ABOUT

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, goal-setting, 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 in my office or outside on a walk, and may include:  talking, doing exercises, or engaging in Dreamwork or hypnosis for those who are interested.   I am client centred in that I work with your goals and find ways to achieve them--whether that is through taking specific action, or by talking things out and processing events. 

I enjoy working with individuals and couples from teens to adults. 

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

My story

I have always been interested in people and relationships and how things work.  I did an undergraduate degree in psychology at the U of A, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I then studied dental hygiene, and worked in this field for many years--I appreciated the scientific approach of this work, and working with people.  I returned to studies at UNBC, attaining my Bachelor of Education degree, and a Masters degree in Counselling.   I  trained in the Buteyko Breathing Method and am a certified Buteyko Breathing Educator.  I also did training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy for relationships, training in hypnotherapy, and my research during my studies was in Dreamwork.  I have given numerous talks and held workshops on the Buteyko Breathing method, on Dreamwork, and other areas of interest in psychology.   I am keen to keep learning and experiencing. 

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

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