Joanna Rosciszewska, PhD (c)



  • 5+ of professional experience
  • Concordia University Accelerator Award $5000 (2017)
  • Doctoral scholarship award recipient, Fonds de Recherché Société et Culture (2013-2016)
  • Master’s scholarship award recipient, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2011-2012)
  • Award for best undergraduate research thesis, Canadian Psychological Association (2010)
  • University-level Training in Psychology:

  • Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Concordia University
  • MA in Psychology, Concordia University
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Psychology, Concordia University
  • BA Honours in Psychology, Concordia University
  • Trained in Scientifically-Based Treatment Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Specialty CBT for OCD and related disorders
  • Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness based approaches and relaxation techniques
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Specialized Training for the Treatment of:

  • Personality Disorders
  • OCD & Related Disorders
  • Mood Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar)
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES)
  • Relationship/Attachment Difficulties
  • Emotion Dysregulation
  • Assertiveness and Communication
  • Qualified to Practice Psychotherapy and Counselling:

  • Qualified to Practice Psychotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Tanya Bergevin: OPQ#09993-03

Hello! My name is Joanna and I’m a doctorate student in Clinical and Research Psychology program at Concordia University. I have already completed my clinical training and am currently in the final stages of my doctoral research, which is rooted in longitudinal approach aimed at understanding how developmental experiences affect well-being. My research experience helps inform my case conceptualizations and understanding of how clients’ current worldviews may be influenced by earlier contextual factors, especially in the context of interpersonal relationships. I am not only interested in risk but in protective factors affecting one’s development, which help promote resiliency, and in my clinical experience, facilitate patients’ capacity for healing.
The approach I take in my clinical work is one I aspire to in life—that to be effective, in any endeavour, one must be flexible and open-minded. Therefore, I am constantly evolving as a clinician, especially as I continue to amass experience with diverse populations. In my clinical work, I have received formal training in cognitive-behavioural, dialectical, acceptance-based, as well as schema-focused and mentalization-based treatment approaches. This cumulative experience has allowed me to integrate and adapt my skills and techniques drawn from these diverse perspectives in order to meet the ever-evolving needs of my clients. Thus, I consider myself an integrative therapist in my approach to diagnostic assessment, case conceptualization and treatment.
While there appears to be a common thread to human suffering (e.g., sadness, disappointment, regret, lack of motivation), the individuality of each patient’s struggle poses an interesting conundrum: how to choose and implement the best evidence-based treatment in light of patients’ individual experiences and resulting struggle? Firstly, I strongly believe in collaborating with the patient to identify goals for treatment, which then help guide the treatment plan and interventions. I also consider the assessment process as critical to identifying client’s strengths, weaknesses, and any underlying factors that may be involved in symptom origin and/or maintenance. Therefore, different approaches (or a combination of) may be needed depending on the type and the severity of presenting problems, as well as the client’s propensity and readiness towards various therapeutic styles.
I provide therapeutic approach that is warm, empathetic and non-judgmental—a building block for the development of trust and disclosure within the therapeutic relationship. I also view cultural sensitivity as one of the most important tenets in therapy, which helps foster acceptance, mutual respect and understanding while recognizing, at the same time, the individuality of each client within the context of their own norms, attitudes, beliefs and experiences. Through purposeful collaboration, I explore clients’ inner experiences, their current behavioural, emotional and thinking patterns in order to facilitate change and create valued living.

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