Mental Health Counselor and Breathing Behavior Analyst

Lisa Kusch earned a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Applied Breathing Sciences from the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences (2020) and a Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed.) in Psychology-Special Education from the University of Saskatchewan (1995), where she was a recipient of the prestigious Bates Award (1996) for outstanding curriculum development work.

She studied at the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute (2005 -2009) where through extensive perinatal practicum work she established herself as a childbirth specialist and became the Director of Birth Rhythms Pregnancy and Parenting Health Center (2009 – 2015). She is licensed as a Mental Health Provider by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (1998 – present), certified as a Somatic Breath Therapist by the Power of Breath Institute (2017- present), and certified as a Breathing Behavior Analyst (2020- present) by the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences. She also earned a Professional Certificate in Behavioral Biofeedback (2020) from the Graduate School. Lisa Kusch is the Canadian National Representative to the International Breathwork Association and is a member of the Canadian Thoracic Society and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Lisa Kusch is Executive Director of Room to Breathe Integrative Therapies (2017 – present) where she provides somatic breath therapy and breathing behavior analysis services for clients with breathing issues. She owns and operates the Riverbank Private Approved Home, as part of the Mental Health Recovery Program in Saskatchewan, for assisting people suffering with traumatic stress and abuse (1998 – present). She serves as a faculty member for (1) Numa Somatics (2019 – present), where she teaches advanced integrative classes and workshops in functional breathing recovery and perinatal breathwork, and (2) the Professional School of Behavioral Health Sciences (2022 – present) where she will be teaching breathing behavior analysis for birthing practitioners. She is also currently involved in a research project at the University of Saskatchewan that addresses outcomes of biofeedback and behavioral breathing analysis on exercise recovery and “long” Covid.