Wave of change

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

— Leonard Cohen, Anthem

Meet Our Growing Team

About Natalie...

 

Having moved from the city to Kemptville a few 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-informed.

 

I am the Director of Clinical Services, and clinical supervisor. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy services in both English and French. 

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.

Natalie Carrière
Alexia Jiménez
About Alexia...

I have a passion for supporting both individuals and the family in whatever shape and form it takes. I believe that supporting parents as individuals, and in their couple relationship is key to helping the family thrive. I also recognize how hard these relationships at times can be. I have over 10 years of experience facilitating marriage and parenting courses, as well as experience in my past careers of finance and running my own catering business. I have been married for nearly 30 years and have three young adult children.

 

I believe that engaging in therapy can yield such gifts as hope, healing, insight and change. I am an active and curious, empathic listener who will provide you with a safe, warm and non judgmental space in order to help you explore whatever is troubling you. Collaboratively, we can determine the route that you want to take in therapy.

 

I work with individuals, couples and families who are looking for support with relationship concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, grief and anger. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the unique experience of each client. I use an integrative approach and incorporate skills and techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the Gottman Method, Systemic and Psychodynamic approaches. My work is both trauma-informed and spiritually-informed. Whether spirituality is a source of discouragement from which you would like to heal or a source of strength you would like to grow and deepen, your spiritual questions are welcome.

 

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 008305) and an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Registration #2017750). I hold an undergraduate degree in Human Relations and a Masters of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul Paul University.

Contact: alexia@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct line: (613) 699-1319

About Nicole...

 

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 (Qualifying), 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

Nicole Sarsons
Jane Loignon
About Jane...

I am a bilingual therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University.  I specialise in the care of adults living with anxiety, depression, chronic illness and chronic pain. I am an ally of the LGBTQ community and work closely with clients who are struggling with gender identity, gender expression and/or their sexual orientation. I also accompany people in palliative care and their family members. I recognize and celebrate the infinite variety of human stories and welcome clients of every faith and spirituality including those who do not identify with any spiritual perspective. I work with individuals, couples, and groups.

 

My approach to therapy is to honour the unique story each of us tells and lives by.  I wish to provide a safe, nurturing space in which you can tell your story, reflect on it and transform it in order to align your values with your behaviour.  It is my belief that your personal narrative has an impact on you physically and that therapy can help you reshape your narrative to adjust your relationship to your body.  Talk therapy can also help you improve relationships with the other people in your life.  It can help you reconcile body, mind and spirit.

 

I will draw on many theoretical practices to tailor your sessions to your specific needs.  I will work with you to identify the strengths you did not know you had.  I will help you name your challenges.  Together we will establish goals for you and collaborate on strategies for you to reach those goals.  We will work to co-author a new, positively sustaining narrative for you.

I hope that your therapeutic journey with me is transformative and healing. 

 

May your story be one of growth, hope and joy!

jane@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Kemptville Office Line: (613) 371-6778

Welcome to our new Kingston office, Deborah! 

 

Having worked for many years as a first responder I saw the impact of trauma on many lives, in many different ways.  I pursued my Master of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University when I saw how I could shift my role to better support those around me. 

 

Helping has always been my passion and my goal in counselling is to meet the client where they are in life.  I work from a client-centred approach, focusing on the unique life and skills that each person brings to our sessions.  I have worked with survivors of sexual trauma (recent and/or historic), individuals living in active or recovering addiction, and people who have experienced a range of trauma. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and my focus in my practice is on DBT and attachment theory informed, positive psychology.  My role is to support you in your life journey in a curious, non-judgmental way. 

 

I am an LGBTQ+ ally, and I aim to work from a place of anti-racism and anti-oppression, recognizing and honouring the impact of each individual person’s interaction with the world and society in which they live.  Living in Kingston as a settler and uninvited guest on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinabek Nation, I structure my practice to honour the diverse traditions and spirituality of each client. I attempt to live my life and practice as an ally to racialized populations, understanding how intersecting identities impact each individual.  

 

I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (#10006).

 

I look forward to walking your life journey with you!

Contact Deborah:  debbie@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

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Welcome to our new Kingston office, Karen! 

 

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.

 

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

 

Contact Karen:  karen@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

 Anne...
Anne has been a creative marketing and social media expert for five years. She brings a youthful and professional perspective to The Lighthouse-Le Phare team.
 
Her experience with local Ottawa businesses has helped her develop unique strategies for brand development, innovation and delivery.
 
Anne is in her third year of a psychology degree from Ottawa U. She is a devoted human companion to her teacup Morkie, Poppy.

Cont Anne:  anne@thelighthouse-lephare.ca

Direct Line: (613) 371-6778

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