Ottawa Team

Natalie Charron, M.A., R.P.

You have been feeling anxious or depressed and these feelings are interfering with your life. You often feel inadequate and are unsure why. You keep encountering the same life or relationships struggles. You have reached a dead end in your attempts to overcome your challenges and need extra help. Acknowledging the need for support and taking the steps to find it takes much courage and self-compassion, and I commend you for doing so. I provide psychotherapy treatment for individual clients facing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, grief, as well as various identity (e.g., sexuality, gender, professional) and interpersonal relationship (e.g., family, couple, social) challenges. I believe we can get you to a better place in your relationship with yourself and with others.

During my years of practice I have built a particular interest and expertise in supporting individuals to heal and grow in the aftermath of traumatic experiences, including those dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Developmental Trauma (e.g., childhood experiences of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, physical and emotional neglect). As my research has particularly focused on sexuality as well as on sexual and gender identities, I also have a specific interest in working with individuals from the LGBTQ community. I know how holding various identities can impact self-concept and self-esteem and interpersonal relationships, and help individuals navigate through difficult life experiences faced by those with diverse backgrounds.

Beginning the process of therapy can bring with it anxiety for some—this is why I make it my priority to create a safe and welcoming space where you can share your most private thoughts, feelings, and emotional reactions at a pace that feels comfortable for you. In the first few sessions I will get to know you and your current difficulties by conducting a thorough assessment that involves personal history taking as well as the administration of scientific, evidence-based questionnaires to determine what is at the root of about current struggles. These first sessions will also be dedicated to determining the therapeutic goals that fit your needs and determining the therapeutic interventions mostly likely to help you reach your goals. As an integrative therapist, I combine various therapeutic approaches to tailor the course of therapy to your specific needs and style. My approach combines psychodynamic theories and intervention (including attachment, object relations, and systems theories) to help shed light on how your past experiences have influenced your present sense of self and interpersonal relationship dynamics. I also use cognitive-behavioural, experiential, and mindfulness-based approaches to help build moment-to-moment awareness of your internal experiences and how it influences your behaviours. I also use solution-focused and narrative approaches to help you build skills to create healing and change in your current life.

Over the past several years, I have provided psychotherapeutic services in a variety of contexts including the Montfort Hospital Borderline Personality Group and External Individual Clinics, an Employee Assistance Program, the Maison Alonzo Wright Community Center, and in my own private practice. I have also provided psychotherapeutic services for the Ottawa University Student Academic Success Service and for Public Works and Government Services Canada.

I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and have publish various book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed literature, including:

Charron, N. , Malette, J., & Guindon, M. (2014). A qualitative study on the experience of bisexual women of the Christian faith. Counselling and Spirituality, 33(2), 85-106.

Guindon, M., Packard, R., & Charron, N. (in press). The ethics of touch in psychotherapy: Best practices. In Touch and the Helping Professions: Clinical, Research, and Ethical Perspectives. Rovers, M., Malette, J., & Guirguis-Younger, M. (Eds).