Welcome to Centrepoint Psychotherapy and Registered Clinical Counsellor
Joelle Lazar, MA, RCC#11405, located in Vancouver, BC.

I am experienced providing meaningful change in many areas, such as:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Unresolved Trauma
  • Couples Therapy
  • Self-Esteem
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Overwhelming Emotions
  • Self Sabotaging Patterns
  • Healthy boundaries and Communication
  • Addictive Behaviour
  • Anger Problems
  • Lack of Emotional/Sexual Intimacy
  • Parenting Challenges

Are you struggling to get free of the same old patterns harming your health and relationships?

Are you burnt out from putting excessive pressure on yourself to perform and please others? 

Have you tried traditional talk therapy and found it ineffective in defeating self destructive cycles that hold your love for yourself and others hostage?

When I sit down with a Client, first and foremost I bring myself. 

Having practiced meditation and being present with myself and difficult emotions for over four decades, I bring this strong foundation to my work with you.

Since 2013, I have trained in the leading, evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), a psychoanalytically informed treatment that directly addresses the true drivers of the harmful patterns that produce symptoms like anxiety, depression, excessive worry, procrastination, explosive behaviour, numbing, emotionally driven impotence, insecure attachment issues, mood and personality disorders.

Life is unpredictable, and painful experiences can hit us without warning.

Anxiety and painful feelings are not evidence that you are weak or defective!

Many of my clients come to therapy blindsided by the intensity of their reaction to a recent event. 

Adverse reactions where the flood of anxiety doesn’t match the trigger make sense when there’s underlying developmental trauma, and unresolved issues. 

Together I can help you overcome frustrating patterns of anxiety and self criticism that hold you back from living your best life!

I welcome LBGTQ and neurodiverse clients!

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I am privileged to live, work, and play on the unceded territories of the traditional and ancestral Coast Salish homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm  (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. I aspire to honour traditional ways of living and engage in self education, humility, and connecting with people and place.

Evidence-based and integrative, my approach is influenced by extensive training and supervision in:

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness & Self Compassion Training
  • Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT)
  • Affective Neuroscience
  • Attachment Theory

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