As the Medical Director for Contemporary Family Services, my responsibilities include the assessment and treatment (medication management, individual and group psychotherapy) of adult patients, and working as part of a team to develop comprehensive, patient-centered treatment and support plans, as well as the supervision and training of our medical staff, including other psychiatrists.
My medical training began at the Medical University of Silesia, Katowice Ul, in Katowice, Poland, graduating as a Doctor of Medicine with Honors. I completed my Internship, and Internal Medicine Residency Training at Public Hospital City of Tychy UI, Tychy, Poland, followed by a Second Degree Specialization in Internal Medicine from the Medical Center of Postgraduate Education, Warsaw, Poland. I completed my both my Psychiatry Residency Training and my Psychiatry Externship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC. I have presented at The American Psychiatric Association’s 157th Annual Meeting: A Prospective, Longitudinal Study of Seasonality in African Students Lliving in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area, later published in Scientific World Journal 2007; 7:577-583. Also published in been published in Molecular Psychiatry 2005; 10(3):225-235.: Tree Pollen Peaks are Associated with Increased Nonviolent Suicide In Women.
Why Mental Health? I used to have the highest level of specialty in Internal Medicine and have been practicing in such for decade. I had epiphany once, that part of mental illness is virtually not different from general medicine, and recent scientific data confirmed my previous reservations to psychiatry, which I thought before was only psychological. It has been a pleasure to be able to serve and help a population, which is at a big disadvantage due to the downdrift in the social ladder and inability to function, when symptomatic. In order to be successful, you must love what are you doing, even devotion is not enough at times. Presentation: “Fight for you patients”
Ivania finished her B.S. in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Argosy University, and a Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in California.
She is currently candidate to Dr. of Psychology (PsyD) at Alliant University in Sacramento. She holds license in Washington D.C as Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Ivania enjoys helping people and has an established counseling service in our local church community. She is dedicated to helping the multicultural and internationals in their many needs. She was involved at the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) in Santa Rosa, CA. In addition, Ivania worked at Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital (acute site hospital) for several years gaining experience in treating people who have a variety of mental health conditions.
Due to her assorted experience with people of all backgrounds, she is more diverse in her approach to treatment as well: Systemic theories, cognitive behavioral models, Bowen Family-Therapy, Solution-Focused, Emotional-Focused Therapy among others. In addition of working with hospitals she has also been working for 30 years with The Christian and Missionary Alliance as spiritual counselor and spiritual leader. One of her deepest passions is to see people from all over the world experiencing a life full of meaning and achievement. Ivania is fully bilingual and conduct therapy in either English or Spanish.