• Individual, Couple and Family Counselling

    Individual, Couple and Family Counselling

Marriage Counselling Ottawa

Communication, loss of intimacy, jealousy, infidelity, conflict resolution, parenting, and blended family issues.

Family Counselling Ottawa

Family challenges, identification and clarification of conflict, formulation and discussion of solutions in an objective and supportive environment.

Individual Psychotherapy Ottawa

Psychotherapy tailored to meet individual needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Addiction Counselling Ottawa 

Identification of the reasons leading to addictive behaviour. Individual approach using the Motivational Interviewing strategies leading to the formulation of goals and change. Relapse prevention and monitoring.

Services: Counselling Ottawa

Typical issues

Relationship difficulties, separation and divorce, infidelity Weight management, and eating disorders
Marriage preparation, and blended families Depression and anxiety
Addictions Counselling: - alcohol, drugs, internet, gambling, shopping Stress and Anger Management
Parenting Workplace issues, burnout, and conflict mediation
Adolescent issues Life changes (career, marriage, relocation, loss)
Personal growth and self-esteem issues Consultations for concerned family members

Who are my clients?

Anyone who is experiencing difficulties in one or more areas of their life, and who is willing to deal with those issues in a therapeutic environment is welcome. My clients include heterosexual and LGBT couples. My practice is collaborative and respectful, without judgment or bias toward culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation.

The following are some examples of situations I have dealt with. Are any of these your reality?

If you are concerned about your substance use or if a family member is gambling and you don’t know what to do, speaking to a professional who has the experience in dealing with addictions can help you find solutions. Gambling, for example, can affect a person’s emotional health, family, job, and overall quality of life, in addition to finances.

If your relationship has been affected by a life transition, or intimacy and communication have been deteriorating, and you feel you are growing apart, meeting with a professional can help you and your partner resolve the crisis. In couple therapy, it may be necessary to address some issues separately, and this, usually, requires individual sessions.

Do you feel overwhelmed, exhausted and trapped in a lifestyle you don’t find satisfying? Do you feel confused, helpless and isolated? Therapy will assist you in addressing those feelings, and will help you develop strategies leading to change and empowerment.

If you find yourself stuck in dealing with your teenager, and don’t feel supported by your partner, it might help discuss adolescent development and different parenting styles. Couples sometimes disagree on how to raise their children, there is pressure to conform, but there are values to be preserved. Couple counselling may become necessary when the relationship suffers.

Are you new to the Canadian culture? Is this creating conflict within you, or between you and your partner? Family relationships are often shaken by the expectations of new roles, and when new lifestyle clashes with traditions. Talking to a professional who has had first hand experience with immigration issues may reassure you, and, most importantly, will help you and your family negotiate differences.

What to expect when you come to see me

Usually, the initial meeting is a consultation assessment. Each session begins with what a client would like to talk about or deal with immediately. Treatment plan is determined in a collaborative manner with the client. The number of sessions may vary according to the extent of the presenting problem, and the decision is ultimately the client’s. Some people may want to attend one session only for a consultation in order to gain information on a specific issue. In such a case, it is advisable that they prepare themselves in advance, with specific questions for me. Often clients are encouraged to read reference material or books.

Therapy is tailored to meet individual needs and may include Cognitive – Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal and Solution Focused Therapy.

Therapy is work we do together; it’s a process that takes time and effort. Deciding to engage in the discussion and the sharing of personal issues takes courage, and it demands respect. I offer support, empathy, and expertise.


Flexible daytime appointments are available, as well as during the evening on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. To make an appointment, call directly: 613-614-7737, or send an email to: cpanarella@sympatico.ca


My services are covered by extended health insurance, and I provide official receipts for submission to insurance companies for reimbursement. Referral by a physician is not necessary, but it is often required by insurance companies. My services are not covered by the Provincial Health Plan (OHIP).


Client information is confidential. Information is only released with the client’s verbal and/or written consent. There are three exceptions:

  • The client discloses intent to harm herself/himself or harm someone else
  • The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) will be contacted if it becomes known that a child is at risk of physical and/or sexual abuse, and neglect
  • The court subpoenas the client’s clinical records.