Evolve Psychotherapy

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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.  We offer video and in-person therapy. 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:


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 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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Our Team

Adults & Couples

Bara Al-Obaidy, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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.

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Adults, Couples, Indigenous Peoples, LGBTQ+
(video & in-person therapy)

Frances Fitzgibbon, M.A. Registered Psychotherapist,

Frances provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples in English. 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 divere 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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Children, Youth & Adult

(video & in-person therapy)

Alycia Hunte, M.A. Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying

Alycia offers services in English and French and treats children and youth as well as adult individuals. She offers both in-person and virtual therapy.

Alycia’s therapy style is ‘walking beside’ you rather than a hierarchical relationship between therapist and client. You are the expert on you, and she will support you in your therapy journey: exploring emotions, thought processes and life experiences. Creating a non-judgmental space for all her clients, she strives to offer a nurturing environment for personal growth. A space where you can explore yourself and relax into the process of discovery. Alycia understands how taking the first step for help can be daunting and she endeavours to make that journey as welcoming as possible.

Alycia treats general mental health and is interested in helping those who struggle with: anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, inner conflicts, trauma, parenting issues, emotional regulation, and other interpersonal/relationship challenges. She is particularly understanding and effective when working with those who have children and familial responsibilities or conflicts.

With over a decade of work experience in early childhood education, Alycia effectively navigates complex family and interpersonal relationships. She has always been drawn to opportunities to collaborate with families and children, and draws from her formal education and her work experience to help families and individuals.

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Adults, Youth & Couples

(in-person & video sessions)

Autumn Legue, M.A. Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying

Autumn provides couples and individual counselling to youth and adults (12+) in English to assist them in their wellness journey. She recognizes it can be difficult to reach out for support and assistance when struggling with mental health and interpersonal challenges. Providing a non-judgmental, compassionate, and collaborative environment, she ensures a safe space for all.

Autumn believes psychotherapy can assist in reaching life goals, build strength to overcome struggles, increase self-awareness and develop more effective coping strategies. Her practice focuses on supporting those struggling with substance use, concurrent disorders, emotional regulation, stress, anxiety, depression, low-self esteem, and interpersonal challenges. She takes an integrated approach to treatment that takes a client-centered approach and trauma-informed care practice. She draws on strength-based therapies such as: cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT) and solution-focused brief therapies (SFT). At this time Autumn is providing treatment online.

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Adults, Couples, Youth

(video only)

Alice Lurie, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Alice provides psychotherapy in English. She 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 & Couples

(video & in-person therapy)

Katrina Tarkowski, M.A. Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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, CBT and Solution-Focused Therapies.

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Adults, LGBTQ+
(video and in-person)

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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Caitlin Kemmett, Counsellor

Adults & Couples

Caitlin Kemmett, Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Caitlin works with individuals and couples with an emphasis on early-career professionals, adults, older adults, and their caregivers. She has an unwavering commitment to helping her clients thrive. Her background spans different industries, providing her with a unique perspective that enriches her counseling psychology practice.

Caitlin’s approach to problem-solving is built on communication and outlining needs, providing clients with various paths to overcome challenges and achieve success. Caitlin will support you with strength-based and person-centered modalities. Beyond her dedication to clients, she nurtures her thirst for knowledge by engaging with podcasts and audiobooks, seeking to understand voices, adversities, and triumphs beyond her own, merging her interests and skills to provide support when it’s needed the most.

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Our Location

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


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.