Daytime availability: Yes
Evening availability: No
Weekend availability: No
Tuesday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Kristina Dragnea MC, RP (Qualifying)
Psychotherapy + Counselling
Simply put, my passion lies in helping people uncover their true, authentic selves.
In my career as a psychotherapist and through my own introspective explorations, I have come to realize that only through the wholehearted acceptance and integration of all aspects of ourselves; the good, the bad and the ugly, can we actualize to our fullest potential and live an authentic and truly fulfilled life!
I work with the belief that we all have unconscious, unacknowledged parts of ourselves that influence our thoughts, feelings, and subsequent behaviours, for better or for worse. The more we work at bringing these parts of ourselves to the forefront of our awareness, the more confident we will feel in allowing ourselves to be guided by our own experience and intuition, rather than by external influences. The less we look to the world around us for answers and instead look inward, the more aligned we will feel with our purpose and the more we will be living it fully and authentically.
Research into mindfulness studies and psychotherapy suggest that the partnership of the two modalities can accelerate a person’s ability to function more in the present moment and live more from a place of acceptance while maintaining a less reactive response in both their intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. Treatments offered can be tailored to address issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), somatic (sleep) disorders, and adjustment disorders to name some of the more reported difficulties.
Let me guide you on a Journey to Mindfully Align to the Beat of your Own Drum.
Kristina received an Honours B.Sc., degree specializing in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She further received an M.C., Masters of Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Calgary. She is registered to practice psychotherapy in the province of Ontario through the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) as a Qualifying member (this qualifying status is temporary until CRPO qualification exam that applicants must complete is written). She follows the CRPO’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Standards, and is also a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).
In addition, Kristina has completed training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), as well as other training in various techniques. She completed a practicum internship at York University’s Student Counselling Services, where she was supervised in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Group Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and crisis counselling. Before this, she worked as an independent psychometrist, and throughout her life she has been involved in several mindfulness organizations in Toronto. At present, she practices psychotherapy in her private clinic, Mindful Maelström.
In addition, Kristina has a long history of personal involvement with individuals suffering with mild to severe brain injury resulting from motor vehicle accidents. As such, therapy is tailored to address issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Somatic Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders.
Kristina receives regular supervision from a clinical psychologist (Dr. Bita) whom provides her with knowledge, advice, and an outside perspective on her work. Not only is supervision required by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), but it is also an invaluable way to ensure that she is providing a high quality of care to her clients.
In addition, working under a clinical psychologist allows Kristina's services to be claimed as psychological services under private health care plans that do not cover psychotherapy. Please enquire for more information if this is relevant to your situation.