I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a member of The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors – www.bc-counsellors.org. I have a a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology (2005) from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts (1996) from Simon Fraser University.
I have worked in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1999, initially with children, youth and families for not for profit organizations, and from 2006 to 2015 as a Mental Health and Addictions Clinician for the Vancouver Island Health Authority, providing individual and group therapy for adults. I have had a full-time psychotherapy private practice since 2016, working with individuals and couples.
As a psychotherapist. I believe that it is essential to continue to deepen my craft through ongoing personal/professional development and consultation. I have studied extensively, and continue to do so, in the fields of: trauma, attachment, emergent neuroscience, embodiment and somatic therapies, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
With my current focus on Relational and Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy I have completed several programs of study through William Alanson White Institute (2019 & 2021) and the Center for Object Relations (2021), as well as the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (2021). I was a member of Dr. Allan Schore’s Seattle Study Group (2016 – 2021) and studied attachment and the Adult Attachment Interview with Dr. Mary Main and Dr. Erik Hesse (2015). Since 2002, I have studied somatic therapies, initially with Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing – www.traumahealing.com, and from 2007 to 2014, Dr. Sharon Stanley’s Somatic Transformation Program – www.somatic-transformation.org, and I continue to be involved as a senior facilitator and educator in the Bringing The Body Into Practice Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy training programs www.lisamortimore.com.