Counselling

Note: All counselling sessions are online using a secure video platform until further notice.

We are helpers helping helpers.

In other words...we get it. 
 

This team has spent decades in the field working in community, the non-profit agencies and the institutions that helping professionals are influenced by. We have felt and seen the impact of empathy-based stress, the pressure of a heavy workload, and we know the systemic challenges that helping professionals face on regular basis.

 

So if you are someone that supports the physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual well-being of others, this practice was designed to support you.

We specialize in common issues that helping professionals experience such as:

Compassion Fatigue

Burnout

Chronic Stress

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Vicarious Trauma

Emotion Dysregulation

Work Place Issues/Stress

Work-Life Balance 

Depression

Anxiety 

Boundaries

Assertiveness

Imposter Syndrome

Traumatic Incidents

Stress Management

Self-Care Guilt

Resiliency Skills

Substance Abuse

Self-Criticism

Self-Sabotage

Anger Issues

Co-Dependency

Women's Issues

Life Transitions

Confidence Issues

Moral Injury

Our Approach

We offer client-centered individual and group therapy services that focus on counselling, education and practical strategies that support helping professionals develop psychological resiliency and optimal well-being.

We take a compassionate, relational approach to help create a counselling experience that feels comfortable and welcoming. We hope to help our clients develop self-awareness, self-compassion and have sustainable practices that help them recover and maintain their well-being in both their professional and personal lives.

 

Our work is grounded in theories of Feminist, Strengths-Based, Biopsychosocial-spiritual, Trauma-informed and Attachment-informed care. We use eclectic styles of practice that include Compassion-Focused, Traumatic Incident Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

The Team

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Amanda Rocheleau, BSW, MSW, RSW

Founder of Amanda Rocheleau Counselling and Consulting

In the first 10 years of Amanda's career as a Social Worker, she provided therapeutic services for individuals with trauma, mental health issues and substance use disorder. Yet, after noticing that both her and many of her colleagues were struggling to cope with occupational stress, she shifted her focus to improving the psychological health for helping professionals and became a Compassion Fatigue Specialist. What started as a passion project has blossomed into a thriving practice that continues to grow in response to the needs of her clients and community. She now has a team of associates that she provides clinical consultation for to help provide high quality therapeutic services within Ontario.

 

Amanda is kind of an open book, bringing authenticity and genuine connection to her work with clients. Her family, cats and creative projects keep her grounded and her peers and community connections keep her inspired. Like a deep-rooted tree she is thrives to be a sustainable, benevolent and sturdy support for those around her. 

Availability:

  • Waitlist, Not currently accepting new clients

  • Available for education and consultation

Catherine Dwyer, MSW, RSW

Clinical Associate

Registered Social Worker in Ontario and Newfoundland

As a Newfoundlander currently living in Ontario, Catherine describes herself as bit of “a fish out of water” so to speak! After 20 years of working in a variety of frontline social service settings in St. John’s, Catherine moved to Ottawa, completed her Master’s degree in Social Work and opened up a private practice. In 2022, she joined Amanda's team to provide specialized services to helping professionals. 

 

Catherine’s style is gentle, relaxed, and down to earth with a dash of east coast humour! She’s a stepmom and crazy cat lady in training who loves nothing more than to be in the mountains or near the ocean as much as she possibly can. She’d love to hear your story and see if she can be of any help to you along your journey to well-being and balance.

Availability:

  • Currently accepting new clients (residents of Ontario and Newfoundland)

  • Tuesday to Friday - 9am to 5pm

  • Limited evening availability

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Jennifer Hunnisett,  MEd, CCC, RSSW

Clinical Associate

Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Social Service Worker in Ontario

Jenn dove into frontline social services in 1997 with a passion for working with those affected by trauma and substance use disorder. Work took her to the Toronto streets, to gang influenced San Diego and the community health world of our nation's capitol. It was here in Ottawa that Jenn returned to school to complete her Masters in Counselling Psychology. School and parenthood gave her some time away from the chaotic world of frontline work and got her thinking about the costs of working in the field of trauma, why so many of us are hurting and why so few of us feel like we can openly talk about it. 

Suzy Q donuts, laughter and the common desire to support helping professionals brought Jenn and Amanda together in 2019. Jenn is rooted in her family, loves playing outside and is happiest among the trees. She journeys alongside her clients and is always intrigued by unique stories and the commonalities that bind us together.

Availability:

  • Currently accepting new clients (residents of Ontario)

  • Monday to Friday - 9:30am to 3:30pm

  • Limited evening availability

Contact each therapist to find out more about fees for services or how to book an appointment

* Counselling services are not covered by OHIP. However, certain health insurance plans may provide some coverage for counselling provided by social workers. Please contact your provider for details about mental health coverage.

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Amanda is supervising Social Work Students

These mature and experienced students are available to see clients (residents of Ontario) for individual, virtual,
short term counselling under Amanda Rocheleau's clinical supervision.

Their rate is just $80/session
(Student rates and sliding scale are also available)

Receipts are available under supervisor's name

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