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Soulstir Counselling and Consulting



Misha Gitberg MA, RCCRegistered Clinical CounsellorPsychotherapy, Counselling, Consulting, Contemplative Practice & Art in Victoria BCThank you for visiting me at Soulstir!Why Soulstir you may ask?Well, have you ever felt a longing for something larger than yourself, for beauty, a new way of life, may be freedom..something inexpressible, yet that which stirs inside your being with a quiet power?At some point in my life, after a period of longing and searching, and a few necessary painful experiences, I was fortunate to find a way to pay attention to this quiet yet powerful call, stirring me to a new path of life.In any event, Soulstir is the name I chose for this current leitmotif in my life, which contains references to my counselling and psychotherapy practice in Victoria, BC, retreats and courses I organize or facilitate and pages exhibiting my photography and art work.I would love it if you contacted me with any questions you might have!Warmly,Misha Gitberg“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”― C. JungHelping Individuals, Couples and GroupHealing Mind, Body and SoulI have enjoyed the privilege of helping people over the last 25 years.  It has been  a source of tremendous satisfaction and a huge influence on my personal psychological and spiritual development.My formal training in Psychology began at the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Science in Psychology) and continued at the Adler Institute of Professional Psychology in Toronto and Chicago (Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.)Since my graduation in 1997 I have been involved with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Mount Sinai Hospital, Women’s College Hospital,  and more recently in Private Practice  in Victoria, BC at Soulstir Counselling)Over the years my therapeutic style has been shaped by a variety of counselling approaches: from Psychodynamic and Jungian,  Gestalt, Humanistic and Interpersonal, to Art therapy and Mindfulness among others. In recent years a special interest of mine has been body-focused psychotherapy, namely Hakomi and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, (developed by Dr. Pat Ogden), aims to heal the disconnection between mind and body, especially relevant in cases of psychological trauma.  While training in this modality, which borrows from Buddhist Contemplative Practice, I became interested and eventually received training  in Buddhist Meditation (Gampo Abbey) and  Hatha Yoga (Sivananda Vedanta Centre), which now broadly influence my psychotherapy practice in Victoria.Currently I am training with two wonderful teachers of Hakomi, Bob Milone and Marcia Burton, to whom I indebted for my appreciation for the healing potential of loving presence.Finally, my personal and professional journey has led me to immensely powerful, wise and full of heart indigenous practices, and study with an elder from the Siksika/Sauk Blackfeet tradition, Duncan Grady.  Working with elements of ritual, sacred ceremony, plant medicines for spiritual journeys has been a life changing experience, and I am moved to share these offerings whenever appropriate with humbleness and gratitude.I offer services for:Individual CounsellingBody- centred psychotherapyAnxiety and DepressionCouples counsellingGroup counsellingWorkshops and Retreats .

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