Lara’s psychotherapy practice is grounded in collaborative, heartfelt, and unique relationship. She highly values the diverse experiences and authentic selves of the people she’s fortunate enough to work with. Her kindness and ability to attune to their suffering encourages healing to bloom. She truly believes that we are hard wired to heal; that each person has innate ability to transform, especially with compassionate guidance. Often her client bonds are fused with humor and loving connection, bringing a realness to the therapist-client exchange.
By helping individuals unpack how the past can influence the present, she supports them to illuminate patterns and make internal shifts. This makes space for solving current problems, becoming unstuck and moving forward feeling more liberated. As a result, her clients can then connect to their true nature, build and sustain more nourishing relationships and accomplish lifelong dreams.
Her approach springs from her holistic beliefs in the interconnectedness of our ecosystems. She understands that our mind, body, spirit, and social dimensions are intertwined and must be integrated to create a steady sense of aliveness. Drawing on her Expressive Hatha Yoga Training that focused on releasing emotions from the body, she embraces the wisdom of the body and movement centered healing practices. This training, and her own healing path, have led to her therapeutic passion of working with trauma in all its guises.
Her work in the Downtown Eastside for an art and mental health community space shaped her awareness around the layers of oppression people face as barriers to wellness. Not everyone has fair and equitable access to health. Her hope is to embrace a culturally sensitive framework and social justice stance in her professional life.
Lara’s theoretical knowledge stems from her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy at Adler University, and continued post-graduate training. She values her education, but equally holds the wisdom of her adverse lived experiences in high esteem. Her theory and strategies come from an eclectic mix of training, including: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP,) Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), somatic body-based practice, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, DBT, Humanistic Existential, Internal Family Systems, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Lara offers counselling services in the following office:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering online sessions through secure video chat in addition to in-person sessions for those who are interested.
Feel free to contact us for a free consultation session.