Insight Psychological Therapists - Izabela Bienko

Izabela Bienko, Therapist, MA Psych., MA CYC, (She/Her)

Izabela practices counselling through various approaches including supportive counselling, family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive arts, and solution-focused therapy. Izabela strives to support individuals in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves in the context of their families, relationships, environments and circumstances. She views psychological services as integral in maintaining healthier, more functional lives at school, the workplace, at home and in the community.

*NOTE: our Post-Practicum Intern Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.

More About Izabela Bienko

Izabela has completed Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta, and Child and Youth Care from Grant MacEwan University. Izabela also completed her Master’s in Child and Youth Care Counselling from the University of Victoria, as well as her Masters in Counselling Psychology from CityUniversity of Seattle.

Izabela has worked for Alberta Health Services, Edmonton and Calgary School Boards, and various community agencies providing therapeutic and counselling services for children and families for over 15 years. Izabela believes that sensitively adapting to the needs and goals of clients through therapeutic relationship is essential to good therapeutic work. She has supported school staff, adjunct health care professionals and community support workers, providing supervision, consultation and professional education.

Izabela practices counselling through various approaches including supportive counselling, family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive arts, and solution-focused therapy. Izabela strives to support individuals in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves in the context of their families, relationships, environments and circumstances. She views psychological services as integral in maintaining healthier, more functional lives at school, the workplace, at home and in their communities

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS

What is your favourite quote?

“Prepare your child for the path, instead of the path for your child.” – Tim Elmore

What quick advice do you have for people who are really struggling?

Right now, you might be in the ‘down’. You are not meant to stay there. The point is to struggle through and get to the ‘up’. But you are not meant to stay there either. Move through the ups and downs consciously, the purpose of which is to know when and where you are. When you are struggling, you re-orient yourself back to a felt sense of safety in the here and now, to whatever is going on for you in this moment. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” – Buddha

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Child and Youth Care Counseling

Affiliations

Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta

Certifications

Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Languages

  • English
  • Polish

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
Developmental Disorders
  • Childhood Development Issues
Other Areas
  • Emotional Regulation
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Graduation

I have experience in:

  • Abuse
  • Arts Performance
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Difficult People
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Impulsivity
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • Learning Disorders
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder)

My treatment approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy