Mental Health Clinicians
- Amanda Bender-François
- Rachel Bennett
- Evelyn Plettenberg-Smith
- Sheila Bains
- Anne-Marie Clarkson
- Sandra Leblanc
- Brent Diaz
- Evan Callan
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners
Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying)
External Therapy Services
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.
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.
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.
MDVST, MSW, RSW
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 => eveynpsrsw.janeapp.com 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
RP, BSS, BA
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.
- Separation Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Behavioral Issues
Child and Adolescent Issue
- Coping skills
- Grief and Loss
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.
MScN, BScN, BA psychology Registered Nurse Psychotherapist
Anne-Marie is a Psychology grad and an Advanced Practice Nurse with a Master’s of Science from the University of Ottawa who has specialized in Psychiatric Mental Health for over 20 years.
Anne-Marie works with children and adolescents with complex mental health needs as well as adults with a variety of concerns including mood disorders, eating disorders, addictions, trauma, impulse-control disorders, and physical health issues. Her philosophy and practice centers around integrating both physiological health and psychological wellness with a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach.
Anne-Marie is experienced in several evidence-based treatment modalities which are applicable to most mental health concerns, including: cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, cognitive processing therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.
Specific areas of interest are child and youth mental health, occupational and workplace trauma, and marginalized and underserved populations.
As a medical professional who spent years working in acute care hospital services, outpatient mental health clinics, and the youth justice system, Anne-Marie has a particular interest in providing support and care for first-responders and front-line health care workers (nurses, doctors, paramedics, police, corrections officers, military, firefighters, and their families).
As a helping professional experienced on the frontlines of health care and the justice system, Anne-Marie offers a unique perspective of support and understanding of the culture and needs of essential workers and first-responders. If this is you, please consider reaching out via Anne-Marie’s website: www.integralcounselling.ca or direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Fees are: $120/hr session. Please discuss session fees if you are a health care worker or require sliding scale
BSW, RSW Registered Social Worker
Sandra is a with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has over 25 years experience providing therapy with children, adolescents, adults and families. Sandra is very passionate about her work and feels blessed to have walked alongside her clients over the years and share in their journey of growth and healing. Her life experiences and role as a parent have also helped her become the clinician she is today.
Sandra has extensive training in areas such as anxiety, depression, attachment issues, foster care, adoption, trauma, including treatment of child sexual abuse, sexualized behaviours, bullying issues, grief and loss, separation, divorce issues, and LGBTQ+.
Sandra uses a client-centered, strength-based, evidence based approach and focuses on each client’s individual strengths and resources. She works from a trauma informed, attachment perspective. She draws upon the following modalities and trainings:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Trauma Focused CBT
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
- Adoption Competency Training
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Brainspotting with children, adolescents and adults
- Theraplay and Play Therapy
- Violent Threat Risk Assessment Training – Level 1 & 2
- ASSIST – Suicidal Intervention Training
Sandra works collaboratively and respectfully with clients to help them obtain their goals in therapy. Sandra believes that all behaviour is communication. Her work with clients involves helping them listen to what their behaviour is telling them in themselves and in others. Together Sandra will explore the clients experiences to help them identify what their responses and reactions tell them about their values, beliefs and preferences.
Sandra’s session fees are: $160
Please connect with Sandra via email at: email@example.com or telephone at: 613-301-7386
BA, BSW (Hons.), MSW
Brent is a Trauma Therapist for Newcomers and Refugees to Toronto, Canada. He provides individual and group trauma support to communities of people from around the world who have experienced genocide, war, and political violence. He has taught on trauma, conflict and mental health in post-secondary institutions in Canada, Ukraine, Lithuania, Kenya, India and Slovakia, and has worked with local community leaders dealing with genocide and sexual violence in Rwanda, Tigray (Ethiopia) and Malawi.
Brent is trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, DBT skills, CBT, ACT, and other therapeutic modalities.
He has a passion for providing culturally-appropriate services for diverse groups people.
Get to know Brent: SE™ & The Refugee Experience Supporting Nervous Systems Impacted By The Trauma Of Forced Migration
MSW, RSW, SEP Soulcentric Counselling Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Purpose Guide™ in Training
Soulcentric counseling is a combination of psychotherapy, spiritual teaching/mentorship, and ceremony. As a registered social worker, Evan has been on a path of providing spiritual support and guidance for folks who are longing to live a life of deeper fulfillment and meaning. Working one on one, Evan supports you to come into Wholeness by facilitating the healing of old wounds and traumas, as well as guiding you into a more deeply value- and driven and purpose-driven life. In his work, Evan uses Somatic Experiencing, parts work, attachment theory, nonduality, and is strongly influenced by Depth Psychology.
