Lisa Zemanovich earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Over the last three years, she has worked within various multi-disciplinary teams in Psychiatry. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of mental health-related issues, including, depression, anxiety, trauma, and somatization. Prior to beginning her Masters, she worked at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute as a Clinical Research Coordinator in Montreal. During this role, she conducted and coordinated psychiatric research studies among an adolescent population who were diagnosed with depression. During her Masters she completed her internships at Women’s College Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children. During her first internship, she gained training in trauma by working with adults who had experienced childhood interpersonal trauma. Throughout her second internship, she worked in both the inpatient and outpatient units providing support to individuals who were diagnosed with various health and mental health conditions.
Lisa’s therapeutic approach is client-centred, eclectic and strength-based. Furthermore, she utilizes a trauma-informed lens and evidence-based practices when working with clients. Lisa also uses an integrated therapeutic approach, which draws on cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, relational psychotherapies, and mindfulness. Through a CBT lens, she helps clients self-explore how past experiences are effecting current cognitions, feelings and behaviour in order to create cognitive restructuring. Lastly, she is keen on fostering a non-judgemental, empathetic and collaborative relationship with clients in order to establish trust and create a safe space. She believes this is crucial in order to establish a strong therapeutic alliance, which is one of the key components for a successful therapeutic outcome.