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Mental Health Clinicians

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Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners

Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying)

Amanda Bender-Francois

Amanda Bender-Francois


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Amanda is committed to engaging you in a dynamic therapeutic relationship; one in which you feel supported, valued, and empowered to take control of your wellbeing or the wellbeing of your child.

Due to other professional commitments, Amanda is currently unable to provide therapy to any child or youth under the age of 18 residing within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

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Amanda Bender-Francois is a Registered Psychotherapist (since 2017) with over 15 years of clinical experience working with Children, Youth and Families in the Mental Health Sector.

Some of her proudest professional accomplishments include having the opportunity to be a dedicated ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) facilitator and a trained Adoption Competent Therapist.

Amanda has grown and developed enhanced skills over the past seven years as a faculty member at St. Lawrence College. More information on her website below!

Areas of passion include:

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Focused
  • Therapy
  • Behaviour
  • Depression
  • Family Systems
  • OCD
  • Parenting
  • Relational
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Regulation
  • Trauma

Amanda is currently available* to take new clients. Fee per session is $140.00. Free consultations available.

E-mail: [email protected]

Sheila Bains

Sheila Bains


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Sheila is a Registered Psychotherapist with a background in Early Childhood Education and has extensive experience in supporting children, youth, parents, and families.

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Sheila recognizes that the decision to come for counselling can be a difficult one to make and knows that therapy can be a great place to start if you are wanting to see changes in your everyday life, relationships, yourself, or if you are just seeking a safe place to talk.

Sheila works collaboratively with her clients to ensure they are fully involved in the therapeutic process of their journey. Sheila has extensive knowledge and experience in mental health which comes from her work as a counsellor in a Children’s Mental Health Agency.

Thought Disorders

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Mood Disorders

  • Depression

Parenting Support

  • Attachment
  • Behavioral Issues

Child and Adolescent Issue

  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem
  • Coping skills
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress

Therapeutic Approaches used

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Attachment Therapy (DDP)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

Sheila is currently available to take new clients. Fee per session is $140.00.

Free 30 min phone consultations available.

If you are interested in more information or booking with Sheila please connect through the information below.

Website: insight-psychotherapy.ca

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 613-831-6557

Brent Diaz

Brent Diaz

BA, BSW (Hons.), MSW

Brent is a Trauma Therapist for Newcomers and Refugees to Toronto, Canada. He provides individual and group trauma support to communities of people from around the world who have experienced genocide, war, and political violence. He has taught on trauma, conflict and mental health in post-secondary institutions in Canada, Ukraine, Lithuania, Kenya, India and Slovakia, and has worked with local community leaders dealing with genocide and sexual violence in Rwanda, Tigray (Ethiopia) and Malawi.

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Brent is trained in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, DBT skills, CBT, ACT, and other therapeutic modalities.

He has a passion for providing culturally-appropriate services for diverse groups people.

Get to know Brent: SE™ & The Refugee Experience Supporting Nervous Systems Impacted By The Trauma Of Forced Migration

Evan Callan

Evan Callan

MSW, RSW, SEP Soulcentric Counselling Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Purpose Guide™ in Training

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Soulcentric counseling is a combination of psychotherapy, spiritual teaching/mentorship, and ceremony. As a registered social worker, Evan has been on a path of providing spiritual support and guidance for folks who are longing to live a life of deeper fulfillment and meaning. Working one on one, Evan supports you to come into Wholeness by facilitating the healing of old wounds and traumas, as well as guiding you into a more deeply value- and driven and purpose-driven life. In his work, Evan uses Somatic Experiencing, parts work, attachment theory, nonduality, and is strongly influenced by Depth Psychology.

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Evan supports you to:

  • Cultivate a life more rich in purpose and meaning
  • Heal old patterns, wounds, traumas that are getting into the way today
  • Be more fully you, unapologetically
  • Become a more emotionally mature adult
  • Take the steps now so that later you can be an Elder to younger generations 
  • Establish your connection to the Sacred

Evan is located in Guelph, Ontario, and works with clients online. Fee per session is $150. Contact Evan for a free 15 minutes meet and greet to see if you and he are a good fit.

