Dr. Paola Lake
Ph.D., R. Psych. #1699
As a clinical and rehabilitation psychologist, I enjoy working with adolescents, individuals, and couples. I have an interest in helping people create positive changes in their lives by overcoming emotional blocks and developing strategies and tools that enhance emotional well-being and the quality of interpersonal relationships.
With over 17 years experience in the mental health field, my background includes working with accident victims, psychiatric clients, individuals with adjustment issues and survivors of abuse and trauma. I enjoy helping couples in conflict and individuals with problems such as eating disorders, unfinished business related to the past, grief, low self-esteem, interpersonal problems, fears and anxieties.
I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community clinics, physical rehabilitation centres, universities, and private practice. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples. I provide interventions such as Hypnosis and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an approach that is very effective in working with trauma and a variety of disruptive emotions such as depression and anxiety. Other therapeutic approaches I adopt to help with recovery include cognitive-behavioural, narrative, solution-focused, Gestalt, and psychodynamic.
In my practice I have found it to be very important to work collaboratively with my clients and to help them draw from personal strengths and resources to enhance personal self-leadership and to facilitate enduring change. I tailor my approaches to each individual’s need and goals.
As well as my work in private practice, I am a monthly guest on “Living for the Health of It,” a radio show on CHLY, 101.7 fm, hosted by Pam Edgar. This show airs every second Tuesday of the month. In the past, I hosted a weekly radio show, the Dr. Lake Show, on CHLY, 101.7 fm www.chly.ca, community radio for Nanaimo every week for a period of 6 years. This show covered a variety of topics related to enhancing well-being and building resources to enhance resilience.
M.A., Clinical Counsellor
As a clinical counsellor, I am passionate about hearing your story and helping you uncover, develop and implement insight, skills and techniques to achieve your therapeutic goals. I believe that every person has a unique story that is written through their particular life experiences, characteristics, and values. I wholeheartedly believe that each individual is capable of living their best life.
I have been working in a counselling capacity for over a decade, as a child care worker with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care in Ontario and a youth outreach worker with Freedom Quest Regional Youth Services in the Kootenays along with RCMP based Victim Services as a service provider. As an associate with Lake Professional Psychology Corporation, I provide individual counselling to adolescents and adults struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, traumatic-stress, adverse childhood experiences, grief, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, suicide ideation, relationship and attachment injuries, communication issues, sexuality and gender identity, and a desire for personal change and growth.
Establishing an environment that feels safe and a therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect and trust is my highest priority. I implement an integrative therapeutic approach that combines components of mindfulness, CBT, emotion-focused therapy, the latest neuroscience and brain sculpting techniques, EMDR, somatic experiencing and many others. I feel that no two clients are alike, and each requires a collaborative, open and flexible approach to
treatment that will help them achieve the resolution of issues and experience true, authentic mental health.
MACP, Registered Clinical, 16055
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor I value the opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with my clients to promote their growth and wellbeing. I work from a place that is grounded in compassion, acceptance and empathy to connect people with their natural abilities and resilience to face everything that life brings forth.
In my practice I work with individuals who are experiencing grief and loss, depression and anxiety, parenting and family challenges, and the impacts of trauma. I draw from my varied experience as a community-based counsellor and group facilitator for grief, loss, separation and divorce, as well as professional studies in Emotionally Focused Couples and Family therapy, attachment-based research, mindfulness training, trauma-informed practices, and perinatal
Part of my professional role in the community is in promoting Maternal Mental Health, working with women and families as they navigate their journey as mothers and parents. I am trained as a Postpartum Support Group facilitator through the Pacific Post Partum Support Society, and provide individual counselling for women, mothers and parents supporting them in postpartum depression and anxiety, the transition to parenthood, processing birth trauma, and parenting challenges. I am a mother of two and a wife and I understand that meeting the needs of mothers is essential for healthy families and communities. Every third Monday of the month I facilitate a free drop-in group at the Old City Midwives Clinic, the Motherhood Wellness Circle, to support the emotional wellbeing of mothers.