Michelle Berezny is a Registered Psychotherapist providing Psychotherapy Services to youth, families, and adults within Ottawa and surrounding area. Michelle comes to this work with a wealth of experience working with clients in trying situations; it is this experience that has informed her strong belief that all individuals and families possess the very strengths and inner resources needed to propel them forward through life’s struggles and challenges.
Specifically, Michelle specializes in supporting individuals and families facing issues related to anxiety and excessive worry, depression and low mood, life transitions, anger, oppositional behaviour, parent-child conflict, separation and divorce, differing parenting styles, blended family challenges, grief and loss, social skill building, bullying, self-esteem, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. These aforementioned challenges can be described as powerfully stormy experiences that have the ability to weather a family’s sense of harmony and disrupt balance within relationships between family members. Psychotherapy can serve to support families in acquiring the space needed to take a step back and regain perspective, and to thoughtfully move forward by helping each member feel heard, understood, and connected once again.
Approach to Psychotherapy
Childhood and adolescence are periods of dynamic growth and self-discovery. Such rapid changes, including physical, emotional, and social, can be incredibly wonderful and care-free experiences for children and youth; however, these stages can also be experienced as turbulent times full of insecurity and uncertainty. Furthermore, these life stages can also cause overwhelming worry and frustration for parents witnessing such changes in their child’s behaviour, mood, and appearance. Of utmost importance to Michelle is the therapeutic relationship. Michelle meets youth where they are at and accepts them for who they are unconditionally. Michelle helps children and youth learn to identify personal strengths and resources in a non-judgmental and respectful way. The child or youth is encouraged to identify and express thoughts, feelings, perceptions and experiences in a safe and supported environment.
As we move through life’s inevitable transitions, occasionally we encounter roadblocks that can either stop us in our tracks or provide us with vital life lessons. Michelle has an energized passion for helping youth and families move through those valuable transitions. Michelle works collaboratively with her clients while tailoring treatment goals to meet the unique needs and developmental stage of the child, youth, and family. Providing a warm, client-centered space for families within her practice, Michelle uses a variety of evidence-based practices, such as: Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Michelle is privileged to walk with clients on their very important journey of growth while inviting them to access and call upon their inner strengths and resiliencies.
Education + Professional Memberships
2011 Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality (Specialization in Couples Therapy)
SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY, OTTAWA, ONTARIO
2009 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, OTTAWA, ONTARIO
Registered Psychotherapist (RP) – College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
REGISTRATION #: 003011
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) – Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCAC)
REGISTRATION #: 3560