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Mego Nerses
Trauma Psychotherapist

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Trauma Psychotherapist

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Benefits Psychotherapy Services Ottawa, Ontario

Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, can offer a wide range of benefits for individuals struggling with mental health issues. Some of the potential benefits of psychotherapy include:

  • Relief from symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD
  • Resolve relationship and sexual issues
  • Improved relationships and communication skills.
  • Increased self-awareness and understanding of one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Greater ability to manage stress and cope with difficult situations
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Increased ability to set and achieve personal goals.

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It is important to note that the benefits of psychotherapy can vary depending on the individual and the type of therapy they receive. It is also important to work with a qualified mental health professional to determine the best course of treatment.

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ABOUT Mego Nerses

I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa. Since 2011, I have worked in both private practice and social service agencies.  I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+.

I also teach at Algonquin College a Mental Health and Addiction course.

 

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Mego Nerses is a highly experienced and qualified Registered Psychotherapist based in Ottawa, Ontario. With a full-time private practice, Mego Nerses provides compassionate and effective mental health care to a diverse range of clients. His areas of work include trauma, relationships, sexuality, and refugee mental health, and he offers individual, relationship, and sex therapy to adults aged 18 and over.

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Benefits of Psychotherpy Services Ottawa, Ontario

Online psychotherapy offers a powerful, and effective option for those who are struggling with mental health problems.

There are several different types of treatment for PTSD and trauma. These include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of therapy focuses on identifying and changing negative thoughts and behaviors.
  • Exposure therapy: This type of therapy involves gradually confronting and desensitizing the individual to the traumatic event.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): This therapy uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to help process traumatic memories.
  • Medications: Antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications can be used to help manage symptoms of PTSD.
  • Group therapy: Support groups can provide a sense of community and validation for individuals with PTSD.

It’s important to note that different people may respond differently to different treatments, so it may take some trial and error to find the right one for you. It is best to consult a mental health professional to determine the best treatment plan for you.

  • Individual therapy, also known as one-on-one therapy or counseling, is a type of treatment in which a person meets with a trained therapist or counselor in a private setting to discuss personal issues and concerns. The therapist or counselor will help the person explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and work with them to set goals and develop coping strategies to address problems or improve overall well-being.
  • Individual therapy can address a wide range of issues, including mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, relationship problems, addiction, and life changes or transitions. The therapist will use a variety of techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and psychoanalytic therapy, to help the person understand and work through their issues.
  • The goal of individual therapy is to help the person achieve greater self-awareness, improve their relationships, and gain the skills and tools they need to manage their mental and emotional health in the long-term. It is a confidential process, a safe space for the individual to explore the issues that are troubling them without fear of judgement.
  • Relationship and sex therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on addressing issues related to relationships and sexual health. It is typically conducted by a trained therapist or counsellor who specializes in working with couples relationships,  and individuals on relationship and sexual issues.
  • Relationship therapy can help couples improve communication, intimacy, and emotional connection, resolve conflicts and manage disagreements and non-monogamy agreements, and work through issues related to trust, infidelity, and commitment. Relationship therapy can also help individuals understand and work through issues related to attachment, emotional regulation, and self-esteem that may be impacting their relationships.
  • Sex therapy can help individuals and couples address a wide range of sexual issues, such as sexual dysfunction, sexual pain, low libido, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and sexual dissatisfaction, kink and BDSM. Sex therapists can help couples enhance their sexual communication, intimacy, and pleasure, and can help individuals overcome sexual trauma, body image concerns, and other psychological factors that may be impacting their sexual health.
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity affirmative psychotherapy (SOGIA) is a type of therapy that focuses on helping individuals understand, accept, and celebrate their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This type of therapy is based on the idea that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or any other sexual orientation or gender identity is normal and healthy.
  • SOGIA therapy is grounded in the principles of affirmative practice, which means that it actively works to counteract the negative effects of societal discrimination and bias that people who identify as LGBTQIA+ may face. It also acknowledges the unique challenges that individuals may face in terms of acceptance and validation of their identity.
  • A therapist who practices SOGIA therapy will create a safe and supportive environment where the individual can explore their feelings and thoughts related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. They will also help the individual navigate any difficulties they may be facing in their personal or professional life due to their identity, and will empower them to live authentically and to advocate for themselves.
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Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a treatment method for mental health conditions in which individuals work with a trained mental health professional to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The goal of psychotherapy is to help individuals understand and manage their mental health issues, and to improve their overall well-being.
There are many different types of psychotherapy, each with its own unique approach and focus. Some examples include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Psychoanalytic therapy, which focuses on exploring unconscious thoughts and feelings and how they relate to current behaviors.
  • Interpersonal therapy, which focuses on the individual’s relationships and how they affect mental health.
  • Humanistic therapy, which focuses on the individual’s unique experience and the therapist-client relationship.
  • Emotion-focused therapy

The specific type of psychotherapy that is best for an individual depends on their specific needs and preferences. Many people find that a combination of different types of therapy is most effective.It’s also important to note that psychotherapy is generally considered to be safe and effective when performed by a qualified mental health professional, such as a licensed therapist or counsellor.

  • Trauma & PTSD Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Relationship and Sex Therapy
  • Sexual And Gender Identity
  • Refugees, Newcomers, survivors of torture and Immigration reports

Finding a qualified psychotherapist in Ontario can be done through a few different methods:

Referral from a family doctor or other healthcare professional: Your family doctor or other healthcare professional may be able to provide you with a referral to a qualified psychotherapist in your area.


The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) : The CRPO maintains a public register of all members who are authorized to practice psychotherapy in Ontario. You can search the register by therapist name, location, or area of practice.


It’s important to note that when searching for a qualified psychotherapist in Ontario, it’s important to look for someone who is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and ensure that the therapist has the appropriate education, training and experience to help you with your specific needs.

In Ontario, Canada, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) provides funding for psychotherapy through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), however the coverage and access to psychotherapy services vary depending on the type of service and the individual’s needs.

Psychotherapy services provided by a physician, such as a psychiatrist, are covered under OHIP. This includes assessments, follow-up appointments, and medication management.
However, psychotherapy services provided by a registered psychologist or a social worker or a registered psychotherapist who is not a physician are not covered under OHIP.

Some of these services may be covered by a private health insurance plan or employee benefit plan, or by the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) of Health Canada for Indigenous people, or the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program for eligible First Nations and Inuit people.

It’s always best to check with your insurance provider or with the MOHLTC to confirm what type of psychotherapy services are covered under OHIP and what other options are available if OHIP coverage is not sufficient.

The duration of psychotherapy can vary depending on the individual’s specific needs and the type of therapy being provided. Some people may benefit from a few sessions, while others may require ongoing therapy for several months or even years.


The duration of therapy sessions themselves also vary, some last for 50 minutes and others for 90 minutes.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), for example, is often considered a short-term therapy and may be completed within 10 to 20 sessions. Whereas, psychoanalytic therapy, which often involves deeper exploration of unconscious thoughts and feelings, may take longer to complete, typically several years.


It’s important to note that the duration of therapy is not necessarily an indicator of the therapy’s effectiveness. The most important factor is the progress the individual is making towards their therapy goals, and that should be evaluated regularly.


It’s also important to note that the therapist and the individual should have regular check-ins to evaluate the progress and adjust the therapy plan if needed. And that the therapy should be discontinued if the individual is not benefiting from it or if the individual reaches their therapy goals.

It can be difficult to know whether you should see a psychologist or a psychotherapist, as both types of professionals are trained to help individuals with mental health issues. The main difference between the two is that psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology, while psychotherapists may have a master’s degree or a diploma in a related field.
Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to see a psychologist or a psychotherapist:

  • The type of issue you are experiencing: If you have a specific mental health diagnosis, such as depression or anxiety, or you are dealing with a specific issue like trauma, then a psychologist or psychotherapist can help you.
  • The level of support you need: If you need more intensive support, such as regular therapy sessions, then a psychologist or a psychotherapist may be a better option for you.
    The type of therapy you prefer: Both psychologists and psychotherapists offer a variety of therapy types, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, and interpersonal therapy. It’s important to find a professional who offers the type of therapy that you feel most comfortable with.
  • The level of expertise: Both psychologists and psychotherapists are trained to help individuals with mental health issues, but psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology, which provides them with a higher level of expertise.
  • It’s also worth noting that some psychotherapists are registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and some are not. It’s always best to check with the CRPO and ensure that the psychotherapist you are considering is registered, and has the appropriate education, training and experience to help you with your specific needs.
  • Ultimately, the most important thing is to find a mental health professional who you feel comfortable with, who can understand your needs and who can help you achieve your goals.
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About MEGO NERSES

I am an Ottawa-based Registered Psychotherapist and have a full-time private practice. In the past, I worked in social service agencies for many years. I offer individual, relationship, and sex therapy in English, Arabic, and Armenian to adults 18+, and I do not work with minors.

In 2011, I earned a master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO#001132) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In addition, I am a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA#3058). My clinical training focuses on relationship and sex therapy and trauma/PTSD. Since 2013, I have been at Algonquin College as a seasonal professor, teaching courses in mental health and addiction.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed articles and contribute chapters concerning Counselling, coming out, and trauma related explicitly to LGBTQ+ refugees and newcomers to Canada. I have presented numerous workshops and continue to offer trainings nationally and internationally on the mental health of LGBTQI+ and SOGIE refugees and asylum seekers.

 

Professional Work

Early in my professional career, I specialized in individual therapy and served clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief. Since then, I have taken my clinical work to a higher level and gained more experience in four areas: PTSD and Trauma, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Sex and Relationship Therapy, and Refugee mental health issues. I have received various trainings in these areas since choosing to specialize. As an example, I received training from Division 56, Trauma Psychology, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Global Institute of Forensic Research in writing immigration evaluations for immigration courts. Furthermore, I have completed multiple trainings in trauma/PTSD therapy and relationship therapy (Poly. Kink). I have participated in numerous training opportunities in the field of sex therapy, sexuality, and gender identity. 

I am a LGBTQI+/poly/kink/CNM supportive and informed therapist.

Therapeutic approaches
In addition to Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD (NET), I have also been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Experiential Therapy and Focusing. I integrate social justice and rights-based principles into my work as a trauma-informed therapist.

Awards
In recognition of my dedication to helping LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Canada, I received the 2017 Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

AffiliationsI have an international affiliate membership with Division 56, Trauma Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Global Institute of Forensic Research.

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