Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Family Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Family Therapy
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Life Stress Reduction (LSR)
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Play Therapy
- Skype/Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.drbolgar.com
Dr. Bolgar has been practicing psychotherapy since 1998. She is also a professor at Adler University, teaching Masters of Counselling students. She has a Doctor of Psychology degree from Southern California University and a Master’s of Counselling degree from Adler University Chicago.
Dr. Bolgar provides Family, Individual, Marital and Relationship Therapy as well as Mediation Services.Dr. Bolgar has been working in private practice in South Surrey/White Rock and Langley since 2006. She also worked in not for profit organizations for 20 years as a manager and clinical supervisor. She is an approved family therapy supervisor and after resigning from her position as a Manager of Family Services at Sources she continued working with non-profit organizations on a contract base and provides clinical consultation and support to child and family counsellors.
In addition to counselling Dr. Bolgar is a trained Family Mediator and helps families and couples with separation/divorce, parenting and other challenging situations.
Among her professional involvement Dr. Bolgar finds time to research chronic stress and individual’s reactions to experiences. She authored a workbook “Stress-less more balanced”. She was invited to present her research titled “Stress is based on Perception” to the 4th World Congress of Positive Psychology in Florida in 2015. Recently Dr. Bolgar published her research The Neurobiology of Attachment Experiences and Perception of Stress”
Dr. Bolgar considers herself an Attachment Analyst who attempts to capture the uniqueness of each individual based on their early relational experiences. She focuses on integrating what is known from empirical research in attachment studies into practice. She researched extensively how the neuro-bio-psycho-social experiences of early attachment relationships influences individual’s perception and emotional reactions.
In essence Dr. Bolgar utilizes an attachment focused psychology that is more than simply using techniques. It is an understanding to a way of perceiving life, correcting biases, repairing ruptures, and forming a profound connection to the self and others, which installs a greater sense of security.
Modern psychotherapy, based on both neurophysiology and neurobiology, has been increasingly oriented towards the creation of a therapeutic relationship where the therapist has a mindful attitude to his/her patient, while the latter can make new experiences, which are able to change his/her neural patterns of functioning and to make them healthier.
Dr. Bolgar approaches each client with curiosity and a desire to understand their unique creative ways of coping with stress. Drawing upon her experience Dr. Bolgar guides her patients in a gentle, empathic and respectful style, maintaining the equality of the relationship and jointly searching for insight and knowledge. Clarity, making sense of one’s emotions, perceptions and behavioral reaction results better choices, and behavioral response. Dr. Bolgar believes that people have the natural ability to heal under the right circumstances.
“When people come to Counselling/psychotherapy they usually experience distress in their relationship, work or other areas of their lives that impact their mental, emotional and physical well-being. It takes a lot of courage to uncover your broken heart, suffering mind, and share your fears in hope that you will find solutions for your problems. The relationship you establish with your therapist is the most important predictor for change. The trust you develop allows you to be vulnerable, to explore your deepest feelings, to know that there is someone holding your hand as you are standing at the edge of desperation, on your journey of self-discovery. Therapy is hard work that you the patient must do with your therapist in order to create the change you desire.”
- Dr. Bolgar's dissertation 'The Neurobiology of Attachment Experiences and Perception of Stress' focused on how people view stress differently based on their attachment experiences.
- Attachment Studies, Marital Therapy, Emotional Regulation, Child Therapy
Client fee individuals:145.00
Client fee couples/families:145.00