Each of our therapists is a registered psychotherapist or has qualifying status with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) or with the Ontario College of Socail Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), holds a Masters degree in counselling and has membership in a professional association of psychotherapists.
Our team meets regularly for prayer, case discussion and clinical supervision and participates in ongoing training and professional development to deepen and expand areas of expertise.
Joanne is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration Number 004483) and the current Clinical Director at CCO. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and obtained her M.A. in Individual Counselling from Saint Paul University. She continued her studies to include working with couples and has completed training in EMDR, level 2. She has completed Phase 2 Training in “Brainspotting”, a well regarded technique for treating psychological trauma. She provides individual and couples psychotherapeutic counselling at the CCO Main Office as well as our Gloucester office. She works primarily with adults and youth and has a special interest in working with trauma survivors, offering experience and expertise in a broad range of intervention mechanisms.
As the current Clinical Director at CCO Joanne supervises the CCO therapists and the Intake process and oversees the work of placement students as they follow the experiential portion of their training. In May 2019, Joanne completed a Supervision Course and Training for Clinical Supervisors with the Institute for Self-in Relationship Psychotherapy, which is recognized by the CRPO.
Joanne has been working with the Christian Counselling Ottawa Team for over 20 years.
Heather is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration Number 004671). She holds an M.A. Honours in Counselling from the Winnipeg Theological Seminary, a B.A. in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo and a B.A. in Religious Education (Major in Youth Counselling) from Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan. She has a wide range of expertise, working with adults, adolescents, couples and families at our Main Office on Glencoe Street. Heather is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors.
Jennifer is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration Number 006484). She holds a M.Sc. in Counselling from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas. She has also completed Phase 1 & 2 training in “Brainspotting”, a body-based approach to treating trauma using mindfulness.
Jennifer is a trauma-informed therapist who provides a compassionate and supportive environment where faith is welcomed and explored as a key component of healing, if desired. She uses a variety of techniques including CBT to help client deepen their understanding of their life story, gain new tools, and find hope for a new way forward.
She works with individuals aged 16 and up who struggle with various challenges including trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, burnout, anger, life transitions, relationships, and spirituality. Jennifer works at our Main Office at 63 Glencoe Street as well as our Kanata office. She has been a part of the CCO team in various capacities since 2015.
Alexia is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 008305) and an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Registration #2017750). She joined CCO in May 2019 following completion of her M.A. in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. She has a passion for supporting the family, in whatever shape and form it takes. She believes that supporting parents as individuals, and in their couple-relationship is key to helping the family thrive. She, also, recognizes how hard these relationships at times can be. She has over 10 years of experience facilitating Marriage and Parenting courses, as well as experience in her past careers of finance and running her own catering business.
Alexia works with individuals, couples and families who are looking for support with relationship concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, grief and anger. Alexia is currently undertaking Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Training and she has completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Brandi is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 008299). She joined CCO in May 2019 and works with individuals, couples and families, including providing supportive counselling for children, adolescents and adults.
She holds a Social Service Worker diploma from Algonquin College, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations and Spirituality and a Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. She recently completed “Brainspotting” Phase 1 & 2, a brain-body based treatment used to process and release stored traumas underlying a wide range of emotional and physical problems, as well as Attachment Focused “Brainspotting” with children. She works with anxiety, depression, stress, grief, anger, low self-esteem, family of origin issues, relationship conflict, spiritual struggles, personality and mood disorders.
Brandi uses many creative therapy techniques to access parts of self which have yet to be heard. She favours a holistic approach, which includes the mind, body and spirit of a person, as well as the close relationships, environment, community and culture they are apart of. She believes every human being has within them the power to change and to self-actualize. She has worked as a youth facilitator and as a counsellor for people with disabilities. She has experience with complex grief in children, youth and adults, as well as intimate partner violence and anger management. She has worked with people suffering a wide variety of mental health challenges and is comfortable coming alongside complex trauma and the greatest of human suffering.
Chris is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 008194). He joined CCO in May 2019. He has a Master of Divinity in Spiritual Formation from Tyndale Seminary and is currently completing a PhD in Counselling and Spirituality at Saint Paul University. His doctoral thesis involves the intersection of personality, psychosocial maturity, and unconscious imagination.
Combining his psychotherapy training with a background as a Certified Spiritual Director, he has a passion for integrating psychology and spirituality, which, in his view, cross-fertilizes into wisdom. Whether it be issues of anxiety, depression, meaning, identity, relational issues, couples' dynamics or spirituality, he enjoys helping people see the spiritual dimension of their psychological journey and the psychological dimension of their spiritual journey. He has experience in helping clients through dreamwork, body awareness exercises, creative imagination, and using the Enneagram personality framework to find wisdom and healing in their journeys.
