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OUR TEAM

Counsellors tailored to your needs

Otonabee Family Counselling Centre is a multidisciplinary team of counsellors offering support to individuals, couples, families and children.  Part of the intake process includes careful determination of which team member best serves your family's needs.

ASSOCIATE COUNSELLORS

All ASSOCIATES ARE DIRECTLY SUPERVISED BY ONE OF MORE OF THE SENIOR STAFF

Meghan Nash, CYCP

Meghan's strength-based, individual-centered approach to behaviour and social/emotional skills development helps children and youth identify emotions, connecting their needs to desired outcomes.

Meghan utilizes choice-activities to reinforce healthy concepts in a non-threatening and engaging manner. She has a special interest in working with children/you who are experiencing behavioural difficulties in the school environment as well as those who have experienced grief and loss.

Rebecca Cowling, CYCP

Becky has worked with children in a variety of different settings, including education, residential treatment and medical facilities. She has has experience helping young people adapt to their unique learning, developmental, behavioural and mental health exceptionalities.

Becky's approach is informed by narrative therapy as well as behavioural strategies focused on social skills, self-regulation and life skills development.

Laura Brewer, RP (qualifying), M.Div., CYCP      

Laura empowers children, youth and their families to better understand the brain-body connection, increasing a felt sense of safety and affecting positive change. Her play and trauma-informed approach includes treatment models like Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, polyvagal exercises as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Laura maintains special interest in supporting children and youth who have experienced attachment wounds, have difficulty regulating and those who are neuro-diverse.

SENIOR STAFF


Heather Purdon, MSW, RSW

Heather specializes in counselling focusing on one of the most important personal relationships - the couple. She works from an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) framework and goals for therapy are mutually set by the couple. 

Heather offers a neutral and non-judgmental environment for couples to explore challenging interpersonal dynamics and topics.  She provides a safe space for LGBTQI and queer family systems.

Deb Cockerton, BST, CYC

Deb provides behavioural as well as strengths-based counselling to address a variety of issues in children and families . Her activity-based learning introduces and reinforces the concepts in a non-threatening and engaging manner.

She has a special interest in children who are caught up in the cycle of bullying behaviours and welcomes the opportunity to assist young people in dealing with these issues. 

Graham Watson, MSW, RSW

Graham has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children, youth and their families for his entire career as a social worker. He is certified in the provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Interventions. Graham offers services specific to anxiety, anger, mood issues, communication/social skills, trauma and sexual health.

Learn more at grahamwatson.ca