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Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre Sometimes life deals us more than we can handle. We need support and guidance to find our way through our distress and despair. Dr. Rebecca Moore, C.Psych and her team at the new Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre have the keys to unlock emotional doors to lead to a more stable life. “Almost anyone can benefit from counselling or therapy. However, they must be motivated to make changes,” points out Dr. Moore. “The therapeutic relationship is unique. It may be the one relationship in the client’s life in which they are accepted unconditionally. This enables them to confront and address difficulties that they may otherwise be unable to on their own or with a loved one or friend. Therapists are specially trained to work with clients using evidencebased treatments that have been shown to be effective.” The Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre at 99 Kakulu Rd, Suite 112, offers a full range of services from a team of psychologists and psychotherapists. “Therapy helps individuals/families/couples, understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and helps them to overcome difficulties in living such as stress, relationship problems, low self-esteem, etc.,” explains Dr. Moore. “It also helps people cope with the effects of trauma and other adverse life events. Therapy is also beneficial in treating mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.” Whatever the circumstance, the trained practitioners at Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre are available to help clients overcome obstacles on their life path. “We provide therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families who are experiencing a wide variety of psychological and interpersonal difficulties,” says Dr. Moore. “Special areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, and problems related to identity and self-esteem, including issues pertinent to LGBT in-

dividuals. We also have expertise in parenting as well as issues specific to children and adolescents, such as behavioural problems, coping with the effects of parental conflict and divorce, school refusal, and psychoeducational assessments.” Born and raised in the Ottawa area, Dr. Moore developed her devotion to helping people when she worked at a small private school in Carp. “I had earned an Honours Bachelor Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. I was trying to figure out my career path while I worked part-time as a teacher and tutor at Venta Preparatory School. This school was founded by a clinical psychologist – Dr. Agatha Sidlauskas (who is now 101 years of age). All children, at the time, received psychoeducational assessments as part of the admissions process so as to better understand their intellectual, personality and learning profile. I was fascinated by this process and by her ability to understand the dynamics of each child. I decided to return to school when my first son was almost two years old– 4 years parttime to complete a second undergraduate degree and then the PhD program at the University of Ottawa.” Dr. Moore has been seeing clients since 2003. She was a psychologist for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board for over three years and has been in private practice since 2011. At the Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre, Dr. Moore is joined by a team of experienced psychologists and psychotherapists. “We have a number of therapists at the Centre, who see children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.” Scott McCleery, M.A is a psychotherapist who focuses on adult, adolescent and couples therapy. “My practice is guided by an interest in creating a relationship of change through use of advanced empathy and caring dialogue,”

explains Scott.“Under these supportive conditions, you may find it easier to express, develop deeper awareness of, and act in new ways, gradually challenging and potentially resolving difficulties in living. This approach often leads to growth in areas of inner resiliency and deeper self-awareness.” Cristina Guevara, M.A. is a psychotherapist who focuses on individual, couple, child and family therapy. She is also fluent in Spanish. “The healing process is unique to each person. While many go through similar events, not everyone experiences them in the same way,” says Cristina. By viewing my clients through a holistic lens, I develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship from which to create a safe and open environment where processing of past experiences can take place. My primary focus is working with clients who have experienced trauma. Because the nature of trauma is complex, I use an integrative, person-centered approach to meet my clients’ needs. In addition to other evidence-based interventions, I use Play Therapy, Sandtray-Worldplay, and expressive arts therapies.” Dr. Blanka Miletic, C.Psych is a psychologist (supervised practice) who works with individual adults. “I work with adults who experience a wide range of psychological and interpersonal difficulties. My clinical interests include issues related to anxiety, depression, resolving past or current relationship difficulties, life transitions, self-esteem problems, anger management, common life stressors (e.g., work-related, loss), and cross-cultural struggles (e.g., cultural identity, cross-cultural adjustment),” explains Dr. Miletic. “I approach my clients in a genuine and compassionate fashion, and I strive to provide an atmosphere of trust, acceptance, and respect where one can feel comfortable and safe to tell their story, explore their difficulties, and work towards their own healing. I believe in the uniqueness of human experience and I place an emphasis on the im-

pact of unique psycho-social factors as well as cultural context in which individuals live. Therefore, I tailor my treatment approach to the unique needs of my clients.” The Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre also provides psychoeducational assessments which provide information relating to learning disabilities, ADHD, giftedness, etc. The length of time someone is in counselling depends on the individual case. “There are a number of factors including the nature of the problem and the client’s current life circumstances,” explains Dr. Moore. “Some people attend from 6-12 sessions. Others find it beneficial to attend therapy for a number of months or years. “Research shows that therapy helps with the reduction of distress and symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can enable individuals to live with more insight and selfacceptance and to understand and change unhelpful thinking styles or interpersonal patterns.” Each therapist at the Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre keeps their own hours. There may be daytime, evening, or even weekend appointments possible depending on the therapist. Office administrator Anita Perez McCleery takes care of finding the best therapist for an individual and scheduling initial appointments. Therapy is not covered by OHIP but may be covered by most private insurance plans. Fees for therapy vary depending on the practitioner and range from $140 to $180 per hour. Sessions are booked in one hour blocks (50 minutes per session plus 10 minutes paperwork). The fee for psychoeducational assessment services is approximately $2500 and includes initial interview, testing sessions, report writing, and feedback interview. For more information, call or email the Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre at (613) 435-2729 and office@kanatapsychology.com.

Providing assessment and therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.

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