What I Do?

From the time I was a teenager, I loved to help people. It is my second wind.

People have described me as genuine, a natural coach and supportive.

Almost 30 years ago when I was working on my undergraduate degree in Family and Social Relations at the University of Guelph, a teaching assistant and classmate in one of my counselling courses tapped me on the shoulder, telling me that I had a natural ability in counselling. They all encouraged me to pursue this field. Shortly after this, I made the decision to become a therapist, focusing on helping children, adolescents and their families. To this day, this decision has been supported by every supervisor I have ever had.

As I worked in the social work field starting in the early ‘90s, I began focusing my counselling training in Play Therapy. I attended training courses in both the USA and Canada, learning from prominent leaders in the field. I loved every minute of it! So, if you come into my office, please forgive me, but you will see games, kids’ books, puppets, sand tray, art supplies, and playdough. Of course, you are always welcome to play with any of the above!

In 2005, I successfully completed a Master’s in Divinity in Counselling at Tyndale University College and Seminary, where I expanded my counselling training to include working with adults, couples and families. Eventually, I augmented this learning with additional couple and family therapy courses at the University of Guelph’s continuing education department.

As time continued, I had to respect the fact that I also was developing a specific interest in working with couples. As I was completing a Solution-Focused Training certificate over 10 years ago, a mentor of mine encouraged me to pursue my second love of working with couples. Shortly after receiving this support, I immersed myself in related specific training and working with couples.

At this point in my career, I have worked with many different presenting issues. Even though my first loves are issues with the younger generations and couples, I have grown to be well-versed in working with those struggling with issues surrounding young adulthood, workplace, addictions, depression and anxiety. In other words, if you need a listening ear for whatever you are trying to sort out, whoever you are, no matter your age and how many people are with you, I will try my best to be present and walk with you as you, hopefully, gain clarity and a sense of you again.

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I Believe

“We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.”

– Roger Wilkins


Lisa Bynoe-Stevens

Therapist and Seminar Facilitator | BASC (Family and Social Relations), MDiv (Counselling), CSFT, Registered Psychotherapist

Education & Accomplishments

  • I have been in the social work field for over 30 years and have enjoyed helping every person who has crossed my path. During those years, I earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Social Relations from the University of Guelph, a Master's in Divinity in Counselling from Tyndale University, and an adult education and training certificate from Algonquin College.
  • Effective in the early 1990s and between Canada and the USA, I have been trained in and use Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Self-Compassion Therapy, Internal Family System, Gottman, Emotionally-Focused Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Individual Therapy.
  • My first love is my counselling practice, established originally in 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Other Accomplishments:
  • Effective 1990s, planning, creating and facilitating successful and positively attended retreats for youth and women.
  • Effective 2016, planning, creating and facilitating successful and positively reviewed wellness workshops that reached groups from four to 1000 people, changing their lives for the better.
  • In 2022, establishing a non-profit organization, Surrounded Services Canada, for aging-out foster care youth.
  • Endless hours of volunteer work for youth, kids, women and cancer awareness.
  • Hamilton Arts Council Board member since 2022.


  • Play Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Self-Compassion Therapy
  • Internal Family System
  • Gottman
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy
  • My undergraduate family and social relations-focused degree from the University of Guelph and social work-related background has taught me the possible reasons why you feel “stuck”. My Master’s in Divinity in Counselling (and all my training surrounding that from the early ’90’s until now) has taught me how to intercept your sense of “stuckness” with the art of therapy.
  • My overall goal is to support you as you climb out of “stuckness”, dust yourself off, and see your next level of healing in greener pastures.

Professional Memberships

  • CRPO Registered (Qualifying) Psychotherapist #11304
  • CCPC Global - Certified Solution-Focused Therapist #1028-07 since 2007


Lisa's Favorite Quote

“I believe there is only one race: The Human Race.”

– Rosa Parks

Frequently Asked Questions With Lisa

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

There were two things:

My undergraduate degree professors at the University of Guelph are my constant inspiration.

During those years, a Teaching Assistant tapped me on the shoulder and told that that I was “a natural”.

I adore sitting with my clients.

By this point in my career, I have heard thousands of stories. Some people have been quick to tell me their stories. Other people took their time. You can tell me when you feel ready. I will sip my tea as I wait.

I am privileged to have been trained by some of the best in the field in Canada and the USA.

“Thank you, Lisa.”
“Can I fire you so we can be friends?”
A little girl client drew a picture of me where my head looked like a heart.
From a deceased mentor:
“When you see something in the therapy room, you go after it.”

Lisa Bynoe-Stevens

Bayridge Counselling


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When I am not working, I am:

Travelling (I have been to over 23 countries, plus throughout Canada and the USA), Reading, Creating, Enjoying good food and The Arts with friends and family. Volun-told to lead something fun!

I was a diplomat’s kid during the first part of my childhood in Manhattan, New York and this was the start of both my love for pizza, people, textiles and the Arts!

In New York City, I attended the United Nations International School. When I turned 8 years old, my family moved to Toronto, and I grew up with the nicest people in world. I thought both experiences were normal. So lies my life’s baseline…

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

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