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BARBARA LIS, M.S.W., Psychotherapist

Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

blis@counselingwestisland.com 514-683-3446

My experience is in working with individuals, couples and families who are experiencing difficulties and want to be happier and functioning better personally, or in their relationships. I believe in establishing goals in collaboration with my clients, and working together in the safety of the therapy alliance. Clients may contact me directly or are referred by another professional. The most common problems that I see are depression, anxiety, relationship and family problems, and burnout. I work with children, adolescents and adults. Therapy may be short-term or long-term depending on the goals and needs of each client. In addition to my private practice, I have worked long-term in a Child Psychiatry Clinic, doing therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. In that clinic, I teach therapy to graduate students, teaching theory and supervising clinical practice.

In recent years I have presented to professional audiences at McGill University and at hospitals in the community around two of my current interests, Cognitive Behavioural Family Therapy, and the family dynamics around illness. My clinical approach in therapy and teaching is integrative, building on extensive training in a variety of therapy modalities, with the goal of adapting the therapy to the particular needs of each client. My initial training was in social work with couples and families, and I subsequently completed the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the Jewish General Hospital, and the Cognitive Therapy Seminar at the MUHC. My professional affiliations are with the Order of Professional Social Workers of Quebec, and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I know that it is often difficult to make the decision about entering into therapy. It would be my pleasure to consult over the telephone to discuss your concerns or questions about whether therapy would be helpful for you.