Psychiatry – Dr. Lorraine Lazier

Lazier-005Dr. Lazier is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who uses a collaborative, holistic approach while working with other professionals to optimize treatment outcomes. Dr. Lazier accepts referrals for children from 5-15yrs of age.
Dr. Lorraine Lazier, BSc, MD, FRCPC is an Associate at the Cedar Centre. She has a keen interest in expanding her knowledge to better understand the effects of such things as early trauma and neglect on the developing brain. She has been a CFA Maritimer since the mid-eighties with a passion for community involvement including theatre and music combined with physical fitness activities such as kayaking, boxing and more.
Please see your family doctor for a referral.

See below for policies on confidentiality, fees, payment and referral.

Useful Links

The HANDLE Institute
The Irlen Method
ChildTrauma Academy


Child & Youth Mental
Health Toolkits
Body TalK

Please be advised that there has been a change to the late cancellation/no show policy.
To avoid being charged for your appointment, Dr. Lazier will require at least one week notice of cancellation. She must be notified of cancellation or rescheduling before 5pm on the same day of the week, one week prior to the confirmed appointment. For example, if an appointment is scheduled for a Monday, she will require notice by 5pm on the previous Monday. Without this notice, the client will be charged $330 for a first consultation appointment or $220 for a follow-up appointment, payable by cash or E-Transfer only. Payment must be received in full before another appointment will be offered.

Contact Information    Phone (902) 472-3277    Fax (902) 472-3278



Protecting your personal health information under the Personal Health Information Act

The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) governs the collection, use, disclosure, retention, disposal and destruction of personal health information.

PHIA was proclaimed on December 4, 2012 and came into force on June 1, 2013.

The Act recognizes both the right of individuals to protect their personal health information and the need of custodians to collect, use and disclose personal health information to provide, support and manage health care.

Please see the website for more information:

What is the Personal Health Information Act?

The Personal Health Information Act or PHIA is a new provincial law that aims to balance your right to have your personal health information protected with the need of those in the health sector to use your information to provide you with appropriate care and treatment.

How does PHIA protect my personal health information?

PHIA requires that “custodians” of personal health information (including hospitals, physicians, dentists, and nursing homes) have policies and practices to protect your personal health information. Under PHIA we must:

  • follow PHIA’s requirements for appropriate collection, use, disclosure, retention and destruction of your personal health information
  • have a privacy contact person who can answer your questions about our management of your personal health information
  • have policies to protect the privacy and security of your personal health information whether it is held on paper or in electronic form, or if it is unrecorded
  • have a complaints policy for you to use if you have concerns about our compliance with PHIA
  • take appropriate action if the privacy of your personal health information has been breached which may include notifying you or the Privacy Review Officer
  • handle your requests for access to and correction of your personal health information

Limits of confidentiality

Custodians are required by law to breech confidentiality under the following circumstances:

  • if your comments or behaviours suggest there is an imminent risk of harming yourself or someone else
  • if there is reason to suspect a child or vulnerable adult is in danger or being abused/neglected
  • if ordered by a judge or court of law

Who can see and use my personal health information?

  • individuals involved in your care and treatment, including students
  • individuals who require the information to get payment for your health care
  • anyone who can legally act for you with your consent
  • specified organizations who have a legal right to see the information

What are my rights under PHIA?

  • You have the right to have your personal health information collected, used, disclosed, retained and destroyed according to the provisions in
  • You have the right to request access to your personal health information which is provided according to the PHIA access fee schedule
  • You have the right to request a correction to your personal health information.
  • You have the right to request information on who has accessed your personal health information held in electronic form.
  • You have the right to request that some or all of your personal health information not be collected, used or disclosed to specific individuals or organizations involved in your care.
  • You have the right to make a complaint to any custodian related to their management of your personal health information.
  • You have the right to request a review by the Review Officer responsible for PHIA if you are not satisfied with the resolution of your complaint or your access or correction request.

Who do I contact for more information on my rights under PHIA?

This information is a summary of your rights and our obligations under PHIA. There are specific exceptions to these rights and obligations. Additional information is included in our brochure [name of custodian’s brochure].

You can also contact our PHIA Contact Person at [contact person’s phone number and e-mail address].

