Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Therapists in Ottawa, ON

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Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych.
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych, MEd
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
I intend to move you to Self leadership and lasting change based on your values using the best in somatic psychology, compassion science, evidence based mindfulness and Third Wave CBT experiential methods.
I am a therapist for other therapists, a healer for wounded physicians. Our clients are high performers who struggle with the downside of over control, perfectionism, and anxiety. Many clients complete their therapy less controlled by their conditioned habits, fears, traumas, and aversive motivations. It gives me joy to see clients leave their time with us with all parts more aligned with Self, Curiosity, Compassion, Clarity, Connectedness, Creativity, Courage, Confidence.
I intend to move you to Self leadership and lasting change based on your values using the best in somatic psychology, compassion science, evidence based mindfulness and Third Wave CBT experiential methods.
I am a therapist for other therapists, a healer for wounded physicians. Our clients are high performers who struggle with the downside of over control, perfectionism, and anxiety. Many clients complete their therapy less controlled by their conditioned habits, fears, traumas, and aversive motivations. It gives me joy to see clients leave their time with us with all parts more aligned with Self, Curiosity, Compassion, Clarity, Connectedness, Creativity, Courage, Confidence.
(613) 801-8345 View (613) 801-8345
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Amélie Vézina
Pre-Licensed Professional, BSc, PhD(c)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
Waitlist for new clients
I use an integrated approach with my clients, combining the key concepts of CBT and Third Wave interventions, like mindfulness and ACT, DBT, CFT, as well as elements of humanistic psychotherapy.
I am a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université Laval and I practice as a Doctoral Associate under Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela’s, C.Psych. supervision. I provide individual services to teens and adults (13+). I am experienced in providing assessments and therapy for people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and burnout, grief, body image and disordered eating, trauma and PTSD, relationship and communication difficulties, procrastination, perfectionism and low self-esteem. I also have special interest and experience helping people experiencing sleep disturbances and military populations.
I use an integrated approach with my clients, combining the key concepts of CBT and Third Wave interventions, like mindfulness and ACT, DBT, CFT, as well as elements of humanistic psychotherapy.
I am a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université Laval and I practice as a Doctoral Associate under Dr. Melisa Arias-Valenzuela’s, C.Psych. supervision. I provide individual services to teens and adults (13+). I am experienced in providing assessments and therapy for people struggling with depression, anxiety, stress and burnout, grief, body image and disordered eating, trauma and PTSD, relationship and communication difficulties, procrastination, perfectionism and low self-esteem. I also have special interest and experience helping people experiencing sleep disturbances and military populations.
(343) 312-5636 View (343) 312-5636
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Christine Hignett
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P  (Online Only)
My work is guided by therapeutic models including internal family systems therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based therapies.
I currently provide individual counselling by secure online video or by phone. I work primarily with adults to manage and process a variety of concerns. I use a client-centred, trauma-informed approach with a focus on existing strengths to collaborate with people on their path forward. I strive to help my clients view their situation with self-compassion, connect to their resiliency, and enhance their coping skills. I work with the understanding that individual issues arise in the context of greater social structures such as family, the workplace, intimate relationships, and society in general.
My work is guided by therapeutic models including internal family systems therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based therapies.
I currently provide individual counselling by secure online video or by phone. I work primarily with adults to manage and process a variety of concerns. I use a client-centred, trauma-informed approach with a focus on existing strengths to collaborate with people on their path forward. I strive to help my clients view their situation with self-compassion, connect to their resiliency, and enhance their coping skills. I work with the understanding that individual issues arise in the context of greater social structures such as family, the workplace, intimate relationships, and society in general.
(343) 307-0855 View (343) 307-0855
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Cynthia Ritchie
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2E  (Online Only)
My approach is all about collaboration and tailoring each session to meet my client’s unique needs. I value acceptance, creativity, compassion, confidentiality, safety, and sometimes even humour. To help my clients meet their goals and reach their potential, I draw upon various evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Narrative Therapy, Supportive Counselling, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and trauma-focused interventions, as well as incorporating self-compassion and mindfulness.
My approach is all about collaboration and tailoring each session to meet my client’s unique needs. I value acceptance, creativity, compassion, confidentiality, safety, and sometimes even humour. To help my clients meet their goals and reach their potential, I draw upon various evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Narrative Therapy, Supportive Counselling, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and trauma-focused interventions, as well as incorporating self-compassion and mindfulness.
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Louise Goodman
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1Y
As a psychotherapist specializing in addiction and mental health, I provide tailored therapy using CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.
Looking for a compassionate path to wellness? As a psychotherapist specializing in addiction, trauma, anxiety, and depression, I'm here to guide you through your journey of healing and self-discovery. If you're seeking to understand and overcome life's challenges, you'll find a safe and supportive space in my practice. Together, we'll work on building resilience, enhancing self-esteem, and creating a balanced, fulfilling life. It's not just about managing symptoms—it's about understanding their roots and fostering meaningful, lasting change. Let's embark on this journey together towards your well being and empowerment.
As a psychotherapist specializing in addiction and mental health, I provide tailored therapy using CBT, DBT, and mindfulness.
