Our Mental Health Professionals

Irene Salidis, MA, RP (Qualifying)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Irene is a Registered Psychotherapist who speaks both English and Arabic. Irene completed her Master’s Degree of Arts in counselling psychology through Yorkville University.

Irene’s approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and the provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. She believes in working in partnership with clients to utilize their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being in this process, including their physical health, support systems (family, friends, etc.), work or school environment, and faith/spirituality.
Irene loves working with individuals, couples, and families from various cultural backgrounds. She believes everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life’s difficulties.

Michaella James, MA, RP (Qualifying)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Michaella aims to provide a safe and compassionate environment, one where empathy, unconditional positive regard and even humour, come together to help clients feel comfortable in the therapeutic relationship. Using this as a foundation, Michaella assists clients in gaining new insights into their experiences, generating new perspectives, and learning skills to foster their desired outcomes.

Michaella uses an integrative approach which draws on various modalities such as narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness, among others. In doing so, she is able to tailor her therapeutic approach to meet each client’s unique needs.

Michaella is experienced in working with individuals (aged 12+). Her areas of experience include helping people navigate life transitions, anxiety and depression, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem and stress. She also has experience working with individuals experiencing and/or healing from domestic violence and abuse.

Michaella received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University, and subsequently completed her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Michaella is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

Mikaela Wasserman, M.Ed. , RP (Q)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Mikaela creates a warm and compassionate environment in therapy. Guided by the values of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness, she takes a client-centred approach in her work. Mikaela works with her clients in a collaborative manner to help them reach their therapeutic goals. She uses an integrative approach, practicing humanistic psychotherapy informed by training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), while also drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness practices, and Psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems theories. The approach taken for each client is designed uniquely to meet their expressed needs and goals.

Mikaela works with individuals and couples of all genders to navigate a variety of difficulties by creating a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment. She has clinical experience and training in sex therapy, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and grief/loss, as well as managing issues related to depression, anxiety, shame, and anger. Mikaela is an LGBTQ2+ positive and sex positive counsellor and wants to respect the individual experiences of all her clients.

Mikaela Wasserman is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a University of Ottawa graduate of the Master of Education Counselling Psychology program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology with a specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience from Concordia University. She has substantial research and clinical training in human sexuality.