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Dr. Lara Hiseler, C. Psych


"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you" – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone goes through hardship and everyone is deserving of a guiding hand through that hardship. Sometimes, life just deals you a really hard hand. Many people often find themselves feeling hurt, confused, scared, ashamed, depressed, anxious, hopeless, and neglected as a response to life’s challenges. Sometimes we become overwhelmed by our thoughts and feelings and are unsure how to move forward to find comfort or answers. Psychotherapy offers you a safe relationship to better understand yourself and what you are going through. It has always felt natural for me to extend empathy and foster a connection with those who are experiencing hardship and distress. I endeavor to create a warm and nonjudgmental environment for you to explore your hopes, dreams, fears, and challenges. My goal is to stand beside you, listen to you, and empower you to live your life to its very fullest.  

I earned my PhD in psychology at the University of Alberta. Prior to founding Hiseler, Kelly & Associates with my esteemed colleague, I have worked with adults in a number of settings including university mental health centres, community agencies, corrections, hospitals, and in private practice at Telka, Smith. I completed an accredited pre-doctoral internship at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in forensic mental health and have worked for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

I have helped many different people struggling with many different circumstances. I have expertise in treating a wide variety of clinical issues  which include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, stress management, and trauma. I have completed additional specialized training in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have completed Level 2 training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an evidence-based integrative psychotherapy for PTSD, as well have achieved Provider Status for Cognitive Processing Therapy, a cognitive-behavioral PTSD psychotherapy.

I conduct psychological assessments which are helpful for better understanding of your functioning, identifying any diagnoses, or assisting with matters before the courts. I assess for criminal matters, such as criminal responsibility and risk assessment. My assessments can also assist you if you are appearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada or the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

I am passionate for conducting psychological research that has applied benefit to improving psychological understanding and services. I have presented research and workshops at several national and international conferences, as well as published several papers and book chapters. I hold a Special Faculty Appointment in the Department of Psychology at Trent University, where I serve on supervisory committees for graduate student research. I also serve on the Traumatic Stress Executive Committee of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Board of Directors for the Ontario Psychological Association and John Howard Society - Peterborough.

I look forward to joining you on your journey towards recovery.

You can choose courage or comfort, but you can’t have both - Brene Brown