I want to greet you with a personal message. I understand that this crisis has been nothing like we have seen in our lifetime. We are having to come to terms with our new reality - for now. My priority has, and always will be, people’s mental health and well-being.

Most of us are used to being sociable even just from neighbour to neighbour, through family, friends and even out in the community - a smile at a stranger. Currently we are now being restricted to being “socially distant” and this is where it may feel surreal and abnormal to us. Please know you are not alone.

At this time I wish you to know that my psychology service is still fully available to all of you. Like so many of you, I have had to adapt to the present circumstances and am offering my therapy and coaching by phone and secure, online therapy (Zoom) for the foreseeable future, until we are all allowed to safely meet in person again. By utilizing therapy this way it is still a very effective strategy to assist your emotional and psychological well-being, and is a service I have successfully practiced - with an increasing number of patients - over the last few years. With a journal or notebook you can plan in advance what goals you wish to work on, also write down suggestions or strategies.

During this time - please try to remain closely connected via social media or telephone with friends and family etc. Communication and connection at this time is very important. Share your thoughts and reach out, humans are at their best when they are connecting with each other. Therapy is all about personal connection and empowerment. Remember the power of music. Listen to podcasts and wellbeing apps. Be proactive and pick up old hobbies: arts, crafts, baking, gardening, reading - please think about any personal development reading and psychological texts I may have recommended to assist you with your self-development. Try to keep to a daily routine of when to walk, exercise or do home-based activities & go out into the sunshine safely where possible. If you bike take a mask but you can still do much home based. Physical exercise to a youtube class or mild stretches and yoga.

My thoughts and best wishes are with you and I am here. Take care and keep in touch,


Hi, I am Joanna Lynch-Lawrenson - a Registered Psychologist based on the beautiful North Shore.

Life is a constant challenge. My belief is that therapy can empower a person to cope with almost any hurdle if they can find the right outlets to support them.

I have practiced as a psychologist in North America and the UK for over 25 years, gaining practical experience with a wide range of people from all over the world. I started out working with young offenders in a residential school and subsequently worked with Adults & families in Primary Care in the beautiful Roman city of York. Prior to moving to Canada I also worked in more challenging health centres/ primary care - Inner-City regions of Manchester, with parents, teenagers and children.

My experience of therapy includes: attachment, assertiveness, anxiety, abuse, depression, post-traumatic stress, LGBT, personal self-development, post-natal depression, life transition, crisis, teenage angst, palliative care and cancer support, suicide, bereavement, life coaching and emigration, across all age groups.

I use an ‘Integrative Therapeutic Approach’ in my work, having had much success with techniques such as Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness (Rick Hanson et al), Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Person Centred, Personal Construct Therapy, Gestalt, Brief-Solution Focus. I have worked with Actors and other performing artists to help them combat stress and anxiety in their work.

Therapy is a serious business however I do incorporate a touch of lightness into my work as a psychologist (where appropriate) for those who desire the need for “Laughter therapy” (Patch Adams et al.) I respect the works of the attachment model of John Bowlby - we all begin with being parented and therein begins our journey, and our history. I trained in the parenting model of Carolyn Webster-Stratton (The Incredible Years Program, Seattle), Hilton Davis (The Family Partnership Approach, London, England) and recommend the works of Steve Biddulph (parenting Australia). Sometimes children have a difficult time with verbally talking about problems so I do use Creative Therapy work-books and artwork for younger patients, e.g. Marge Heegaard series "When someone very special dies.", "When Mom and Dad separate." and "When a family is in trouble (children's grief from drug and alcohol addiction in a family)" - covering issues such as grief, divorce and addiction.

Additionally, I have given individual & group supervision to psychologists, counsellors, social workers and nursing staff. Creatively I wrote and delivered a stress management workbook. This enabled young teens in a school setting to learn other coping outlets through art, drama, music, relaxation & exercise.

I have worked on the North Shore, West Vancouver, since 2010 and have established good relationships with a great team of GP's, Psychologists, Oncologists and multidisciplinary professionals alike. I am a registrant of the College of Psychologist of BC, a member of the British Columbia Psychological Association and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. A therapeutic outlet for myself is spending time with my Labradoodle pet dogs, Amber & Marley, who are in training to be in session with me (by request only).

I can be contacted by email or on my voice messaging service. I would be glad to work with you from my West Vancouver location. Extended insurers cover most services from a psychologist.

Favourite poem.. “ Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference”. By Robert Frost