The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. ~Kahlil Gibran
My name is Ivona Zager, and I am the Founder and Director of Inspiring Solutions Psychotherapy. Compassionately serving clients from Brampton offices since 2004 in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, it’s always about honing the person’s natural abilities to live the life they need.
My preference is the Solution Focused approach, which aims at finding most time-efficient path to help the client achieve their practical goals.
There are many types of psychotherapy using different therapeutic techniques. I practice integrative psychotherapy, which means reaching to treasure troves of various schools of psychotherapy, among them ones designated to work with the cognitive mind, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, and others to access the subconscious mind, like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR, or hypnosis. The latter two are used only with the client’s explicit consent. Both the cognitive and the subconscious mind are equally important, just responsible for different tasks.
I have a sweet spot for the clinical and wellness hypnotherapy, mostly following the footsteps of the great Milton Erickson, who was skilled in localizing and removing subconscious reasons for physical and psychological symptoms. He was a genius in understanding mind-body connection and in restoring balance and health.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO, Licence No. 001695. I got my license on the opening day of the College.
I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1986. For the first nine years of my career, I was a faculty teaching psychology at Wroclaw University in Poland. My Alma Matter is one of the most reputable and oldest Universities in Europe, and the University of Toronto evaluated my Master’s degree from WU at the same level.
Since 2004, I am a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals, and also contributor to the OAMHP journal “Psychologica.”
I am a Board Certified Master Hypnotherapist and Instructor, and a passionate seeker on a quest of discovery of the subconscious mind phenomena.
I have been working with the subconscious mind for almost two decades and conducted thousands of hours of hypnotherapy. In 2004 I established Counselling Hypnotherapy Centre Clinic and School.
Psychology, Psychotherapy, what do they mean?
Psyche comes from the Greek word psykhe, meaning “the soul, mind, spirit.” Contemporary, we use prefix psycho- meaning mind.
Psychology comes from two words: psyche and logos. Logos means logic and reason, so psychology is about understanding the mind.
Psychotherapy comes from psyche and therapy. The word therapy comes from Greek therapeia, which means "curing, healing.”
The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario CRPO provides information on the scope of practice, standards, and regulations for Registered Psychotherapists on the CRPO website www.crpo.ca.
Privately, I have a great and humble appreciation for all Life on this Planet and enjoy living in harmony. I am an avid gardener and urban farmer. I raise awareness of animal rights at every opportunity. I am a fitness guru; love open waters long-distance swimming (but usually I swim in my gym pool); enjoy varied kinds of art and creative expressions; holistic and wellness communities; and charitable engagements. As of family life, it’s on quieter note now, as I am an empty nester and not a grandma yet.
Iwona Zager/ Ivona Zager: About my name: its original Polish spelling is Iwona because in Polish ‘w’ is pronounced ‘v’; so usually in the English-speaking zone I spell my name Ivona. It is reflected in the records of the CRPO in the Public Registry of Members.
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