Evan supports you to:
- Cultivate a life more rich in purpose and meaning
- Heal old patterns, wounds, traumas that are getting into the way today
- Be more fully you, unapologetically
- Become a more emotionally mature adult
- Take the steps now so that later you can be an Elder to younger generations
- Establish your connection to the Sacred
Evan is located in Guelph, Ontario, and works with clients online. Fee per session is $150. Contact Evan for a free 15 minutes meet and greet to see if you and he are a good fit.
Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Sex Educator and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner
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.
Lisa Price Maidens
Lisa is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and Child and Youth Practitioner. She graduated with distinction from St. Lawrence College in 2012 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree from the University of Victoria.
What is Parent Support?
Parent support is designed for you to have the opportunity to receive support when you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.
What is Parent Consultation?
A parent consultation provides an opportunity to work with a professional to develop, implement and determine intervention strategies that will help your family as whole.
You can expect: support with tantrums, meltdowns, challenging behaviour, anxiety, bedtime battles, sibling rivalry; advocacy support in finding your child the resources they may need at school or daycare; support through divorce or separation; new baby arrival; death of a loved one or pet; support with LGBTQ and workshop opportunities
Lisa looks forward to offering her skills and knowledge as a parent consult to help families find their way through parenting. She offers a 30 minute free consultation meet and greet. Pricing details and packages will also be discussed.
RMT. CST-D, CSFC
Martez Schembri-Diskey, RMT. CST-D, CSFC, has over 28 years of practice as a Registered Massage Therapist, Integrative Craniosacral Therapist, Massage Therapy Professor, Solution Focused Counsellor, Spiritual Director, Trauma Care Educator and Author of “From Stress to Bliss, Journey From Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth” based on her personal and professional experience with trauma.
Martez facilitates organizational trainings for Healthcare Professionals on Stress, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout & Self-Care for Helping Professionals, Heal the Healers Self-Care Series and currently Trauma Recovery & Integrative Care Education. She is also a Globally Certified TRE Provider (Tension, Trauma Releasing Exercises) Martez recently Co-Founded “Trauma Recovery & Integration Network”.
Phone : 905-666-1393
Registered Psychotherapist Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner/Training Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Julie has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree. This program has a strong developmental foundation and prepares Julie to work with a diverse population young and old. She also has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology degree and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner/Training Assistant, Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in Ontario, Canada. She focuses her practice work mainly in the area of trauma recovery and chronic stress.
With her highly specialized training in children and youth (as an adult you were once a child too!) Julie works specifically from a trauma informed lens with a developmental, strengths based and solution focused approach. Her approach and technique are what make her a sought after local Ottawa-valley clinician. The Ottawa-valley is where she was not only born and raised but raised her two young adult boys.
“Every individual I work with is unique and so too is the approach I take.”
Julie’s goal is always to meet each individual where they are at, not where they are supposed to be. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is the first priority when meeting clients and evidence shows this is a good indicator of better outcomes in therapy. She loves her job and what she does and has a passion for helping others.
Julie is a recipient of the Laureate Award of Excellence, member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (#001463) and the Somatic Experiencing International.
In addition to her private practice work Julie has experience in the community at various organizations/agencies including hospital-based child and youth counselling for inpatient/outpatient/emergency crisis (crisis intervention Level 3 NVCI trained), local family health team, child and youth community mental health agencies, alternative school programs (“Section 23”), responder and team leader for Victim Services, trained facilitator Lanark County Community Justice Program and former Kids Help Phone volunteer. Julie is an authorized health provider for Veterans Affairs Canada (Medavie Blue Cross), City of Ottawa First Responders and Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program (O.P.P.).
Julie is also a past contributor to the Parent-Child Guidebook for Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and EMC West Carleton.
Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying)
Not all RP(Q)’s listed are clinically supervised by Julie Clarke.
RP (Qualifying) psychotherapists are registrants of CRPO. They have completed or are nearing completion of their psychotherapy training.
