With the changing seasons comes
We cannot change the piercing cold.
But we can change ourselves.
Determine your own path.
Change at your own pace.
– collaborative counselling with Celine Goyette, Registered Psychotherapist –
My name is Celine Goyette and I work with individuals and couples as a Clinical Therapist in Ottawa Ontario. In 2010, I completed a Masters degree in counselling at Saint Paul University and registered as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am also a Registered Psychotherapist with the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Making the decision to begin a counselling process takes courage, risk and a willingness to explore change. Sometimes we have periods in our lives which, like seasons, are joyful and refreshing, and other times, slow moving, challenging and evoking intense and profound emotional experiences. I appreciate having been taught at an early age how each season carries its own medicines and teachings and I believe every season in our life also reflects this wisdom.
Life Seasons Psychotherapy is about a process of change that respectfully supports you at your pace. I have an integrative and relational perspective to therapy and change and my experience is grounded in a broad range of clinical and Indigenous approaches that support people in exploring responses that are no longer adaptive. I support people in taking care of themselves so they can experience the benefits of self-awareness and being responsible for their personal change.
Every season contains within it the potential for beauty, and we draw more of that beauty into our lives by our response to whichever season we’re in.
– Jamie C. Martin
People are much more than what has happened to them. The therapeutic process should not focus primarily on a person’s “brokenness” or “pathology”, but rather, explore areas that have been disconnected. Even though old ways of responding feel familiar, they can interfere with current needs and prevent learning new skills to better cope with life’s challenges.
I have worked in mental health since 2009 and my experience in community health has led me to working with a wide range of issues, such as:
- Childhood trauma with men and women
- Sexual trauma in adulthood
- Domestic violence
- Depression and anxiety
- Substance and behavioral addictions and codependency
- Life transitions
- Work-life balance
- Diagnosis of cancer
- Grief and loss
- Identity and relationships issues, including LBGTQQ
- Impacts of residential schools on survivors and their families
- Impacts of foster care and adoptions systems (“ ‘60s Scoop”) on survivors and their families
I regularly pursue professional development and draw on my training in a variety of frameworks such as:
- Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented therapy
- Attachment-based approaches
- Psychobiological approaches
- Sand Tray and Expressive arts therapies
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Perhaps most importantly, I have deep respect and appreciation for the knowledge and support of Indigenous cultural teachers in my life who help me remember who I am as someone with mixed ancestry, and how to stay grounded with my feet close to the fire. Honouring people’s dignity and respecting their right to choose what best supports their healing process and determining their own path, helps strengthen their cycle of change and wellness, while reclaiming and restoring their spirit and culture on their terms.
Have some questions? This might help
How long will it take until I feel some relief, and how long does therapy last?
You may experience shifts and quickly feel some relief. The duration of therapy depends on several factors such as how deeply you can work, how much therapy you previously done, your readiness to work now and the quality of our fit. If your concern is narrow in focus, then 6 to 10 sessions may be enough. For issues that have been long standing or are more complex, more sessions may be useful. Each person’s healing journey is unique; it may not be useful to apply strict time limits. We will discuss the course of therapy throughout our work together and I will work with you to ensure that your counselling experience meets your needs.
How often do I come to counselling?
Again it depends on you and the issues being worked on. Many people come once a week. Others come less or more often. Some people return to counselling for a “tune up” or because other issues have come up.
How much does it cost?
Please contact me to discuss my fees. I offer a few sliding scale spots per year for students, seniors, unemployed and underemployed. Counselling with a Clinical Therapist is not currently covered under OHIP; however, if you have extended health benefits through your employer some or all of your costs may be covered. My work is supervised by Dr. Brenda Saxe, Registered Psychologist, and services are covered by most Insurers. I accept cash, cheques and e-transfers.
I invite you to contact your Human Resources Department to confirm what is covered before your first appointment with me.
I am also a registered practitioner with Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit with Health Canada.
Every therapeutic relationship is unique. How do I know if the fit is right?
If you are contemplating beginning a counselling process, it is normal to feel some anxiety about your first session and it can be hard to assess the fit until you’ve been through a few sessions. Research shows that therapeutic fit is the most important factor in successful counselling. A good fit is one where you feel empowered to ask questions about your therapy and welcomed to discuss changes in direction.
I offer a free initial consultation to ensure that I am the right therapist for you. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you may have and briefly discuss your situation. This will allow me to get a better sense of your current challenges and goals and provide you with further information about my therapeutic approach.
Is what I say to you confidential?
Yes. Everything you share with me is confidential. There are, however, three limits to confidentiality that all mental health professionals must follow. They are:
a. if a child is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect, or in need of protection.
b. if I believe that you or another person is at risk of imminent harm.
c. for the purpose of complying with legal order such as a subpoena, or if the disclosure is otherwise required or authorized by law. In these three cases I am obligated to break confidentiality. If any of these three concerns emerges during counselling I will do my best to discuss this with you before I do. At our first appointment, you will be asked to sign a “Statement of Understanding”, which details informed consent, risks and benefits in participating in therapy, clinical supervision and cancelling policy.
In addition, in some cases I seek professional consultation. However, during the consultation, your identity will be kept in strict confidence.
Wondering where we are based?
Life Seasons Psychotherapy is conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa’s Westboro Village. The building is wheelchair accessible.
376 Churchill Avenue, Suite 104
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 5C3
By Bus: We’re a five-minute walk from the Westboro transitway stop at Scott and Athlone. The #2 bus also stops right outside the building. The OC Transpo travel planner can help you find your way.
By Car: We’re one block north of Richmond Road, on the west side of Churchill. From the 417 highway, take the Carling exit to Churchill and travel north on Churchill. We’re approximately 1.5 km from the highway.
Parking: There is free, time-limited street parking in the area as well as public parking lots.