Mental Health & Addiction Services of Ottawa
1489 Merivale Rd Unit 200

Ottawa, Ontario K2E 5P3

MHASO, Mental Health and Addiction Servies of Ottawa
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For Mental Health Crisis Line Call 613.722.6914

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90 years of

COMBINED EXPERIENCE

We are a group of mental health service providers with collectively over 90 years of experience in treating PTSD, addictions, anxiety, depression, child and youth behavioural issues, couples counselling, and more. Our clinicians work with clients aged 4-99.
 

All of our clinicians are educated at the Masters level in their respective colleges and are always actively updating their education. Each one is also supervised by a psychologist and can bill through extended health care plans.

Click on each clinicians photo to learn more.

Shontelle Prokipcak, Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa, MHASO

Shontelle Prokipcak has been providing collaborative mental health and addiction services for youth, young adults and families in the Ottawa Region for the past 17 years. Shontelle works closely with individuals and families to identify the best treatment plans to meet their unique needs. She provides advocacy and participates in intra-professional teams to ensure the best quality of care for individuals and families.

 

Shontelle specializes in Concurrent Disorders: She works with individuals addressing substance abuse, internet and gaming addictions. Quite often these issues are combined with other challenges such a mood disorders, trauma, and possibly learning challenges or behavioral issues. Shontelle works from a holistic and strengths based perspective with all the individuals and families she works with. Shontelle can provide psychiatric consultations through Psychotherapy Matters for all of her clients.

 

Shontelle Prokipcak has many ongoing projects including an Anti-Poverty Project with Tungasuvvingat Inuit,  Stress and Anxiety Management Groups, Lunch and Learns with family doctors, SMART Recovery Meetings, and providing public speaking for schools, as well as Inuit, Meti, and First Nation Communities.

Shontelle is committed to on-going education and training. Her training includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, GLBTQ Issues, Mindfulness, Concurrent Disorders,Trauma and PTSD, as well as Addiction Issues. Shontelle has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Theroy (MiCBT). She has extensive training around First Nations, Inuit, and Meti issues, and the effects of colonization and Truth and Reconciliation. She enjoys public speaking and supervising master level students.

MSW, RSW, CCAC, CCS-AC

SHONTELLE PROKIPCAK

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Raymond Walli has worked closely with our clinicians for the past four years. He is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the business. In addition, he develops and manages our website, manages Information Technology, and assists the clinicians in program development and public speaking. Raymond has considerable experience with serving clients, providing information about our therapists, our services, doing intakes, and setting appointments. If you have questions or need assistance, Raymond will be there to help you with that, either by email, or by phone.


Raymond is knowledgeable and has taken courses in Documentation, Confidentiality, Reporting Obligations, and Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, along with the various college codes of ethics and standards of practice to protect your privacy.  You are more than welcome to ask him about our privacy policies and our procedures. Ray actively continues his education in his field by taking courses in Business and Office Management, Accounting, Software Applications, and Entrepreneurship, as well as learning about health care, social work, and ethics. Raymond, while not a counsellor, has attended courses on Addictions and Mental Health Issues in order to increase his knowledge and understanding of our clients needs.

Raymond will be taking care of all client accounts and will do the billing and invoicing for your visits. If you have questions about billing or insurance reimbursements please let him know and he will find all the answers for you.

Manager of Operations

RAYMOND WALLI

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Julia is a graphic design student at Algonquin College, and is working for M.H.A.S.O. part-time. You will often see her on Saturdays and Monday mornings although she may slide into a few evening shifts as well.

Julia's role in the office is to assist with the smooth running of the office whenever Raymond is not here. Scheduling, answering phone and generally being helpful to both our clients and our clinical team!

She enjoys creating most any kind of art, reading books and CATS. Please do not offer her a cat or a kitten because she is not able to say NO.