Looking for a compassionate path to wellness? As a psychotherapist specializing in addiction, trauma, anxiety, and depression, I'm here to guide you through your journey of healing and self-discovery. If you're seeking to understand and overcome life's challenges, you'll find a safe and supportive space in my practice. Together, we'll work on building resilience, enhancing self-esteem, and creating a balanced, fulfilling life. It's not just about managing symptoms—it's about understanding their roots and fostering meaningful, lasting change. Let's embark on this journey together towards your well being and empowerment.
(343) 453-2355 View (343) 453-2355
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Lindsay Daou
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Z
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is mainly grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, mindfulness-based therapy, and trauma informed therapy.
Accepting new clients! I offer a warm and supportive counselling style, meeting my clients wherever they are in their healing journey. I approach therapy as a collaborative process, recognizing that everyone has the ability within themselves to reach the goals they set in therapy.
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy is mainly grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, mindfulness-based therapy, and trauma informed therapy.
Accepting new clients! I offer a warm and supportive counselling style, meeting my clients wherever they are in their healing journey. I approach therapy as a collaborative process, recognizing that everyone has the ability within themselves to reach the goals they set in therapy.
(343) 307-0264 View (343) 307-0264
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Mélissa Lafrance
Registered Psychotherapist, MÉd, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
My approach is client centred, I use evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, tailored to your individual needs, such as: CBT, DBT, ACT, Compassion focused therapy, Mindfulness, etc.
I specialize in mental health support for post-secondary students, including those in college, university, medical school, graduate studies, fellowships & recent graduates. As a psychotherapist with over 14 years of experince working at the University of Ottawa in both mental health & career counselling, I am passionate about assisting you in prioritizing your mental health and overall well-being. My aim is to establish a safe and supportive space where you can freely explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. Together, we can develop the necessary tools to help you thrive both personally and professionally.
My approach is client centred, I use evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, tailored to your individual needs, such as: CBT, DBT, ACT, Compassion focused therapy, Mindfulness, etc.
I specialize in mental health support for post-secondary students, including those in college, university, medical school, graduate studies, fellowships & recent graduates. As a psychotherapist with over 14 years of experince working at the University of Ottawa in both mental health & career counselling, I am passionate about assisting you in prioritizing your mental health and overall well-being. My aim is to establish a safe and supportive space where you can freely explore your thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. Together, we can develop the necessary tools to help you thrive both personally and professionally.
(343) 305-5693 View (343) 305-5693
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Benjamin F Armstrong
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1N  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My specialty is a blend of mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Change starts with the relationship that we form in the therapy and then continues by building useful skills in and outside of our sessions. In practice this means that I fit best with clients who are interested in (1) understanding more about their thoughts and emotions while also (2) taking clear steps to improve their mental and physical well-being. My job as the therapist is to provide a warm and caring environment to support the client in this process.
My specialty is a blend of mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Change starts with the relationship that we form in the therapy and then continues by building useful skills in and outside of our sessions. In practice this means that I fit best with clients who are interested in (1) understanding more about their thoughts and emotions while also (2) taking clear steps to improve their mental and physical well-being. My job as the therapist is to provide a warm and caring environment to support the client in this process.
(343) 430-0373 View (343) 430-0373
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Brahm Solomon
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2P
I offer assessment, therapy, and consultation services to adults and couples contending with a range of challenges related to adjustment to significant life events and transitions, anxiety, depression, end-of-life considerations, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, post-traumatic stress, and treatment adherence. While I emphasize an experiential (i.e., emotion-focused, mindfulness-based) approach to therapy, integrated within interpersonal and systems frameworks, I am also able to draw on cognitive-behavioural techniques.
I offer assessment, therapy, and consultation services to adults and couples contending with a range of challenges related to adjustment to significant life events and transitions, anxiety, depression, end-of-life considerations, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, post-traumatic stress, and treatment adherence. While I emphasize an experiential (i.e., emotion-focused, mindfulness-based) approach to therapy, integrated within interpersonal and systems frameworks, I am also able to draw on cognitive-behavioural techniques.
(343) 306-1552 View (343) 306-1552
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Maryam Gerami
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1P
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPQ)with more than 15 years of experience in mental health working with adults, couples, and children. I am also an art therapist in Quebec (Montreal). I am an expert in different approaches including psychodynamics, CBT, mindfulness, Art therapy, Emotional focused therapy, Attachment-based therapy, and Humanistic approach. I utilize a client-centred methodology to provide a compassionate and safe therapeutic environment for my clients and use the appropriate approach based on my client’s needs and goals to maximize the result.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPQ)with more than 15 years of experience in mental health working with adults, couples, and children. I am also an art therapist in Quebec (Montreal). I am an expert in different approaches including psychodynamics, CBT, mindfulness, Art therapy, Emotional focused therapy, Attachment-based therapy, and Humanistic approach. I utilize a client-centred methodology to provide a compassionate and safe therapeutic environment for my clients and use the appropriate approach based on my client’s needs and goals to maximize the result.
(343) 307-0213 View (343) 307-0213
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Amelia Dowell
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Z
I adapt my counselling approach to my clients' individual needs, by incorporating evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as interpersonal therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and solution-focused therapy.