They are legally authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy and are required to practise with clinical supervision as they gain experience in the profession. In order to transfer to the full RP category of registration, RP (Qualifying) registrants are required to complete 450 direct client contact hours, 100 hours of clinical supervision, and to pass the registration exam.
RP (Qualifying) registrants are subject to same standards and professional obligations that apply to those in the RP category, and both categories are subject to the same Quality Assurance mechanisms and accountability frameworks” via crpo.ca.
Rachel is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who offers online, individual therapy as well as group programs for mental health and wellness. She works from a Humanistic Existential therapeutic lens and employs the therapeutic strategies of: Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Somatic work and Depth Psychology.
“I am a holistic and integrated psychotherapist. This means I consider the whole person (mind, body, spirit and relationships) when addressing your problems and goals.
I believe that your inner wisdom is the best guide for your unique journey towards holistic healing and mental health”.
To do this, Rachel works with you to create an inner field-guide, which can include activities like:
- Mapping your internal landscape and getting to know all the different internal characters that inhabit it, building a foundation for self-understanding, self-acceptance, and ultimately, self-leadership.
- Enhancing the communication pathways between your body and mind to increase your ability to regulate emotions and mindfully embrace life and its challenges.
- Reparenting work to enhance your ability to self-regulate your destructive impulses, create and hold healthy boundaries, and to keep the promises you make to yourself.
- Inner-child work to increase joy, hope and motivation, and to process childhood trauma or unresolved issues from the past.
- Developing a sense of belonging and rootedness through relationships with others and with nature.
All of these processes, and more, will support you through your deep healing journey and provide templates for the soul work required to access your intuition and unlearn the stories that keep you stuck.
Rachel’s areas of passion include:
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Emotional Dysregulation
- Self-Regulation and Self-Leadership
- Attachment Theory
- Jungian Theory
Rachel is currently available for new clients. Her fee per session is $100. Free consultations are available.
Natalie is a Counselling Psychology graduate student, completing her Masters through Yorkville University. While completing her studies, she has also served as a Crisis Counsellor with Kids Help Phone, and the Client Relations Manager for a local charity offering pet food support to low-income members of the Ottawa community.
She works with a range of clients, including teens and adults who are experiencing difficult emotions, life transitions, interpersonal and relationship challenges, and questions related to identity growth and development. Natalie is especially passionate about working with teens, those undergoing career or retirement transitions, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Her counselling approach is grounded in self-compassion, which encourages kindness towards oneself, and the understanding that difficult times are not a sign of personal failure. The goal is to support you in developing and drawing upon your strengths to navigate and grow from these challenges. She believes that you already have the ability within yourself to live a joyful and fulfilling life, you might just need some dedicated time and space to figure out the next steps.
Natalie practices through a lens of harm reduction, equity, and inclusion. She prioritizes the safety and autonomy of marginalized identities, and takes a practical approach to minimize the negative outcomes of substance use and self-harm behaviours. If you think you might be a good fit, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie will be taking clients as of September 1, 2021. Fee per session is $100.00
Sarah is available to support clients ages 5 and up for individual psychotherapy, parent coaching and also family and couples support. Sarah has years of experience working with a young population, as well as with an adult population. Areas of specialty include anxiety, depression and mood concerns, suicidal ideation, self-harm, life transitions, parent separation/divorce, social conflicts, stress management and more.
NOTE: At this time, Sarah is seeing clients from Ontario virtually only.
Sarah utilizes a variety of different counselling techniques which are customized for each client’s treatment. This includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and utilizes techniques from play therapy and art therapy within sessions.
Sarah holds Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) status in the province of Ontario, and also is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of BC. Some Ontario clients are able to claim Sarah’s services under her RCC designation, even if they do not reside in British Columbia. Sessions are currently $135 for 50-minutes or $67.50 for 25-minutes (recommended for ages 10 and under or brief parent support sessions). If finances are a barrier, please mention this to Sarah and sliding-scale rates can be discussed. Sarah is currently accepting new clients and offers a 20 minute meet-and-greet to determine if it is a good fit.
If you are interested in learning more, or would like to book an appointment, please contact Sarah directly at email@example.com or phone at 778-557-9525.
External Therapy Services
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After they access your anonymous post in our protected data base, accessible only by registered and verified mental health professionals in Ottawa, they will contact you via your preferred method of communication, to schedule your initial meeting.