Joan Stafford, M.Ed., CCC, RMFT, RP

Joan Stafford View Specialties

  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Registered Psychotherapist
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • Certified adult educator


I believe in the infinite abilities that we all have for creating positive changes in our lives. My goal is to help my clients create a vision of the life and relationships they want, then work with them in overcoming their challenges and in making changes.


As an individual, couple and family therapist, I work mainly within a cognitive behavioural framework. My work is also strongly influenced by the training I have received in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Family Systems theory. I have been in private practice for about 18 years, both in Montreal and Ottawa. While in Montreal, I also taught human relations oriented courses at both McGill University and Concordia University. These included interpersonal communication, group dynamics, sexuality, family life education, and public speaking. I presented workshops on a variety of topics including humour and play for adults, conflict styles, and personal growth.


I offer caring, collaborative therapy within a non-judgemental, supportive atmosphere.  Appointments are available during the daytime and in the evening. My receipts are accepted by most insurance plans. Free parking.


Some of the challenges I work with include:

  • Distressed relationships
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Parenting
  • Anger
  • Personal awareness, self image, life direction.


If you would like more information, please visit my website , or call me at 613-878-9811.


Therapy that works!

Joan Stafford Reaches

Ottawa ON