, emphatic approach that empowers and motivates the client in the therapeutic process. The approach is based on the belief that every human being strives for and has the capacity to fulfill his or her own potential. The primary goals of PCT are increased self-esteem and greater openness to experience. I strive to foster in clients closer agreement between the client's idealized and actual selves; better self-understanding; lower levels of defensiveness, guilt, and insecurity; encourage more positive and comfortable relationships with others, and to increase capacity to experience and express feelings at the moment they occur. I belief that therapy should take place in a supportive, safe, welcoming, trusting and genuine environment which I strive to create by means of therapeutic relationship between client and I. To facilitate client's change I treat each client with acceptance, compassion, and strive to listen to their concerns and struggles, so that clients can fully explore and confront their toughest difficulties,  and invest in themselves with confidence.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is one of the most common and best studied forms of psychotherapy is a combination of two therapeutic approaches, known as cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy.

Which methods of treatment are applied depends on the concern/problem to be treated. The basic principle behind therapy is however always the same: What we think, how we feel and how we behave are all closely connected – and all of these factors have a decisive influence on our well-being.

CBT is problem-oriented strategy and focuses on current problems and finding solutions for them - the goal is on helping clients to modify their thoughts and behaviors by focusing on them, finding a specific strategies, and working through issues. This requires client's commitment and own initiative, as therapy can only be successful if the client actively takes part in the treatment and also works on their problems between sessions, which can take the form of a practical or written task (such attending a social event or exercising). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for the treatment of: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, depression disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders or addictions, and psychotic disorders.

In addition, trauma-focused interventions are based on well researched approaches/strategies. I apply an Active Ingredients (AI) based on integration of Prolonged Exposure (PE), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat post-traumatic conditions. The active ingredients are evidence-based treatments to all aspects of trauma, that have been called as the best outcome. Therefore, I integrate mechanisms of the above four therapeutic approaches to trauma and apply into trauma-work with clients. I work collaboratively with each client to tailor a treatment plan specific to them through developing an understanding of the impact of trauma on self and life; by implementing strategies to establish safety and regulate  emotions. We work on cognitive processes, anxiety and stress management; we implement exposure/narrative approaches to integrate and desensitize repressed, suppressed and dissociated traumatic memories and/or memory fragments; and we work together on building client's resiliency for the future.