Amanda Bender Francois

Amanda Bender-Francois


Amanda is committed to engaging you in a dynamic therapeutic relationship; one in which you feel supported, valued, and empowered to take control of your wellbeing or the wellbeing of your child.

Amanda Bender-Francois is a Registered Psychotherapist (since 2017) with over 15 years of clinical experience working with Children, Youth and Families in the Mental Health Sector.

Some of her proudest professional accomplishments include having the opportunity to be a dedicated ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) facilitator and a trained Adoption Competent Therapist.

Amanda has grown and developed enhanced skills over the past seven years as a faculty member at St. Lawrence College. More information on her website below!

Areas of passion include:

Attachment Focused

Family Systems


Amanda is currently available* to take new clients. Fee per session is $140.00. Free consultations available.

Due to other professional commitments, Amanda is currently unable to provide therapy to any child or youth under the age of 18 residing within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Evelyn Plettenberg-Smith


Evelyn is a Registered Social Worker who works with individual ages 18+, areas of interest include:
Addiction/problematic coping, emotional regulation, trauma, intergenerational trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, self-compassion

“My goal is to create a space where you feel welcome, safe and comfortable enough to explore and develop a deeper understanding of self. I want to help you recognize the strengths you already have and support you in developing new skills for navigating what life throws your way.”

Working and volunteering with community organizations for the last decade has given Evelyn extensive experience supporting adults living with trauma and addiction. They draw from a multitude of body-based and talk-therapy approaches* to adapt to the needs of clients. Evelyn also values humour and play as important tools for helping explore and understand difficult concepts and emotions.

The goal for sessions is for the client to feel seen and accepted, but also welcomed for who you are. Life is messy and so is being human; we have all done things we regret and have behaviours we want to change. Evelyn is here to support you in working towards goals you set for yourself in a judgement free environment.

Counselling can feel awkward and scary; it’s hard to be vulnerable, especially with new people. Trust your instincts when it comes to choosing a therapist, the right fit is important enough to keep looking for. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident in your therapeutic relationship, you are missing out on the full benefits of counselling.

If you are thinking of working with Evelyn, you can go to this link => to book a free 30-minute initial meeting. This meeting is not a session, but an opportunity to ask questions and discuss what working together would look like. Also, please remember not to leave any sensitive information in emails, texts or voicemails.

*(Somatic Experiencing, Structural Social Work, Harm-Reduction, Psychodynamic, Narrative and Emotionally Focused Therapies, Mindfulness, Expressive Arts, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Evelyn is available to take new clients. Fee per session is $140.00

Tracy Montgomery

Tracy is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Sex Educator and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. She is the President of the Somatic Sex Educators Association, a member in good standing of the Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers and the Creative Admin |Adjunct Faculty for the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education

Tracy is a Somatic Sex Educator who supports clients on their individual journey to sexual wholeness, offering trauma-informed, body-based education to those who want to expand their capacity for pleasure, love and joy, heal the wounds of sexual trauma or abuse and explore the intersection of sex and spirit. 

Sessions with Tracy are client-centred and collaborative, incorporating a variety of body-based coaching about sex including breathwork, sensate focus, boundary-setting, choice and voice, anatomy, and touch.

Somatic sex education is the meeting of somatics and sexology, incorporating practices such as yoga, meditation and embodiment with the latest neuroscience, psychology and somatic learning theory. It is a wonderful way to address all kinds of sexual problems, ranging from premature ejaculation to anorgasmia, chronic pain to deciphering sexual identity. 

Tracy is available to take new clients online and in-person at her independent location in Ottawa, ON.

A 90-minute session is $150. 

Prospective clients are encouraged to visit Tracy’s website  and book a free 20-minute Discovery call to learn more.


Tracy respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.

Sheila Bains



Sheila is a Registered Psychotherapist with a background in Early Childhood Education and has extensive experience in supporting children, youth, parents, and families.

Sheila recognizes that the decision to come for counselling can be a difficult one to make and knows that therapy can be a great place to start if you are wanting to see changes in your everyday life, relationships, yourself, or if you are just seeking a safe place to talk.

Sheila works collaboratively with her clients to ensure they are fully involved in the therapeutic process of their journey. Sheila has extensive knowledge and experience in mental health which comes from her work as a counsellor in a Children’s Mental Health Agency. 

Thought Disorders 

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Mood Disorders 

  • Depression 

Parenting Support

  • Attachment 
  • Behavioral Issues 

Child and Adolescent Issue

  • Bullying 
  • Self-esteem 
  • Coping skills 
  • Grief and Loss 
  • Stress

Therapeutic Approaches used

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Attachment Therapy (DDP)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

Sheila is currently available to take new clients. Fee per session is $140.00.

Free 30 min phone consultations available.

If you are interested in more information or booking with Sheila please connect through the information below.


Phone: 613-831-6557

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