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We are a select group of mental health practitioners helping our clients to grow, build resilience, live the life they envision, and have fulfilling relationships. We help individuals, couples and families navigate life challenges and also work with more specific psychiatric needs. We offer assessment and treatment services for a diverse population. Contact us here to get started.

Perhaps you need help dealing with the emotional fallout from a particular life event or you have problems dealing with emotions? Experiencing relationship issues or difficulties at work? Struggling with self-confidence, anxiety, depression or a personality pattern? We can help! Maybe you don’t know what you need, but you feel that something has to shift in your life.  You’ve come to the right place, here’s what we do:

Assessment

Psychological assessments are a formal process involving testing and diagnosis. This is often requested by workplaces, insurance companies or for other formal reasons. The following are assessments that we offer:

  • Psychodiagnosis & Mental health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Personality

Treatment

Treatment means actively addressing the problems or issues that are bothering you. We treat adults, seniors and youth for individual, couple or family therapy. We always tailor our treatment plan to what will work for each individual client. Some of the more common issues we treat are:

  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, Bipolar)
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Anger and emotional struggles
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Self-esteem and and self-confidence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Substance use/abuse

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Workshops & Presentations

Some of our practitioners are also accomplished speakers and educators. They have presented to diverse audiences including: private, non-profit, government, corporate, educational facilities, retail, Indigenous gatherings,  LGBTQ+ seminars and formal educational settings.

If you need a professional to talk to your staff about wellness and psychological well-being, we can do this for you. We tailor all our presentations and workshops to your audience and learning outcomes. Our clinicians are culturally competent and diverse with a good amount of ‘life experience’ outside this profession.

Our Team

Adults, Couples, Youth, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ+

Frances Fitzgibbon, Registered Psychotherapist, M.A.

Frances provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples. She helps clients to overcome diverse problems through compassion, empowerment (building resilience and understanding), and building new skills. In addition to general mental health, she works with clients struggling with life path issues, depression, anxiety, emotional regulation (how you experience emotion), and confusion related to identity. Frances has also built a strong following in the areas of stress management, interpersonal relationship challenges, trauma, and life transitions.

Operating a practice that provides a therapeutic experience; free of shame and judgment, Frances helps clients to achieve emotional, psychological, and relationship well-being. She creates a respectful and safe space for clients of diverse cultures, sexual orientations and identities. She is a registered provider of the NIHB program for Indigenous Canadians and works extensively with the LGBTQ+ community.

Working from an integrated therapeutic approach, she tailors her sessions to your unique needs and works from an evidence-based framework. Some of the models she works with are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic/Attachment-Based, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT). She is one of the few therapists in Canada certified in Reconsolidation Therapy, a ground-breaking new therapy for the relief of PTSD and trauma symptoms.

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Adults, Couples, Youth

Alice Lurie, Registered Psychotherapist, M.A.

Alice works with couples and individuals to hone their own strengths to overcome personal struggles, while forming additional skills and self-reliance so they are confident in handling future challenges. Alice provides a safe space to examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. She works with anxiety and depression, the aftereffects of distressing and traumatic experiences, and helps clients to improve the quality of their relationships. Her specific interests include anxiety, stress, depression and grief, anger, emotional regulation, and career and workplace difficulties.  Alice has complete Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and uses the Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her work. Alice has also completed training in treating Stepfamilies.

Alice provides an evidence-based treatment plan, tailored to your unique experiences and difficulties. Some of the treatments she uses are the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

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Adults, Youth

Heidi O’Hagan, Registered Psychotherapist, M.A.

Heidi works with adults and youth (16+), addressing mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, self-concept, chronic stress and symptoms of trauma. She believes that shifts in our self-concept can bring about lasting, meaningful change. She helps individuals who are looking to start therapy for the first time to deal with long-standing issues, or those that are looking for a different approach to self-growth.

By providing a non-judgmental environment for clients to explore themselves, she ensures as safe space for all. Heidi’s therapeutic style is being flexible, collaborative, and curious – helping her clients to attain growth and the desired shift in their lives. She strives to help individuals understand themselves better, and to explore their reactions to lived experiences.

Heidi has an MA from St. Paul’s University, and brings with her a strong background in research. One of her recent pursuits was assisting in using CBT with South Asian populations.

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Adults, Youth

Nancy Tran, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), M.A.

Nancy provides individual therapy to clients 15+ to help them become their best selves. She understands that life can sometimes be difficult and reaching out for the support of others can be the first step into clients’ wellness journeys. Entering therapy, at any point in life, can be very difficult, therefore, she enters each session with no judgments, compassion, empowerment, connectedness and a willingness to learn and listen. Nancy believes that all clients have the strengths to overcome their struggles, to reach their goals, to find acceptance, to increase personal insight and to move towards positive change. She is interested in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD; mainly checking, counting, ordering, mental rituals, cleaning, perfectionism), trauma, life transitions, relational issues, sleeping issues and grief.