For general information on PHIA, you can reach the Department of Health and Wellness PHIA contact at 1-902-424-5419 or toll-free at 1-855-640-4765.You can also get general information on PHIA at or by e-mailing your questions to

Non-Insured Services Fees

There are many aspects of care which are not covered by MSI or health insurance companies. When this is the case, you will be informed of the cost, and be given the option to decline this service. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Printing, faxing, mailing documents
  • Medical advice by letter, phone, fax, email
  • Prescription renewal by phone
  • Medical record transfer or chart summary
  • Medical-legal services
  • Requested forms/reports, such as (but not limited to)
    • Disability forms
    • Third party requested letters/questionnaires
  • Scotopic Sensitivity Screening


Payment for non-insured services is due at the time of provision. Payment for late and cancellation fees are due within 2 weeks of the cancellation. Further appointments will not be offered until your account is settled. Exceptions for late and cancellation fees may be made in the case of emergencies (such as unexpected death of a family member, motor vehicle accident, health emergency), with proof of the event.

Referral Criteria

To bill for psychiatry services through Nova Scotia Medical Service Insurance (MSI), the patient must be referred by a physician. The assessment process is most efficient if all relevant information is forwarded for review and entry into your chart before your first appointment. This could include past assessments by other mental health clinicians (private and public), laboratory investigations, and clinical notes from the referring physician. A consultation appointment will not be scheduled until the requested information is received.

Dr. Lazier uses a collaborative, holistic approach and prefers to work with other professionals to optimize treatment outcomes. She therefore is seeking to provide consultation for children who are already working with a private therapist and/or have already had a psychological assessment. This allows for a more efficient and effective consultation for the purpose of diagnostic clarification and/or medication review.

Dr. Lazier is accepting referrals for children from 5-15yrs of age. She will review each referral to determine whether her expertise match the referral request. If the individual’s age or the reason for referral is deemed to be beyond the scope of her practice and clinical abilities, she will notify the referring physician that an alternate consultant should be sought.

Dr. Lazier works part-time hours. It is possible that the demand for her services may exceed her availability. In this case, the referring physician will be notified that an appointment cannot be offered in a reasonable time period, and an alternative consultant should be sought.

There are certain clinical scenarios which require more intensive services than can be safely provided in an outpatient setting. For this reason, individuals with the following diagnoses should be referred to the district health authority mental health system:

  • Severe Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Level 2 and Level 3 Severity)
  • Psychosis
  • Primary Personality Disorder
  • Primary Substance Use Disorder

Areas of Clinical Interest

Dr. Lazier is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Her main areas of interest are:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Tourette Disorder

Dr. Lazier has a keen interest in understanding the effects early trauma and neglect have on the developing brain and she is actively pursuing further training in this area. In particular, she is interested in how the developmental stage of the child at the time of trauma may inform treatment decisions, both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical. She has Level 2 training in HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency), and plans to acquire her Screener’s certificate by 2016.

Dr. Lazier is also interested in understanding how seemingly minor neurodevelopmental differences can impact a person’s functioning – socially, academically and emotionally. One such difference is Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (also known as Irlen Syndrome). Dr. Lazier completed Irlen Screening training in 2014.

Useful Links

Bower-Jacquard Psychological Services (Dr. Lazier also works from this office.)

The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance (CADDRA) 
CADDRA is a Canadian non-industry, not-for-profit, independent association. We are an alliance of healthcare professionals supporting patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families.

Unique Learning
At Unique Learning we are passionate about helping individuals of any age with their challenges in life and learning.
It is the first and only clinic in the Maritime Provinces that practices the very gentle neurodevelopmental approach named HANDLE. (Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency)

The HANDLE Institute
For people of all ages, the unique HANDLE approach has been shown to effectively address a wide range of learning, behavior, and developmental issues. HANDLE is a gentle, natural, alternative to medical diagnosis and traditional medical, psychological,  or psychiatric treatment, offering hope and help to those wishing to reach or regain their full potential.

The Irlen Institute
The Irlen Method provides a unique service for some children and adults identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury.

ChildTrauma Academy
CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. We recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society.

The Canadian Alliance for Monitoring Effectiveness and Safety of Antipsychotics in Children (CAMESA)
CAMESA helps parents and doctors manage the side effects of second generation antipsychotics in children.

Child & Youth Mental Health Toolkits
by Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada