Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. While you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties, Ottawa therapists at Family-Therapy are here to support you when you with seek out extra support. We are independent therapists who offer a variety of therapy and counselling services including child and teen therapy, family and step-family challenges, individual, and couple therapy issues. We’re open Monday through Fridays and offer day and evening appointments. Call us today and find out how therapy can help you, your children, your relationships, and your family.

Nataxja Cini

Nataxja Cini


Areas of Specialty: Individual & Couples Counselling, Depression & Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Infidelity & recovering from an affair, Separation & Divorce Support, Individual Anger Management Counselling, Marriage & Premarital Counselling, Step-parenting Issues, PTSD

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202

Nataxja Cini is a registered social worker. She addresses the emotional needs of couples, individuals, and adults. Nataxja specializes in working with couples as they face their unique challenges of creating a new life together. She is passionate about assisting couples reconnect with each other in a positive respectful manner and creating strong loving bonds. Nataxja has experience helping couples and individuals overcome the challenges they face in their relationship, together as a couple or on their own and especially after the discovery of an affair whether emotional or physical.

Nataxja is an Emotional Focused Couples Therapist ( EFT). The goal of EFT is to deepen and strengthen the emotional bond between individuals whether they are a couple, individual or family members by creating emotional safety and an environment within which you can explore your vulnerabilities, fears, and concerns. As a couples therapist, she creates a safe environment and encourages you to express your vulnerable emotions so you can be heard and understood by your partner. She helps both of parties feel safe as she doesn’t take sides and sees your relationship and your marriage as her client.

Nataxja works with adults to help them identify and overcome their current life challenges. She specializes in anger, depression, anxiety, family issues, separation, divorce, and infidelity. Nataxja has experience working with individuals suffering from severe depression. She can work with you in short term or long term therapy to help you achieve your life goals.

Nataxja is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is proven to effectively treat traumatic stress, PTSD, traumatic memories and other adverse life experience such as car accidents or near death experiences. Physical or emotional trauma can cause recurring nightmares and sleep disturbance, feelings of fear, guilt, shame, or even physical pain. EMDR therapy shows that your mind can in deed heal from psychological trauma in a similar manner as your body recovers from physical trauma.

Nataxja taught psychology and provided student counselling services, at the Canadian National Institute of Health in Ottawa. She worked at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, Brockville Campus in their Dual Diagnosis Unit. Nataxja provides services under the supervision of registered psychologist Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D, C. Psych.

Call to book your appointment today for couples or individual therapy or leave a confidential message for Nataxja. She is currently accepting new individual and couple clients.

Shelley Colter

Shelley Colter


Areas of Specialty: PTSD, First Responders & Military, Anger Management Counselling, Couples, LGBTQ, Sexual/Gender Identity

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202 and/or 451 Daly Ave

Shelley Colter, M.A.is registered psychotherapist, who works with individuals and couples, and families. She has over 20 years experience as an officer with the Canadian military in operational environments. Shelley works individuals (16 years of age and older), couples and families work through problems and issues. Shelley’s therapeutic goal is to assist clients to be heard and validated, to empower clients to discover and develop their unique strengths, and support clients in the resolution of issues or conflicts.

Shelley has a special interest in assisting current or retired military personnel, first responders and their families who have been effected by work related stress, personal trauma, PTSD, loss and grief. Shelley understands the challenges individuals, couples, and families face with operations, deployment and reintegration into the family and community.

As your therapist, Shelley is compassionate in assisting individuals, couples or families understand and explore issues associated with sexual and/or gender identity and related challenges they may face. She also works with trauma, including sexual trauma in childhood and adulthood, post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and anger.

Shelley provides services under the supervision of Augustine Meier, Ph.D, C. Psych and Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, Ph.D, RP, RMFT.

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Shelley. She is not accepting new clients in Kanata and downtown Ottawa until January 2018.

Heather Ripley

Heather Ripley


Areas of Specialty: Individuals (17 yrs and older) Addictions, Managing difficult emotions (anger, anxiety, depression), self-esteem, grief and trauma

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202

Heather works with individuals 17 and older. She is passionate about supporting individuals to live the best life possible for them. Heather uses a client-centred approach where she brings her expertise (experience, training, skills) and you bring yourself and your story, and together you will work to reduce the distress that brought you into counselling.

Addictions, anxiety, anger, depression, and grief are issues which Heather is particularly passionate about. She supports you to uncover, address, and resolve underlying issues that are buried beneath. Heather realizes that underlying issues or addictions, anger anxiety or grief can be the result of traumatic experiences. Her work is informed by how these traumatic experiences continue to “live” in your body long after the event has past. Heather has a strong interest in helping you identify and understand your own emotions.  And through this process of identifying and talking about your emotions, you increase your ability to tolerate distressing emotions.

Heather believes in the power of dialogue to change and improve our lives. One of Heather’s greatest strengths is her ability to quickly establish a trusting relationship with her clients. She does this by building and providing a safe space for you to share your story. Heather is a non-judgmental, nurturing and empathic therapist. It is through this trusting, caring, and therapeutic relationship that you gain the benefits of counselling. Heather strongly believe that every individual has his or her own unique qualities and inner strengths

Heather provides services under the supervision of registered psychologist Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D, C. Psych..

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Heather. She is not accepting new clients until January 2018.

