Wave of change

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

— Leonard Cohen, Anthem

Meet Our Growing Team

In Kemptville: 

Natalie Carrière

 

Having moved from the city to Kemptville several years ago, I have felt right at home since the day I arrived with my family and I have enjoyed continuing to grow roots in this beautiful community. 

 

I have had a life course rich in experiences that have helped me grow, and inform my practice. While I take special interest in critical illness and parenting multiple children (twins and triplets and more), I have a varied clinical background and experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, infertility and other life transitions, and relationship problems to name a few.

 

In my practice, I favour a holistic, trauma-informed integrative approach, which I tailor to meet my clients’ individual needs. I believe in building on strengths rather than focusing on pathology or diagnoses. We work together in order to identify behaviour patterns, and thought processes which no longer serve them, in order to help them change and heal.

 

I am sensitive to the fact that the problems clients bring can often have a spiritual dimension and I remain open to working with their personal meanings. I enjoy working with my clients and I consider it a privilege to be able to accompany them on their journeys of self-discovery and healing.

 

I am a registered psychotherapist with College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (reg. # 006521), and I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. I have a master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University, as well as a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Ottawa, where my thesis work was based on the experiences of parents of childhood cancer patients. I have a Certificate in Applied Mindfulness from the University of Toronto, and am a trained facilitator of the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) course. I had the good fortune of being trained by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Chronic Pain Consulting Physician, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital and Medical Director of the Neurova Centre, and her team.

My practice is both trauma- and HAES-informedI offer individual counselling and psychotherapy services in both English and French. 

* Not currently accepting new clients

Contact Natalie: natalie@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct line: (613) 371-6778

* For clients with private health insurance coverage through Medavie/ Blue Cross, I now offer a direct-billing option. 

** For more information on our rates, availability, and therapy process, please consult our FAQ page.

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Patricia Cameron

I am a professional art therapist registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am a graduate of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, British Columbia where I earned my masters-level diploma in art therapy. Before I became an art therapist, I worked as a personal support worker for over 12 years, providing support for people with diverse abilities. Through this work I developed a passion to support people with a diverse range of abilities to engage in art and art therapy.

Art therapy is a method of psychotherapy which combines art making with traditional talk therapy. Art can help people to express thoughts and feelings that would otherwise be difficult to articulate or talk about. Creating art is naturally healing and soothing, relieves stress, and increases self-mastery and self-esteem. Creating art can help you to tell your story and express your emotions. The meaning and insight found within your art can help you to process difficult experiences and gain self-awareness. You do not need to have any previous experience with art making to participate in art therapy.

 

I enjoy working with clients of all ages. The majority of my experience surrounds working with children and adults affected by illness, as well as seniors coping with the natural processes of aging, and caregivers navigating the fine balance of prioritizing self-care while caring for others. I also work with anyone who is feeling lost or unsure of what direction to go in life and may be looking for clarity, guidance, or support.

My therapeutic approach to art therapy is trauma-informed, relational, existential, and positive. As a trauma-informed relational art therapist, I understand the importance of building a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship with each client and I always offer choices for the direction of each art therapy session. As a strength-based, positive art therapist, I focus on each person’s strengths to build resilience and self-confidence. As an existential art therapist, I understand the impact of universal struggles that human beings have with concepts such as meaning and purpose, identity and authenticity, freedom and choice, connection and disconnection and life and death. My ultimate hope is to assist and guide individuals to attend to and honor their darkness, while continuing to strive towards the light. I see the potential in everyone to overcome challenges and build resilience despite hardships. I am also experienced in dream work, eco-art therapy, and sandtray therapy.  

I look forward to meeting you. If you would like to work with me on your art therapy journey, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Patricia@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Kemptville Office Line: (613) 371-6778

Nicole Sarsons

 

I believe that we are all capable of making positive changes in our lives and my role as a counsellor is to help facilitate that process through warmth and empathetic understanding.  Together we can work to identify meaningful and attainable goals, improve relationships and connection, decrease feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness and hurt, and develop self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness.  I believe that the more that we understand our experiences, motivations, feelings, and needs, the more we can make deliberate choices about how we want to live.

 

My practice is informed by a range of different modalities, at the heart of which is a person-centered, trauma-informed approach.  I appreciate that each person is unique and aim to provide an individually tailored approach to best suit your personality and needs.  I work with adults coping with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, sexual assault/abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem, and identity. 

 

I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  I hold a Masters of Counselling from Athabasca University and an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from McMaster University. 

Contact Nicole:  nicole@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

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Karen Randall

 

Throughout life’s journey, we all struggle to cope with challenging and overwhelming times brought on by change, transition, stress, sadness, etc. My in-depth, hands-on experience and training in the mental health field provides me with the knowledge and skills necessary to help support and guide you through such periods. As your therapist, I will work with you to identify the core issues at hand, and under my guidance and support, we will work together to develop and carry out a plan to address your immediate challenges and bring about positive life changes.

Developing a therapeutic rapport where each client feels secure, welcome and free of judgement is key. My practice centers on a strength-based therapeutic approach during all of the counselling sessions. This approach builds on your current strengths and on recognizing and developing new strengths and skills,  to identify the core issues at hand and an associated plan for treatment. As sessions progress, other treatment models (e.g., attachment theory, family of origin, family systems theory, cognitive behaviour therapy, etc.) may also be employed and specifically tailored to meet each client’s needs.

