Therapeutic Approaches

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.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?
Psychodynamic therapy refers to a range of treatments based on theories and practice methods informed by psychoanalysis. However, it involves less frequent sessions (1-2 times a week) and typically (but not always) occurs over a shorter period of time. It is the oldest and most practiced form of psychotherapy, with over 100 years of clinical development of theories and practice. The main feature of this therapy is exploring aspects of one’s self that are not fully known or understood.

How does it work?
According to Shedler (2010), psychodynamic therapy works by focusing on 7 aspects of experience in an open ended, unstructured manner:

1. Focus on emotion and expression of emotion.
2. Exploration of attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings.
3. Identification of recurring themes and patterns in one’s life.
4. Discussion of past experiences (developmental focus).
5. Focus on interpersonal relations.
6. Focus on therapy relationship.
7. Exploration of fantasy life and dreams.

Who can benefit?
Most emotional, relational, and developmental issues can be treated with psychodynamic therapy. It is ideal for anxiety, depression, psychological trauma, adjustment difficulties, and relational concerns; especially for those who are looking for what might be causing their difficulties.

More information:
Shedler, J. The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. American Psychologist. February-March 2010; 65(2):98–109.

https://psychodynamiccanada.org/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapy-types/psychodynamic-therapy

Therapists Providing Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Tara MacGillivray

Tara MacGillivray

BA, MACP Candidate

(613) 699-0060

tara.m.ocp@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationships, Parenting, Trauma, Abuse.

Region: Virtual

$80.00/hr

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Tara Cohen

Tara Cohen

MSW, RSW

(613) 800-9906

tara@taracohenwellness.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, Expressive Arts, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Illness, Grief, Loss, Bereavement, Anxiety, Emotional Regulation

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$130/hr

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Tannoz Tanha

Tannoz Tanha

RP (Q)

(613) 804-9245

tannoz.tanha@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 15

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Emotion Regulation, Cultural Issues

Region: Virtual

$160/hr

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Sean Hale

Sean Hale

MA, RP (Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(416) 262-6206

seanhalecoaching@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Couples, LGBTQ, Emotion Regulation, Self-Compassion

Region: Manotick, 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, Family Therapy, Age: 13

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, EFT, EMDR, Expressive Arts, Psychodynamic

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

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150/hr

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Rita Elazar

Rita Elazar

MACP, RP(Q)

ritajelazar@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 17

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders

Region: Virtual

$140/hr

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Nereah Felix

Nereah Felix

, Ph.D. Student

(343) 308-1173

nfelix@catharsistherapy.ca

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 16

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic, Sandtray

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-Esteem, Personality Disorder, Relationships

Region: Carleton Place, Central, Virtual

$170/hr

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Mariam Hanna

Mariam Hanna

B.A., M.A., RP (Q)

Independent Associate

(613) 908-1151

mhanna.therapy@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Relational Issues, Grief, Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness

Region: Virtual

$150/hr

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Kyle Kearnan

Kyle Kearnan

M.Ed, RP

(613) 606-1623

kyle@actionpsychotherapy.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Trauma, Depression, Grief, Youth, Relationships

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$140/hr

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Kathleen Elliott

Kathleen Elliott

Independent Associate

(343) 882-3687

kathleen.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Dissociation, Interpersonal Relationships, Neuro-Diversity, Loss and Grief

Region: Virtual

$80/hr

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Karin Dudli

Karin Dudli

MSW, RSW

(613) 325-5238

karindudli.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, OSI, Anxiety, Stress

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$150/hr

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Ines Yagi

Ines Yagi

Ph.D., RP, CAMFT Associate

Independent Associate

(613) 699-1317

inesycounselling@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 15

Approaches to Therapy: EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Men issues, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Existential Issues

Region: Virtual

$160/hr

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Gaela Pink

Gaela Pink

RP (Qualifying)

(613) 699-0060

gaela.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

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

Region: Virtual

$100/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/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA+

Region: Manotick, Virtual

$190-210/hr

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Faith Mottahedi

Faith Mottahedi

MA, Ph.D (candidate), RP(Q)

Independent Associate

(705) 817-1547

faith.psychotherapy@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: youth, couples/families, life changes, relational issues

Region: Virtual

$135/hr

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Evelyn Plettenberg-Smith

Evelyn Plettenberg-Smith

MDVST, MSW, RSW

(613) 801-2663

evelynps.rsw@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: Psychodynamic, SE/Sensorimotor

Specialties: Trauma, addiction, intergenerational trauma, anxiety, depression

Region: Virtual

$140/hr

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Dylan Myllymaki

Dylan Myllymaki

MSW, RSW

(613) 702-1660

dylanm.ocp@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Age: 14

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships

Region: Central, Virtual

$160/hr

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Devka Andotra

Devka Andotra

MA, RP (Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(343) 306-0470

andotra.psychotherapy@gmail.com

Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Age: 18

Approaches to Therapy: CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

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

Region: Virtual

$135/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: CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic, Sandtray

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

Region: Central, Virtual

$140/hr

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Christelle Choueiry

Christelle Choueiry

RP(Qualifying)

Independent Associate

(613) 777-9751

Christellec.ocp@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, EFT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Fatigue and sleep disturbances, mindfulness, self-compassion, emotional regulation, anxiety, depression

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$125/hr

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Alyssa Jodoin

Alyssa Jodoin

(613) 662-6799

alyssa.ocp@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Trauma, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Abuse

Region: Central

$80/hr

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Alicia Shameer

Alicia Shameer

RP (Qualifying)

(613) 604-4732

alicia.ocp@gmail.com

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

Approaches to Therapy: ACT, CBT/DBT, EFT, Expressive Arts, Psychodynamic

Specialties: Relationships, Eating and Body Image, Trauma, Anxiety and Stress, Self Esteem, Addictions

Region: Nepean, Virtual

$100/hr

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