ABOUT

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Birgit Laskowski
B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed (Counselling), BBE

Koa Counselling is about counselling that works for you--whether that means processing life events by talking things out with someone who can listen, be present, and not judge or give advice, or getting perspective by having thoughtful questions asked.  It may be goal-setting, finding a way to get un-stuck, addressing relationship issues, or wanting to explore different ways of being in the world.  

 

As people, we are so much more than "conditions", "syndromes", or "labels".  Understanding ourselves sometimes means finding a label for what we are experiencing, and sometimes it means getting past the labels to live a fuller life. 

 

Counselling can take place via video or telephone,  or outside on a walk, and may include:  talking, doing exercises, or engaging in Dreamwork or hypnosis for those who are interested.   I work with your goals and help you find ways to achieve them--whether that is through taking specific action, or by talking things out and getting perspective. 

I enjoy working with individuals (teens and adults) as well as couples. 

For those with limited mobility, it is also possible for counselling to take place in a location most convenient for you.  

My story

I did initial studies in psychology at the U of A (Edmonton), then studied dental hygiene, and worked in the dental field for a number of years.  As a hygienist I gained an appreciation for the scientific approach and working with people.  I returned to studies at UNBC, attaining my Bachelor of Education degree, and a Masters degree in Counselling.   I  am a certified Buteyko Breathing Educator, did training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy for relationships, training in hypnotherapy, and did research during my studies in Dreamwork (function of sleep and dreaming in health).  I have given numerous  workshops on the Buteyko Breathing method, on Dreamwork, and other areas of interest in psychology.   I am curious, love learning and experiencing what life has to offer. 

I have worked as a school counsellor  as well as working in my private practice with people of all ages. 

I have also travelled extensively throughout the world, and am keenly interested in other cultures and ways of being in the world.

Another huge part of my life has been getting outside--whether that is for a hike, bike, canoe, kayak, snowshoe, skiing, or just sitting and enjoying nature.  I believe in the healing power of the natural world, and of movement. 

I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with a Masters Degree in counselling. 

Extended benefits plans which may cover counselling :

  • Sunlife

  • Pacific Blue Cross

  • Green Shield

  • Equitable Life of Canada

  • Claim Secure

  • ComPsych

  • Manulife