I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), with a Master of Education in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I practice under Dr. David Smith, CPsych.


I am committed to assisting individuals with the challenges often inherent in the transitions through late adolescence, early and middle adulthood. I work with clients dealing with issues such as relationships and interpersonal difficulties, depression, anxiety, and emotional regulation issues such as self-harm, emotional eating and 'picking fights'. One of my particular interests is in addressing self-esteem and identity, and how these elements relate to the search for - and maintenance of - healthy romantic relationships. Often adaptive change comes from working on awareness of family of origin, the ability to successfully "parent" oneself and manage emotional impulses, and the development of self-compassion.

Dana Truelove, Registered Psychotherapist

Supervisee of Dr. David Smith, CPsych


 


 

 

 

 

My work relies on building a warm and open therapeutic alliance through which clients may investigate their beliefs about themselves and others, explore their personal histories and relational patterns, and develop new strategies to gain awareness and regulation of their emotional reactions. I employ a client-centred approach that integrates a range of therapeutic orientations including a focus on family of origin, emotions, self-compassion, acceptance and mindfulness. I have a particular interest in:

 

  • Stress management
  • Relationship issues (e.g. family, social groups, dating, romantic relationships)
  • Depression and anxiety (including self-harm)
  • Difficulties in school or at work
  • Self-esteem and identity
  • Self-sabotaging avoidance behaviours (e.g. over-eating, procrastinating, isolating oneself, staying in bed)
         
Since 2006 I have worked in various capacities counselling secondary and post-secondary students, and since 2010 I have been heavily involved in developing mental health student programming for universities. I helped to create and run Carleton University’s From Intention to Action (FITA) program (www.carleton.ca/fita), which supports students in the transition to university.


In addition to my work with Dr. Smith, I am employed at the Ottawa Neurofeedback & Psychotherapy Centre (www.ottawaneurofeedback.ca) where I provide psychotherapy, neurotherapy and biofeedback. Please see "Neurotherapy in Kanata" for more information.


My professional theatre training in the UK and Canada has brought to my work a unique knowledge of emotional awareness, communication, mindfulness, interpersonal connection, and presence.