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Providing online counselling

Viktoria Ivanova - Counselling Therapist

Hi, my name is Viktoria and I welcome you to my website! It has been my dream to create an empowering global counselling therapy service. Global Therapy is all about making that dream come true and sharing it with others!

More than once I have moved continents to create a new life abroad. And while the changes have been exciting, they were also filled with a lot of hardship, the biggest of them all is relationship challenges, both with an intimate partner, and with friends and colleagues.

When I was 16, an age full of endless possibilities, my parents decided to relocate from Russia to Canada. I remember that the excitement of the move was quickly replaced by loneliness and isolation. Losing peers, friends, and an ability to communicate in your language is quite devastating. At that time, I did not know or understand that I was grieving. Grieving these losses is a process, and is part of the healing and transformation of creating new connections and a new life.

Two more moves have since followed in my life. Once I had found my true calling to be a counselling therapist, I moved across the other side of Canada to attend grad school. And then, 5 years into my career as a University Counsellor and Private Practitioner, I decided to make a bold move and relocate across the world to Manila, Philippines with my fiancé.

Change, even a welcomed one like relocating for a better job opportunity or getting married is challenging. There are things that we gain with each change and things that we lose, and adapting to these takes time and energy. Changes and grief associated with them can bring on strong and overwhelming emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, distrust, jealousy, and numbness. These feelings, in turn, can estrange us from others at the time when we need their support the most.

Knowing too well how it feels like to be facing these life changes and painful emotions, I became passionate to create the service that would provide support at a time of hardship and help people make sense of their confusion and doubts in similar circumstances. The aim of Global Therapy is to empower people and to share with them skills that can strengthen their relationships.

In Global Therapy sessions with me, you will find an atmosphere of safety, respite, and comfort where you will uncover answers to your questions, begin to see your choices clearly, learn how to understand and regulate your strong emotions, and emerge competent, confident, and empowered at the end of the therapy journey.

Success, whatever that word represents to you, does not happen in isolation. Every successful person has a team of supporters, assistants, or colleagues. I would love to be a part of your success team! Click below to schedule a free consultation with me where we can discuss you circumstances.

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My Qualifications and Training

It's my goal to create a comfortable, safe environment, where we'll work to achieve the goal together
Instructor/Therapist and Masters Student
College Counsellor and Career Strategist
University Counsellor
Heartfulness Counsellor
Global Therapist

From 2007 – 2008, I was an Instructor and Therapist at Glen Eden School in Vancouver BC. During this time I also volunteered as a Crisis Interventionist at the Vancouver Crisis Line.

In 2008, I was accepted into the Master’s program in Counselling Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. I moved to London, Ontario to begin my full studies in September.

From 2009 – 2010, as part of my Master’s program, I completed my internship at Fanshaw college where I provided crisis and suicide prevention counselling. During this time, I also volunteered as a Family Host at a local cultural center.

From 2010 – 2011, I have successfully graduated from my Master’s program and moved back to Vancouver to begin a full-time job as a Career Strategies at a local career & employment center. In this position, I have gained a lot of experience assisting people in finding their direction in life and identifying their strengths.

In September 2011, I started a position of a Counsellor at the University of Fraser Valley. It was my dream come true to work with a diverse student population, to share their struggles and to offer them crisis, career, personal and academic guidance at the time of need. I enjoyed 5 full years of very fulfilling work at the University.
In 2012, to complement my work at the University, I began my private practice adventure by opening up Heartfulness Counselling and Psychotherapy together with my dear friend Katya. I specialized my practice in three areas that I am most passionate about: Relationships, Anger Management, and Self-esteem.

In May 2016, after a lot of soul-searching, I decided to pursue a new adventure and take a presented opportunity to move to Manila, Philippines! With this step, after five years of employment, I sadly had to say good bey to the lovely University of Fraser Valley team and to close my Vancouver-based practice.

In September 2016, after becoming an expat and facing the challenges of leaving abroad for the second time in my life, I decided to launch counselling therapy services that focused on supporting expats and people going through life changes. And this is how Global Therapy with Viktoria was born!

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While it is my life experience, my passionate nature, my intuition and deep respect for people’s potential that make me a skilled professional, it is my training that makes me qualified to offer therapy.

I am Certified Canadian Counsellor registered with the Certified Canadian Counsellor & Psychotherapy Association, as well as, a Registered Clinical Counsellor registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

This means that I meet the professional training and ethical standards
set by Canada for providing counselling services.

Education

  • Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology,
    University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Bachelor of Behavioral Neuroscience,
    University of British Columbia, Canada
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