Administrative Assistant

JULIA PROKIPCAK

Zeze is a Veterinary Technician student at Algonquin College, and is working for M.H.A.S.O. part-time. You will often see her in the mornings and on some Saturdays and evenings. Zeze's role in the office is to assist with the smooth running of he office whenever Raymond is not in the office. Scheduling, answering phone calls, and generally being helpful to both our clients and our clinical team!

Zeze's enjoys swimming and helping children at the pool she guards.

Zeze loves everything animals and hopes to one day have ferrets. 

Administrative Assistant

ZEZE UNDERHILL

Rosalind Gilchrist, Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa, MHASO

Rosalind Gilchrist has a Masters Level Social Work Degree from the University of McGill with a specialization in individual, couple and family assessments and treatment.

Rosalind has 28 years experience counselling and providing services to children, adolescents, parents, and families to strengthen and support family life.

Rosalind's specialties include assessment and treatments for adolescents and their families experiencing mental health-depression, anxiety, and substance use.

Rosalind has extensive experience working in the school setting consulting, collaborating with school staff for effective assessments, and treatment planning, as well as working collaboratively with YOA, CAS, health care professionals, and other mental health services.

MSW, RSW

ROSALIND GILCHRIST

Ida Zanon, Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa, MHASO

Ida has worked with youth, adults and families with mental health and addiction concerns for the past 18 years.  Ida holds a Master of Social work degree, along with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, a B.A. Honours in Sociology and a Child and Youth Care Worker diploma.  Ida supports individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addictions and trauma.

 

Ida’s experience has included working with youth and adults with mental illnesses, addictions, developmental disabilities and those diagnosed with multiple issues.  Ida has worked in many different settings, which include residential treatment centres and detention centres for youth, educational settings with children, shelter settings with males and females and counselling with adults in the community.  Ida supports individuals through one on one and group counselling.  Some of the counselling styles that she uses include motivational interviewing, strength-based approach, dialectical behavioural therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy.  

 

Ida is very engaging and her clients share that she is helpful and reliable.  She is supportive and provides assertive advocacy and encourages her clients to find their strengths and participate in their treatment plans.  Ida continually takes part in on-going education, trainings and workshops to provide the most recent evidence-based therapy practices.

MSW, RSW

IDA ZANON

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Nicole LeBlanc, Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa, MHASO

Nicole's experience involves working with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, addictions, emotional over eating, and Binge Eating Disorder (BED).  She support individuals through one-on-one counselling and group and family counselling.  She works in collaboration with individuals and their support team in order to create a holistic treatment plan that is well suited for their needs.  Nicole offers an eclectic strength-based approach in her practice, drawing from a variety of evidence-based approaches depending on the unique needs of those she is working with.  This can include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Practice, and Motivational Interviewing.

 

Nicole utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches in her practice, including ACT, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and MI. Nicole works with individuals from the ages of 17-99.

MSW, RSW

NICOLE LEBLANC

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Rebecca has 23 years experience counselling children, youth, parents, and families. She has experience working with mental health, addictions, and trauma resulting from inter-generational childhood sexual abuse, family, and intimate partner violence. Rebecca works collaboratively with families and professionals providing individual, family, and group counselling for individuals struggling with parenting challenges, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, mental health, grief, and loss.

 

Rebecca uses a variety of evidence based techniques and alternative treatment approaches, and has experience working with First Nations and Indigenous women.

BSW, RSW, OCT

REBECCA MAGUIRE

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Samantha practices experiential and solution-focused psychotherapy working collaboratively with youth (17 years and older), adults, and couples struggling with a range of sexual, relationship, mental health and addiction issues. She integrates Motivational Interviewing,
Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness techniques including yoga to provide individual and group support for issues such as: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and trauma.


Samantha has experience in Canada and abroad working in community residential facilities, shelters, psychiatric homes, hospitals and
community mental health agencies with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds and sexual identities.  She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Criminology as well as a Masters of Counselling Psychology.
 
Samantha takes a strengths-based approach to advocate for her clients, encouraging emotional and spiritual growth. She participates in on-going education, trainings and workshops to provide the most recent evidence-based therapy practices.

M.A., M.A.C.P, RSW, RYT

SAMANTHA RICE

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Terri has been working with diverse populations and supporting clients with varying presenting issues ranging from anxiety, depression, and her earlier work with ADD/ADHD, ASD, to her current specialized work with Veterans with PTSD/PTSI, advocacy and transition to civilian life. Terri works one-on-one and in groups settings. She practices from evidence-based modalities such as CPT, CBT, Bio-Feedback, mindfulness, equine-facilitated psychotherapy, and solution-focused interventions among others.

Terri believes in a cooperative therapeutic approach and works with clients and their existing care teams to help them design and achieve their therapeutic goals. She combines modalities and offers a unique counselling style that has been found by clients to be highly effective.

B.A., M.A., RP-Q

TERRI NIMCHUK

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Talya Hayward-Askin holds a BA specializing in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.


Talya’s passion is working with children and youth, primarily from the ages of 4-25 years of age. She has worked with children, youth, and families in a variety of settings consisting of non-profit organizations, community health centres, schools, and child welfare organizations.


Talya recognizes that diversity is what makes humans so extraordinary and complex and as a result, she uses an eclectic approach to accommodate the unique needs of every individual. Some of the approaches Talya incorporates into her practice include Cognitive Behavioural, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Humanistic.


Talya first and foremost believes in creating a positive therapeutic relationship and atmosphere
that allows for individuals to grow and heal in a safe environment.

B.A., M.A.

TALYA HAYWARD-ASKIN

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Dannielle Ayotte, Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa, MHASO

Dannielle Ayotte is a Metis  woman and daughter of a WW2 Metis Army Veteran.  Her personal journey with trauma and healing has well prepared her to assist her herd in helping others to find their own inner strength. Nature and animals have always been such a comfort to Dannielle personally that she chose to learn as much as possible. Dannielle studied various EAL programs and got her certification in EAGALA which are horse facilitated healing practices. It was not until she was able to incorporate her own Indigenous knowledge and eCPR into her work that she felt as if she would finally be able to share this healing method.

Dannielle is the guardian of 100 acres of sacred land with 6.5 miles of trails. she is a Pipe Carrier, a Lodge Keeper  and has extensive experience working with traumatized children, and adults as well as Veterans and First Responders. Healing is a journey, one that cannot be avoided if we are to live and love fully.  Her office is nature, the therapists are four legged, and she is a bridge. Please join Dannielle Ayotte and M.H.A.S.O. on "Fridays at the Farm" where our counsellors will help you process and incorporate the information the horses show you. 

DANNIELLE AYOTTE

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Catherine moved to Ottawa from St. John’s, NL three years ago to complete her Masters of Social Work degree at Carleton University. She is currently in her final semester of the program and concurrently pursuing a graduate diploma in Indigenous Policy and Administration. In addition to her current studies, she holds honours degrees in both Psychology and Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Catherine has over fifteen years of experience working and volunteering in a variety of direct-service delivery community settings with resilient youth, youth service providers, women and girls, as well as victims / survivors of violence and their families. She has extensive training and work experience in violence prevention and intervention; crisis intervention and counseling; community and organizational development; communications; facilitation; as well as non-profit management. Much of her previous work experience has been founded on anti-oppressive and strengths-based approaches to brief, solution-focused interventions for clients grappling with a myriad of complex issues including violence, sexual exploitation, addictions, homelessness, poverty, etc.

Catherine’s goal upon graduation, is to remain in Ottawa and engage in an integrative, collaborative and innovative counseling practice for individuals and groups within the realm of mental health and addictions. She combines many evidence-based approaches including Relational, Attachment, Narrative, Trauma-informed, Polyvagal, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Critical Race, Queer Theory, Decolonial Theory, etc. She is deeply committed to ongoing professional development and training to further her knowledge and offer the most effective therapeutic practices for her clients.

MSW Candidate

CATHERINE DWYER

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