Are your negative self-talk and patterns holding you back? Perhaps causing you to overthink, feel overwhelmed, stressed, burnt out, anxious or depressed? Are you looking for tools and mental skills to improve your quality of life and overall well-being? I am a bilingual registered psychotherapist with extensive experience working with adolescents and adults across various mental health settings. I help clients to develop the tools and mental skills to identify and change their thought patterns, in order to improve their quality of life while increasing their self-worth and confidence.
I adapt my counselling approach to my clients' individual needs, by incorporating evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as interpersonal therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and solution-focused therapy.
Are your negative self-talk and patterns holding you back? Perhaps causing you to overthink, feel overwhelmed, stressed, burnt out, anxious or depressed? Are you looking for tools and mental skills to improve your quality of life and overall well-being? I am a bilingual registered psychotherapist with extensive experience working with adolescents and adults across various mental health settings. I help clients to develop the tools and mental skills to identify and change their thought patterns, in order to improve their quality of life while increasing their self-worth and confidence.
(343) 307-5773 View (343) 307-5773
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Megan LaBreche
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MSc, OAMHP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K4A  (Online Only)
My approach blends several types of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and psychoeducation.
Eating disorders and exercise disorders have devastating effects on the individual suffering and those close to them. As a registered psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating and exercise disorders and co-occurring issues, I work collaboratively with clients to meet their own individual therapeutic needs as they bravely journey into full recovery. While I specialize in treating eating disorders, approximately half of my clients come to me with different concerns. I have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues.
My approach blends several types of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and psychoeducation.
Eating disorders and exercise disorders have devastating effects on the individual suffering and those close to them. As a registered psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating and exercise disorders and co-occurring issues, I work collaboratively with clients to meet their own individual therapeutic needs as they bravely journey into full recovery. While I specialize in treating eating disorders, approximately half of my clients come to me with different concerns. I have extensive experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues.
(289) 302-6953 View (289) 302-6953
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Linnea Elizabeth McPhail
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA, DVATI, RP(Q)
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
My expertise in art & mindfulness can help you hold difficult emotions through a trauma-informed, strength-based, compassionate space.
You may be struggling to hold everything together. You may feel helpless, or that no one around you understands how you are feeling. You might be easily distracted. You feel hopeless & may lack the motivation to get through even the most basic of tasks. You might feel anxious, depressed, or just blah. You may be caring for a young human who is struggling in school or at home. They may be sensitive & have a big heart but struggle to cope with their big emotions. As an Art Therapist & Death Doula, I can help folks work with difficult emotions one may be experiencing, together in a space created with safety, kindness, & compassion.
My expertise in art & mindfulness can help you hold difficult emotions through a trauma-informed, strength-based, compassionate space.
You may be struggling to hold everything together. You may feel helpless, or that no one around you understands how you are feeling. You might be easily distracted. You feel hopeless & may lack the motivation to get through even the most basic of tasks. You might feel anxious, depressed, or just blah. You may be caring for a young human who is struggling in school or at home. They may be sensitive & have a big heart but struggle to cope with their big emotions. As an Art Therapist & Death Doula, I can help folks work with difficult emotions one may be experiencing, together in a space created with safety, kindness, & compassion.
(343) 308-0586 View (343) 308-0586
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Nathaniel Jewitt
Registered Psychotherapist, MA , RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2P
Waitlist for new clients
My approach integrates traditional "top-down" talk therapy, such as narrative and cognitive therapy, with an emphasis on newer "bottom-up" modalities, such as mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing.
For over 10 years I've been counselling people with a range of stressors and mental illnesses to manage and improve their quality of life, largely within a university setting. My interest and focus for private practice is in working with people suffering from the impacts of trauma, anxiety and emotional dysregulation in general, and with challenges related to chronic illness. It has been my privilege to work with clients from very diverse backgrounds in my career, and I welcome adults of all ages, genders, cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions.
My approach integrates traditional "top-down" talk therapy, such as narrative and cognitive therapy, with an emphasis on newer "bottom-up" modalities, such as mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing.
For over 10 years I've been counselling people with a range of stressors and mental illnesses to manage and improve their quality of life, largely within a university setting. My interest and focus for private practice is in working with people suffering from the impacts of trauma, anxiety and emotional dysregulation in general, and with challenges related to chronic illness. It has been my privilege to work with clients from very diverse backgrounds in my career, and I welcome adults of all ages, genders, cultures, ethnicities and faith traditions.
(343) 307-0209 View (343) 307-0209
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Rory Batchilder
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc, MEd, CCC, RP
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K2C  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Private practice 20 yrs. Instructed at Counsellor Training Institute (CTI) for two years. Postgraduate Diploma in Couples Therapy in addition to Master's Degree. Your story will emerge . . . your goals and passions. Depression, anxiety, conflict, anger, addictions, self-esteem, spiritual searching, communication, relationship and intimacy issues. Familiar with complementary healing; mindfulness, inner-child, ego-states, positive psychology, visualization & meditation. Certified by: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario ( 002563) & CCPA ( 8192). Fully Insured.
Private practice 20 yrs. Instructed at Counsellor Training Institute (CTI) for two years. Postgraduate Diploma in Couples Therapy in addition to Master's Degree. Your story will emerge . . . your goals and passions. Depression, anxiety, conflict, anger, addictions, self-esteem, spiritual searching, communication, relationship and intimacy issues. Familiar with complementary healing; mindfulness, inner-child, ego-states, positive psychology, visualization & meditation. Certified by: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario ( 002563) & CCPA ( 8192). Fully Insured.
