Lola is a registered Social Worker with the BC Association of Social Workers.
She has earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from University of Victoria in 2007 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University in 2013. Lola has over 20 years of experience working in the field of social work.
Lola spent many years working with Indigenous women struggling with mental health and addictions (and children) on Downtown East Side, while working for a child protection agency as well as working with high-risk youth. Since leaving child protection in 2014, she has been working within different health authorities both in Public Health as well as acute care. She has spent years supporting grieving and traumatized families in ER, Maternity Ward and other parts of hospital. She is currently working on an Inpatient Psychiatry unit where she is supporting both patients struggling with their mental health and addictions as well as their families.
Lola’s own life experiences are a huge asset to her as a counsellor as those experiences assist her in providing more client centred, caring, compassionate, anti-oppressive and trauma informed therapy. Lola’s family was forced to flee from their homeland in the 90’s when they sought refugee status in Germany and then again in Canada.
Lola’s family today is a blended one. She became a mother to two young grieving boys who lost their biological mom to breast cancer. As blended families can be challenging, she believes that in order to live in harmony within this family structure, support and guidance is highly recommended.
Working in the health care field during the pandemic provided her with valuable expertise and skills in dealing with many people’s most devastating hardships with a very intimate, heartfelt approach.
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