Dr. Lachlan Crawford, ND
Mental health care goes beyond symptomatic treatments. My clinical approach honours the connection between mind and body, and treats you as a whole person.
This new model integrates medicine, psychology, and compassion to address the root causes of mental suffering, in both the individual and the community.
Training & Licenses
Lachlan received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and a certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy at the Institute of Traditional Medicine. In 2020, Lachlan completed an advanced training fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry with Dr. James Greenblatt MD as part of Psychiatry Redefined. She sits on the board of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PsychANP) and is co-founder of Water and Wood, an experiential naturopathic medicine company offering custom retreats and workshops for groups.
Prior to her medical training she completed a BSc Hons titled Ecological Determinants of Health at McGill University in the School of Environment. She is a registered ND, an a member of the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND, CAND). She is passionate about the use of movement and wilderness therapy, and she uses both in her practice through retreats in Algonquin Park, community exercise programs, and mindful running workshops.
My job is not just to ease the symptoms that bring you in to see me; I help you to understand your body and the processes that contribute to your struggles (why are you not well?) and then I empower you to build your own healthy life and be your own biggest health advocate. The end goal is a balanced and empowered you.
Working with me, you can expect:
An in-depth intake of not just your symptoms and medical history, but the narrative story that contextualizes your diagnoses/struggles
An investigation of underlying physiological conditions, using strategic functional tests
Collaboration with your therapist/psychiatrist/medical team for cohesive care
Development of an integrated health plan guided by research and experince, using lifestyle improvement, diet, movement, acupuncture, and appropriate supplementation.
All this I combine with compassion-focused counselling and meditation techniques to empower my patients with the effective tools of self-regulation and ultimately, self-acceptance. I like to collaborate with my patients’ therapists to build a unified team for your wellness.
I love to give people a more empowering way to think about their mental health. I work with my patients to remove obstacles and address what’s really going on underneath to get to a place of balance and resilience.
It brings my patients hope to see that there are integrative treatments available to those both on and off medications. My ultimate goal is to get people “un-stuck” and create a new identity beyond their mental struggles.
I look forward to answering your questions about medication, reducing side effects, long-term treatment effects, alternatives to pharmaceuticals, adjunctive care, and, more simply, how to take care of yourself.
My approach tailors individualized treatment plans for each patient to help you address immediate symptoms, investigate root causes, and finally feel better.
I help those who
suffer with symptoms of:
PMS and PMDD
I investigate and solve root causes
of mental health problems:
Hormones: thyroid, adrenal, stress, and reproductive hormones
Inflammation, leaky gut, and bacterial dysbiosis (poor gut bacteria)
Food intolerances, blood sugar imbalance, nutritional deficiencies
Lack of nourishing environment or relationships
Chronic infections or autoimmune diseases