(613) 777-0637 View (613) 777-0637
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Lori de Laplante
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1P
These include Sandtray Therapy, EMDR, Compassion-focused and Mindfulness-based practices.
(PLEASE NOTE: I AM CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS). I am a registered psychologist providing assessment and treatment to adults for common psychological problems as well as physical health problems or emotional issues and traumas. Physical health problems include chronic or terminal illnesses, medical conditions exacerbated by stress, and physical symptoms that doctors are unable to fully explain or treat (e.g., chronic pain, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities). Emotional issues include childhood or adult experiences of abuse or neglect, couple or family-related stressors, work-related stressors, challenging life transitions and loss or bereavement issues.
These include Sandtray Therapy, EMDR, Compassion-focused and Mindfulness-based practices.
(PLEASE NOTE: I AM CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW CLIENTS). I am a registered psychologist providing assessment and treatment to adults for common psychological problems as well as physical health problems or emotional issues and traumas. Physical health problems include chronic or terminal illnesses, medical conditions exacerbated by stress, and physical symptoms that doctors are unable to fully explain or treat (e.g., chronic pain, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities). Emotional issues include childhood or adult experiences of abuse or neglect, couple or family-related stressors, work-related stressors, challenging life transitions and loss or bereavement issues.
(844) 331-0796 View (844) 331-0796
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Bahara Hamidi
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, MA, CCPA
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1T  (Online Only)
I believe in a comprehensive and personalized treatment approach, drawing from various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
My goal is to provide unwavering support to my clients as they navigate the path to emotional well-being and self-discovery. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, and I prioritize establishing a safe, non-judgmental, and authentic therapeutic relationship with each person. One of the cornerstones of my practice is my trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approach.
I believe in a comprehensive and personalized treatment approach, drawing from various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
My goal is to provide unwavering support to my clients as they navigate the path to emotional well-being and self-discovery. I firmly believe in the power of collaboration, and I prioritize establishing a safe, non-judgmental, and authentic therapeutic relationship with each person. One of the cornerstones of my practice is my trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approach.
(343) 321-2001 View (343) 321-2001
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Erin Copeland
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BSc, RP, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K1Y
My therapeutic approach draws on a variety of therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.
Are you looking for relief from depression or anxiety? Want to find ways to better manage difficulties related to ADHD or high functioning Autism? Need support coping with grief and loss? Worried about your child or teen's wellbeing? Feeling burnt out and stressed from work? Need help navigating your relationship or family dynamics? I am currently welcoming new child (ages 7+), adolescent and adult clients with no to little wait time. Evening appointments are available.
My therapeutic approach draws on a variety of therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness.
Are you looking for relief from depression or anxiety? Want to find ways to better manage difficulties related to ADHD or high functioning Autism? Need support coping with grief and loss? Worried about your child or teen's wellbeing? Feeling burnt out and stressed from work? Need help navigating your relationship or family dynamics? I am currently welcoming new child (ages 7+), adolescent and adult clients with no to little wait time. Evening appointments are available.
(343) 314-0879 View (343) 314-0879
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Jenny Jackson
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Ottawa, ON K2H
I am a social worker who believes in the power of persons and peoples: I work with clients to create opportunities for healing and growth. I have a varied background including crisis intervention, addictions recovery, women's issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, Parts work and Somatic Experiencing. I understand the importance of melding mindfulness techniques with talk therapy. In practice, I work to combine a solid knowledge of the roots of trauma while providing a safe and welcoming environment, creatively combining these aspects of care to customise healing journeys in partnership with clients.
I am a social worker who believes in the power of persons and peoples: I work with clients to create opportunities for healing and growth. I have a varied background including crisis intervention, addictions recovery, women's issues, LGBTQ+ concerns, Parts work and Somatic Experiencing. I understand the importance of melding mindfulness techniques with talk therapy. In practice, I work to combine a solid knowledge of the roots of trauma while providing a safe and welcoming environment, creatively combining these aspects of care to customise healing journeys in partnership with clients.
(343) 503-0874 View (343) 503-0874
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Thrive Psychology and Wellness Centre
Psychologist, MA, PhD
Verified Verified
Ottawa, ON K1M  (Online Only)
I also apply elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema-focused Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches when appropriate.
My name is Dr. Marianne O'Byrne, owner and psychologist at Thrive. I work alongside five wonderful psychotherapists who are accepting new clients under my supervision. We have a breadth of experience providing assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety and mood disorders In addition, we have special interests in two spheres: 1) PTSD, including with first responders (including WSIB, VAC, RCMP) and 2) perinatal difficulties (e.g., new parents, postpartum depression and anxiety, traumatic birth). We also enjoy assessing and treating for stress management, self-esteem, and other interpersonal and behavioral difficulties.
I also apply elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema-focused Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches when appropriate.
My name is Dr. Marianne O'Byrne, owner and psychologist at Thrive. I work alongside five wonderful psychotherapists who are accepting new clients under my supervision. We have a breadth of experience providing assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety and mood disorders In addition, we have special interests in two spheres: 1) PTSD, including with first responders (including WSIB, VAC, RCMP) and 2) perinatal difficulties (e.g., new parents, postpartum depression and anxiety, traumatic birth). We also enjoy assessing and treating for stress management, self-esteem, and other interpersonal and behavioral difficulties.
(613) 703-0277 View (613) 703-0277

