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Joelle Lazar, Registered Clinical CounsellorWhen clients come to meet me for the first time, they are greeted by a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which their confidentiality is guaranteed, and the therapeutic process is collaborative, and individualized

In my care, clients can feel safe to traverse previously uncharted emotional territory in a process of integrative treatment which is compassionate, non-judgmental, and deeply affirming.

I consider it an honour and a great privilege to join with clients as they share their most private thoughts and feelings. It is a responsibility that I assume with the utmost respect and discretion.

What Lights me Up:

  • Caring for others. Being here, and together discovering hidden treasures of relief and resilience.
  • Gathering with others and forging a community that can change the world to reflect our shared values.
  • Feeling the ground beneath my feet, breathing in wild open spaces.
  • Moving…be it on a bike, yoga mat, at a gym, around the corner, or on a dance floor.
  • Cooking healthy food that is healing and nourishing.
  • Being still, and aligning with my breath and true intention.
  • Getting focused on how to say what I feel, and then feel my words flow onto the page.
  • Connecting with the poetry that is crouching behind the door of my unconscious, and singing freely with the guitar as my guide.


RCC-logo-Black+GreyProfessional Credentials

I am registered clinical counsellor, member #11405 in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

Having accrued over 1200 hours of yoga training and clinical experience, I am registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

My yoga therapy expertise has deepened through training in the Vipassana tradition, sound healing, and other expressive arts healing modalities.

This range of options give me a palette of tools to provide clients with an integrated therapy experience which is potent and transformative.

For a detailed description of the therapeutic perspectives that inform my work, please visit My Philosophy & Approach.



A native Montrealer, I came to Vancouver after an extended stay in India. My sister and mother were already establishing themselves in the beauty and benevolent temperatures found here on the West Coast.

In my early twenties I traveled extensively, and spent more than three years in India where I studied Sanskrit, meditation, and yoga. Living in a remote Northern Indian village, I soaked in the rhythms of a totally different culture than the one in which I was raised which was refreshing and challenging at the very same time.

On this journey I learned some invaluable skills which still serve me well in my life and work. Among them are learning to pause, flow in the face of unexpected challenges, keep an open mind, and be the change I want to see in the world.

I know what it’s like to come back from a life changing journey, and realize that I need to develop new muscles than the ones I relied on in the past.

Even in the midst of great change and starting as if from square one, there is a centrepoint where we can accept what is. The centrepoint is an inner refuge that positions us within healthy boundaries. Such wisdom allows us to both to give freely, and also recognize when we need to invest in ourselves so that we remain in balance.

Putting it all together…

My therapy work came after a lot of other formative experiences such as working in the corporate sector as a trainer, facilitator, and assistant in executive leadership, followed by a ten year stint teaching yoga full time. In this capacity I dedicated myself to the study of the body, and communicated a vision of wholeness to a diversity of people, including those recovering from injuries, living with chronic pain, seniors, children, teens, and adults.

I completed a 200 hour yoga therapy training course with Leila Stuart ( which taught me how develop yoga programs for people dealing with a diverse array of challenges to their physical and emotional health.

Through my work as a yoga teacher, and incorporating body-based, mindfulness informed counselling approaches, I understand that the body’s own innate self-righting impulse can thrive in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Wholeness includes all facets of ourselves, including our physical body, mind, emotions, relationships with others, and our spirit. Health, like life itself, is interconnected in much the same way as in nature, where everything from a butterfly wing to a mountain stream, shares the same source.

These days I am raising two sons with my partner of ten years. I recognize how challenging it is to negotiate personal needs while being a devoted spouse and parent. To my counselling work I bring a wealth of experience which includes making mistakes, resolving conflict, restoring common ground, being patient, working through triggers, and remembering to acknowledge and celebrate the network of love that sustains me.

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