Elizabeth Kwasniewski, M.A., CCC

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The core principle of my therapeutic work is the emphasis on recognizing and nurturing peoples’ inherent wisdom, strengths and gifts, compassion, joy, generosity, and equanimity.  Hence the motto of my practice: If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire. In other words, I do believe that people are fundamentally healthy, but old patterns of behavior and harmful beliefs/perceptions can create obstacles in the process of connecting with our healthy internal resources. Clients often seek out therapy when they experience some signals from their inner wisdom: they are tired, confused or sickened by their habitual patterns. They may say something like “I’m completely fed up” or “I’m just sick of this.” Beneath such frustrations lies a clarity that implies the possibility of the ending of suffering and of finding the means to reconnect with peace when we no longer seem to know how.


             The ultimate goal of a successful therapy is to alleviate emotional suffering, or rather, to change the clients’ relationship to their particular form of suffering.  Suffering arrives in numerous disguises: low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, depression, disconnection, interpersonal conflict, confusion, despair. I explain to my clients that their pain is very real and unavoidable part of their life experience. However, their ongoing mental dialogue ABOUT their pain is something that they can control and manage.  By doing so, they have the opportunity to lessen their suffering.


Together in therapy, we will allow ourselves to be attentive to the present moment, to try to quiet our mind's chatter and expand awareness within a therapeutic frame to explore the questions and conflicts that prevent you from living more authentically. With a caring, here and now orientation, I partner with my clients in an open inquiry into what is painful, pleasant, joyful, or shameful, without judging anything as right or wrong. Therapy is about igniting what works, what is strong and beautiful in us.  It is empowering us to find our own internal authority.

. . . Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. - Rumi


For further information about my practice please visit my Website: http://www.ottawatherapist.ca/

Elizabeth Kwasniewski Reaches

Ottawa ON