In Nancy’s practice, each of her clients deserves unique flexibility in their treatment so that they feel like therapy has been tailored specifically for them. She works from collaborative, client-centred and biopsychosocial evidenced-based frameworks. Some of the modalities that she works from include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and exposure therapy.

Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from the University of Ottawa and her Master of Arts in Counselling (MACP) from Yorkville University. Nancy is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), in good standing, and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

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Adults, LGBTQ+

Dr. Amélie Zonato, Clinical Psychologist, PsyD, C. Psych

Dr. Zonato is a bilingual Clinical Psychologist who treats adult individuals. She provides diagnostic assessments in various areas (mental health disorders, personality, Veterans Affairs, etc.) and also provides treatment with psychotherapy. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her work with patients in a psychiatric capacity, and with serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Dr. Zonato strives to offer a therapeutic environment in which trust and safety take center stage. She understands that her clients have often struggled with very painful histories and difficulties for decades before seeking help, and she honors that courage by listening without judgment to whatever they want to share with her. She aims to create a calm, welcoming, and soothing place for her clients to unburden themselves and gain new tools to make their life more fulfilling. She tailors her approach to her clients’ needs, content both to follow them where they lead her if they seek that sense of freedom, or to step in with guiding questions if they feel comforted by more structure.

Dr. Zonato holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from McGill University and a doctoral degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from Université du Québec en Outaouais. She is a member in good standing of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO #6073) and of Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ #12382-14). She is also a registered provider with Blue Cross and available to offer services to serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as Veterans.

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Bara Al-Obaidy, Counsellor

Adults & Couples

Bara Al-Obaidy, Counsellor

Bara (he/him) works with individuals and couples struggling with finding a balanced life. He believes in psychotherapy being a collaborative process built on mutual respect and goal setting. His areas of interest include stress management, depression, anxiety, stress and burnout, interpersonal difficulties, life and career transitions, cultural issues, personal identity, and self-confidence.

Bara uses an integrative approach based on the client and their goals. His approach combines humanistic and existential theories, Gestalt-based experiential exercises, positive psychology, and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy. During his professional career, Bara has also founded and chaired youth-oriented programs and provided career-coaching for new professionals. Currently Bara offers treatment at a sliding scale rate.

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Jason Taylor, Counsellor

Adults, Youth, LGBTQ+

Jason Taylor, Counsellor

Jason provides individual counselling to clients ages 15+. As a practicum student and early professional, he understands the strength of individuals seeking to improve their life situation. Jason is an openly Queer therapist who is knowledgeable and passionate about the LGBTQIA+ community. Jason takes a non-judgmental and non-knowing stance of a client’s life. The client is viewed on equal grounding as the therapist, and is treated at the forefront with kindness, dignity, and respect. He believes that all clients have the strengths to reach their goals and helps them to build their skills to attain those goals. Jason is interested in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, perfectionism, relational issues, and life transitions.

Jason takes an eclectic approach to counselling, utilizing various theoretical orientations including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic theory, mindfulness-based therapies, narrative therapy, and Solution-Focused-Therapy. Jason takes a collaborative, client-centered, and biopsychosocial evidence-based framework to therapy. Learn more about Jason

Katrina Tarkowski, Counsellor

Adults & Couples

Katrina Tarkowski, Counsellor

Katrina works with adults and couples in English or Polish. It can be hard to reach out for help, and she understands that it takes courage to make this step. Katrina believes psychotherapy can help clients resolve issues and become unstuck. She works with individuals and couples who are experiencing life’s struggles and will support you with effective, evidence based tools and coping techniques to navigate your journey to a more fulfilling life. She is committed to creating a space that is safe for individuals of all genders, ages, races, and cultures.

Katrina’s practice is focused on supporting those dealing with anxiety, depression, stress,  low self-esteem, and relationship challenges. She approaches treatment from a collaborative, empathetic and judgement free perspective. She takes an integrative approach and will work with you to customize treatment to your individual needs. She draws on Person-Centered and Solution-Focused Therapies. At this time, Katrina offers treatment online at a sliding scale rate.

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FAQ

Our Location

190 O'Connor Street, Suite 204, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2R3

LOCATION

190 O’Connor Street,
Suite 204,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2R3

Evolve Psychotherapy is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa near the intersection of O’Connor and Nepean Sts. We are a few blocks from Parliament Hill and close to the 417 exit (Metcalfe). Nearby is public transit and plenty of parking on O’Connor and surrounding streets.

PHONE

613-750-1000