Tues-Fri 10:00-4:00

(613) 324-0948

2081 Merivale Rd, Suite 800, Ottawa, Ontario



Child & Youth Counselling

Since children and youth are still developing the vocabulary which allows them to express their thoughts and feelings, Counselling with children and youth must take on a different form. Very often, feelings of hurt, fear, and sadness can present as physical complaints such as tummy aches or headaches. Michelle aims to alleviate some of these challenging symptoms by:

  • Naming these pesky fears and anxieties
  • Developing a toolbox of useful coping skills to give children and youth more control
  • Psychoeducation regarding temperament and development for children, youth and parents
  • Strategies for pushing back against social anxiety
  • Providing a healthy outlet for expressing feelings of grief from the loss of a parent, friend, or pet
  • Tools for developing a healthy self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enhancing social skills; learning to make and maintain healthy friendships
  • Expressive art activities to help children process difficult feelings such as anger, sadness, and grief

Children Under Age 12

Michelle strongly encourages the ongoing participation of parents/guardians/other family members within the Counselling work in order to wrap around the child in a supportive, collaborative way. Based on the unique needs of the child, Michelle uses creative forms of therapy, such as play and artistic expression, while meeting the child where they are at.

Children Aged 12+

Youth of this age have the right to request private and confidential Counselling and are therefore able to access one-on-one Counselling Services; however, Michelle also has a strong passion for working with youth and their parent/guardian/family member within the Counselling process if the youth is agreeable to this. In this situation, some examples of issues explored may include: parent-child conflict, support following a parental separation/divorce, support for parents experiencing differing parenting styles, loss of trust and respect.

Family Counselling

Sometimes families encounter seasons in their lives that present challenges and difficulties for all or some members. Because children are part of a greater system, often times Family Counselling is the best mode of practice to help the child or adolescent find the strength and support he or she needs to overcome potential difficulties. Michelle provides a space for the family system to come together and learn to identify and utilize their individual and collective strengths in order to move through these road blocks together, while relieving feelings of frustration and disconnect. This may involve working with the entire family, or certain members of the family as necessary. Some issues that clients seek Family Counselling for include:

  • Ineffective communication
  • Parenting skills
  • Differing parenting styles between parents/guardians
  • Moving through separation and divorce
  • Challenges in blended families
  • Differentiation and developing identity among adolescents
  • Communication with “tweens” and teens
  • Processing family trauma
  • Secrets in the family
  • Processing feelings of grief after the loss of a loved one
  • Pursuer-distancer dynamics in the family
  • Triangulation between family members

Adult Counselling

  • Individual Counselling
  • Couple Counselling
  • Career Counselling
  • Perinatal Counselling

Michelle’s office is located within Robertson Therapy & Counselling, a private practice led by Professional Counsellor, Kyli Robertson, and Registered Psychotherapist, Mandie Robertson.

Down the hall from Michelle, Kyli and Mandie provide Counselling support to adults within Ottawa and surrounding area. To learn more about Robertson Therapy & Counselling, be sure to visit http://www.robertsontherapy.ca or call 613-422-0060.