Our Counsellors

Angela Spinney, MA, RP, CCC

Registered Psychotherapist

Angela’s ability to quickly create a warm and empathic environment allows clients to safely explore and process the underlying emotions related to their experiences.  She values working collaboratively with clients to determine the best path for them to find resolution and is well-trained in a range of counselling modalities.

Angela’s primary approach is experiential and attachment-based. That is, she follows the client’s immediate emotional experience to help them explore and process their feelings, while also helping them gain a better understanding of how their past relationships may have influenced their current experience of the world.  She works effectively with clients who have experienced traumatic events, both recently and historically.

Angela’s work with couples and individuals focuses on creating a secure connection and deepening emotional intimacy. She also provides pre-marital, separation and poly-affirmative counselling and is an LGBTTIQQ+ positive counsellor. Angela has experience working with clients from a wide range of backgrounds and with varied concerns, including depression, anxiety, identity and self-esteem issues, loneliness, loss, anger, relationship distress, and trauma.

Angela graduated from Saint Paul University with a Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality and a graduate certificate in Couple Counselling and Spirituality.

Gabrielle Wilson, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Gabrielle believes that clients possess expert knowledge of themselves and she listens closely to their unique insights to guide the treatment goals and process. She works collaboratively with clients to develop an individualized program best suited to their needs. Gabrielle believes in the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship and approaches all clients with compassion, respect and warmth.

Gabrielle specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. She is passionate about fostering enhanced wellbeing through expressive art and play-based approaches. In her work with adult clients, she incorporates this same playfulness and creativity.

Gabrielle’s work is informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Structural Family Therapy. Outside of her work as a counsellor, Gabrielle is a musician/songwriter and she incorporates this knowledge into her work by developing narratives with clients to explore personal history, thoughts and emotions.

Gabrielle has worked in a variety of settings including women’s shelters, schools, community-based children’s mental health agencies and residential treatment homes. These experiences have led to a strong foundation in working with clients who have experienced trauma. She specializes in working with children and youth facing anxiety, depression, behavioural challenges, aggression and social difficulties. She also provides support for parents and works towards enhancing parent-child attachment.

Gabrielle completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She is a Registered Social Worker and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Jennifer Goldberg, M.Ed., RP, CCC, Registered Psychotherapist

Clinical Manager, The Centre for Couples and Relationships

Jennifer believes in fostering introspection and self-acceptance in order to promote positive relationships with both the self and with others. She offers a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to work on personal growth and positive change.

Jennifer practices with an integrative, collaborative approach. Much of her approach is comprised of a unique blend of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, and Emotion-Focused techniques. She works with clients to reach their goals by tailoring her therapeutic approach to meet their unique needs.

Jennifer has experience working with a wide variety of clinical issues, such as depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, and relationship challenges. She has also worked extensively with individuals struggling with anger and aggression.

Jennifer has a special interest in working with couples, with a specific interest in working with couples to heal following infidelity within the relationship.  She provides a safe, therapeutic space to help couples improve communication and to better meet each other’s emotional needs. By establishing an understanding of relationship dynamics, Jennifer assists couples to change patterns of escalation and hurt, and to foster deeper levels of connection.

Jennifer is a Registered Psychotherapist and graduate of the University of Ottawa Master’s Degree in Education Counselling Program.

Karen McIntosh, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Therapy is a process of growth and discovery within a caring, professional relationship. Karen’s clients can expect to feel heard, valued and validated, and deeply cared for. She guides clients in identifying their individual goals and supports them in their movement toward living life in line with their preferred way of being while seeing them as whole and capable as they are. She holds space for self-discovery and self-acceptance. Finally, Karen strives to bring lightness, humour, and playfulness to the heavy issues affecting her clients.

As a therapist, Karen works with adults across the age span, experiencing struggles such as anxiety, panic, depression, stress, and anger. She is client-centred, working with client’s expertise in their own lived experience and their strengths to collaboratively set goals and work toward them. She is an integrative therapist, using such approaches as narrative therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, and mindfulness, dependent on the client’s needs, goals, identity, culture, and preferences. Karen works from a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens. Finally, she works to incorporate a mind-body awareness into her work with a social justice perspective.

Karen is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the College and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Nicolas Chranowsky, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Nicolas provides a warm and non-judgmental space where clients can express themselves openly and work towards positive personal growth. Through his client-centred approach, he recognizes the importance of tapping into the client’s wisdom and using this powerful resource throughout the therapeutic process. Nicolas believes counselling provides the opportunity to explore meaning, strengths and new possibilities, and his role is to facilitate this process.

In his work, Nicolas uses a Narrative approach, incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic theory, Mindfulness and expressive art. Nicolas operates through a compassionate lens that is sensitive to intersectionality, recognizing cultural and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and the impact of sexism, ageism, ableism, racism and transphobia/homophobia. Nicolas is an LGBTTIQQ+ positive counsellor.

Nicolas is a visual artist who often uses his passion for expressive art in his counselling work. He believes that for many people the arts can be a form of expression that transcends verbal capacities. Nicolas has worked with isolated seniors, adults with chronic illness, as well as newcomers and refugees. His areas of interest include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, addictions, as well as internalized racism and homophobia/transphobia.

