About Monika

Raised in Ottawa and having worked first-hand with children and families for almost 20 years, I’ve seen the substantial need in our community for mental health services. I believe child and play therapy services are especially needed.

My goal is to provide meaningful psychotherapy services that make lasting improvements to the family bonds, peer relationships, self-esteem and mental health of children and families.

Qualifications

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I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with Specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. I concentrated my studies on child, adolescent and family development, and accumulated hundreds of hours volunteering and conducting research in the fields of attachment theory, family systems and cognitive development.

I continued on to complete my Master of Education degree in Educational Counselling (now Counselling Psychology) at the University of Ottawa. During this degree, I completed internships providing clinical services in school and community agency settings.

Before opening my practice, I worked at a non-profit community agency providing individual counselling and play therapy services to many children, youth, families and young adults. I also founded a Children and Youth Social Skills Group and Anger Management Group to help children develop the self-regulation and social skills necessary for healthy peer relationships and friendships.

In addition to my education and training, I have experience working with children and families in various settings: with at-risk children and youth in recreational programming, with children and families in palliative care, and with supervised access for separated caregivers. I also volunteered as a Board Member with the Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario and Canadian Toy Testing Council.

My Practice

I am currently working part-time as an independent practitioner with Village Professional Services, providing psychotherapy services to children, youth and families. I work in an office with a number of clinical psychologists and therapists who also work primarily with children and families.

In addition to my clinical work, I work part-time at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) in the area of professional credentialing, ethics and advocacy for access to psychotherapy services across Canada.

Supervision

I often work with children and families who face complex and challenging concerns, who have already seen a variety of professionals before they meet with me. I’ve chosen to provide all of my clients with the opportunity to have my work with their child supervised by a clinical psychologist with expertise in child and family mental health.

Although this opportunity is purely at the client’s discretion, I strongly believe in the value of supervision and consultation. I find that it and enhances the services that I provide by offering fresh and alternative perspectives to often very complex challenges. Many parents see this as an opportunity to have a number of professionals invested in the well-being and growth of their child through therapeutic intervention. There is no additional fee to supervision, and all information remains strictly confidential between myself and my supervisor as per the standards of our regulatory bodies and applicable legislation.