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Do you struggle with a pervasive sense of unworthiness or feeling fundamentally flawed, affecting your self-esteem? Are you experiencing constant self-critical thoughts and a harsh inner dialogue? Do you find yourself setting unrealistic standards and experiencing anxiety or self-disapproval when falling short? Living with toxic shame can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. It is…Read More
Compassion fatigue and burnout are some of the downfalls that can be experienced by people working in the helping profession. As a nurse, I have often used those terms interchangeably to help describe some of the stressors that I have experienced from caring for patients and families. As a counselor intern, I have realized that…Read More
What is the Window of Tolerance, and what does it mean for me? Sometimes it can feel as though our emotions are the one’s behind the driver’s seat. So many things we encounter in our everyday lives can bring about a wide variety of emotions. When we experience stress or we feel triggered, being able…Read More
What is Attachment Theory, and what influence does this have? Children grow up to have different forms of relationships and bonds with people throughout their lifespan. Much of this can be explained by understanding their relationships early on with their parents. Attachment theory is an important concept within the domain of developmental psychology as it…Read More
“Gaslighting” has become one of the most popular psychological terms recently. But what does it indeed mean? According to Psychology Today, gaslighting is an insidious form of manipulation and psychological control. It often occurs in abusive relationships; it is considered a covert type of emotional abuse in which the target is misled by creating false…Read More
What are the expressive arts in counselling? Expressive arts in counselling combine psychotherapy and the creative process. They allow for non-verbal self-exploration, expression, understanding, and emotional connection. They accomplish these through: The use of artmaking or self-expression to facilitate non-verbal communication and emotional processing The use of artmaking or self-expression through metaphors, symbols, expressive use…Read More
What are boundaries, and how to implement them? In the modern day, the term boundary has been globally popularized and is now more than ever part of various conversations. However, what is the definition of this word, and how can we apply it in our life? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a boundary indicates or…Read More
Grief is a natural response to loss. Many of us who have lost loved ones can relate to that gut-wrenching, overwhelming feeling of pain that seems to have no end in sight. For all who experience this, Grief is a deeply personal journey with no defined timeframe. It can also disrupt our health by impacting…Read More
Abandonment Anxiety – by Jiaqi Zhao Recalling your current or past relationships, do you need to control or be controlled by your partner? Do you feel anxious and stressed in a relationship and need frequent praise and reassurance? Do you tend to feel insecure without knowing why and thus stay hyper-vigilant? If the above sounds…Read More
Unbeknownst to most people, sleep quality affects their daily productivity. Many things affect it, and many ways to work towards restoring restful sleep. The first thing to do is look at our sleep quality and hygiene. Do you have a good sleep? Do you have a sleep hygiene routine that allows you to fall asleep…Read More
When many of us think of the holidays, we think of a time we have been looking forward to all year. For many of us, this time might include warm gatherings with friends and family, delectable meals, time away from the office, gorgeous decorations, and time to relax. This all sounds like a dream, but…Read More
What do you think of when you hear the word self-compassion? Does it feel familiar or distant from your life? Self-compassion sounds simple when we say it out loud to ourselves, but it can be quite difficult in practice. I am willing to bet that many of those who are reading this post struggle with…Read More
After over two years of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are beginning to expect their employees to return to the office whether that be five days a week or partially working remotely from home with some days in office. However, some people may be finding this rather daunting or anxiety provoking for a…Read More
Oftentimes, trauma can keep us at the age we experienced it. This may be your inner child telling you that there is something that needs to be healed and nurtured within you. When growing up, our caregivers may not be there in the way that we need them to be. Whether it is making you…Read More
With November coming to a close, holiday cheer is ramping up…for some. However, at this time of year many individuals experience complex emotions that are less socially accepted. Expressions of anger, sadness, & grief in particular, receive a bad “wrap” (pun intended), and are often encouraged to stay hidden below the copious amount of seasonal…Read More
“Creativity is just connecting things“- Steve Jobs Creative Arts in therapy can be used to enhance awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors so that the client can gain a better understanding of themselves. It allows clients to dive deeper into their subconscious/unconscious and recover these memories through expression. There are many different forms of Creative…Read More
Imagine you have a bad day and things are not going the way you hoped them to. Your friends, family, and the (eerily accurate) social media algorithm are all pointing you in the direction of this elusive practice of “self-care”. So, you decide to jump into a bubble bath, have a glass of wine, binge…Read More
Self-acceptance and self-validation, terms that seem to have been forgotten in today’s world. We are taught to behave, speak, and function in certain ways, and if you think about it, our own thoughts are intimidated by our perception of societal judgments. Why express a thought if we know we will be rejected for it, why…Read More
Do you find yourself struggling to find motivation, lacking focus and energy? You are not flourishing – taking on every new day as an exciting adventure and you’re not depressed – feeling drained and hopeless. This in-between feeling you may be experiencing is called languishing, and it is a very common emotional response to the…Read More
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