ABOUT DR. ROBERGE
Dr. Martine Roberge provides psychological services (i.e., assessment and treatment) to children, adolescents, adults and families in both English and French. Dr. Roberge’s areas of practice include children and adolescents presenting with behavioural challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Depression and Developmental Disorders. Dr. Roberge’s approach to therapy is integrative, combining elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy and emotion-focused therapy within a systemic perspective.
Dr. Roberge obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1997. She was previously with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) where she worked as a psychologist and clinical director in the Day Treatment Program, a specialized program for children with behavioural challenges. She also worked at the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) in both the Early Childhood program and the Behavioural Services program where she provided diagnostic assessments and supervision to behavioural consultants. Dr. Roberge worked at the Centre Psychosocial pour enfants et familles d’Ottawa and for the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario. She was a consultant for the Children’s Integration Support Services and CAS, and taught at University of Ottawa. Dr. Roberge is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Dalia Wood BA, MA, Registered Psychotherapist
She is a child therapist who has been working with children, youth and young adults regarding a variety of issues. Some of these issues include and not exclusive to ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, attachment difficulties. Dalia has special training in play therapy which allows her to use play as a way to build rapport with children aiming to increases the efficiency of treatment. She also uses CBT, DBT, narrative therapy in her practice. Dalia is a family-oriented therapist and believes in the importance of incorporating the family in the therapeutic process for a positive therapeutic journey.
Mélanie Karina Monette BA, MA Registered Sexologist & Psychotherapist
Mélanie holds a master's degree in sexology from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She received her bachelor's degree in sexology from the same university as well as a bachelor's degree in psychology from Laurentian University. She is a member of the Professional Order of Sexologists of Quebec and holds her license to practice psychotherapy from the Order of Psychologists of Quebec.
Melanie has more than 15 years of clinical experience. She began her career at the Centre d’intervention en abus sexuel pour la famille in Gatineau to offer counseling services to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse and still continues to offer these therapeutic services in individually and group settings. As part of her private practice, Mélanie supports children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing difficulties related to anxiety, depression and bereavement. She also works on issues related to anger management, difficulties related to self-esteem, assertiveness, as well as on questions related to sexual orientation and identity
She has also worked with adolescents with substance abuse problems at the Maison Fraternité residential center in Ottawa (Ontario), where she supported young people who experience anxiety problems, behavioral problems or any other behavioral difficulties.
Welcoming and intuitive, Mélanie is someone who listens to others. She enjoys guiding children, adolescents and their families in their quest for well-being and provides them with the necessary tools to initiate realistic and constructive changes.
Gisèle Lamontagne MA, TSI, PhD, Registered Social Worker
Gisèle Lamontagne has been working as a therapist for 25 years. She is a graduate in psychology, has a master's degree in social work and a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy (psycho-corporal approaches).
For nine years, she worked with victims of car accidents, criminal actors and other trauma. During this period, she developed knowledge in EMDR and IMO, the approaches she still uses. Then she was part of the team at the Jewish Center in Ottawa, then at the Psychosocial Center and the Lower Town Community Resource Center.
She works with children and teens who have reported anxiety problems, behavioral problems, ADHD; who face bullying in school or learning difficulties, or any other difficulties. She enjoys working with parents to overcome the challenges of this important role. Thus, she regularly runs parenting workshops, on various topics as well as positive discipline.
Above all, Gisèle Lamontagne, seeks to create a strong therapeutic link with her clients in order to make them easy.
Stacey Karuhanga, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker
Stacey is a therapist who has been working with children and their families for the past three years at Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre. She has worked with infants, children and youth undergoing emotional, behavioural and social difficulties. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work specializing in Mental Health and Health, which she obtained at University of Toronto in 2018.
Previously, Stacey worked as an assistant outreach worker with Women at The Well, as well as an instructional therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities and other developmental delays. During her time at St. Mary’s Home, Stacey had the opportunity to connect with young parents and families, further enabling her to gain insight to some of the complex issues within the Child Welfare System. She also participated in the Health Promotions Program as a co-facilitator to a Peer Support group and a Women’s Wellness series.
Stacey fosters a safe and inclusive environment, and undertakes a person-centered, harm reduction and restorative justice approach. She is passionate about working with children and their families, while guiding them through their healing journey and working through it together to achieve their goals.
Michael Francis, BA, MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Michael has completed a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. Previously, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies, both at Carleton University. He is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and has completed training in DBT.
Michael is a psychotherapist who uses a person-centered method to shape his therapeutic approach to the needs of the client and the nature of presenting issues. To achieve this, he takes into consideration the cognitive, cultural, developmental, and interpersonal styles of his clients. Michael prides himself on his ability to connect with and understand clients and uses that connection to build change collaboratively.
Michael has received training in DBT and often uses that to inform his technique but also considers aspects of EFT, SFT, and CBT. Michael has been working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and exceptionalities including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Challenging Behaviour, ADHD, Anxiety, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Attachment Disorders. Michael has experience as a counsellor with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and has worked in residential care for the last five years. During this time, he has supported individuals firsthand with their daily struggles and worked closely with them to help them achieve their goals. Michael enjoys helping families see their children reach milestones that may have been thought unachievable.