Around the Corner Counselling offers the psychological services of a diverse team of unique and excellent therapists. Though all of our therapists are friendly, approachable, and have a sense of humour that puts even our most nervous clients at ease, they are also highly educated and accomplished professionals. We welcome you to explore their profiles and consider which therapist may be the best fit for you and your needs.
Dr. J. Lauren Johnson is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Educational Psychology program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. She has a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from the University of Calgary (Calgary, AB) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from York University (Toronto, ON). Dr. Johnson has won numerous accolades for her academic work. She has received awards for innovation and research excellence for her pilot study on therapeutic filmmaking, provincial and national-level awards and scholarships for her graduate work including the Best Dissertation Award from the CPA’s Counselling Section, and a performance arts award for her film work. She has presented at numerous conferences throughout Canada, has been published in national and international journals, and co-edited the foundational textbook on film/video as therapy, Film and Video as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice. Her therapeutic approach focuses on using a variety of holistic strategies from EMDR to mind-body therapies to arts-based therapies in order to aid clients in recovering from trauma, reconnecting with themselves, and moving forward with the meaningful, satisfying lives they want to live.
Marcela Chavez-Harrison is a Master’s-level Registered Psychologist with specialized training in addictions, trauma, and CBT approaches to therapy. She is passionate about working with people who find themselves wanting to make changes but are feeling stuck or unsure how to proceed. Her primary goal in her therapeutic work is to support and help people to become their best selves. Whether it be to increase self-esteem, work through issues from their past, or overcome a bad habit or addiction, Marcela strives to help her clients make meaningful changes. She has 10 years of experience in working with addictions and trauma, and is comfortable working with individuals in various stages of readiness to change. Regardless of where her clients are in their change process, her work focuses on working collaboratively with them towards living a more confident and satisfying life. Marcela believes that successful counseling outcomes are a result of the client’s commitment to the counseling process coupled with a connection with a supportive and competent therapist. If you think you are ready to take the first step towards a positive change, we welcome you to take that step with Marcela.