Psychotherapy is a mental health care process in which a trained professional helps people who are experiencing emotional difficulties or life challenges by talking about their feelings and experiences. Psychotherapy aims to increase self-understanding, relieve symptoms, improve relationships and enhance well-being using evidence-based treatment methods. A variety of issues can be addressed through psychotherapy. These include difficulties coping with daily life, trauma, medical illness, loss, like the death of a loved one, and specific mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety. There are several different approaches to psychotherapy services, and some types may work better with certain problems or issues. Psychotherapy Services in Ottawa - Mental Health Therapy Ontario.
Mental health professionals use several approaches of therapy. The choice of therapy type depends on the client’s particular difficulties, circumstances and preference. Therapists may combine elements from different approaches to best meet the needs of the person receiving treatment.
Here are some examples of therapy approaches:
There are many ways that counselling can be useful and there is no limit to the kinds of issues that can be addressed in therapy. Your therapy sessions will help you through any personal or mental heath issues you may be having.
I have build a set of core competencies that creates a supportive, confidential relationship with each of my clients. My approach to your well-being is based on what you need at the moment and I can support and assist you in a number of ways.
It is normal to feel a bit anxious during your first appointment. At the end of this first meeting you will be able to decide if you would like to continue with further sessions. Information about fees for my counselling services might also be useful. For those considering online therapy, more information about counselling online may help.
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People seek counselling or psychotherapy for many different reasons. Help is available for all types of life issues. Though counselling can be used to discuss anything, these are some of the more common personal issues we have helped our clients understand and resolve:
If you are experiencing problems in your relationship, you may want to consider couples counselling.
It is not always convenient for some people to attend face-to-face meetings at my offices in Ottawa. Therapy is available online using secure platforms like Janeapp. If you would prefer to have therapy from your home or office, I also provide online counselling and psychotherapy.
I offered online therapy, online couples counselling and other online mental health services for many years.
Most of my clients prefer to meet at my offices in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Some of my clients prefer online sessions or a combination of both face-to-face and online counselling.
Therapy can be short or longer-term. Some people come for a few sessions while others continue longer. You may end therapy at any time, simply by letting me know.
In general, the privacy of all communications between the therapist and you (the client) is protected by law. I can only release information about our work to others with your written/verbal permission. But there are a few exceptions. I will discuss these exceptions with you during your first session. You also will sign off on a consent form which describes these exceptions in details.
For those individuals from other countries who are living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, I am experienced in providing culturally-sensitive counselling that takes into consideration different ethnic, religious and cultural beliefs and other intersectional views. I have worked with people from many parts of the world.
Counselling is a unique personal experience that evolves from the relationship between you and me. Everyone experiences therapy differently. A first meeting or an online session with me can be arranged here.
If you haven’t tried therapy before, counselling may seem scary and unpleasant. These are normal to feel if you have not attended counselling sessions.
Counselling goes beyond just listening. My work it to really understand the clients, and in doing so help them to understand themselves. Counselling is about increasing self-awareness and making changes.
An important ingredient in this transformation is compassion. Most of us beat ourselves up for not being good enough in some way or another. Having a therapist understand why you are the way you are and accept you just as you are can encourage you to be more compassionate with yourself.
Another important ingredient is awareness. Positive change stems from awareness and counselling can hold up mirrors to our blind spots. Therapists help clients understand how events in their past influence their present beliefs and behaviours, and how those beliefs and behaviours may be hindering them. This increased awareness can liberate clients to choose different ways of being.
There is no limit to what can be discussed in therapy and the more open you are, the more effective counselling will be.
Some people think their problems aren’t significant enough. Others fear they have too much to say, that they might overwhelm the therapist or open a can of worms they won’t be able to close. Some worry that there are right things and wrong things to talk about in therapy, that they don’t have the proper language or that there’s no point in talking about anything as it can’t change the past anyway.
All these worries are normal and completely understandable. There is no right or wrong way to talk and no subject matter that can’t be explored. Most clients who struggle with what to say find that it becomes easier with a little time. Therapists are trained to help people talk, and the empathy and non-judgemental approach therapists adopt soon enables clients to open up.
For those who think their problems aren’t important enough, that just isn’t the case. If something affects a client, then it’s worth talking about. Often the clients who think their problems aren’t important are the ones who haven’t been listened in their lives.
The boundaries that therapists put in place can feel very containing for clients who worry about having too much to say or opening a can of worms. Clients are encouraged to go at their own pace, without any pressure to go into topics they are not yet ready to address.
For the time being, we will be conducting appointments exclusively through virtual means.
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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.
In 2020, I launched my online learning platform to offer courses to clinicians who work with the refugee population. Learn more about my elearning platform at www.mnelearning.ca
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 expertise 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.
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.
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.