Welcome to Ottawa Family Therapy!
Building stronger connections and stronger families
We are a group of 7 psychotherapists and social workers working to meet your therapy needs in the west end of Ottawa. Family Therapy 's main office is conveniently located minutes off the 417 in Kanata. We offer psychotherapy and counselling services at 4 locations across the Ottawa area. Our qualified Ottawa Therapy Team at Family-Therapy consists of Shelley Colter, Sandra Martins, Heather Ripley, Melissa Hooper, Jathina Blais, Marnie Colter and Nataxja Cini. Our counselling services are covered by most third party health insurance plans. We are offer day and evening appointments. We do accept referrals from family doctors. You can also self refer for therapy.
Jathina Blais RSW practices psychotherapy with individuals (17 years and older) and couples. She focuses on sexual assault trauma, domestic violence trauma, addictions, depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. Jathina’s therapeutic practices are rooted in feminist counselling, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and attachment theory. Jathina values the healing relationship of a positive and trusting client-therapist relationship and works with you to identify and address your goals to create a specific counselling plan. Jathina has a special interest in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence and has been providing counselling for over 7 years. She understands that these traumatic experiences can often result in a loss of self, unhelpful coping, and feelings of isolation and despair. Together, we can find hope and create change. She is currently accepting new clients at our Kanata location.
Nataxja Cini, MSW, RSW, is an empathic therapist, who ensures that you feel accepted and comfortable in talking about your personal issues. Nataxja’s primary speciality is relationship and marriage counselling, providing therapy that helps restore trust and harmony into your relationship. Her goal is to help strengthen your relationship, improve communication skills and help you learn how to reduce tension and conflict. She is experienced helping couples work together after the discovery of an affair. Nataxja’s secondary speciality is working with people to overcome depression and anxiety. Nataxja is currently accepting new clients at our Kanata location.
Marnie Colter CAC II, RP is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Certified Addiction Counsellor with 20+ years experience working with adults and youth ages 12 and up. She works with a wide range of mental health issues and specializes in counselling people who are dealing with addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, or self esteem issues. Marnie interacts daily with students, teachers, and parents at our local school boards. She has numerous years of experience helping youth and teens and their parents with school issues, resolve interpersonal conflict including communication barriers, assertiveness training, problem solving skills, bullying, behavioural issues, anger management, and self esteem issues. Marnie's therapeutic goal is to understand your presenting stressors, identify your personal strengths, outline choices for therapeutic interventions, and help motivate you towards your goals. She is currently accepting new clients in Kanata. Marnie offers evening and Saturday appointments.
Shelley Colter, RP, is an experienced psychotherapist specializing in individual and couple counselling for older teens and adults. Shelley is our PTSD and trauma specialist who works with current or retired military personnel, first responders, and their families. She has experience working with individuals and their families to overcome on the job trauma. She is also helps individuals address childhood and adult sexual trauma. She enjoys working with individuals to help them overcome and explore how anger negatively impacts their lives and relationships. Shelley works with the GBLTQ community regarding any personal or relationship issues, sexuality, and other sexual issues. Shelly is accepting new day and evening clients. Shelley offers services both here in Kanata and in the Sandy Hill area.
Melissa Hooper, RP, is an experienced psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples to overcome intimacy issues within their relationship. She has a keen interest in helping people find the most fulfillment and happiness in their life, and works with you individually, as a couple or with your family to resolve the obstacles you may be facing in achieving your goals. For Melissa, effective therapy is practical, client driven and emotionally meaningful. Managing busy family life can be difficult but you may also be dealing with ex-spouses and step-parenting which can add to your frustrations and marital conflict. Seeking family counselling and having an experienced objective therapist to consult with can be helpful for you, your partner and your family. Melissa is currently accepting both day and evening clients at our Kanata and Catherine St. locations.
Sandra Martins RP is an experienced therapist who works with youth (14 and up) individuals, families, and couples. Sandra is passionate about working with individuals and couples in the grieving and healing process after the loss of a child or a miscarriage. Sandra aims to create a comfortable atmosphere during therapy and puts a great emphasis on monitoring the progress and outcome of your therapy to ensure that therapy is benefiting you and your partner. Sandra is currently accepting new clients at our Kanata and Nepean locations.
Heather Ripley, MSW RSW, is a passionate therapist who works with individuals (17 years and older). Heather creates a safe space for clients to feel free to share there concerns in a non-judgemental environment. Her hope is you will experience her as warm, compassionate, gentle, and understanding therapist. Heather is passionate about supporting individuals to live the best life possible for themselves. Heather enjoys working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, anger, grief, depression or sadness. She is currently accepting new clients at our Kanata location.
The Therapy Team at Family-Therapy in Ottawa works with individuals, children, youth, couples, families, and blended families, on a wide range of issues such as;
• Addictions• Affairs and Infidelity
• Aging Issues
• Anger and Anger Management
• Bereavement & Loss
• Blended or Step Families
• Boundaries and Assertiveness• Bullying
• Childhood Trauma (sexual assault, psychological trauma, physical trauma)
• Child Custody and Access Consultation and Assessments
• Coping with Change
• Communication Issues
• Couples Counselling
• Cross Cultural Issues
• Dating and Relationships for individuals and couples of all ages
• Divorce and Separation Support for You and Your Children
• Family Conflict Parents and Teens, Sibling, Intergenerational or Adult Conflict
• GBLT Issues - How to talk to your Parents, Friends, Family, coming out, relationship issues, couples, work or school issues
• Hurt and Pain after an Affair, Breakup or Divorce
• Men's Issues
• Overcoming Grief and Loss
• Pre-marital counselling
• Relationships Skills or Issues
• School Issues & Peer pressure
• Self esteem
• Self Harming Behaviours
• Senior Issues
• Separation and Co-Parenting
• Social Skills
• Trauma and Abuse
• Life Transitions (leaving home, homesickness, separation, break up, divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of your job)
Our first goal at Family-Therapy is to listen and understand your unique situation. We strive to help you move positively along the path of positive growth and well being. Our therapists can provide you with support, problem-solving skills, and coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, divorce, and interpersonal relationships. Many people find that working with a counsellor can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily work and home life. Call us today at 613-287-3799 and see what a difference speaking with a therapist may make in your life.