Monica Dragosz, M.A., RSW

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  • Registered Social Worker
  • #102, 4616 Valiant Dr. NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0X9
  • Phone: 403-608-2084
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  • Session Fees: $150 per one hour session, with some sliding scale spots available on a case-by-case basis.
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

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   I often work with people who have experienced emotional distress, abuse, and neglect during childhood (sometimes referred to as developmental/relational trauma, or Adverse Childhood Experiences) and recognize the impact this has had on their way of being in the world, with others, and with themselves. Many of my clients have had diagnoses of chronic or autoimmune illness, and/or show signs of post-traumatic stress and dissociative tendencies. I work best where there is a willingness to explore both the influence of life experience as well as one's capacity for resilience, and a readiness to go beyond intellectual understandings.

   I am a trauma-informed therapist, meaning that I recognize the impact of difficult life experiences on the nervous system, the importance of addressing bodily experience, and the need for balance in keeping the therapy process emotionally manageable while truly getting to the roots of one's issues and challenges.
    I am also mindful of the different ways people take in and process information, and I seek to ensure that the person in front of me is able to absorb our work together in ways that are meaningful for them, so that the effects can begin transfer into their life outside of my office.
  Even if you don't identify with having had a traumatic childhood, I can generally help with the following:
  • feeling stuck in general
  • making decisions
  • dissociation (chronic “spacing out”)
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • chronic pain
  • unexplained and unwanted physical symptoms

     Therapy with me can help move you forward with:
  • learning to manage strong feelings
  • achieving clarity and breaking out of confusion
  • successfully working through conflicting thoughts and feelings
  • overcoming self-doubt, questions about your worth, and any deeper shame you may have
  • discovering and become more confident about who you really are
  • living from a place of strength
  • being able to be more open in relationship to others, and to life in general
  • setting boundaries and limits with people in your life

  How I work:
    Though I draw from years of  work experience and exposure to many therapy methods, healing traditions, education, and training, I currently draw mostly from:
  • Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy 
  • Focussing-Oriented Therapy 
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy 

   Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy and Focusing-Oriented Therapy both use mindfulness (awareness of the quality of the present moment) and awareness of body sensations as a link to greater self-understanding, which I have found to be extremely useful to the therapy process.
   Internal Family Systems Therapy is based on the idea that it is natural for us to have many different parts to ourselves, and that sometimes these parts will come into conflict with each other, and get in the way of what we - at our core - most want and need. Identifying and working with the various parts of ourselves leads to greater harmony and clarity in coping with life and getting our needs met.
    I have found that I am able blend these methods seamlessly into my sessions with clients for maximum benefit.

  My Background:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of Calgary
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University
  • Registered Social Worker with Alberta College of Social Workers
  • Training in full EMDR protocol
  • Formal 2 year training in Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Certified Yoga Teacher with Yoga Studio College of Canada

Monica Dragosz Reaches

Calgary AB