Cultivating calm at the center of one's life is a practice of awareness, deep and patient listening, and responding to life's dilemmas with respect and compassion for all aspects of our selves and our lives.
Agnieszka Wolska MSW RSW CHT RMFT
Calm at the Center Therapy
Connect with the Calm at the Center of Your Life
Agnieszka is a trauma-informed Therapist, Counsellor, Somatic Psychotherapist, a registered social worker and registered marriage and family therapist with Calm at the Center Therapy Services, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Agnieszka provides therapy and counselling to offer tools, support, encouragement, facilitation, and a safe and constructive space for all people and all relationships to engage the deep personal work of healing trauma, developing resilience, and re-authoring lives.
As an experienced professional therapist and counsellor, Agnieszka helps individuals, couples, and families connect with ideas, practices, inner strengths and wisdoms, to find the courage to address any mental or emotional health, and with personal and interpersonal relationship problems.
Agnieszka works with people of all walks of life and who experience diverse problems. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, and has extensive training in trauma-informed somatic and talk therapies, including the Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapy, and Narrative Therapy.
"I really appreciate our sessions together and have found them to be beneficial for me both personally and in thinking about pursuing (professional work) in the future and how I want that to feel. So thank you for that - I feel lucky to have found you! I will definitely reach out in the future…”
Counselling and Therapy Services
Humans make meaning through multiple stories about our Selves, our lives and experiences. There are many nuances and layers in these stories that are sometimes hidden and disconnected, be it through traumatic experiences, hard and unforgiving circumstances, and social/economic contexts that challenge our lives and identities.
Our bodies hold the memories of these brilliant, resilient, strong, and beautiful parts of our lives, and we can find the connection to these stories when we listen closely.
Counselling is an opportunity to weave and construct and re-tell our stories in ways that bring our strengths and resiliency forward.
I work with many problems and dilemmas people experience on the journey in life, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, ecological grief, personal growth and development, and spiritual growth and healing.
When you are feeling stuck, unable to make the changes you desire, when life seems overwhelming and relationships too difficult, a therapeutic conversation can help us connect with our strengths, capacities, skills, and gifts that are temporarily out of sight and seem impossible to reach again.
Relationships between partners sometimes experience challenges in much the same way that individuals do. In relationship therapy, I support all partners through challenging conversations and encourage space and understanding of each perspective.
In relationship therapy, I focus on nourishing and guiding the relationship in order to help partners practice deepening connection and intimacy. Difficulty with communication, lack of intimacy, betrayals of trust, challenges in parenting of children, can all be addressed in therapeutic conversations.
Family life can sometimes become tense and difficult - families are groups of unique people who share many connections with each other and the world outside.
Difficulties encountered by one family member, whether it's stress, a developmental milestone, a health challenge, emotional trauma, may ripple out into the family's relationships with each other.
In my approach to family therapy, I bring a gentle focus to the relationships between family members even through those challenges. The healing process begins with identifying any patterns of interaction between family members that might be causing additional distress, and collaboratively finding new ways to connect and bring healing into the relationships.
I facilitate families in relating in patient, curious, supportive, and connecting ways, even throughout challenging times.
Ecological Grief and Anxiety
Our complex human emotional and psychological responses to the diverse unfolding climate crises can be very distressing. While the varied disastrous impacts of climate destabilization do not have immediate resolutions, finding a way forward through the unfolding crises is crucial to our human resilience and to accessing solutions and adaptations. Narrative therapy and somatic therapy can both help to reconnect us to our lived experience as a species in navigating significant crises, responding to loss and trauma, and understanding strengths and capacity in deep and rich ways.
About Counselling and Therapy
Each person entering a therapeutic process is entrusting experiences, challenges, sources of pain, to a therapist because they believe that change is possible.
I ground my therapeutic work in a deep commitment to collaboration, respect, and cherishing the wealth of wisdom, strength, insight of each person.
I believe that choice of therapeutic approaches must always respect a person's life story, life experience, innate wisdom and their strengths, while also acknowledging the socio-cultural and economic contexts that also impact each of us in our world.
I am committed to ongoing self-reflexive work towards anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and an anti-fat-phobic stances.
I'm Agnieszka (ahg-ñeh-sh-ka). My pronouns are she/her.
I cherish the work of witnessing, supporting, encouraging, facilitating, and holding space for all people and all relationships in the deep personal work of healing and reconnecting with their inner strengths and wisdoms.
I hold many different stories and identities as a person and as a therapist.
I am an Eastern European immigrant, with a many-layered history of leaving a place of origin, navigating the experiences of migration and the experience of being a refugee, and through those experiences learning about loss, change, adaptation and new ways of belonging.
I am a cisgender female and I identify as a woman. I am able-bodied and a biological mother to three living and able-bodied children.
I gratefully acknowledge that I now live and work on the Traditional Territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (which includes the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), Stoney-Nakoda First Nations (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.