Yvonne Collins has over 17 years experience counselling and teaching teens/young adults in a variety of educational settings. She uses her humour and down-to-earth approach to support and listen to her clients’ struggles non-judgementally. Yvonne works with clients collaboratively, offering an individualized approach based on their personal needs and goals.
Yvonne is particularly interested in providing clients with hands-on, practical skill development to increase psychological flexibility/resilience to help cope with difficult thoughts, feelings, sensations, urges and memories as they arise in day-to-day living. She believes that taping into mindfulness, self-compassion and personal values, can help build life-enhancing patterns of behaviour and lessen the impact of painful feelings and unhelpful thoughts.
Yvonne provides solution-focused counselling and psychotherapy services, accessible to young adults, teens and their parents to address concerns such as:
- Social skills development and peer relationships
- Generalized anxiety and worry
- Social anxiety
- Strengths/interests/values identification
- Emotional Regulation
- Life/school Transition
- Career/School concerns
- Student-athlete concerns
- Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
- Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
- Certified Koru Mindfulness Teacher with Centre of Koru Mindfulness
Yvonne was former competitive synchronized swimmer, and coached young women for over 17 years as an NCCP certified coach. She completed a B.A. Honours at the University of Toronto, followed by a Bachelor in Education (Intermediate/Secondary). While teaching high school in St John’s Newfoundland she also facilitated a social skills
group for teens on the autism spectrum. She moved to Ottawa to complete a Master of Education in Educational Counselling (now called Counselling Psychology), completing an internship at a high school guidance office. Since the completion of her Master degree in 2003, she has worked at Carleton University as an Academic Counsellor, Career Counsellor, clinical supervisor for M.Ed. interns and Koru Mindfulness Teacher.
In her roles, she counselled post-secondary students one-on-one on personal, academic and career issues, developed guidance programs, inventories and online tools. Additionally she teaches meditation, mindfulness and stress management to groups and is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Career Development.
Yvonne has completed a number of professional development courses in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as well as Mindfulness/Meditation. Two of her recent courses in ACT focused on therapeutic
approaches for teens.
Fees for services are $140 for a 60 minute session. Yvonne accepts cheque, cash, or etransfers. At the end of each session, you are given a receipt which you can send to your third party insurance. Services are covered by most third party insurance as
Yvonne practices under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.
Fees may be lowered for those with limited financial resources.
Please contact Yvonne by phone, email, or using the contact form below. All correspondence is strictly confidential.