We are a small group of Registered Psychotherapists (RP's) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Having worked together since 2013, we share similar views in working with our clients. Each of us is supervised by a Registered Psychologist in Ontario which permits coverage for our services under the majority of insurance plans for psychological health services. Coverage can also be provided under third-party providers including: Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations, and Blue Cross for Canadian Veterans and CF Members. Psychotherapy services can also be claimed as a medical expense for income tax purposes.
You may read more information about each of us below.
You may read more information about each of us below.
After working in Toronto with at-risk youth, I worked at the Royal Ottawa Hospital in the Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program for more than 7 years. Then I returned to school to complete my Masters in Educational Counselling at the University of Ottawa. Following this, I worked as an Associate at The Men’s Project as a group therapist for male survivors of childhood trauma. I also saw individual clients suffering with various issues. At the same time, I worked at the University of Ottawa Counselling Services and began work in private practice as a group and individual Psychotherapist.
With consideration of my growing family and the retirement of a well-loved colleague in my practice, it became necessary to focus my energies on work in one location. I opened a new practice in 2009. Since that time, I have worked as a Psychotherapist for 1:1 clients, as well as run group therapy for clients in recovery from addiction and disordered eating. With an interest to training and working with couples, I added this work to my practice in 2010.
My areas of expertise include: adult surviviors of childhood trauma; PTSD; and extensive experience with compulsive or addictive behaviour such as substance, sex and disordered eating. I also see clients with anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship issues, and separation/divorce difficulties.
Generally, I work collaboratively with my clients and am eclectic in my approach. I prefer the needs of my clients to guide me to the most appropriate and beneficial methods used. I have a background in emotion-focused work, schema therapy, attachment-related therapy, somatic experiencing, and other modes of practice. I employ these methods to help my clients uncover patterns in the way they operate that are no longer helpful to them. Much of my work is relational, meaning a use of a mutually respected alliance between client and Psychotherapist. We explore alternatives in which the client can achieve lasting emotional and mental health in relation to the self and all areas of life.
Originally from the Maritimes, I have worked locally in the field of mental health since graduating in 2006 from the Masters in Educational Counselling program at the University of Ottawa. Starting in 2008, my professional experiences became focused on trauma treatment and in 2010, I opened my Private Practice. Although an area of specialization is working with men who identify as survivors of sexual trauma and/or childhood sexual abuse, I work with all gender identities. Additionally, I can address issues related to addiction, anxiety, anger management, PTSD, dissociation, depression, relationships, sexuality, identity, LGBT issues, and issues relating to men's wellness.
Though I do not restrict myself to any single therapeutic modality, those that influence my work are attachment and psychodynamic perspectives, emotion-focused therapy, and cognitive-behavioural strategies. More contemporary methods I incorporate are elements of compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), schema therapy, and mindfulness. Most recently, I completed specialized training in Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) with Dr. Jonice Webb, (an American psychologist who identified the term) and in 2023, I became a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Ultimately, I hope to guide your ability to access your inner strengths, wisdom, and compassion. Working first to establish a safe space is an important step in helping you begin your therapeutic process.
I have previously been a provider to national and local EAP services and served as a Board Member with the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma. My work experience has included involvement with a number of Ottawa-area agencies that include the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB), the agency formerly known as The Men’s Project (now Men & Healing), and the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma (CTSACT).
I attempt to return all messages (phone, text, or e-mail) within 24-48 hours.
I have worked in Ottawa in the area of brain/mental health since 2008 and in my own practice since 2013. In 2003, I started my studies in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Ottawa. After graduation in 2007, I provided crisis counseling and referral support to male survivors of childhood sexual abuse at Men & Healing, formerly The Men’s Project. Following this, I returned to the University of Ottawa in 2008 to obtain my Masters in Educational Counselling. In 2009, I provided counselling to youth at The Roberts/Smart Centre in residential, secure treatment, and school environments. Upon graduation in 2010, I worked as a Crisis Counsellor with a large employee assistance program (EAP). I opened my private practice in April 2013.
My areas of expertise include working with youth (ages 12-17) with brain/mental health, behavioural, learning and social challenges in such areas as: anger management, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, bullying, family difficulties, healthy relationships, sexuality, self-injurious behaviours, suicidal ideation, substance use, PTSD, and ADHD.
I also work with adults in various areas such as: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship concerns, separation/divorce, grief/loss, parenting support, PTSD, and work-related concerns.
I aim to create a warm, safe and mutually respectful environment with my clients. I enjoy working collaboratively with clients using an integrative and eclectic approach tailored to the client's goals pulling from therapeutic modalities and perspectives such as: psychoanalytic theory, attachment theory, cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, the bio-psycho-social model, and family systems among others. Most recently, I have been trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.
Please don't hesitate to contact me directly should you have any questions.