(Registered Social Worker), Associate
Lara Ellison (RSW) has been working in the various mental health settings since 2006. Starting her work at Peak House, a youth residential alcohol and drug treatment centre and in many mental health settings in the downtown Eastside, Lara has worked with many youth and adults navigating their relationships to various problems in their lives.
Lara also has experience working as a Doula, supporting families through their birth experiences, with a focus on renegotiating the narratives that accompany new families experiences with pregnancy, birth and post birth identities.
Lara has worked and trained in the local Narrative Therapy community since 2013, and is currently completing her Masters in Social work with an Indigenous Specialization. Lara is committed to, and experienced in, supporting folks in renegotiating their relationships to addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, post birth, family and parenting concerns, grief and loss, and concerns related to sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, homophobia and transphobia.
I feel very confident sending clients to Lara, with her strong grounding in social justice and her high level of skill at engaging with people in collaborative ways.
Contact Lara to book an appointment at my office: email@example.com
(MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor), Associate
Lorraine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and active member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC #8442). She has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and has been practicing as a helping professional since the early 1990s in a diverse range of roles and programs.
As a young student, Lorraine worked at a therapy clinic in Vancouver, BC that provided direct care to clients and embraced and taught narrative therapy to counsellors. She spent a number of years in formal study in psychology in university augmented by the practice-based training available through the group of mentors she worked with who are experts in narrative therapy practice.
While working on her Master’s degree, Lorraine worked at a live-in, therapeutic, group program called Peak House where young people ages 13-18 and their families accessed intensive support for substance use issues and addiction. It was during this time that her group and family counselling and family therapy skills were enhanced by the practice of doing daily group therapy under the supervision of Vikki Reynolds, PhD.
Lorraine approaches this work as a lifelong learner and has pursued training in decolonizing and anti-oppressive practice, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, trauma-informed and trauma-specific practice, along with additional training focused on advanced practice with LGB, Two-Spirit, queer, and trans clients. As a queer, adopted, Cree and Scottish cis woman, Lorraine is attentive to how forces of marginalization can contribute to the issues clients come to counselling about. Lorraine is skilled at helping clients to place problems in context and to track resistance and resiliency in order to build hope and liberation.
Lorraine is the proud parent of a now adult daughter and lives and plays on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh nations.
I feel very fortunate to be collaborating in my practice with a highly skilled and ethical colleague. As my practice continues to expand, Lorraine will be working as an associate with some clients who approach me for therapy. If Lorraine seems like a fit for you, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a session.