Margie is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration #008616). She joined CCO officially in September 2019 after completing an internship with us in 2018-2019. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Margie worked with children, youth and parents in a social work capacity. She also worked many years in youth and family ministry. Although her psychotherapy training focussed on working with adults, she has been expanding her professional development, and is also available to work with children and youth. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, childhood trauma (adverse childhood experiences), issues with identity, self-esteem and self-image, interpersonal relationship struggles, emotional regulation, search for meaning and questions about faith and life.
Heidi is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 11625). Heidi has a Masters of Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University and a Bachelor of Science with a teaching degree from Liberty University. Heidi did an internship with CCO while completing her Masters degree.
Heidi implements an integrative approach to therapy drawing tools and techniques from various theoretical backgrounds including attachment, emotion focused, psychodynamic, CBT and ACT. She works with individuals on issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, grief and interpersonal challenges. Heidi studied early complex trauma and its impact on relationships in her final major research paper during her MA, and believes in the importance of trauma informed care. When clients wish do to so, Heidi will integrate faith and spirituality into sessions. Heidi desires to help people work through the issues that are keeping them from living whole, productive, hopeful lives.
Sara is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 009652). She has a Master of Divinity in Clinical Counselling from Tyndale Seminary and B.Sc. in Information Systems.
Sara views the human experience holistically and approaches therapy from that perspective; she focuses on the integration of the body, mind and soul as well as spirituality and culture. Having studied counselling from a theological standpoint, Sara is passionate about integrating psychology and spirituality within therapy if and when preferred by the client. Having been brought up in a different culture, she understands how culture can have a unique impact on individuals and approaches counselling from a culturally informed standpoint. Sara strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental setting for constructive self-exploration. She works with individuals with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions and self-image. Sara provides therapy in both English and Arabic languages.
Benjamin is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration Number 009672). Benjamin holds an M.A. in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University, a B.A. in History and a Social Service Worker Diploma.
Benjamin has a long history of working with people facing addictions, poverty and disabling conditions, through both in-patient and community settings. These experiences have helped him to develop an intimate understanding of the challenges and pain that life can bring, as well as the resilience and resourcefulness that can help bring healing. He has also learned the need for balancing healthy relationships and connection with strong boundaries.
Benjamin works from a spiritually-informed perspective, and integrates the values and beliefs of his clients into sessions, if and as desired by the client. He has a range of expertise working with adults at all stages of life and provides therapy to individuals who feel that they are not reaching their potential, struggling to make a change in their present, or who are struggling with hurt from their past. He enjoys working with the complexity and contradictions of life, and has a particular interest in partnering with people who are looking to answer the challenges in their lives as their best self. Benjamin is currently seeing clients virtually.
John-Paul is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 12474) and a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He holds a Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor's of Social Work. John-Paul has several years of experience in a diverse array of human helping fields across Canada, including as a social worker, counsellor, and most recently as a qualifying psychotherapist. He embraces an empathetic, person-centered approach within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework which incorporates Christian faith and spirituality. He believes in the importance of 'digging deeper' with clients to help achieve increased self-awareness about the narratives we tell ourselves. John-Paul also values practical, solution-focused methods to help clients achieve their goals.
Nathan Hicks (RSW, MSW, BSW, BA) is a registered Social Worker (#838927) in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and possesses a Master of Social Work.
Nathan values providing clients a safe, supportive environment where they may experience a warm, empathetic approach that is client centred. He draws on several therapeutic modalities such as CBT, SFT, MI, attachment theory, mindfulness, and self-compassion. Nathan believes in meeting the client where they are at, moving at their own pace, and providing supportive tools which may help them address personal issues outside of session. He takes a holistic view with each client as circumstances, environment, relationships, faith, and culture all have a role to play in psychological health and physical wellbeing.
Nathan's background encompasses working mainly with adults struggling with various mental health challenges, including substance abuse issues. Nathan provides support to youth in helping them acquire emotional regulation skills and social confidence. Many of his clients have come from diverse backgrounds and situations. He has experience working with youth and adults deal with court-related issues, severe trauma, child custody negotiations, depression/anxiety, relational conflict, spiritual concerns, and suicidal ideation.
Nathan believes it takes a great deal of courage and self-regard for someone to confess they need help and reaching out is a powerful first step towards positive change. He understands that addressing personal concerns is not a perfect process and may include setbacks but healing through past/present issues is like writing a book: you have to go through a few drafts before you’re satisfied with the result. He looks forward to hearing your story and supporting you in your journey.
Interns at Christian Counselling Ottawa are continuing to develop and refine theoretical knowledge through practical experience while under the supervision of a licensed psychotherapist. As one educational requirement in the completion of a Master level program in clinical counselling, internship allows for the direct application of skills alongside the receipt of additional training from senior therapists, facilitating professional formation and transition to employment. Our current interns are:
Wintana is completing her Master's degree in counselling psychology at Yorkville University. She has completed 70% of her degree and is now just gaining experience. She has a passion for helping others. She has been in the mental health field for several years, most recently working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Wintana is ready to expand her experience and knowledge as a counsellor for young adults and adults.