About

Carolyn Lentz

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 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. 

Education:
 

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Alberta, 1990

  • Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, USA, 1998

 

 

Certifications:

 

  • Certified Hakomi Therapist, Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy, Hakomi Institute, USA, 2014

 

 

Training/Modalities Used and Informed By:

 

Attachment Theories

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Trauma Theories

AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy)

Mindfulness

Somatic Psychotherapies

Analytic/Depth Psychology

Self-Psychology/Object Relations

 

This year, Carolyn will be deepening her training through the following:

 

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Janina Fishers’, TIST (Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment)

 


As you read this, the specifics of my training may be of particular interest and relevance to you, but it may not. Often what determines a ‘fit’ is much more fundamental. 

 

I believe that psychological healing can only happen in a place of emotional safety. Whatever brings you into counselling, I will meet you with respect, compassion, and non-judgement. From a place of safety and collaboration, we then explore the parts of you that are in pain; that feel stuck. Long-hidden emotions can be felt and expressed. We also explore those behaviours, strategies, and ‘core beliefs’ that offered you safety at one time, but do not serve you anymore. 

 

I get it…I get what it means to feel confused; to feel very far away from yourself.  I get what it means to have an inner harshness that won’t let you out of the proverbial dog-house…I also get what it means to ‘shut down’ and disconnect to be safe until it feels like a sheet of ice separates your mind from your body. 

 

Now here’s where the good stuff comes in… 

 

I also know what it feels like to begin to thaw… to gradually make sense of all the inner bits and pieces frozen in time.  I’ve been blessed with extraordinary teachers, mentors, and classmates who were a different kind of mirror offering a new reflection of myself. 

 

These beautiful mirrors were instrumental in my healing journey.

Now, I hope to be that loving, compassionate mirror for others…

Copyright 2021 Carolyn Lentz