Nicolas received his Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work from Carleton University. He also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from McGill University. Nicolas is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Pamyna Bourgeois, MA., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Counsellor

Pamyna provides a warm, safe, nurturing, and non-judgmental space where her client’s can explore and understand the patterns that keep them stuck while building new habits that align with their future self. Pamyna draws from Psychodynamic Theory and a trauma-informed lens to understand her clients. She also pulls from a variety of evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Strength Based, and Internal Family Systems.

Pamyna’s aim is to help her clients discover their true self, values, needs, strengths, and learn to set boundaries so they can begin living a life that feels authentic and meaningful. As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Pamyna provides individual therapy to adults and her experience includes working with issues of self-esteem, anxiety, depression, co-dependency, past trauma, relationship issues, grief, and existential questions.

Pamyna is a graduate of Saint Paul University and holds an MA in Counselling, Spirituality and Psychotherapy.

Shannon Bovey, M.Ed., RP, CCC

Registered Psychotherapist

Shannon works from a therapeutic posture of transparency and collaboration. She develops a rapport with clients quickly through her warm and non-judgmental presence. Shannon’s practice draws on elements of existential-humanistic therapy, mindfulness, narrative and emotionally focused therapies, in order to meet clients’ unique needs. She uses her well-developed empathy, openness, genuine curiosity and patience, in order to co-construct a comfortable and safe therapeutic relationship with each individual she meets. Shannon believes that when people feel seen and heard without judgment, there is enormous potential for desired change. She views her role as one of facilitating a process of slowing down to notice, discover, and connect with personal needs, values, strengths, and abilities. She has worked with individuals on issues of anxiety, depression, self-worth, sadness, anger, post-traumatic stress, loss, interpersonal challenges, and trauma. She is LGBTQ+ positive and welcomes ways of being which may be different from dominant societal discourse and expectations.

Shannon has a varied educational background, having completed programs in criminology, creative writing, psychology and education. This background brings creativity and unique perspectives to her work. She received her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Shannon LaValley, M.Ed., RP, CCC

Registered Psychotherapist

Shannon’s work with clients is guided by the understanding that all individuals and families strive to do well. Shannon collaborates with clients to assess what is currently challenging in their life at home, school, or work and to build or access valuable skills to meet these challenges. As a family therapist, Shannon supports families in rebuilding connectedness and understanding for one another.

Shannon provides compassionate and playful therapy to children, youth, adults and families. Shannon works with therapeutic approaches such as Collaborative Problem Solving, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Strength Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She integrates neuroscience in her work with clients who have been impacted by trauma.

Shannon is experienced in working at community-based children’s mental health agencies and schools. She specializes in addressing severe emotional, social, and behavioural difficulties for children and youth and supporting parents in problem-solving with their children. Shannon is a therapist with the Centre for Children, Youth, and Families and JFS Ottawa’s mental health program supporting Syrian refugees and vulnerable newcomers.

Shannon completed her Master in Education at the University of Ottawa. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Shannon Sweeting-Woods, MSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Clinical Manager, The Walk-in Counselling Clinic

Shannon’s collaborative, intuitive, and compassionate approach makes connecting with clients one of her greatest strengths. She offers a supportive environment where clients feel heard. Shannon believes that a central part of her role as a therapist is to evoke, within each individual, their own inner wisdom, strengths, resources, and values, while also supporting them in making connections between their family of origin experiences, lived experiences, social location, and the issues they face, in order to facilitate healing, growth, and change.

Shannon works with individuals, couples, and families and has trained in Emotionally Focused Couples/Family Therapy. She has also completed Beginning I in the Somatic Experiencing® Method of Trauma Resolution. Shannon’s clinical practice is differentiated based on client diversity and needs but is heavily informed by Attachment, Psychodynamic, Feminist, and Narrative Theories, while also incorporating Mindfulness strategies. Her use of these approaches is grounded in an understanding of trauma and the multiple possible paths to healing. In her work with couples, Shannon supports partners to develop an understanding of their interactions, and to shift from reactivity to responses that are connected and attachment affirming. She believes that when attachment needs are met, couples have the capacity to resolve the problems/issues they face together.

Shannon has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and is an Ontario Certified Teacher. Her experiences working with children, youth, and adults with exceptionalities, in a teaching role, has provided her with sound knowledge and understanding of the challenges and issues facing these individuals within the school system and work environments.

 

Stephanie Dugdale

MA, RP, CCC, Registered Psychotherapist

With a gentle and compassionate approach, Stephanie seeks to help individuals and couples explore their experiences to facilitate change in their lives. She works collaboratively with her clients as they build a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance. Stephanie works with clients with a wide range of struggles, including anxiety; stress; fearfulness; depression or a feeling of despair and disharmony in life; postpartum difficulties; disordered eating and body image confusion; loss and grief; relationship and interpersonal difficulties; sexuality; LGBTTIQQ issues; separation and divorce; and domestic violence.

A central theme in Stephanie’s work and training has been helping trauma survivors. Stephanie utilizes a model that begins through the creation of a secure counselling relationship. She works with adults and youth who experienced childhood trauma and sexual abuse as well as people struggling to overcome a family of origin issues.

In her work with couples, Stephanie supports partners to explore what happens in their interactions with each other. Through the process of establishing trust and communication, partners can move from protective reactions to connecting responses, from defended positions and insecurity to the freedom, fulfillment and sense of security that comes from feeling able to truly access and show themselves to each other.

A graduate of St. Paul University and a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Stephanie has a Master of Arts in Counselling and has trained in both individual and couples counselling.