Website: evancallan.ca

email: [email protected]

Tracy Montgomery

Tracy Montgomery

Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Sex Educator and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner

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Tracy is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Sex Educator and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. She is the President of the Somatic Sex Educators Association, a member in good standing of the Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers and the Creative Admin |Adjunct Faculty for the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education.

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Tracy is a Somatic Sex Educator who supports clients on their individual journey to sexual wholeness, offering trauma-informed, body-based education to those who want to expand their capacity for pleasure, love and joy, heal the wounds of sexual trauma or abuse and explore the intersection of sex and spirit. 

Sessions with Tracy are client-centred and collaborative, incorporating a variety of body-based coaching about sex including breathwork, sensate focus, boundary-setting, choice and voice, anatomy, and touch.

Somatic sex education is the meeting of somatics and sexology, incorporating practices such as yoga, meditation and embodiment with the latest neuroscience, psychology and somatic learning theory. It is a wonderful way to address all kinds of sexual problems, ranging from premature ejaculation to anorgasmia, chronic pain to deciphering sexual identity. 

Tracy is available to take new clients online and in-person at her independent location in Ottawa, ON.

A 90-minute session is $150. 

Prospective clients are encouraged to visit Tracy’s website  and book a free 20-minute Discovery call to learn more. 

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Tracy respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.


Lisa Price Maidens

Lisa Price Maidens


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Lisa is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and Child and Youth Practitioner. She graduated with distinction from St. Lawrence College in 2012 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree from the University of Victoria.

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What is Parent Support?
Parent support is designed for you to have the opportunity to receive support when you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.

What is Parent Consultation?
A parent consultation provides an opportunity to work with a professional to develop, implement and determine intervention strategies that will help your family as whole.

You can expect: support with tantrums, meltdowns, challenging behaviour, anxiety, bedtime battles, sibling rivalry; advocacy support in finding your child the resources they may need at school or daycare; support through divorce or separation; new baby arrival; death of a loved one or pet; support with LGBTQ and workshop opportunities

Lisa looks forward to offering her skills and knowledge as a parent consult to help families find their way through parenting. She offers a 30 minute free consultation meet and greet. Pricing details and packages will also be discussed.

Please see Lisa’s website and information here: https://lpricemaidensparen.wixsite.com/mysite or email [email protected]

Martez Schembri-Diskey

Martez Schembri-Diskey



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Martez Schembri-Diskey, RMT. CST-D, CSFC, has over 28 years of practice as a Registered Massage Therapist, Integrative Craniosacral Therapist, Massage Therapy Professor, Solution Focused Counsellor, Spiritual Director, Trauma Care Educator and Author of “From Stress to Bliss, Journey From Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth” based on her personal and professional experience with trauma.  

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Martez facilitates organizational trainings for Healthcare Professionals on Stress, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout & Self-Care for Helping Professionals, Heal the Healers Self-Care Series and currently Trauma Recovery & Integrative Care Education. She is also a Globally Certified TRE Provider (Tension, Trauma Releasing Exercises) Martez recently Co-Founded “Trauma Recovery & Integration Network”.

Phone : 905-666-1393
Website: http://www.handsonhealthcare.org/

Julie Clarke

Julie Clarke

Registered Psychotherapist Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner/Training Assistant Clinical Supervisor

Julie has a Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree. This program has a strong developmental foundation and prepares Julie to work with a diverse population young and old. She also has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology degree and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner/Training Assistant, Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor in Ontario, Canada. She focuses her practice work mainly in the area of trauma recovery and chronic stress.

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With her highly specialized training in children and youth (as an adult you were once a child too!) Julie works specifically from a trauma informed lens with a developmental, strengths based and solution focused approach. Her approach and technique are what make her a sought after local Ottawa-valley clinician. The Ottawa-valley is where she was not only born and raised but raised her two young adult boys.

“Every individual I work with is unique and so too is the approach I take.”

Julie’s goal is always to meet each individual where they are at, not where they are supposed to be. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is the first priority when meeting clients and evidence shows this is a good indicator of better outcomes in therapy. She loves her job and what she does and has a passion for helping others.

Julie is a recipient of the Laureate Award of Excellence, member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (#001463) and the Somatic Experiencing International.

