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

Registered Psychotherapist

Independent Associate

(613) 263-2344
English, French, Spanish
Ottawa, Nepean
356 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa
FEE : $180/hr
  • Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Supervision (Ages 8+)
  • Trauma, Youth, Couples, Infidelity, Self-Harm, LGBTQ

I help people improve their relationship with one-another, support couples through tough times, and guide them towards a better understanding of their partnership.

** My waiting list is over a year long – if you’re contacting me to be added to it, please make sure you have other support in the mean time. I can also help you find another therapist who has room at the moment **

Human behavior fascinates me. I have been interested in what makes us happy, angry, sad or anxious. What attracts us to one another? What pushes us away? What leads us to do the things we do? This curiosity led me to do a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Carleton University. This wasn’t enough; I wanted some hands-on experience.

My curiosity of how we survive in the toughest of times led me to volunteer at the crisis lines in Ottawa. I discovered the strength that people have to survive the toughest of times and wanted to be involved and help in more than only crisis times, how could I help make a difference in people’s lives? How could I get more involved? I started my counselling career by completing a Master of Education in Counselling at the University of Ottawa and working for over five years as the Anger Program Counsellor at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, a community agency dedicated to helping women in trouble with the law. The power and importance of relationships and family became very apparent, as well as the damaging effects that trauma and abuse have. I recognized the need to be able to work with the couple or the family unit and I enrolled and completed a certificate in Couples Counselling at St Paul University.

I now work with anybody over the age of 8 who is looking to heal their emotional pain, past trauma, create self-awareness and understanding and is looking to improve the relationship they have with their partner or family. I help people improve their relationship with one-another, I support couples through tough times, and guide them towards a better understanding of their partnership and their trauma. I continue to learn and grow from the work that I do and by enrolling in professional development courses. I cherish the moments of growth that I have been privileged to witness.

Some of the training that I have completed and put into practice are:

SE – Somatic Experiencing – A body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma (SEP)

IRF – Inner Relationship Focusing – An approach to creating a relationship with ourselves

IFS – Internal Family Systems – Helps develop a relationship and heal different parts of ourselves (Level 2)

TEB – Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain – A touch approach for supporting the healing of Developmental Trauma

EMDR – Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing – I integrate EMDR into the SE and IFS/IRF work that I do.

Sandray Therapy – A type of play/expressive therapy

PACT – Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy – My main approach towards couples therapy

EFT – Emotion Focused Therapy


I would love to work with each and every person who contacts me. I currently have a waiting list and it saddens me to say that there is a wait time before I can see you. Please contact me to be added to my wait list or for help in knowing who has room at the centre.



I am supervising Master level student interns. If you are interested in a placement, please see below.


Future students

We are currently taking applications for  Fall 2024 and Winter 2025.

Please send me your CV, together with an answer to the following questions – in point form:

  • Previous experience in the field, volunteer and paid.
  • What population are you hoping to work with?
  • What do you do for self care?
  • Do you play any sports?/What do you do for fun?
  • Have you gone to therapy before? If so, what modalities did your therapist use?
  • How are your organizational skills?
  • What are your goals in life?
  • What languages do you speak?
  • What cultural background do you have?
  • What courses have you taken (or books that you have read) related to therapy outside of the Masters program that have interested you?
  • What else should we know about you so that we pick you for an interview?

In your application, please do not include Yorkville or Ottawa U’s requirements.

We are also taking MSW applications.
We expect our applicants to be willing to engage in their own therapeutic process.

We have placements in Nepean, Barrhaven, Orleans (MSW) and Toronto, please specify where you would like to be placed and which term you are applying for.
Our students benefit of a community of therapists as we hold a virtual weekly study group. If you are someone dedicated to learning and want to connect other therapists, please apply.

Note that if you don’t answer the above questions, your application will not be considered.


2009: Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCPA)

2015: Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO)

2019: Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute,

2023: Somatic Experiencing Assistant - All levels

2023: Somatic Experiencing Session Provider - Intermediate level


2004: B.Sc. Psychology, Carleton University

2008: M.Ed. Counselling, University of Ottawa

2013: Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling, St. Paul University

Professional Development

2003: Suicide Assessment and Intervention

2008: Youth and Drugs, Level Two: Motivational Interviewing

2009: Motivational Interviewing

2009: Childhood Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma

2009: Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour

2010: Harm Reduction

2010: De-escalating potentially violent situations

2010: Anxiety Management Workshop Facilitator Training Conference

2010: Schema Therapy

2010: REBT & CBT

2011: Emotion Focused Therapy – Externship with Sue Johnson

2011: Creative Interventions for Sexually Abused and Traumatized Children

2012: Shame and the Treatment of Trauma with Janina Fisher

2012: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

2012: Attachment, Intimacy and Sexuality in Individual and Couples Therapy with Esther Perel

2013: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with Lyndsey Davies

2013: Sandtray World Play Therapy with Lalita Salins

2014: Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression and Anxiety presented by Les Greenberg

2014: Supervision course and training for clinical supervisors with Dr. Augustine Meier

2015: PACT Level 1 with Dr. Stan Tatkin

2016-2018: Somatic Experiencing – completed Advanced levels

2018: SE Master Class: Shame and Pride with Peter Levine

2019: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation: a Polyvagal Theory guided approach to therapy with Deb Dana

2019: Brainspotting- Phase 2 with Mark Grixti

2019: Attachment Focused Brainspotting: Children, love and interconnectivity across the lifespan with Mark Grixti

2020: EMDR – Level 1

2020: NARM – Level 1

2020: Clinical Applications of Internal Family Systems with Frank Anderson

2021: Inner Relationship Focusing w Maureen Gallagher – completed levels 1-3

2021: Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain with Stephen Terrell – completed Modules 1-3

2022: Internal Family Systems – Level 1

2023: Internal Family Systems – Level 2

Relevant Work Experience

2003-2006: Ottawa Distress Centre

2009-2015: Anger Program Counsellor, The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa

356 Woodroffe Ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6
(613) 699-0060


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