About Lisa

(she/her)

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

In January, 2021, I will be welcoming new clients from Ontario and BC for Introductory Consultations online. Also in January, 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.ca) 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, and I'm also a sessional instructor of "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; facing major life decisions; struggling with anxiety, depression and/or overwhelming emotions; working through relationship challenges; and are seeking deeper balance, meaning and purpose in their lives.

I have a Masters in Counselling from OISE/University of Toronto (2005), 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, 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, 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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