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.

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I specialize in treating PTSD, anxiety and depression. I work with teens and adults and I love to work with first responders (see specific section on this below), but I’m happy to work with anyone who is interested in healing and improving their ives.

I find that my style as a therapist is a mix of extremely kind and supportive PLUS a direct approach of helping you to achieve whatever goal that you came to therapy for. I might even give you a dose of tough love, in the nicest way possible.

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. If you’ve been traumatized by any type of event in your life, I’d be honoured to help you heal.

I absolutely love working with people who struggle with anxiety. I help you to get to the root cause of the anxiety, learn to soothe yourself, figure out the triggers and teach you practical coping strategies that you can use for the rest of your life. One of my favorite things to do is to help my clients experience peace and ease for the first time in years.

I greatly enjoy working with parents who want to bring a different side of themselves to their parenting. I help them to foster a sense of peace and harmony in the house and develop closer, loving, nurturing relationships with their kids.

Working with teens is also one of my specialties. I truly “get it” when it comes to working with teenagers who feel misunderstood, unheard and in a rough spot in their lives.

I find that often when people come in to see me, they’re coming for one reason, but together, we end up discovering that the bigger issue is actually something else. I dig into the depths of what’s really going on and help my clients to move forward in their lives in a healthier and more aligned way.

First Responders

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 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.

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If you find yourself wondering what life would look like without your troubling symptoms holding you back, I’d be glad to sit down with you and talk about it. Click here to contact me and have a wonderful day.