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Mindfulness-Based (MBCT) Counsellors

How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy work?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy originated in the work of John Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He developed mindfulness-based stress reduction, which is a technique found in yoga and meditation. MBCT is a combination of this type of stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy; it essentially quiets emotional distress through mindfulness, utilizing proper breathing and meditation. These techniques aim to bring the individual into the present moment when in a state of distress.

When do I know if I need treatment with mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

If an individual’s mind is filled with emotional distress and general negativity, the person may feel trapped. A mindfulness-based cognitive therapist can help a person change their thinking patterns as well as their behaviour through calm acceptance and compassion. This therapy can provide an individual with the coping skills needed for a healthier and more constructive life.

What should I expect from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy?

This therapy often takes place in group sessions. A therapist will work with the group as well as with each individual. Meditation and breathing exercises are core practices that aim to invite inquiry and discovery into a person’s troubled mental state. The objective is to identify and lessen negative thoughts and behaviours and move toward optimal health and productivity. The individual will see life in a more realistic way. This therapy is supportive, accepting, and warm.

Is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effective?

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is evidence-based and effective. One study found that people with major depressive disorder have benefitted from this type of therapy; the person accepts their distressed thoughts and also moves into healthier patterns of thinking. This therapy also aims to move an individual away from automatic negative responses. This type of therapy can bring a person lifelong change, with higher levels of satisfaction, less stress, as well as positive emotional and behavioural habits.