 

I have extensive hands-on and managerial experience working in the mental health field (over 16 years experience as Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association and over 5 years experience as Manager, Montfort Hospital Mental Health Outpatients Department). I have worked with individuals and families living with various mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, bipolar disorder, suicide, trauma, addictions, grief, burn out, etc. 

 

I am a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) and a trainer in Motivational Interviewing and have delivered contracted training services for such to large organizations (e.g., Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defense, various Government of Canada departments, etc.) over the past 20 years.

 

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I hold a Master of Counselling and Spirituality from Saint-Paul University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Carleton University. 

I offer counselling and psychotherapy services in both English and French. I also offer services in Kemptville.

 

Life is a wonderful journey, come walk with me for awhile.

 

Contact Karen:  karen@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

Stéphanie Boucher 

 

My belief that everyone undergoes life challenges and deserves to heal and grow, and my desire is to help my clients reach their potential are key drivers in my career aspirations.

 

I have experience working with clients struggling with anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, life transitions, and bereavement. In my work with the military for the last  4 years, I have supported various families with different life challenges, issues in relationships, life transitions, trauma, and PTSD.

 

I work from a person-centered, trauma-informed perspective, and draw on different modalities such as narrative therapy and motivational interviewing to tailor the care I offer to best address my clients’ needs. I also have a keen interest in positive psychology and strength-based approaches. I believe that clients are experts of their own lives and  we work collaboratively in the process of healing.

 

Being culturally responsive and socially just is essential to me, and my goal is to prioritize humility and curiosity with my clients in order to make the counselling space a safe and inclusive one.

I am bilingual (English, French) and have a Masters of Counselling with Athabasca University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I am registered with the CRPO as a qualifying member (#11768).

Contact Stéphanie: stephanie@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

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Andrée Leduc

I am a registered psychotherapist (qualifying) and counselling intern, completing the practicum portion of my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. 

 

I strongly believe that human connection has healing properties. I utilize a holistic, client-centered approach and am committed to creating a warm, non-judgmental, and collaborative therapeutic relationship so that you feel safe and respected as we explore your narrative.

 

As a former law enforcement officer, I am in a unique position to understand, and am very passionate about helping first responders from all branches who may be struggling with the stressors inherent within these professions, including PTSD, Operational Stress Injuries, moral injuries, and organizational stress. I strive to help my clients facing stressors and mental health illnesses such as, relationship difficulties, infidelity, grief, anxiety, depression, life transitions, etc. 

 

Together, we will explore your personal experiences and challenges to discover how they impact your wellbeing and your ability to live the life you want. In sessions, I utilize an attachment and trauma-informed lens while using treatments and interventions from various modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Adlerian Therapy. 

 

I am bilingual (English/French).

Contact Andrée:  andree@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

Allison Huff
Client Care Co-ordinator
I am a recent graduate of Carleton University’s Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology program with a concentration in Clinical and Mental Health.

 

I take a special interest in therapy and treatment program development for at-risk and/or vulnerable populations. My university thesis focused on the betterment of mental health treatment for sexual and gender minority communities. I would like to see my developing career grow into one that can make a difference for neglected and discriminated populations.

 

That said, I acknowledge that I am an uninvited settler on the land of traditional Algonquin territory of the Anishinaabe people. I aim for my work and life choices to respect the traditions and history of Canada’s Indigenous populations.

 My role with The Lighthouse-LePhare is intended to help better serve clientele upon intake, as well as during their experience with our practice. I will be available for all general inquiries including appointments, records, screening, scheduling, payments and more.

 

I look forward to being able to support our clientele with their journey through their psychotherapy experience.

Contact Allison:  info@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

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In Kingston: 

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Sara Beck

 

Words are powerful things. They can help you make sense of your emotions and experiences, help you understand how your past is affecting your present, help you improve your relationships, and help you make decisions. 

 

Together, we can work to find the words you need, whether you are navigating grief, loss, depression, anxiety, or trauma, coping with changes in your life, having difficulties with relationships, or struggling to communicate.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I hold a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, an Honours Bachelor degree in psychology from Queen’s University, and a Masters of Journalism from the University of Western Ontario.

 

My practice draws on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, and solution-focussed therapy, and is also informed by more than 15 years of experience as an adult educator. My goal is to provide a supportive, judgement-free, and collaborative environment that focusses on your needs and goals. I am an LGBTQ+ ally, and I welcome people who are in non-traditional relationships.

I look forward to talking with you.

Contact Sara:  sara@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

Kayla Walsh

Fostering safe, comfortable and collaborative relationships is at the heart of my work with clients in psychotherapy. I strongly believe in developing a trusting relationship where clients feel safe to share, explore, and feel their emotions and it is my privilege to be present with them through this. Using a trauma-informed, client-centred approach my aim is to work collaboratively with each unique client, identifying issues at hand, setting and working towards goals that will bring about a positive change in their lives.

 

I have worked as an addictions counsellor as well as a mental health case manager in the criminal justice system. These work experiences created a desire to dig deeper with clients, helping them to identify and understand how previous life experiences continue to affect us today, playing a role in relationships, behaviours, mental health etc. I returned to school to pursue my Masters of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

 

I now practice psychotherapy from a trauma informed lens, tailoring services to be client specific to meet each individual client’s need. I work with adults and have experience supporting clients with a variety of presenting concerns including survivors of trauma and abuse, individuals coping with depression, anxiety, substance use/abuse, PTSD, grief and loss, and self-esteem. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic modalities including CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, and strength-based, solution focused therapy.

 

I am a Registered Psychotherapist as well as a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Contact Kayla:  kayla@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

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