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.

Trust the Ottawa Therapists at Family Therapy

The only constant in life is change, and every change impacts our situations and relationships in some way or another. While you may successfully navigate through many of life’s challenging situations, the professional therapists at Family-Therapy™ in Ottawa are here to help whenever you need extra support. As independent therapists, we offer a variety of therapy and counselling services, including child and teen therapy, family counselling, and individual and couples’ therapy. We are also LGBTQ-friendly. Our team offers counselling and psychotherapy services at 5 different Ottawa locations, and our offices are open Monday through Fridays for day and evening appointments. Call us today and find out how speaking with a trained Ottawa therapist can help you, your children, your relationships, and your family

Meet our Team of Registered Therapists in Ottawa

Nataxja Cini

Nataxja Cini

MSW, RSW

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 Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3

Nataxja Cini, is a Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.). She works with adults to help them identify and overcome their current life challenges. She specializes in management of and issues related to anger, anxiety, family problems, separation, divorce, infidelity and severe depression. Nataxja can work with you in short-term or long-term therapy to help you achieve your life goals.

As an Emotional Focused Couples Therapist (EFT), Natasha is passionate about assisting couples in reconnecting and strengthening their relationships. She has helped several couples to overcome the challenges they face in their relationship, together, or individually, especially after the discovery of an emotional or physical affair. As an EFT specialist, Nataxja creates an emotionally safe environment that encourages her clients to explore their vulnerabilities, fears, and concerns, before arriving at mutually agreeable long-term solutions.

Nataxja is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is proven to effectively treat traumatic stress or memories, PTSD and other adverse life experiences, such as car accidents or near-death experiences. If the client is experiencing emotional trauma that is causing recurring nightmares, sleep disturbance, feelings of fear, guilt, shame, or even physical pain, Nataxja uses EMDR therapy to help in the healing process.

Nataxja taught psychology and provided student counselling services at the Canadian National Institute of Health in Ottawa. She has also 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 our Ottawa therapist, Nataxja. If you are a refugee, please call our receptionist and speak with her directly for more information.

Jathina Blais

Jathina Blais

R.S.W.

Areas of Specialty: Individuals (17 years and older), 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.

Meet Jathina Blais, a Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.) who practices psychotherapy. Her primary area of focus is sexual assault trauma, domestic violence trauma, addictions, depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. Her therapeutic practices are rooted in feminist counselling, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and attachment theory. As a strengths-based, empowerment, and client-centered therapist, Jathina greatly values the healing qualities of a positive and trusting client-therapist relationship.

Jathina has a special interest in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence, and has been counselling for over 7 years. She helps such clients cope with their past trauma and overcome feelings of isolation, despair, or loss of self-esteem. Jathina provides services under the supervision of registered psychologist Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D., C. Psych.

If you are silently coping with fears and vulnerabilities that are impeding your quality of life, seek the help of a qualified therapist. Call today to book your appointment for therapy or leave a confidential message for Jathina.

Shelley Colter

Shelley Colter

CD1, M.A., RP, TITC-TC

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). Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6H6

Shelley Colter, M.A, RP, TITC-CT. is a registered psychotherapist and certified traumatologist, who works with individuals (16 years of age and older), couples and families in Ottawa and Kanata. She has over 20 years’ experience as an officer with the Canadian military in operational environments. Her therapeutic goal is to assist clients in being heard and validated, thus, empowering them to discover and develop their unique strengths for resolution of 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. Having served for over two decades, Shelley understands the challenges associated with operations, deployment and reintegration into the family and community.

Shelley is compassionate about assisting individuals, couples or families to 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 today to book your appointment for therapy or leave a confidential message for our registered therapist, Shelley. Shelley is not currently accepting new clients at the moment. 

Marnie Colter

Marnie Colter

CAC-II, RP

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.
Location: 430 Hazeldean Rd. Suite 203, Ottawa (starting at this location Oct 1)

Marnie is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Addiction Counsellor with 20+ years experience working in both individual and group settings. She is passionate about assisting adults and youth (12+) to understand and explore issues associated with a variety of mental health concerns. These include substance use and addiction, anxiety and depression, anger, communication skills, self esteem, stress and trauma.

Marnie integrates various techniques and alternate approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Psycho-education and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy with the intention of helping you feel empowered to make changes in your life. Marnie will support you in setting therapeutic goals and objectives that will enable you to explore past and/or present issues.

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, change and resiliency.

Call today to book your appointment for therapy, or leave a confidential message for our Ottawa therapist, Marnie. She is currently accepting new clients.

Heather Ripley

Heather Ripley

MSW, RSW

Areas of Specialty: Individuals (17 Years and older), Addictions, Managing Difficult Emotions (Anger, Anxiety, Depression), Self-Esteem, Grief and Trauma.
Location: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3.

Heather works with individuals 17 and older. With a client-centric approach, Heather has passionately assisted several individuals to manage the distress that brought them into counselling.

Heather is passionate about addressing issues related to addictions, anxiety, anger, depression, and grief. As your therapist, she will not only help you identify and understand your emotions, but also assist in uncovering and resolve the underlying traumatic issues.

Heather is known for her ability to quickly establish a trusting client-therapist relationship, by building and providing a safe space for you to share your story. She provides services under the supervision of registered psychologist Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D., C. Psych.

If you are looking to overcome personal trauma and lead a better quality of life, do not hesitate to speak to one of our Heather. Call today to book your appointment for therapy, or leave a confidential message for our Ottawa therapist, Heather. She is currently accepting new 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 K2K 2A3 and/or 317 Catherine Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

Melissa Hooper, our registered Ottawa psychotherapist, works with individuals and couples, assisting them through the process of self-discovery, self-awareness and empowerment to 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.

Melissa specialises in assisting individuals or couples who may be experiencing sexual issues or concerns. She is an Associate Member of the Board of Examiners of Sex Therapists and Counsellors of Ontario, BESTCO.

As a couples’ therapist, Melissa helps both the partners to address issues, such as infertility, loss of intimacy or separation. She is also experienced in helping people who have struggled with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and relational problems.

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

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

Sandra Martins

Sandra Martins

M.A. RP

Areas of Specialty: Depression & Anxiety, Grief & Loss, Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Issues, Couple & Family Issues, Military Families, Anger Management.
Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3 and/or 1 Centrepointe Drive Suite 205, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 6E2.

Sandra Martins MA (Can) is a registered therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families in Kanata and Nepean. She has experience working with individuals facing depression, anxiety, trauma, angry, grief and loss, and life transitions, whether in their personal lives or at work.

Sandra specializes in working with women and couples who are facing issues around pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She also understands the distinctive challenges facing military families during deployment, relocation, and retirement.

Sandra is known to establish collaborative relationships and creating a safe and supportive environment while assisting clients on mental, emotional, and relational well-being. She provides services under the supervision of licensed psychologist Augustine Meier, Ph.D., C. Psych and Shelley Briscoe-Dimock, Ph.D., RP, RMFT.

If life circumstances or past events are affecting your motivation, outlook or decisions, seek the help of a registered therapist such as Sandra. Call to book your appointment today for therapy or leave a confidential message for Sandra. She is currently accepting new clients at both locations.

Madelaine Erazo

Madelaine Erazo

Child, Youth and Adult Therapist

Areas of Specialty: Child, Youth, Family, and Individual Counselling, Parenting, Depression, Mood & Anxiety, Behavioural Issues, Grief & Loss, Individual Anger Management and Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Self-Esteem and Self-Growth.

Locations: 4019 Carling Ave, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2K 2A3 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and 240 Kennevale Dr., Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K2J 6B6 in Barrhaven (Tuesday).

Madelaine creates a warm and caring atmosphere in order to address and work through areas of concern for yourself, your child, and/or your family. She creates mutually respectful and accepting therapeutic alliances with her clients through compassion and curiosity.

Madelaine’s approach to therapy in integrative and tailored towards your current issues; she incorporates current research and best practices from Narrative Therapy, Play-Therapy, Family and Systemic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural/Dialectical Behavioural, Existentialism, Attachment and Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness to help you reach your goals and foster meaningful change. She believes counselling is an opportunity for support, self-reflection, and her role is to guide this process.

Madelaine has experience working with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, childhood abuse and trauma, family and life transitions, self-image, anger management and interpersonal problems, and parenting. She has a special interest in working with children and families.

Madelaine has completed her clinical training towards a Master’s in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and is working on empirical research that explores the relationship between bullying and the development of Borderline Personality Disorder. Madelaine provides services under the supervision of registered psychologist Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D, C. Psych.

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

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