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Welcome to our member spotlight.

Learn about members all over Ontario, especially in the more remote regions, the diversity of approaches and the population that our members serve.

Would you like to be featured in the next Member Spotlight? Just fill in our quick survey and tell us about yourself. If chosen, your spotlight will also be shared on OSRP's social media platforms.


July 2024

It’s always a treat to chat with OSRP members and this one was no exception. Ellis has been a practicing psychotherapist for 20 years. Like most psychotherapists, he wanted his life to impact others positively. Through his training it became clear that he wanted to have a broader impact than on just an individual; he wanted to create the possibility of generational change. So, he pursued a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Tyndale University, believing that if a couple can change their negative patterns into positive, connected patterns, then a new normal would be modeled for their children, thus creating the possibility of generational change. I couldn’t agree more.

Ellis’ practice has two locations, one in Mississauga and the other in Downtown Toronto, and serves clients virtually and in person. His modalities include EFT, narrative therapy, CBT, and Internal Family Systems theory.

Ellis’ self-care practice includes running, and listening to podcasts, particularly one hosted by Lex Friedman, who explores the balance between science and the human condition

Ellis’ clinic is accepting clients at the moment, and can be found through the link below:

Thank you, Ellis, for a lovely chat. I wish you and your practice health and success!

June 2024

Kennedy has been practising psychotherapy for the past 10 years. She started as an addiction counsellor which she found very interesting but it felt like something was missing… like a Band-Aid for the trauma that was clearly underneath. So she decided to pursue her education at Yorkville University and obtain her masters in counseling psychology. She now utilizes Psychodynamic, Relational, PACT, RLT as her main modalities and her practice areas of focus are trauma, addiction and couples counselling. 

Kennedy is also a new mother to 10-week-old Tyler, who slept soundly during our conversation. I asked her about her self-care practices, and she mentioned that she does yoga several times a week, loves detective shows and work-related reading. She’s currently reading “in each other’s care” by Stan Tatkin.

Kennedy has learned that being a real person in the sessions is important. She takes a soft and gentle, yet no-nonsense approach in her practice. I could feel her realness during our chat too.

She is accepting new clients in her exclusively virtual practice and can be found here

May 2024

Adam is a Registered Psychotherapist and is the founder of First Step Men’s Therapy Clinic in Ottawa. He began his therapy journey in 2016 after returning from Dubai. Life had hit a crisis point and he felt lost. He happened upon a conversation with a psychologist on a panel discussion on TV and felt an inkling to contact the therapist. In therapy, he found the healing power of vulnerability and decided to create the same space for other men. He started First Step Men’s Therapy to create a safe space for men to open up, feel supported, and challenge the stigma and shame they can feel about mental health and therapy. The clinic has 17 practitioners of diverse backgrounds and modalities. They offer individual and couples counselling, low cost, and pro bono sessions to make this service accessible to as many men as possible and serve all of Ontario virtually.

Adam shared that at the beginning of his practice, he wanted to fix his clients’ problems, relationships, and emotions. He now understands that he can best serve his clients by holding space and trusting the process. In his practice, he uses Narrative, Emotion-Focused, Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, CSAT, and Person-Centered therapeutic modalities. 

He's passionate about his work and is in the process of opening more clinics across Ontario and starting group therapy for men this year.

Adam has allocated Mondays as self-care days and loves to exercise, spend time in solitude and in nature, and has recently been inspired by the author and Hindu priest Dandapani’s talks.

Contact Adam 

Contact the clinic 

March 2024

Our first Member Spotlight features Rosetta Racco, RP. She works with neurodivergent children, adolescents (3-22 years of age), and Autistics of all ages, and their families. She’s accepting new clients at the moment and offers sessions both online and in person.

I had a fascinating conversation with her about her life/work experience that spans over three decades. She has worked in various professional roles such as an Early Childhood Educator, Resource Consultant for Ministry of Children & Youth, Behaviour Therapist, Infant Mental Health & Family Counsellor etc. She’s also lived and worked in Africa and the UAE and brings this rich diversity to her practice with clients.

She realized her own neurodivergence when pursuing her education in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. It helped her make sense of her life-long passion, deepened her practice in the way she supports not only her clients, but also their families.

Fortunately, Neurodivergnece has started to become a more positive movement with neuro affirming aspects and she feels lucky to be a part of this age of inclusivity. Brava Rosetta!

Outside of work, she enjoys long walks in nature, reading and self study through books, podcasts and articles.

Find Rosetta here  

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