Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. Ottawa therapists at Family-Therapy are here to support you when you seek help. We are independent therapists who offer a variety of therapy and counselling services including teen therapy, family and step-family challenges, individual, and couple therapy issues. We are GBLTQ friendly. We’re open Monday through Saturday and offer day and evening appointments. We offer counselling and psychotherapy services at four different Ottawa locations. Call us today and find out how speaking with a trained therapist 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, Refugee Claim Documentation, Step-parenting Issues, PTSD

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3

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 is also qualified to provide comprehensive assessment documentation and support letters to refugees seeking asylum in Canada. She helps refugees prepare mentally for their refugee board hearing.

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 not currently accepting new clients.

Jathina Blais

Jathina Blais


Areas of Specialty: Individuals (17 yrs and older) and couples,  managing difficult emotions (anger, anxiety, depression), self-esteem, trauma (sexual assault/abuse, domestic violence/abuse), addictions, and relationship issues.

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3

Many of us silently cope with difficulties in our lives. But you don’t have to. Jathina will work with you to give you the opportunity to explore what is holding you back and start improving your quality of life. People have the capacity to make positive changes in their lives with the right support and guidance. With support, you will tap into your strengths, find hope and heal emotional wounds.

Jathina Blais is a Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.) who practices psychotherapy with a focus on sexual assault trauma, domestic violence trauma, addictions, depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. Jathina’s therapeutic practices are rooted in feminist counselling, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and attachment theory. As a strengths-based, empowerment, and client-centered therapist, Jathina values the healing relationship of a positive and trusting client-therapist relationship and works with you to identify and address your goals to create a specific counselling plan.

Jathina has a special interest in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence and has been  providing counselling for over 7 years. She understands that these traumatic experiences can often result in a loss of self, unhelpful coping, and feelings of isolation and despair. Together, we can find hope and create change.

Jathina 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 Jathina. She is accepting new clients in Kanata.

Shelley Colter

Shelley Colter


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

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3 and/or 451 Daly Ave, L005 (lower level)

Shelley Colter, M.A, RP, TITC-CT.is registered psychotherapist and certified traumatologist, 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 helps 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 affected 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.  

Marnie Colter

Marnie Colter


Areas of Specialty: Adolescents and adults, Substance abuse and addiction, behavioural and emotional issues, social skills, anger management, anxiety and depression, school issues and early intervention.

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3

Marnie Colter, CAC-II, RP, is a registered psychotherapist and certified addictions counsellor,

Marnie is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Addiction Counsellor with 20+ years experience working with adults and youth ages 12 and up.  Marnie is a client-focussed therapist who provides an accepting, non-judgemental and caring environment for her clients by taking the time to build rapport and trust. She will work with you to provide sessions with an emphasis on equipping you with a variety of skills and strategies promoting health and change.  Marnie brings knowledge from working with those who have concurrent disorders, behavioural and substance use disorders. She has extensive experience working with youth promoting healthy lifestyle choices and building resiliency in an individual and group setting through psycho-education.

Marnie provides services under the supervision of Christine Harrison,RP Registered Psychotherapist with CRPO. Reg# – 002444, Psychotherapist with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrics and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) Reg# – 4525

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Marnie.

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, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3

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 accepting new clients.

Melissa Hooper

Melissa Hooper

M.A., RP

Areas of Specialty: Individuals and Couples, 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 K2K 2A3  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 centred 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.

Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Melissa. She is currently accepting new clients at her downtown and Kanata location.

Sandra Martins

Sandra Martins


Areas of Specialty: Individuals, Youth, Families and Couples. Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Grief and Loss, Prenatal and Postpartum Issues, Couple conflict and communication, Family issues and dynamics, Military families, Spiritual struggles, Career Counselling.

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3 and/or 1 Centrepointe Drive Suite 205, Nepean, Ontario.

Sandra is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with youth (14-17 years), adult individuals, couples, and families. Sandra holds a BAH in Psychology from Queen’s University and a MA from the school of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Her research explores the challenges of early motherhood, postpartum depression, and spiritual coping.
Sandra works with individuals, couples, and families through issues relating to depression, anxiety, anger, grief and loss, traumatic experiences, work-related stress, life and career transitions, interpersonal conflict. She has a special interest in working with women and couples experiencing issues related to pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. Sandra understands the distinctive challenges facing military families regarding deployment, relocation, and retirement from military service.
Using a client-centred and integrative approach, she draws on aspects of different therapeutic modalities to create an experience tailored to meet your unique needs and therapeutic goals.
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 registered psychologist Augustine Meier, Ph.D., C. Psych., and Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, Ph.D., RP, RSW, RMFT.

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

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