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For urgent concerns regarding the mental health of yourself or someone you know you can reach the Mental Health Crisis Line at 613-722-6914. For additional information please see their website at

Family Physician

Contact your own family physician to discuss possible resources specific to you. Contact Health Care Connect if you do not have a family doctor.

Resources for Counseling

The Royal – Mental Health Care & Research Centre

The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres. Their mandate is simple: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment resistant mental illness.

Catholic Family Service Ottawa

Catholic Family Service Ottawa is a non-profit charitable organization, offering a range of social services in English and French to all residents of Ottawa. These services are provided by professional qualified staff through a variety of programs designed to strengthen and empower individuals and families.

Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma

 The Centre provides individual, family and couples therapy for those who have been sexually abused or otherwise traumatized or stressed by life experiences. Therapists are available to address concerns you may or may not attribute to a traumatic experience.  To request services call (613) 233-4929.

Progress Place – Mental Wellness

Progress Place is a recovery centre for people living with mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression and Anxiety. Combining a comprehensive network of services that includes employment, education, recreation and housing, their innovative approach to psychosocial rehabilitation is progressive and world-renowned.

Warm Line Online

Chat online, text or call a Warm Line peer support worker every night 8PM – Midnight(EST). Text 647-557-5882 or call 416-960-warm (9276).

Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada (MDPAC)

MDPAC is a non-profit professional association of physicians, organized to: develop and protect standards of practice of psychotherapy by physicians; provide opportunities for physicians to train in psychotherapy, to interact in various educational modalities, and to gain support and feedback in their practice of psychotherapy; and, protect the right of physicians to provide psychotherapeutic care to their patients.

For information about Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (formerly General Practice Psychotherapy Association) visit

Additional Resources

Your Compassionate Self

Your Compassionate Self

Your Compassionate Self is a website to explore if you are interested in workshops, meditations, and courses about personal growth, mindfulness, self-compassion and coming home to kindness; presented by Dr. Robin Beardsley and/or some of her colleagues.

Westend Family Care Clinic

Westend Family Care Clinic offers the Mindful Self-Compassion 8-week Course. Mindful Self-Compassion is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program to cultivate the skill of self-compassion through self-kindness, common humanity, and mindful awareness. For more information visit their website, call 613-599-3321 or email Dr. Robin Beardsley.

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion provides information about MSC, an 8-week program designed to cultivate self-compassion skills for daily life. Founded in 2012 by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher K. Germer, PhD, the center is a place where people can learn about self-compassion, find out where to train in MSC, continue to practice MSC skills, and explore how to teach MSC to others.

Chris Germer

Chris Germer is a clinical psychologist, meditation practitioner, author, and teacher of mindfulness and compassion in psychotherapy and everyday life. Chris is also the co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion training program.

Kristen Neff


Kristin Neff, Ph.D. is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion, being the first one to operationally define and measure the construct over a decade ago. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has developed an eight-week program to teach self-compassion skills in daily life, co-created with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, called Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC).


Satir Institute of the Pacific

Satir Institute of the Pacific

Within the Satir Model are basic assumptions that provide the framework for a proven methodology for transformational change. Developed by visionary family therapist, Virginia Satir (1916-1988), the Satir Model continues to inform and influence the work of individual, couple, family and group practitioners seeking to facilitate a greater sense of vitality and inner peace for clients around the world. Transformational change also takes personal growth to a new level by assisting each person’s spiritual core to manifest itself in more positive energy.