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Trust the Ottawa Therapists at Family Therapy

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 4 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.

Due to COVID-19 and stay at home requirements, all appointments are occurring by online video conferencing or phone calls at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are all in this together. Stay home and stay safe.

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

Registered Social Worker & Ottawa Therapist

Nataxja Cini

Adult and Couples Therapist 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

Online Appointments Tuesday – Thursday

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), Nataxja 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 provides individual, couples and trauma therapy for refugee claimants under the Interim Federal Health Plan. She provides an understanding ear , practical advise and writes supportive psychological assessments under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Saxe for refugee claimants. Nataxja helps prepare refugee claimants mentally and emotionally for their refugee board hearing. She accompanies refugee claimants to their refugee board hearings.

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 today to book your appointment 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.

Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist in Ottawa

Jathina Blais

Adult and Couples Therapist MSW, RSW

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.

Online and In person Appointments Tuesday – Friday

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.

Registered psychotherapist and certified traumatologist in Ottawa

Shelley Colter

Adult and Couples Therapist

CD1, M.A., RP, RMFT 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

Online and In person Appointments Monday – Friday. Not accepting Clients at this time

Shelley Colter, M.A, RP, RMFT, 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.

Shelley offers supervision to both qualifying registered psychotherapists and marriage and family therapists under CPRO and CAMFT requirements.

Call today to speak with Shelley regarding supervision. Shelley is not currently accepting new clients for therapy at the moment. 

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Sandra Martins

Youth and Adult Therapist 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.

Online and In person Appointments Monday – Friday

Sandra Martins M.A. RP 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 today to book your appointment for therapy or leave a confidential message for Sandra. She is currently accepting new clients at both locations.

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Alex Vance

Adult Therapist RP-Q

Areas of Specialty: Young adult and Adult Individual Counselling,  Mood & Anxiety Issues, Grief & Loss, Individual Anger Management and Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Self-Esteem and Self-Growth, Developmental Disorders such as ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and substance abuse.

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

Online AppointmentsTuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Alex’s approach to psychotherapy is based in the belief that we, as people, possess the strength and resources necessary to make positive, helpful changes in our lives. Alex’s goal is to help his clients develop solutions to the problems life can present, building resilience and coping skills, reconnecting with their values, and thinking critically (and compassionately) about their own distress processes. In other words: to develop their own compassionate inner-therapist.

Alex strives to create a space with his clients that is collaborative, accepting, non-judgemental, and authentic. Alex can help you learn to tune in and truly listen to yourself, accompanying you on your journey of self-growth as you find out more about who you are. Alex works with adults and young adults and has experience working with a variety of issues, including: mental health-related disability, depression, anxiety, developmental disorders such as ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, trauma, and substance abuse. Alex practices from an integrative perspective, combining behavioural (CBT, REBT), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and existential approaches. Alex has a client-centered view on the therapist-client relationship and prioritizes connecting with his clients through empathy, genuineness, and warmth.

Alex practices under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D, C. Psych. , a registered Ontario psychologist. 

Call today to book your appointment with Alex or leave a confidential message for Alex with our receptionist. He is currently accepting new clients at his Kanata location.

MArnie

Marnie Colter

Adult Therapist 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

In Person and On Line Counselling

Appointments available Tuesday to Saturday

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

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

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Guilherme Beraldo

Adult Therapist RP-Q

Areas of Specialty: Youth (17 and up) and Adult Individual Counselling, Mood & Anxiety Issues, Depression, Career choices, Grief & Loss, Anger Management and Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem and Self-Growth, Men’s issues.

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

In Person and On Line Counselling

On Line Counselling Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

In Person Counselling on Wednesday

Guilherme offers in person, phone, and video conferencing appointments. He offers therapy in English and Portuguese and accepts Spanish-speaking clients.

Clients come to see Guilherme with their personal concerns and feelings regarding anger, relationships, depression, struggles with intimacy, and when they feel stuck in unhelpful patterns or behaviours. Guilherme builds a trusting, confidential, and nonjudgmental relationship with his clients to help them overcome barriers to change.

Guilherme’s approach is collaborative, empathetic, understanding, and individualized for your specific needs and goals. In collaboration with this clients, he works aims to develop a greater sense of awareness to help reduce daily stresses, overcome anxiety or depression, develop resilience, achieve your dreams and help you make sense of your experiences and live a more fulfilling life.

Guilherme hopes that through therapy you can develop a more secure relationship with yourself and others. He offers goal directed empathetic and engaging therapy to his clients. If you are struggling with emotional pain, unexplainable anger, grief or anxiety, please reach out for help and support.

Guilherme practices under the supervision of Dr. Brenda Saxe Ph.D, C. Psych. , a registered Ontario psychologist. Call to today book your appointment with Guilherme or leave a confidential message for Guilherme with our receptionist. He is currently accepting new clients at his Kanata location

Riffat

Riffat Yusaf

Child, Youth and Adult Therapist RP

Areas of Specialty: Children and teens 5 – 18 yrs old, Families, Couples, and Adult Individual Counselling, Mood & Anxiety Issues, behavioural and emotional issues, social skills, anger management, depression, separation/divorce assertiveness skills, bullying, school issues, Parenting Issues, Step families, Communication Skills,

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

In Person and On Line Counselling

Appointments available Monday – Friday

Riffat provides compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental, and a trusting therapeutic relationship to her clients. She strives to empower you to overcome your personal emotional barriers to improve your overall mental health, develop life skills and inner strength, and move through life successfully. She uses an individual and personal approach for each client using different modalities for counselling according to your unique needs.

Riffat has experience working with children , families and individuals outside of Canada. She is experienced working with culturally diverse clientele presenting with a variety of issues. She offers therapy in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu.

Most of her psychotherapy experience with children and adolescents centres around helping them overcome traumatic events including childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Riffat helps her young clients over come trauma and anxiety and become more positive and resilient. Children experience trauma depression and anxiety differently than adults.

She understands children and youth can express their fears, sadness, anxiety or stress as acting out behaviours, aggression, anger or hyperactivity. Riffat helps children express their emotions and feelings through play therapy combined with talk therapy. Riffat works with families and parents as partners in the treatments process. Riffat offers child and youth therapy to refugee claimant children who may have experienced trauma or witnessed violence prior to arriving in Canada.

Riffat enjoys working with couples struggling with relationship and intimacy issues, communication challenges, and parenting conflicts.

Call to today book your appointment with Riffat or leave a confidential message for Riffat with our receptionist. She is currently accepting new clients at her Kanata location.

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Gulzar Firashta

Adult Counsellor RSSW, RP-Q

Areas of Specialty: Youth (13 and up) and Adult Individual Counselling, Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Issues, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Sleep Issues, Behavioural issues, school challenges and early intervention.

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

Online Appointments

Appointments available Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Gulzar Firashta, RSSW, RP-Q is completing her internship as her final part of her Master’s in Counselling at Yorkville University. She is a registered Social Service worker and is working towards being a fully qualified Registered Psychotherapist. In addition to being a therapist, Gulzar, works within the school system and a community-based organization helping children and families with school challenges. Her aim is to help individuals to thrive and achieve success. 

She has experience working with children with behavioural issues, individuals facing depression, anxiety, sleep issues, anger, grief, and loss, taking a holistic approach with care and affection.

Gulzar is goal-oriented and takes a collaborative approach in therapy. With fluency in four different languages, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, and English she understands that all individuals are diverse and require interventions that are catered towards everyone’s unique needs.

Gulzar’s active listening skills, empathy, and open-mindedness towards a variety of lifestyles and situations allow for a safe, and comfortable space for clients to work in collaboration with her and explore their issues. Together in therapy, we will learn about habits, behaviours, and beliefs that hold you back in life and we will develop new patterns and strategies. Gulzar creates a warm and accepting environment where you will feel heard and understood.

 Gulzar is in her final year of her Master’s Degree in Counselling at Yorkville University which focuses on “talk therapy”.

Call to today book your appointment with Gulzar or leave a confidential message for Gulzar with our receptionist. She is currently accepting new clients at her Kanata location. Gulzar provides clinical services under the supervision of Nataxja Cini, MSW, RSW or Shelley Colter, CD1, M.A., RP, RMFT TITC-TC .

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Madelaine Erazo

Child and Youth Therapist RP-Q

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 and 240 Kennevale Dr., Suite 204, Ottawa, Ontario K2J 6B6 in Barrhaven.

Online and In person Appointments Tuesday – Thursday

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 today to 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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Family-Therapy’s family counselling services in Ottawa, Nepean and Kanata aim to help you and your families cope with a wide range of complex challenges. Seek timely help and resolve difficult situations by discussing them with a trained professional therapist. For more information about our services or to set up an appointment, please call or email us. Physicians, Pediatricians, other Therapists, and Lawyers can fax us at 1-613-777-4975.