About Lisa

(she/her)

I am currently offering secure online counselling sessions to new and ongoing clients from Ontario and British Columbia who are in need of emotional support.

In May, 2021, I will be offering BC clients safe in-person sessions at my new offices in Vancouver and Squamish. Head to my booking page to secure your spot.  

I'm a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Grief Counsellor who specializes in trauma-informed mental health counselling with adults and youth. I'm a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), and am a Board Member of the BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH). I'm also sessional instructor who developed and teaches "Grief Therapy with Couples and Families" with the University of Guelph's Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies. Over the 8 years I’ve been counselling in private practice, the 15 years I've been training and working in mental health, and a lifetime of walking my own path of healing, I’ve come to specialize in a body-focused approach to counselling that helps people navigate the emotional challenges they're facing with practical tools to access their innate healing resources.

I specialize in supporting people who are grieving a major loss; working through traumatic/neglectful upbringings; struggling with anxiety, depression and/or overwhelming emotions; working through relationship challenges; facing major life decisions, and are seeking deeper balance, meaning and purpose in their lives.

I have a Masters in Counselling from OISE/University of Toronto (2005), Certification with Marion Woodman's BodySoulRhythms, advanced post-graduate training in Grief Counselling with Dr. Robert Neimeyer's Portland Institute of Loss and Transition (2012 - ongoing), and advanced training in a number of methods that can help you access your body's inner healing resources, including somatic experiencing, emotion focusing techniques, family systems theory, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, depth psychology, art therapy, and non-violent communication.

As a survivor of breast cancer and a mother, I bring a deep understanding of the primary importance of nurturing self-care in our daily lives. I am also a musician, rock climber and community volunteer with a special interest in social justice and environmental issues. I am deeply committed to anti-oppression approaches to mental health and to supporting racialized and marginalised populations in creating systemic change.

As a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, license #008144, I am covered by many insurance programs and also offer a sliding scale for those in financial need.

 

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