Lysa is a Master’s-trained Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist with a Certificate in Palliative and Supportive Care. Based in Toronto, Lysa holds more than a decade of experience working in both private practice and pediatric and adult health, mental health, and palliative care settings. In her work as a grief counsellor at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre, Lysa works at the intersection of grief and trauma and has taught over 50 training sessions to professionals in the fields of health, mental health and education. In her private practice, Lysa works with children, youth, adults and families coping with loss, trauma, end of life, grief and bereavement, parenting/family issues, life and role transitions, depression, anxiety, gender or sexual identity, self-worth, illness, newcomer/settlement issues, vital fatigue and burnout, or a diminished sense of wellness, self and vitality. Lysa incorporates mindfulness and somatic approaches into a trauma-informed, attachment-informed, relational, intersectional and eclectic approach.
Lysa believes that all people have innate strengths, gifts and creativity, and can benefit from an empathic, curious, and safe therapeutic relationship through which to explore the material of their life. She is passionate about supporting people of all ages to deepen their relationship to the wisdom within, and to grow and give voice to their experiences.