Carolyn Lentz, registered psychologist

Carolyn Lentz, MA., Registered Psychologist is licensed through the College of Alberta Psychologists.  She has been registered since 2002.  Her professional affiliations include the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and the Canadian Psychological Association. 


Carolyn specializes in relationship counselling (marital, couple’s) and adult individual counselling.  She treats the following issues:  depression, anxiety, grief/loss, domestic violence, family-of-origin issues, addictions, trauma, relationship distress, and work burn-out. 


Carolyn completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Alberta (1990) and her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology through Pacifica Graduate Institute, California (1998).  She became registered as a Psychologist in Alberta in 2002.  She trained most recently in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy and is a Certified Hakomi Therapist, Hakomi Institute, USA (2014).  


Carolyn has been trained in and informed by several schools-of-thought/theories:  Emotionally Focused Therapy (couples and individuals), Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Internal Family Systems, Jungian Psychology/Depth Psychology, Self-Psychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 


As you read this, these schools-of-thought may be of particular interest and relevance to you, but they may not.  What may be more important for you to know is that what undergirds the training and approaches are fundamental beliefs…


What I bring to my therapeutic work beyond the training is the belief that psychological healing can happen only in a place of compassion, respect, non-judgement, and safety. So often, people come into counselling because they are in crisis of some kind – personally or relationally. They are at a cross-roads… they are filled with indecision… They may not know ‘where to start’ when I ask them what brings them into counselling, but they know that they feel very far away from themselves… they are very far away from contentment or happiness.  Whatever the catalyst that brings them into counselling, I believe that all individuals have a basic need to be seen and heard and honored in a safe context… So, I start there.