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Ottawa Team

Carolyn Streich, BMus, B.A.

Whether you feel overwhelmed by difficulties concerning your thoughts, emotions, behaviours, identity, or relationships, it takes bravery and strength to admit that you are struggling. Though you may have tried everything you can think of on your own to feel better, you are not broken – just stuck. Sometimes it takes trying something you have never done to have something you have never had. Sometimes it takes discovering and changing what no longer serves you to live a life that is meaningful for you. Sometimes it takes finding professional help to change your life for the better. I want to commend you for taking this courageous step, and I am honoured to be a part of your healing and self-discovery journey. Life can be tough, but you certainly do not have to handle it alone!

In my clinical work, I am committed to providing effective therapy by offering a strong therapeutic relationship based on authenticity, acceptance, empathy, and confidentiality. I provide individual psychotherapy to adults with issues concerning but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, personality, trauma, self-growth, grief, and life transitions. Whatever your story may be, I am here to support you along the way.

My approach to therapy is kind, compassionate, and collaborative. You can expect to have a real conversation with a genuine person who listens to your needs. In our first session, we will work together to identify the problems you are facing and establish your goals for therapy. I may also use scientifically validated assessments to help you gain a deeper understanding of your struggles and where they might stem from. As we continue with our sessions, we will develop a plan tailored to your unique situation to help you attain your therapeutic goals. I will also check in with you as we progress to ensure that our time together is working for you and modify accordingly.

For me, part of effective therapy means using scientifically validated approaches that fit the client’s situation. Therefore, I draw from various therapeutic lenses, including but not limited to psychodynamic / relational / attachment therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, existential-humanistic therapy, and mindfulness therapies like acceptance and commitment therapy.

I have both a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and a B.A. in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Ottawa, and I am currently in my final year of my Master in Counselling Psychology program (M.Ed) at University of Ottawa. My clinical experience includes seven years working at the University of Ottawa’s Counselling Centre, providing counselling to students from all walks of life. I have received training working in individual therapy for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, self-esteem, identity, suicidality, and relationship issues, amongst others. In addition to clinical work, I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with various challenges and strengths in daycare and camp settings. In these contexts, I was involved in program development and fostering resilience in underprivileged youth. 

At the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR), I am a counsellor working under the supervision Tracie Lee, R.P. (Registered Psychotherapist).