Online counselling. Counselling to improve feelings. Ivana Straska, M. A. – The Powerful Mind & Feelings. Be The Strongest You.
About Counselors & Counseling

About Counselors & Counseling

How to be emotionally strong? How to be mentally resistant?

I belong to counselors who believe and apply the human approach to mental health. As one of my tutors, a university professor Peter Kinderman says, some people feel so sad and scared that this changes their brains. They sometimes ask doctors to help them but this doesn’t work well. There are all kinds of reasons why people feel sad or fearful. When people understand the bad things that happened to them, and how these things affect their well-being, people can find a better way to help.

Don’t miss my self-help books for mental well-being.

My journey towards my profession and writing self-help books started long ago. Perhaps, it was my complicated childhood when I saw, but could not understand conflicts and anger. Desire to have a positive life experience never left me. The same as any other person, I never stopped craving for good feelings.

Not only thanks to my circumstances, but also thanks to my dear clients, I have learned. We must not only sincerely hope for the good. We have to lots do. We cannot change our painful experience, yet we can learn to move on, and live happily with it. The correct focus and actions help our improvement when we face difficulties.

Life challenges and losses can knock us down. We must keep trying to get up. It doesn’t matter how many times we do it. We shall never give up. As someone says changes happen. But, they do not happen by themselves. An improvement happens thanks to us. We all have powers we can use. They are our mindset, a style of thinking, actions and focus. This is my approach my clients and the reader benefit from. .

My books are sold throughout major book sellers, or you can order them directly from me. I have published three self-help books:

1. CONFIDENT ME. With confidence and solid self-esteem.
2. MINDFULNESS, BREATHE IN – BREATHE OUT. A brief introduction with audio tracks.
3. THE STRONGEST YOU. 12 week pogramme with techniques and audio tracks.

Apart of books, I have recorded a few guided  exercises for mental well-being and published the album under the name “Unwind the Stress”. It’s a collection of 9 audio tracks using mental imagery and auto-hypnotic practice to relax and let go. You can listen the samples here. 

In the mind and self, be The Strongest You
In the mind and self, be The Strongest You

I teach short-term courses and educate public. My work is my mission.

I teach easy to follow techniques reducing stress, helping to progress, leading towards a high level of well-being. My books & counselling help control those psychological aspects which influence mental well-being, feelings and fulfillment. Some benefits of work with me and my self-help books might be:

 understanding personal history, limits and strengths •  copying with depression, anxiety, improving self-esteem • learning new actions and resolve problems •  increasing positive thinking and allover fulfillment • improving the mind which is changing the style of thinking •  understanding emotions and emotional management • taking beneficial actions helping to move forward • overall reducing negativity, worries and sadness.

MY PROFESSIONAL HISTORY 

I have launched my private practice in Toronto in 2008, after I became a member of The Association of Registered Psychotherapists & Mental Health Professionals (OACCPP). I collaborated with Dalton Associates, Psychological & Counselling Services in Ontario, GTA Psychological Services and Dr. Bodnar & Associates. I have a vast experience in psychological rehabilitation, depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), clients with low self-esteem and challenging relationships, throughout the region of GTA, Halton & Waterloo in Ontario.

Born in Czechoslovakia, I  obtained my degrees and first work experience in Bratislava. With my family, I moved to Toronto, Canada and pursued my ambitions to upgrade my education. I obtained training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), CBT for anxiety & depression, CBT for complex disorders, solution focused therapy, cognitive processing for trauma, motivational techniques, behavioural & emotional management, relaxation & mindfulness. I have a special training allowing my experience with autistic population in the filed of applied behaviour analysis (ABA).

My counselling experience involves work with a variety of clients coming from different cultures and backgrounds. Being a migrant myself, I understand to feelings of cosmopolitans. I have been working with people who suffer sadness, loneliness, isolation, low self-esteem, or experience a high level of stress. Being a mother of two, I empathize with different stages parents go through, challenges in relationships and difficulties to adjust after losses.

My experience involves personal and distant (online)counselling, small group therapy, screenings and assessments. I use a few counselling modules such as cognitive – behavioral, cognitive – processing, narrative, solution focused, emotional management, mental imagery, visualization, relaxation techniques & mindfulness.

Now residing in Yorkshire, England, I have extended my work into prevention by educating about well-being.

