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

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 over 20 years, both in  Montreal and in 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 early evening, from Monday through Thursday. 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