CAROLYN LUTCHER

Hello and welcome! I’m Carolyn and I’ll tell you a little bit about myself in order to help you decide if we might be a good fit in working together.

About Me and What I Do

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I recently relocated from Ontario where I have been working for the last 5 years primarily with the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs, and the Ontario Provincial Police.

I am passionate about working with people who want to be the best version of themselves despite their worst life experiences. In doing that, I aim to help you understand what is happening in your mind, brain, and body, so that you can gain the strength and control you need to heal.

I have a special interest in working with people who are required to perform under significant physical and psychological demands. This interest quickly led me to populations of soldiers and first responders, along with the veterans of these groups. In order to work with these groups, I have been specially trained in the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, I have first-hand experience that allows me a deeper understanding of the experiences of soldiers and police officers.

Living the military life for a long time probably made it quite inevitable that I would ultimately work with soldiers and veterans. I understand the cultural nuances and special considerations that can sometimes make life pretty rough. From high op tempos and mission fatigue to postings and deployments, I am aware of how hard it can be to maintain our natural defenses and live our best lives.

In addition to working with the military, I was very fortunate to be Contracted-In with the Ontario Provincial Police for 2 years, responding with uniformed officers to calls for service, as part of Project: Reduce Domestic Violence. My role allowed me to experience, first-hand, the real world of policing. My time also gave me the rare privilege of observing officers, and talking to them, while they were operating in extremely stressful situations. I was able to see the short-term and long-term effects of adrenaline spikes and crashes, along with the effects of shift work and chronic critical incident exposure. Over time, all those calls accumulate and have the potential to change a person.

Education & Training

I have always been curious why people do the things they do – or don’t do. My curiosity led me to an undergraduate degree in behavioural neuroscience, also called the biology of psychology. Many of my questions about behaviour were answered during this time but my education really just led me to even more questions. For example, why isn’t everyone traumatized by the same event? Or, what makes people resilient to tragedy?

These questions, and others like it, led me to a graduate degree in psychology that I could use to put my curiosity and education to work at the same time. I subsequently embarked on a specialization in service- and combat-related trauma and was later certified in clinical trauma.

If you ever find yourself wanting to know what your life look would look like without PTSD, anxiety, and depression, I would be glad to sit down with you and talk about it.

Clients I see:

*Individuals *First responders

Issues I treat:

* Trauma * Anxiety * Depression

Approaches I use:

*Cognitive Behavioural Therapy *Cognitive Processing Therapy * Prolonged Exposure *Mindfulness *Somatic Awareness