Internal Family Systems - Counselling and Psychotherapy Centre in Ottawa & Toronto

Each of our therapists brings a different set of skills and approaches to therapy. We integrate the approaches and use what is best suited for each person.

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based psychotherapy model according to the National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices with the US GOV: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

IFS offers a non-pathologizing view for understanding and exploring our inner world. IFS holds that the nature of the human mind is multiple, meaning we all have parts or subpersonalities within ourselves, and that at times, due to trauma or negative life experiences these parts are forced into extreme roles to protect us from feeling pain such as extreme fear and shame.

IFS identifies two types of parts, protective parts and exiled parts. Exiled parts are usually wounded, vulnerable and sensitive parts that hold the psychological pain experienced in a traumatic event. Protective parts are parts that work very hard to keep the exiled pain unconscious. Protective parts can be manager types that engage in behaviours such as striving towards perfectionism and control, or firefighter types that engage in numbing strategies such as alcohol and drug use, or dissociation.

IFS also holds that we all posses an innate core Self that is undamaged and contains the following qualities: Courage, Clarity, Compassion, Curiosity, Calm, Connectedness, Creativity, and Confidence. IFS therapy aims to help individuals connect with and embody the qualities of Self, in order to help them relate to their parts with curiosity and compassion, allowing exiled parts to have their pain witnessed and released. IFS holds that when exiled parts have the chance to let go of the burdens they have been carrying, protective parts do not need to work as hard or engage in extreme behaviours, bringing an individual to feel more inner harmony and balance.

For further information on IFS, you may check the following link:

https://ifs-institute.com

And for a video introduction you can watch this video: https://youtu.be/tNA5qTTxFFA

Therapists Providing Internal Family Systems

Yoshie Martinez

Yoshie Martinez

M.Ed., R.P., C.C.C., SEP.

Independent Associate

(613) 263-2344

yoshie.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 8

Approaches to Therapy: EFT, EMDR, IFS, PACT, Sandtray, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, Youth, Couples, Infidelity, Self-Harm, LGBTQ

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$180/hr

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Tannoz Tanha

Tannoz Tanha

RP (Q)

Independent Associate

(613) 804-9245

tannoz.tanha@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 15

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, EFT, Humanistic, IFS, Narrative, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Cultural Issues

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$160/hr

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SueEllen MacGowan

SueEllen MacGowan

MACP, MBA, BA, RP(Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(613)777-0379

sueellen.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, EMDR, IFS

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, ADHD

Region: Nepean, Central, Virtual

$140/hr

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Sandra Bach

Sandra Bach

MA, RP

Independent Associate

(343) 303-6613

sandra@healingsteps.ca

Individual Therapy, Age: 10

Approaches to Therapy: Expressive Arts, Humanistic, IFS, Narrative

Specialties: Trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, psychosomatic injuries

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$160/hr

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Samantha Memedoska

Samantha Memedoska

MA, RP (Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(613) 801-2103

samantha.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 17

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, CPT, EMDR, Humanistic, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, NARM, PACT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Stress, Substance Abuse

Region: Toronto, Virtual

$150/hr

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Rianne Van Berkom

Rianne Van Berkom

MA, RP, CCC

Independent Associate

(343) 307-4424

riannevb@protonmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, Humanistic, IFS, MBCT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, Self-Esteem, LGBTQIA

Region: Virtual

$140+HST/hr

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Marie Pierre Castonguay

Marie Pierre Castonguay

MSW, RSW

Independent Associate

(613) 900-7733

mariepierrecounselling@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, DBT, EFT, Expressive Arts, Gottman method, IFS, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Relationships, Life Transitions, Anxiety, Self-Compassion, Sexuality

Region: Orleans, Virtual

$150/hr

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Julia Malette

Julia Malette

MA, RP (Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(343) 300-7720

julia.m.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 10

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, DBT, EFT, EMDR, IFS, NARM, PACT

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Substance Issues, Young Adults, LGBTQIA

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150/hr

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JP Normand

JP Normand

RP-Q, Psychotherapy Intern, MACP Candidate

Independent Associate

(613) 604-4732

jpn.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, EFT, IFS, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Trauma, Relationships

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$80/hr

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Joseph Leblanc

Joseph Leblanc

MA, RP, CCC

Independent Associate

(613) 614-0117

psychotherapyleblanc@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 14

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, DBT, EFT, Humanistic, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy

Specialties: Anxiety, Relationship issues, Parenting, Family therapy, Trauma, Addictions

Region: Virtual

$160/hr

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Jenna Dekoster

Jenna Dekoster

B.A. B.Psych, MSW Student

Independent Associate

(613) 929-5363

jenna.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, CPS, EFT, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, PACT

Specialties: Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Young Adults

Region: Virtual

$140/hr

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Huda Khan

Huda Khan

B.Sc., MACP, RP-Q

(343) 644-5863

huda.k.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, DBT, EFT, Gottman method, IFS, MBCT, Narrative

Specialties: Anxiety, Cultural Issues, Depression, Self-Compassion

Region: Virtual

$80/hr

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Gaela Pink

Gaela Pink

MACP, RP (Qualifying)

gaela.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, EFT, EMDR, Humanistic, IFS, MBCT, NARM, Psychodynamic, Schema Therapy

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Parenting, Mid-life challenges, Mindfulness

Region: Virtual

$140/hr

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Florence Rosenthal

Florence Rosenthal

M.Ed., R.P.

Independent Associate

(613) 762-6409

frosenthal831@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, EFT, IFS, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA+

Region: Virtual

$190-210/hr

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Dianna Ilk

Dianna Ilk

MACP, MFA

613.604.4732

dianna.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: CBT, DBT, EFT, Humanistic, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Life transitions, grief and loss, depression.

Region: Virtual

$100/hr

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Danaya Kotyk

Danaya Kotyk

MA, RP, CCC

Independent Associate

(613) 227-8288

danayakotyk@protonmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, DBT, Humanistic, IFS, Sandtray

Specialties: Emotional Regulation, Self-Worth, Anxiety, Depression, Neurodiversity (Autism/ADHD), Spirituality

Region: Central, Virtual

$140/hr

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Charlotte Garvin

Charlotte Garvin

M.Ed., R.P., C.C.C.

Independent Associate

(819) 410-0201

charlotte.garvin4@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 12

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR, IFS

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Coping skills, Grief, Interpersonal relationships, Self-esteem

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150/hr

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Ana Delage

Ana Delage

M.Ed., R.P., C.C.C

Independent Associate

(613) 263-2211

anadelage@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: EMDR, Humanistic, IFS, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative

Specialties: Adult, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD

Region: Virtual

$160/hr

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Amy McKay

Amy McKay

M.Eng., B.Ed., RP(Q)

(613) 604-4732

amy.m.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 10

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT, EFT, IFS, PACT

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, ADHD, Trauma, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$80/hr

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Alicia Shameer

Alicia Shameer

RP (Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(613) 604-4732

alicia.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 12

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, ART, CBT, CPT, DBT, EFT, Expressive Arts, Humanistic, IFS, MBCT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, PACT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma and Abuse, Interpersonal Relationships, Anxiety and Addictions

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150/hr

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