Paola Lake, Ph.D.

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With over 16 years experience in the mental health field, my background includes working with accident victims, psychiatric clients, individuals with adjustment issues and survivors of abuse and trauma.  I enjoy helping couples in conflict and individuals with problems such as eating disorders, unfinished business related to the past, grief, low self-esteem, interpersonal problems, fears and anxieties.

I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals and couples.   I provide interventions such as Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an approach that is very effective in working with trauma and a variety of disruptive emotions such as depression and anxiety.  Other therapeutic approaches I adopt to help with recovery include cognitive-behavioural, narrative, solution-focused, Gestalt, and psychodynamic.

In my practice I have found it to be very important to work collaboratively with my clients and to help them draw from personal strengths and resources to enhance personal self-leadership and to facilitate enduring change.  I tailor my approaches to each individual’s need and goals.

As well as my work in private practice, I host a weekly radio show, the Dr. Lake Show, on CHLY, 101.7 fm, community radio for Nanaimo.  This show airs on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm.  The show covers a variety of topics related to enhancing well-being and building resources to enhance resilience.  Past shows are available on podcast at

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Nanaimo BC