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Alicja Dobrzanski

Alicja Dobrzanski

Alicja Dobrzanski

Doctoral Candidate

It takes a lot of courage to recognize that something in your life (e.g., how you feel, your relationships, your career) is not the way you wish it would be; it takes even more courage to decide that it might be time to reach out to a psychologist. As a psychologist-in-training, I place a lot of value on being authentic, transparent, and collaborative with my clients. I frequently use humour, validation, and metaphor in sessions. My goal is to equip you with the skills that will empower you to make the changes you want to see in your life.

I am in the fifth year of my Doctor of Psychology degree and am writing my dissertation on suicide risk prediction. I am practicing psychology under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Cardoso, who is a registered psychologist that is practicing here at Bloom Psychology Clinic. Over the course of my doctoral degree, I have amassed a wealth of experience from having trained in diverse settings with adults from a variety of backgrounds.

My psychotherapy experience began on the Downtown Eastside. There, my work primarily consisted of brief interventions for grief, anger management, and medication adherence. I then transitioned to a community mental health clinic, wherein I mainly treated individuals with PTSD, Complex PTSD (CPTSD), and Borderline Personality Disorder. This work often included helping my clients get in touch with their emotions and manage them safely, improve their depressed mood, manage their anxiety, process their grief, and become skilled at communicating and asserting their needs. In my experience, these clients also tended to walk away with a richer understanding of their past and a deepened sense of self-compassion. Finally, I completed my most recent training in a transitional housing facility for young men in recovery from addiction. There, I had the opportunity to design and facilitate a skills-based mindfulness and emotion regulation group to help with craving management.

In addition to psychotherapy, I have also been trained in providing diagnostic and personality assessments. I have experience in conducting such assessments for individuals walking through my door and as part of WorkSafe BC proceedings. I look forward to expanding my training to include psychoeducational assessments and well.

Special Interests:

  • Complex PTSD
  • Giftedness
  • PTSD

Mental Health Issues:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Addiction
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement

Relationship Issues:

  • Gaslighting
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Codependence
  • Bullying
  • Boundaries
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits