Ottawa's Counselling Experts for 100+ Years
At Family Services Ottawa, we offer professional and compassionate counselling services to help you overcome life’s challenges. Our team of qualified counsellors are dedicated to providing you with the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or any other mental health concern, we are here to help.
Who We Support
Individuals | Couples | Parents and Families | Children and Youth
Counsellors at FSO work with children, adolescents, and/or adults. We provide individual counselling, as well as counselling for couples, families, groups, and organizations.
Areas of Expertise
Anxiety / Panic
Bereavement, Grief & Loss
Child / Play Therapy
Childhood Sexual Abuse & Trauma
Chronic Pain / Illness
Family Therapy & Transitions
Illness and Injury
Intimate Partner Violence & Abuse
Isolation / Interpersonal Difficulties
Parenting Children with Special Needs
Prenatal & Postpartum Issues
Separation & Divorce
Sleep or Insomnia
Trauma and PTSD
Youth Counselling & Counselling for Young Adults
Our Counselling Team
Our Counsellors, Clinical Social Workers and Psychotherapists hold a minimum of a master’s-level degree in Counselling Psychology or Social Work and are registered with their professional college. They provide support for a wide variety of issues as listed above.
Our Counsellors utilize a range of science-based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, among other evidence-based treatment approaches.
Adrian B (he/him) is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario who has been offering psychotherapy to adults and youth for four years. With trauma and attachment-informed perspective, Adrian integrates several therapy modalities into his practice, including ACT, DBT, and ISF. Adrian believes in the power of present-moment awareness, spontaneity, and the therapeutic relationship as key factors of change in the counselling journey. His areas of interest include working with depression, anxiety, guilt and shame, interpersonal relationships, family of origin, as well as supporting clients with neurodiversity.
Andrée G (she/her) is Registered Social Worker with the OCSWSSW and holds a post-graduate certificate in Child and Youth Mental Health. With more than a decade of experience conducting community-based research with people who use drugs, Andrée employs a harm reduction and personal empowerment model to all aspects of her work. Andrée believes that counselling is collaborative and strengths-based and regularly draws from Polyvagal theory, ACT, CBT and DBT in her practice to support clients.
Bonnie S (she/her), MSW, RSW brings 30 years of experience in counselling and crisis intervention in community and post-secondary settings, with expertise in gender-based violence, trauma, mental health, and transgender health. She has developed and delivered psychoeducational and therapeutic group programs and workshops on topics such as anger and assertiveness for women, coping with stress, managing anxiety, and healthy relationships. Bonnie has extensive experience offering training in workplaces and post-secondary settings on mental health topics. As a leader and clinician, Bonnie strives to work collaboratively with individuals and groups to achieve change and growth within an anti-oppressive framework.
Clark H (he/him) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. He strives to be fully present with his clients as they work together – whether through difficult emotions, past trauma, or managing a challenging relationship. That is why he strives to create a judgement-free zone that is safe for clients to enter and share their thoughts and feelings. His passion for helping others is fueled by a desire to help people overcome issues that impact their mental health and well-being. Clark’s therapeutic style is best described as compassionate and caring above all else. As an emerging therapist, he endeavours to incorporate evidence-based approaches to help clients reduce their suffering, and understand their emotions. His approach is collaborative and integrative, drawing on person-centered, ACT, CBT, and Rogerian treatment styles.
Elke K (she/her) holds a Master’s of Education in Counselling, is a Registered Psychotherapist with CRPO, and holds 25 years of experience as a counsellor with individuals, families, and children. She has developed and facilitated various school-based programs and parenting workshops, and has provided addictions counselling in a community-based program. Elke has training in a wide range of approaches, integrating DBT, CBT, and polyvagal tools in her work. Working from a strength-based, trauma-informed, and attachment approach, Elke supports clients in understanding their experiences, and building resilience, self-acceptance, and hope for a better future. For the majority of her career, Elke has worked in the violence against women sector, providing individual counselling and group facilitation to survivors of intimate partner abuse and their children. Safety planning and psychoeducation on partner abuse and its impacts are central to her work. Elke works from a feminist, anti-oppression lens in supporting clients on their healing journeys.
Gabrielle W (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and is a Certified Play Therapist with Play Therapy International. Gabrielle offers more than 10 years of experience working with children, youth, families, and adults. With an integrated practice, Gabrielle incorporates aspects of EFFT, CPS, ACT, DBT and expressive arts therapies, among others, and tailors plans according to every individual’s unique circumstances and strengths. She is trauma and attachment informed, committed to anti-oppressive practice, and honours client advocacy and self-determination. Gabrielle has worked with clients presenting challenges with trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, behaviour management, academics, social skills, navigating life transitions, and more. Working with caregivers, she focuses on confidence building, stress management, behaviour management strategies, effective communication, and relationship enhancement. Gabrielle is a clinical supervisor and provides parenting and children’s mental health support for counsellors and parent educators.
