I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, as well as a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I am also a Canadian Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. My undergraduate degree is in Psychology, and I completed my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University in 2021. I completed specific coursework during my graduate degree around trauma and completed additional trauma, depression, and anxiety training through the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute. As well, I have completed Gottman Level 1 and 2 training.
I have worked within the realm of mental health since 2014 in a variety of capacities, including as a psychoeducational group facilitator, as a community support worker/behavioural counsellor, addictions counsellor, and as a manager. The settings I’ve worked at include correctional facilities, community corrections, and residential detox. I completed my practicum for my graduate degree in a private practice setting. All of these experiences and roles together have helped to make my practice well-rounded.
I utilize a collaborative, client-centered approach. I have experience in Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Depending on your treatment goals, we can discuss and determine together if one approach solely or if a combination of different approaches may be helpful. Our working relationship is the most influential factor in attaining your goals so I hope to create a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment where you feel comfortable in working together to address your concerns.
MA in Counselling Psychology
Lisa Harder is an Expert in:
Trauma Focused Counselling
Trauma-focused counselling is a form of therapy that is designed to help people who have been traumatized. It is based on the idea that trauma can have a lasting impact on the mind and that the therapist’s role is to help the patient heal these wounds.
Strength-Based Therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on building up the strengths of the patient. It is based on the idea that everyone has strengths and that these strengths can be used to improve the patient’s life.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a form of short-term therapy that focuses on solving problems. It is based on the idea that the client is capable of change and that the therapist’s role is to help the client find solutions to problems.
Psychodynamic Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the emotional causes of mental illness. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are all related to our unconscious minds.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy is an effective treatment for PTSD. It has been shown to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks, avoidance, and numbing. It can also help to improve functioning and quality of life.
Positive psychology is the scientific study of happiness and well-being. Positive psychologists are interested in studying the factors that contribute to human happiness and well-being, and in using this information to help people lead more fulfilling lives.