MENTAL WELL-BEING through EMPOWERMENT 

I believe people have to have self-knowledge and feel empowered. With positiveness, people find the strength within themselves, can change attitude, more effectively respond to life, pursue desire, relate to themselves and life in a new way. I help people to achieve a grater well-being through meeting the goals such as:

• development of emotional resilience and psychological resistance.
• activation of the desired adaptation of the brain and resetting the thinking style.
• application of  the powerful techniques that bring improvement.
• development of the positive mind and attitude.
• creation of positive self-expectations and positive self-image.
• change of negative beliefs.
• improvement to cope with difficulties and stress.
• building a solid self-esteem.
• application of emotional & behavioral management.
• improvement of motivation and achievement.

There are many other objectives my clients might have. If you wish to contact me, please use this contact form. I will respect confidentiality and respond as quickly as possible.

WHAT MY FORMER CLIENTS* SAY ABOUT MY WORK

*To protect confidentiality I don't show their names.

“… My life has had a lot of ups and downs. Every up is taking me higher though 🙂 I am becoming more aware of myself and you truly are the reason I am awakening. I still fondly think of you and actually speak about you quite often. I hope you’re doing well! … Sending you love and positive vibes!

-M. M., Toronto

“Ivana, thank you so much for yesterday, I feel really good today and able to concentrate and be more productive at work. I’m not sure what nerve you hit but it really helped. I have not spoken to my mother yet but will do so without making it seem like she’s to blame, I feel a little more at peace today…I hope this continues. Again, I just wanted to thank you so much and look forward to seeing you soon. If there is any advice you can give me in the interim that would be great.

-A.R., Etobicoke

“I am a much happier and calmer person than I used to be. Thank you so much.”

-Jane H., Toronto

“Thank you from my heart! Your techniques are very uplifting and eye-opening.”

-Mark L., Mississauga

“I must share with you that I had a good night’s rest at last! Our session yesterday must have done the trick in relaxing me and allowing me to feel what needed to be felt. I managed to get some work done before going to bed and slept through the night. Thank you for your listening skills and for introducing me to tapping! This is a new technique which at first felt a bit odd, but essentially works wonders!! My mood is positive, my energy level is higher I feel rested. Again, thank you!!”

-N. A. C., Mississauga

“We have received such positive feedback from the school about her progress, we are so pleased… I hope you know how appreciative we are of all the work you have done with our daughter to help get her to the point of where she is now. We are so pleased with all that you have done with her and we know we couldn’t have done it without you!!!”

-B. F., Oakville

PROJECTS I MANAGE

Years ago I created this BLOG to help others through my sharing & talking mental health, what people can do to become psychologically stronger and happier. I talk about the techniques and tools aiding psychological well-being.  Respectfully, I disclose hardships and how others overcame difficulties, which can inspire other people. Stay here for a moment, check my recent or older posts. I can guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know…

I developed a  SOCIAL PROJECT   called  FEEL-GOOD.XYZ to promote mental health, increase awareness and allow free access to resources. FEEL-GOOD.XYZ  is a valuable online center to help teach to understand emotions, thoughts and actions and how all these connects. There is thorough information about stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders, anger, problematic self-esteem and relationships. This project is to spread awareness of good mental health and distinguish ill health. The reader finds here description of disorders and their symptoms, useful techniques, links and navigation towards other resources.

In the recent years I developed  BOOKS & ALBUM and launched THE STRONGEST YOU.NET to educate and embrace people who wish to experience happier and perhaps more meaningful life. I created and released a series of self-help books and audio tracks for the general public to reduce stress, improve feelings, create positive self-image and increase overall happiness. This is an ongoing project, I have been working on more chapters and tracks to be released.

I founded IVANA INTERNATIONAL , the umbrella covering my current work and business projects, including associated facilitating enterprises PUBLISHING, PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGNS.

“In the mind and self, be The Strongest You… When my life lost momentum I was caught unprepared and exposed to traumatizing stress and loneliness. I was hitting rock bottom. My occupation and education should have given me the insight to cope but in my depths of despair I needed something more. I had to find a way of taking control and find the strength to rebuild my life; to rediscover the feelings of happiness and joy. The approach I share through my book and work became a life saver. It helped me to come to terms with difficult challenges, carry on with life and continue to help others. The Strongest You is not a statement; it’s the constructively used inner force. Any person can do it. The Strongest You is the catalyst for positive change through the powerful mind.”