Lisa completed her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Lisa also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, specializing in Psychology and Criminology and post-graduate certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution with Humber College, and Executive Leadership with George Brown College. Lisa currently works in a cross-appointed role at The University of Toronto as a Psychotherapist and Sexual Violence Prevention Educator.
Lisa approaches therapy from a trauma-informed and collaborative lens, striving to build a didactic relationship with her clients. Her practice is rooted in the foundation of psychotherapy and spirituality. Through embedding principles of self-compassion and self-love, Lisa walks alongside her clients as a guide in their individual journey towards healing. She has supported individuals with various concerns such as: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, relationship and life challenges, spirituality and culture, eating disorders, addictive behaviours and stress/burnout related issues. Lisa strives to cultivate a strong therapeutic rapport with clients by being present with them in moments of overwhelm and validating their lived experience with compassion and warmth. Her scope of practice is rooted in an anti-racist, inclusive, equity and anti-oppression framework that sees the client as the expert in their own lives.
Lisa has extensive training and experience in several forms of psychotherapy, including Self-Compassion Focused Therapy, Brief Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Focused, and Emotion Focused Therapy.
Lisa’s practice is enriched by her experience working in several agencies within the mental health sector, including Central Toronto Youth Services, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, The Child Welfare Institute, and Good 2 Talk.
Lisa is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.