In addition to her private practice work Julie has experience in the community at various organizations/agencies including hospital-based child and youth counselling for inpatient/outpatient/emergency crisis (crisis intervention Level 3 NVCI trained), local family health team, child and youth community mental health agencies, alternative school programs (“Section 23”), responder and team leader for Victim Services, trained facilitator Lanark County Community Justice Program and former Kids Help Phone volunteer. Julie is an authorized health provider for Veterans Affairs Canada (Medavie Blue Cross), City of Ottawa First Responders and Encompas Mental Health Wellness Program (O.P.P.).

Julie is also a past contributor to the Parent-Child Guidebook for Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and EMC West Carleton.

Registered Psychotherapists (Qualifying)

Not all RP(Q)’s listed are clinically supervised by Julie Clarke.

RP (Qualifying) psychotherapists are registrants of CRPO. They have completed or are nearing completion of their psychotherapy training.

They are legally authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy and are required to practise with clinical supervision as they gain experience in the profession. In order to transfer to the full RP category of registration, RP (Qualifying) registrants are required to complete 450 direct client contact hours, 100 hours of clinical supervision, and to pass the registration exam.

RP (Qualifying) registrants are subject to same standards and professional obligations that apply to those in the RP category, and both categories are subject to the same Quality Assurance mechanisms and accountability frameworks” via crpo.ca.

Rachel Bennett

Rachel Bennett

Registered Psychotherapist

(Qualifying) (she/her)

Rachel is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who offers online, individual therapy as well as group programs for mental health and wellness. She works from a Humanistic Existential therapeutic lens and employs the therapeutic strategies of: Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Somatic work and Depth Psychology.

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“I am a holistic and integrated psychotherapist. This means I consider the whole person (mind, body, spirit and relationships) when addressing your problems and goals.

I believe that your inner wisdom is the best guide for your unique journey towards holistic healing and mental health”.

To do this, Rachel works with you to create an inner field-guide, which can include activities like:

  • Mapping your internal landscape and getting to know all the different internal characters that inhabit it, building a foundation for self-understanding, self-acceptance, and ultimately, self-leadership.
  • Enhancing the communication pathways between your body and mind to increase your ability to regulate emotions and mindfully embrace life and its challenges.
  • Reparenting work to enhance your ability to self-regulate your destructive impulses, create and hold healthy boundaries, and to keep the promises you make to yourself.
  • Inner-child work to increase joy, hope and motivation, and to process childhood trauma or unresolved issues from the past.
  • Developing a sense of belonging and rootedness through relationships with others and with nature.

All of these processes, and more, will support you through your deep healing journey and provide templates for the soul work required to access your intuition and unlearn the stories that keep you stuck.

Rachel’s areas of passion include:

  • ADHD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Self-Regulation and Self-Leadership
  • Attachment Theory
  • Jungian Theory

Rachel is currently available for new clients. Her fee per session is $100. Free consultations are available. 

Contact: [email protected] or more info at www.risingrooted.ca

Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson

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Sarah is available to support clients ages 5 and up for individual psychotherapy, parent coaching and also family and couples support. Sarah has years of experience working with a young population, as well as with an adult population. Areas of specialty include anxiety, depression and mood concerns, suicidal ideation, self-harm, life transitions, parent separation/divorce, social conflicts, stress management and more.

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NOTE: At this time, Sarah is seeing clients from Ontario virtually only.

Sarah utilizes a variety of different counselling techniques which are customized for each client’s treatment. This includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and utilizes techniques from play therapy and art therapy within sessions.

Sarah holds Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) status in the province of Ontario, and also is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of BC. Some Ontario clients are able to claim Sarah’s services under her RCC designation, even if they do not reside in British Columbia. Sessions are currently $135 for 50-minutes or $67.50 for 25-minutes (recommended for ages 10 and under or brief parent support sessions). If finances are a barrier, please mention this to Sarah and sliding-scale rates can be discussed. Sarah is currently accepting new clients and offers a 20 minute meet-and-greet to determine if it is a good fit.

If you are interested in learning more, or would like to book an appointment, please contact Sarah directly at [email protected] or phone at 778-557-9525.