Greg A. Hill

Greg A. Hill


Areas of Specialty: Child, Adolescent, Students & Adult Treatment; Depression ,Anxiety & Trauma, Disorders, Abuse; Intellectual LD, ADHD, School Issues, Social Skills; Behavioural Issues: Oppositional defiant, Conduct disorders, Parenting Skills; Individual, Family & Couples Counselling

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202 or 240 Kennevale Dr Suite 202

Greg is a client-focused therapist who connects interpersonally to build trust and helps adults, youth, families, and couples achieve successful treatment outcomes. Greg works with a wide range of mental health issues and specializes in counselling people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, and abuse. He has comprehensive experience in enabling families to navigate life transitions and resolve conflicts including communication barriers, behavioural issues, anger management, and parenting. Greg has a particular, personal affinity for working with individuals who have reading disabilities, ADHD, and autism. He strives to help clients understand the causes and nature of their disabilities and successfully navigate the associated difficulties, improving relations in all areas of daily life.

Every person’s situation is unique, and Greg utilizes an eclectic and integrative theoretical approach to therapy to offer long-term solutions that generate hope and self-reliance. Clients will enjoy a safe and accepting sanctuary with open communication and professional direction. Greg’s therapeutic goal is to understand clients’ presenting stressors, identify their personal strengths, and outline choices for therapeutic interventions and attainable actions. In short, empowerment, understanding, and freedom from the weight of extreme or everyday mental health oppression is the goal.

Greg provides services under the supervision of registered psychologist Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D, C. Psych.

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Greg. He is currently accepting both adult and young clients.

Melissa Hooper

Melissa Hooper

M.A., RP

Areas of Specialty: Infertility, High/Low Sexual desire, Sexual Issues, Divorce/Separation, Infidelity, Gender Identity Issues, Lack of intimacy, Poor Communication, Sexual Abuse, Depression/Anxiety

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario  or 317 Catherine Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Melissa Hooper is registered psychotherapist, who works with individuals and couples. Melissa’s approach to therapy is to provide a collaborative, compassionate and non-judgmental environment that fosters self-discovery and self-awareness. She has additional training to help individuals and couples who may be experiencing sexual issues or concerns. Melissa is an Associate Member of the Board of Examiners of Sex Therapists and Counsellors of Ontario, BESTCO. 

Melissa believes in a wellness model of psychotherapy that provides support, raises self-esteem and empowers individuals to work through and overcome life’s difficulties. She uses a client centered method that incorporates thoughts, emotions and sensations to identify and develop insight in addressing and achieving personal goals.

As a couple therapist, Melissa, uses an attachment treatment approach that helps couples identify barriers or negative patterns that may exist within their relationship and guides them toward understanding and positive change. Melissa uses an integrative, supportive and empathetic technique with couple clients who may be dealing with infertility, loss of intimacy or those contemplating separation or divorce

Melissa has experience in helping people who have struggled with a wide range of concerns including low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and relational problems. She specializes in working with individuals and couples experiencing sexual issues or concerns.

Melissa provides services under the supervision of Augustine Meier, Ph.D, C. Psych and Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, Ph.D, RP, RMFT.

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Melissa. She is currently accepting new clients.

Kelly Savage

Kelly Savage

MSW, RSW, FSW, PhD (Counselling)

Areas of Specialty:

Forensic services: Parenting Capacity Assessments, Co-operative parenting plans, parent reunification, court services. Counselling Services: Depression, Anxiety, Anger management; Adjustment Disorders and Behavioural Issues, ADD, OCD; Parent/Child Relationships, Child Abuse, Blended Families, Disordered Eating, Self-Esteem & Stress, Head Trauma, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Military families and members, and PTSD.  Remote Services: video counselling or telephone counselling

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202

Kelly Savage is Registered Social Worker,  Registered Forensic Social Worker and has a PhD in Counselling. who works with children, teens, adults and families. She specializes in helping children & their parents through the separation and divorce process and provides continual support to them afterwards. She has over 30 years of experiencing working with children’s mental health, providing children, teens, adults, couples, and family counselling.

Kelly works with families and step families towards enhancing communication, planning & effective parenting & co-parenting. Together, she can assist you and your family develop purposeful goals that achieve positive measurable outcomes. Kelly’s goal is to create a non-judgmental and trusting relationship with her clients. Kelly offers a non-judgmental environment and works towards creating a trusting relationship with her clients. Her approach to therapy is eclectic, incorporating a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of each child, teen, couples adult or family.

Children experience a full range of human emotions from happiness, sadness, joy, grief, anxiety, or depression. Children are also impacted by the events happening in their environment.  Whether it’s dealing with stress at school or bullying; parents fighting, divorcing, or custody disputes children want and need to be heard. Children tend to express how they are feeling through behaviours instead of words.  Depending upon the age of your child, behaviours you might be seeing can range from acting out, defiance, anger, depression, or even self harm. Kelly works with children and youth by using age appropriate therapies such as art, play, sand tray, and talk therapy. exploring with your child or teen what is causing them distress, and to create well-being.

Kelly works under the supervision of registered Psychologist Dr. Henry Venema.  Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Kelly. She is accepting new clients.

Sandra Martins

Sandra Martins


Areas of Specialty: Depression & Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Issues, Couple & Family Issues, Military Families, Anger Management

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202 and/or 1 Centrepointe Drive Suite 205.

Sandra Martins MA (Can) is a therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with women and couples who have experienced issues surrounding pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, angry, grief and loss, and life transitions whether in your personal life or at work. As a military wife, Sandra understands the distinctive challenges facing military families and the challenges they face regarding deployment, relocation, and retirement from the military.

Sandra believes in the inherent value of every individual and understands that life circumstances and past events affect motivation, outlook, and decisions. She will work with you to establish a collaborative relationship that is respectful, engaging, compassionate, and non-judgemental. In a safe and supportive environment you may explore your thoughts, feelings, and lived experiences as you work toward mental, emotional, and relational well-being, and toward meeting your personal and relational goals.

Sandra provides services under the supervision of licensed psychologist Augustine Meier, Ph.D, C. Psych and Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, Ph.D, RP, RMFT.

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Sandra. She is currently accepting new clients in Kanata and Nepean.

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