Individual Therapy - Ottawa

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Individual Therapy Services

Individual therapy can help you to learn about your innermost vulnerable moments, so you can begin to develop the coping skills and self-awareness that are the foundation of resilience. You may open up about your inner life in ways you never thought possible. You are maybe going through difficult times at the moment. Whether you are depressed, sad, mourning, anxious, grieving, or even have lingering questions about life transitions and are looking for answers, I can help you with your journey.

Life transitions can be challenging and stressful, causing feelings of uncertainty, stress, and even isolation. While any major life change may require time to adjust, clinical research shows that life changes can significantly impact our personal wellbeing and quality of life.

Individual therapy is for anyone who believes that a deeper understanding of self, feelings, and context can help us be more complete, happier, and fulfilled in our lives.

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How does Individual Therapy Work?

Individual therapy is one type of psychotherapy in which a trained professional helps a single person work through personal issues they have been facing. It is an effective treatment for a variety of emotional difficulties and mental illnesses. 

What to Expect from a Therapy Session?

Individual therapy is useful for many types of situations that cause stress, anger, grief or conflict. In a comfortable, private setting, an individual and a therapist will explore many different important issues, including (but not limited to): expression of thoughts and emotions, behavior patterns, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

The Benefits of Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is an effective treatment for many types of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. But, it can also help people who are facing difficult life situations, or would like to develop healthier, more functional personal habits. Therapy sessions can provide these seven types of benefits and more: Adding to your support network, gaining a better understanding of yourself, learning how to regulate emotions, identifying underlying causes of symptoms, providing coping strategies, managing symptoms, and facilitating lifestyle changes

Reasons Therapy Might be Right for you

Some people are hesitant to sign up for therapy because of a stigma about mental illness. However, individual therapy is beneficial to all people who may be experiencing any one of these common issues: painful emotions, like sadness or anger, recent trauma, such as death of a loved one or divorce, substance abuse, problems at work, loss of enjoyment of activities, strained family and/or personal relationships, and concern from friends or family

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I use evidence-based techniques and interventions to help you feel better and attain your goals. These may include trauma-informed and focused therapies, Experiential Therapies, Emotional and Cognitive Therapies. Most importantly, together will choose an approach to treatment based on your individual needs and goals.

FAQs - Individual Therapy Ottawa

Most psychotherapy services are not covered under OHIP, unless it is performed by a medical doctor.

The cost of private therapy in Ontario can vary depending on the therapist’s qualifications, location, and the type of therapy.
Many private practice therapists in Ontario charge between $100 and $200+ per hour session. However, some may charge more or less than this range. Some therapists may also offer a sliding scale fee based on the client’s income.
It’s important to check with the therapist directly to find out their specific fee. It’s also worth asking whether they offer a sliding fee scale or if they accept insurance, as this can also affect the cost.

Yes, you can go to therapy just to talk to someone. Often people seek therapy when they’re going through a difficult time, feeling overwhelmed or need someone to talk to. A therapist can provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings.
In therapy, you can discuss any concerns or issues you may have, whether it’s related to your relationships, work, or personal life. A therapist can help you process your thoughts and emotions and provide guidance on how to deal with them.
It’s also worth mentioning that therapy can help you gain insight into patterns of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and can help you understand yourself better. It can also help you develop coping skills and strategies to manage stress and improve overall well-being.
It’s important to note that therapy is not just about talking, it’s about learning and growing. The therapist will work with you to help you understand yourself better and develop new ways of thinking and behaving that can improve your life.
It’s always best to have an initial consultation with a therapist to discuss your needs and goals. This will help you determine if therapy is the right fit for you and what type of therapy will best suit your needs.

Yes, happy people can go to therapy. Therapy is not just for people who are experiencing mental health issues or going through difficult times. Many people seek therapy as a way to improve their overall well-being, even if they are already happy.

Therapy can help people gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and can help them understand themselves better. It can also help them develop coping skills and strategies to manage stress and improve their overall well-being.

For example, some people may be experiencing stress or anxiety in their daily lives, despite being generally content and satisfied. Therapy can help them to understand the sources of stress, and develop ways to manage it more effectively.

Therapy can also be useful for people who are experiencing positive changes in their lives, such as starting a new job, getting married, or having a baby. These changes can be exciting, but they can also be stressful, so therapy can help people navigate through these changes and make the most of these experiences.

Additionally, therapy can help people to set and achieve personal goals, it can help them to improve their relationships and communication skills. Therefore, therapy can be beneficial for anyone seeking to improve their overall well-being, even if they are already happy.

There are several types of therapists, and each one has a different type of training and specializes in different areas of mental health. Here are some of the most common types of therapists:

  • Psychiatrist: A medical doctor who specializes in mental health. They can prescribe medication and provide therapy.
  • Clinical Psychologist: A therapist with a PhD or PsyD degree in psychology. They specialize in providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments.
  • Registered Clinical Social Worker: A therapist with a master’s degree in social work. They specialize in providing therapy and helping people navigate social systems and services.
  • Registered Psychotherapist: A therapist with a master’s degree in counselling. They specialize in providing therapy, assessments and helping people with personal and emotional issues.

Other types of therapists include Marriage and Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Art Therapists, Music Therapists, among others. They all have different education, training, and licensure requirements, and specialize in different areas of mental health.
It’s important to find a therapist who is trained and licensed in the area you need help with, and who has experience working with people like you. It’s also important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable with and who you can trust.

Counseling and therapy are similar in that they both involve talking to a trained professional to help with mental health issues. They can be helpful for people dealing with a wide range of concerns, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Difficulty managing emotions -Low self-esteem -Problems with addiction -Difficulties with identity

It can be difficult to know for sure whether you need counseling or therapy. However, if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned problems and it is affecting your daily life, it may be beneficial to seek out counseling or therapy. Some people seek therapy or counseling because they want to understand and improve themselves, others may want to work through a specific problem or challenge they are facing, and others may simply want to talk to someone who is impartial and non-judgmental.

It’s important to remember that seeking help for mental health issues is a sign of strength, not weakness. A therapist or counselor can provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and can help you develop the skills and strategies you need to cope with the challenges you are facing.
It’s important to find a therapist or counselor who is trained and licensed in the area you need help with, and who has experience working with people like you. It’s also important to find a therapist or counselor who you feel comfortable with and who you can trust.


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.


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.

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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