Lisa MacMartin, M.Sc., MFT

Psychotherapist, Couple Therapist



Throughout life there are periods of time when you may experience significant distress. Sometimes this distress can feel overwhelming and affect your mood, your behaviour, and your relationships. Psychotherapy is often beneficial in helping people cope and heal during these difficult times.
Some of the major life transitions that can create distress include: 

  • Transition to college/university

  • Starting or ending romantic relationships

  • Marriage or divorce

  • Becoming a parent

  • Infertility

  • Remarriage/forming a blended family

  • Change in career

  • Trauma

  • Death of a loved one

  • Diagnosis of acute or chronic physical illness

As a result, you may experience stress, sadness/depression, anxiety, insomnia, grief, loneliness, and even physical discomfort.

In therapy, I can help you explore your goals and desires, identify the obstacles or conflicted feelings that may stand in your way, and develop practical skills and strategies to help you better cope with these transitions and improve your quality of life




As a licensed psychotherapist in Montreal I have worked with adults, couples and families for 17 years. I also supervise couple and family therapists in training.

I am a member of the following professional orders and organizations:
•    American Association of Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT)Clinical Member and Supervisor
•    Order of Social Work and Couple and Family Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ)Marital and Family Therapist (MFT)
•    Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ)Psychotherapist


My Approach


One of the most important factors in predicting successful treatment outcomes is the relationship between therapist and client. With this in mind, I provide a collaborative and non-judgmental environment for my clients to express themselves and feel understood.  I can guide you in healing from past experiences and learning effective coping strategies to help you move forward in your life. 

My integrative approach allows me to draw from different therapeutic strategies based on the needs of my clients.  I use both traditional therapeutic methods, as well as evidence-based treatments supported by current research. Some of the models of therapy that I draw from include:

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is a traditional, insight-oriented form of treatment where clients explore early relationships and experiences (often involving their family-of-origin) so that they can gain insight into how these dynamics are influencing current relationships and behaviours. This awareness can lead to a decrease in distress and other negative emotions, and improve overall functioning.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) is an empirically based method of treatment that emphasizes how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviours. Our past experiences can shape the way we think, often leading to maladaptive and unhelpful thinking patterns. These negative thoughts and beliefs can lead to emotional distress. In cognitive-behavioural therapy, the client learns strategies to reduce irrational thinking and change behaviour patterns, leading to improved wellbeing.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically based method of treatment that is used most often with couples, but can also be used with individuals. EFT focuses on helping people become aware of their deeper emotions that are often contributing to conflict within their relationships and leading to feelings of disconnection between partners. Clients learn to tolerate and regulate these emotions, and express them in a healthy way. Learning about emotions is not enough; instead, what is needed is for clients to experience those emotions as they arise in the safety of the therapy session, where they can discover for themselves the value of greater awareness and more flexible management of emotions.

Short-Term Dynamic Therapy

Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, also known as Experiential Dynamic Therapy is an empirically-based form of psychodynamic therapy that emphasizes the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding healthy emotions during psychotherapy sessions - because simply talking about emotions is not always enough to bring therapeutic change.




If you are a stepmother you have likely struggled with very intense and unpleasant feelings that leave you questioning yourself and sometimes your marriage. You likely didn’t think your life with your partner’s kids was going to be so hard! It can be difficult to admit that things aren’t going smoothly and to ask for help. Many step-moms do reach out for help with these troubling emotions and unfortunately don’t find the understanding and empathy they need from their spouse, friends, family and even therapists. It can be a confusing and lonely experience.

I am a psychotherapist, a couple and family therapist, and I am also a stepmother. I am passionate about helping step-moms gain understanding about why they think, feel and act the way they do. I believe that you can find yourself again and feel less powerless within your own family. I work individually with step-moms providing support, coaching and psychotherapy. Partners can be included in couple therapy. In addition, I periodically run support groups for step-moms where women can meet and share their challenges and successes around particular topics of step-family life.



Our initial therapy session will be spent getting to know you and determining the best course of action. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes. 

Individual Psychotherapy Session – $120
Couple Psychotherapy Session – $140


Payment is due in full at the time of service. You may pay with cash, check or e-transfer.


You will be provided with a receipt of services that you may submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. It is advised that you call your insurance company to verify your coverage. My services do not fall under the category of Psychologist nor Social Worker.

Late Cancellation and No-Show Policy

You will be charged the full fee for cancelled or rescheduled sessions with less than 24 hours notice.



My office is located at:
4150 Ste-Catherine West
Suite 328
Montreal, QC H3Z 2Y5

Telephone: 514-562-1734