Holly S (she/her) has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker. She works primarily in the Anti-Violence and Around the Rainbow counselling programs. Her prior experience includes harm reduction, sexual health, self-defence and sexual violence prevention education, and crisis and residential support in a women’s shelter. Holly integrates dialectical behaviour therapy, trauma-informed, narrative, and strength-based approaches to support clients towards their goals, and works from anti-oppressive, feminist and queer- and trans-affirming perspectives. As well as individual counselling, Holly is passionate about group work and community building, facilitating support groups for survivors of intimate partner violence.
Jonathan S (he/him) is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as well as a Couple and Family Therapist registered with the Canadian and American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). A counsellor for nearly 20 years, Jonathan’s counselling is collaborative, systemic, trauma-informed, and somatic. Having worked with diverse clients with differing needs, including trauma, grief, relational difficulties, anxiety, and depression, Jonathan has learned that healing can make sense when we bring compassion and curiousity to areas of difficulty. Jonathan is also a clinical supervisor and has been supporting students and experienced therapists and counsellors for more than 10 years.
Katie C (she/her) is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. Katie’s has brings five years of experience to her work with youth and adults who experience challenges with anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, disordered eating, gender/sexuality, grief/loss, sexual violence and workplace/academic stress. Following a person-centered, trauma-informed approach with elements of cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT, ACT and DBT), Katie firmly believes everyone is capable of creating change in their lives with the proper tools and guidance. She also has a particular interest in using creative modalities with clients. Katie helps clients identify their needs and goals and then works to create a care plan as unique as the individual, always striving to make clients feel empowered, listened to, and cared for.
Katie D (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. Katie works with children and youth, providing counselling and psychotherapy that is collaborative, strengths-based, and trauma-informed. She values a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing, appreciating the importance of collaboration when working with children, youth, and families. Katie’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative, including cognitive behavioural, emotion-focused, play-based, and collaborative problem-solving approaches. She has worked with diverse clients presenting challenges in areas such as trauma, anxiety, depression, attention and learning, emotion- and self-regulation, cognitive flexibility, behaviour management, social skills, and life transitions.
Liz K (she/her), MSW, RSW was trained in the United States, where she worked as an inpatient psychiatric social worker with individuals experiencing serious mental health challenges. She uses a collaborative, trauma-informed approach to help clients find safety and meaning, and invites clients to reconnect with their unique strengths in the face of oppressive social structures and norms.
Mireille D (she/her) is a registered social worker with the OCSWSSW with more than 10 years of experience working with survivors of gender-based violence. With a deep passion for empowering individuals and advocating for their rights, Mireille provides compassionate and comprehensive support to those affected by traumatic experiences. She believes in working closely with survivors, engaging them as active participants in their healing journey. By fostering a safe and non-judgemental environment, Mireille creates opportunities for survivors to express their needs, voice their concerns, and develop personalized strategies for overcoming the challenges they face.
Rebecca F (she/her), MSW, RSW has more than 20 years of experience providing individual and couples counselling, as well as experience as a clinical supervisor and leadership consultant. She works predominantly from a structural/relational perspective. Rebecca considers herself a guide in helping clients learn to recognize and utilize their inner resources (strengths), adapt to change and growth, and become active participants in their own treatment processes. Rebecca is trained in a variety of clinical approaches, including CBT, DBT, EFT, and Narrative Therapy. She is also a trained EMDR therapist. Rebecca works with clients (individuals and couples) experiencing depression, anxiety, abuse/neglect, PTSD, and grief relative to significant loss/attachment issues. Further areas of interest include relational development in couples and individuals, interpersonal skills, self-esteem, self-harm, intimacy, and sexuality.
Sarah C (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO. With more than seven years of experience working in childcare, post-secondary peer support, crisis intervention, and psychotherapy, Sarah’s client work is rooted in anti-oppression as she seeks to help people find connection, safety, authenticity, and fulfillment. She believes in client collaboration and draws from a number of approaches, incorporating narrative, somatic, existential, and attachment-focused therapies. Sarah works with a range of client concerns including anxiety, depression, identity struggles, grief, and relationship concerns.
Stefanie O (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO who has 10 years of experience working with children, emerging adults, and adults in a helping role. Her experience includes childcare, teaching, post secondary peer support, crisis intervention, and counselling. With a collaborative approach to therapy, Stefanie believes the most effective counselling happens when meeting clients where they are. She is passionate about building relationships with clients to foster autonomy, authenticity, and connection, and takes an integrative approach to therapy incorporating person-centered, emotion-focused, acceptance and commitment, and somatic therapies. Stefanie works with clients facing many challenges including anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal difficulties, and intrapersonal conflict.
Wilfred B (Willis) is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the CRPO currently providing short-term brief counselling services primarily through Counselling Connect. Willis combines solution-focused and narrative therapy to collaboratively (with clients) explore their mental health challenges and daily struggles. Willis also employs client-centered, spiritually-integrated modalities alongside other conventional therapeutic modalities such as CBT, DBT, and more. Some of Willis’ daily work focuses on clients who are dealing with trauma, grief, relational difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Willis also has more than 10 years of experience working with diverse people dealing with trauma in complex humanitarian settings.