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Jesika Merino, M.Ed,
Registered Psychotherapist

Ottawa Counselling
Jesika Merino

100 Craig Henry Drive, unit 210, Ottawa, ON, K2G 5W3

My passion for psychology came to fruition by chance through an elective class in CEGEP. While my intentions were to pursue a career in the sciences, my introduction to psychology made me second-guess my career plans. As a result, I pursued a double major in biology and psychology in my undergraduate years. My fascination for psychology became apparent the more classes I took, in so much I switched faculties half way through my bachelors to eventually graduate with a Bachelors of Science with a specialization in Psychology. My newfound passion and my need to gain more knowledge in the field led me to volunteer as a co-facilitator at Hopewell Eating Disorder Centre for youth with eating disorders. Afterwards, I started my Masters of Education in Counselling at the University of Ottawa. I completed my year placement in the Anger Program at Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, where I encountered and recognized the many ways in which trauma manifests itself in individuals from diverse situations and cultures. I also became aware of how resilient individuals can be in times of crisis and the amount of resources people have within themselves. I have also found these elements of resiliency present in the clients I presently counsel at the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, a pro-feminist, anti-oppressive centre that provides counselling to female adult clients who are recent or childhood survivors of sexual assault. My experience as a therapist involves individual counselling with adults dealing with anxiety, trauma, depression, anger management, coping skills, low self-esteem, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Whether you are looking for or considering counselling for yourself or someone else, an important step to healing was taken if you are here. Experiences brought on by difficult circumstances that life throws us are never the clearest to understand or the easiest to tackle. These experiences appear in life as addictions, flashbacks, dissociation, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, depression, or chronic pain. Through a compassionate and non-judgmental approach, I create a space that invites comfort, safety, and openness. Allow me to support you with the issues you want to discuss, at your own pace. I tailor the sessions to your needs and goals, while attending with empathy to the patterns and habits present in your belief systems. I use a mindfulness approach to attend to body cues brought on by experiences through talk therapy. With your help, we can carefully unravel these painful stories so that you may become your own beacon of light, and develop the skills to see and understand your troubles and yourself with clarity.

Call me at (613) 501-8664 or email me at


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356 Woodroffe ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6

Students looking for placement: Please send us your CV. We have our students for up to September 2021, and are receiving applications for January 2022 and later.