KIND THERAPY OTTAWA
EMELY ALCINA M.ED, RP, CCC
Do you ever wonder what happened to you? Where did your smile, your patience, your confidence, your self-esteem go? Does the idea of truly looking at yourself in the mirror terrify you, because you are not sure you would like the person who is starting back at you?
Are you feeling lost, hurt, sad, confused or just plain stuck? Do you worry that your identity has change and you no longer know who you are?
Do you find yourself becoming overly emotional or in the contrary, numb, disconnected, and unable to cope effectively with life's daily challenges?
Do you feel like your world is falling apart? Perhaps you have gone through a major change or a setback in your life?
If you can relate to one or many of these questions don't worry, you are not alone.
No one is immune to moments in life where you will feel like the world has stopped spinning or as if the rug has been lifted from beneath you. Psychotherapy can help you find peace, happiness and comfort again. Together we can work towards healing, rebuilding your identity, restoring your confidence, re-discovering your self-worth, regaining control over your life and your emotions, and encountering a sense of hope and purpose.
I understand how difficult it is to seek for help and to find the emotional energy to deal with daily struggles. However I also know that no one should struggle alone. Let me help, it would be an honour for me to embark on a healing journey with you!
Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. My philosophy of practice is compassion focus, strength based and client-centered. I work from an integrative angle and from the foundation of compassionate listening in a kind, non-judgmental, safe and supporting space.
A registered Psychotherapist here to guide you
I have a diverse educational and career background, and had the good fortune to live in another country for a significant period of time (Venezuela). I provide therapy in both English and Spanish. I obtained my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I am also supervised by Registered Psychologist Dr. David Paré, Ph.D. CPO #4073 therefore my services are covered by most extended Health Insurance plans.
I also hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Ottawa University and have served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a reservist for over 15 years.
I have significant personal and professional experience with LGBTQQIP2SA community in all its diversity.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
The cornerstones of my approach are compassion and kindness. I believe that with self-compassion, kindness and self-love we can all heal from past and current struggles, traumas and emotional wounds. Kindness will also help strengthen your relationship with yourself and others, which will make you better capable to endure future struggles. I also combine curiosity with warmth and gentleness and together we will wonder why and how you came to feel the way you do.
My practice welcomes everyone!
I have a special interest in supporting members of the LGBTQQIP2SA community and their family members. My goal is to help you live a life that is worth celebrating! So whether you are struggling to come out, questioning your sexual, romantic, or gender identity, transitioning, depressed, lonely, isolated, anxious, stressed, struggling with relationship (s), starting a new family or struggling with fertility, among others I am here for you. And if you are seeking therapy for reasons not directly related to your sexuality or your gender, it's still important to talk to someone who understands your relationships and your identity!
Before opening my own private practice, I worked at Ottawa University where LGBTQQIP2SA folks made up a sizeable portion of my clients. I founded and ran Ottawa University's rainbow support group. I continue to educate myself about the diverse needs of the LGBTQQIP2SA communities. I recognize and affirm that there is no single experience or identity that defines these communities, my goal is to learn about YOU and help you understand your unique situation.
My hope is that you will support your child, unconditionally regardless of their sexual or gender identity, personal struggles or issues with mental health diagnoses. However there may be a period of adjustment where you may experience confusion and distress. You too may need support to be able to grieve, understand, accept and learn how to best love and support that special person.
Whether you are wondering about your own sexual orientation or gender identity or are dealing with a family member or friend who is navigating this unique experience my hope is that you will find my practice compassionate, helpful and supportive.
I am here to support you!
AREAS OF FOCUS INCLUDE:
Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy
Self Esteem and Confidence
Life Transitions and Adapting to Change
Relationship Issues (family, friends, partner, work colleagues)
Personal Growth and Understanding
Effective Communication and Assertiveness
Newcomers to Canada/ Cultural Concerns
Parenting of LGBTQQIP2SA folks
Grief and Loss
Goal Setting and Exploring
Sexuality or gender struggles
“PROBABLY THE BIGGEST INSIGHT… IS THAT HAPPINESS IS NOT JUST A PLACE, BUT ALSO A PROCESS. HAPPINESS IS AN ONGOING PROCESS OF FRESH CHALLENGES, AND… IT TAKES THE RIGHT ATTITUDES AND ACTIVITIES TO CONTINUE TO BE HAPPY.”
RATES AND INSURANCE COVERAGE
Psychotherapy sessions are $130 + HST for 50min. I work under the supervision of David Paré, Ph.D. CPO #4073 who is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, therefore my services are covered by most Extended Health Insurance plans (please confirm your coverage with your insurance provider).
If you are an Ontario resident, you can claim the cost of non-reimbursed psychotherapy services as a medical expense on your income tax return.
Cancellation policy: 24 hours advance notice is required for cancellations. Clients who do not show for appointments or cancel with less than 24 hours notice will be billed for the full session.
A lower fee is available for a small number of clients who are full-time students. These fees will be negotiated before the first counselling session.
Payment by Cash or Cheque is currently accepted. Fees are due at the end of each session.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon - Fri: 8am - 8pm
Saturday & Sundays- closed
I offer an initial free 15-20 minutes phone consultation for individuals looking for a therapist. During the phone consultation you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding my therapeutic approach, and ensure we are a good fit!