michelle sorensen, m.ed

Clinical Psychologist


Michelle Sorensen, founder of the Ottawa South Resiliency Clinic, is a registered clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience providing counselling and psychological services for a wide range of personal problems. These include anxiety and depression, interpersonal issues (both personal and professional), life transitions, and coping with chronic illness. She provides therapy for adults aged 18 and over, including seniors.  


Her approach to working with clients centers around a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework, which is based on years of research and empirical evidence. She also integrates mindfulness training into her CBT approach. This involves developing self-compassion, accepting what we cannot control and living in the present moment. Michelle believes in a collaborative approach, based on her view that there are two experts in the room. She sees her role as a psychologist as being very active and takes the lead when her client needs guidance.


She is also very involved in the diabetes community across Canada and works with clients struggling with the psychological impact of living with diabetes.


Michelle has been registered with the Ontario College of Psychologists since 2006, first as a Psychological Associate and now as a Psychologist.  Michelle is also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association


She completed her Bachelor or Arts, Honours with first class standing in 1997 at Queen's University, and then graduated from her Master in Counselling Psychology at OISE at the University of Toronto in 2000.


She has been in private practice since 2002, initially under the supervision of other psychologists and then practising autonomously since her registration with the College of Psychologists.  


Tel: 613-614-4236




Tesia Bryski, M.Ed

registered psychotherapist (qualifying)

Tesia Bryski is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who specializes in Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Therapy, including Mindfulness-based Symptom Management, Mindfulness-informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindful Self-Compassion. She is an active practitioner, student, and teacher of mindfulness and meditation, and believes in a holistic approach to psychotherapy. Tesia approaches therapy through a warm and compassionate framework. She focuses on treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma (PTSD and c-PTSD), work-related stress and burnout. Tesia offers psychotherapy in person, video sessions, and phone counselling to youth, teenagers, and adults.

Tesia is a certified MBSM teacher through the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance. Tesia integrates meditative and yoga practices in therapy. Tesia has additional training in meditation, Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Trauma-informed Yoga. She leads workshops in Mindfulness for the Workplace, Burnout Resiliency, among many other subjects. Tesia offers workshops for the Public Service and for private organizations. 


Services available in French and English.

Evening appointments available.

Treatment available for youth (12+) and adults (18+).

Tel: 343-700-6103



Catherine Gendron,m.ed

registered psychotherapist (qualifying)

Catherine Gendron is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) under the supervision of Clinical Psychologist Michelle Sorensen. Catherine graduated with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa and joined Ottawa South Resiliency Clinic after gaining experience working in the counselling field. She is able to provide individual counselling services in both official languages with clients aged 18 and over.


In her practice, Catherine incorporates elements from a variety of evidence-based clinical approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. She sees individuals with various issues including emotion regulation deficiencies, anxiety, depression, grief, domestic disputes, suicidal ideation, and self-harm. She believes in working closely with her clients to increase awareness, insight and positive change, fostering the resilience that will prepare them to manage the challenges that life presents.

Evening and weekend appointments available.

Services available in English and in French.

Treatment available for adults (18+).


Tel: 613-794-2297



David Guth, M.Sc

Clinical Psychological associate

David Guth is a registered member of the Ontario College of Psychologists with over 20 years of experience conducting psychological assessments and providing individual and family therapy. David's client population includes youth up to age 18 and their families.


He has worked in a variety of multi-disciplinary settings, including hospitals, community-based mental health centers, school boards, as well as his own private practice. David's genuine, caring and honest approach helps put youth and their families at ease, so that they can trust him as he guides them with competence towards the positive change they are seeking. David feels especially passionate about learning about the young people he is working with, unconditionally accepting them and their challenges, helping them to gain hope, and working with them to develop a realistic and effective plan of action.


Psychological assessment available for children and youth (up to 18).

Tel: 613-858-8872




Andrea Khalid, MA

registered psychotherapist 

Andrea Khalid has over 10 years of experience in the psychology field. She has a background in neuropsychology and assessment and in more recent years has focused on her passion for her clinical work.


Andrea graduated with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology before opening a private practice. Currently, Andrea is working with adults who are experiencing challenges such as: anxiety and depression, postpartum depression, stress (including caregiver stress), self-esteem issues, interpersonal conflicts, relationship issues, workplace challenges, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Andrea also has a clinical interest in working with first responders and their everyday work challenges, as well as providing counselling support to family members. 

Andrea offers individual therapy and can provide e-counselling from a secure online platform for those with busy schedules. 


Services available in French and English.

Treatment available for adults (18+) and seniors (65+).

Tel: 613-614-4322



Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Ashley Lawrence is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) working collaboratively with each client toward positive growth and personal strength. Ashley graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Eating Disorders from Plymouth State University. As a firm believer in positivity, Ashley empowers each client in finding effective strategies in dealing with their unique struggles and encourages them to reconnect with values and goals most important to them. 


Much of her practice incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and positive psychology. She is supportive of individuals with various presenting problems, including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, and eating disorders. Ashley is dedicated to working with her clients to increase understanding, offer support and increase resiliency.


Ashley offers individual therapy both in person and over the phone.

Evening appointments available.

Treatment available for adults (18+).


Tel: (613) 291-5901


Danielle Lithwick, MA

Registered Psychotherapist

Danielle Lithwick, MA, is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ottawa, ON, a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and Health At Every Size® (HAES®) provider in Ottawa, ON.  She is passionate about helping people heal their relationship with food and their body, break free from mental and emotional suffering, and live meaningful and joyful lives. Her therapy practice is driven by her own eating disorder recovery, as well as over a decade of professional experience in holistic health services, including yoga teaching, addiction and mental health counselling, personal training, and intuitive eating coaching. Therefore she can provide a unique and integrative perspective, along with compassionate and empathetic support, for her clients.


Her areas of focus are eating and body image concerns, including: anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, orthorexia, compulsive exercise, chronic dieting, disordered eating, emotional eating, body image and body acceptance. And she also supports individuals with other mental health concerns, including: anxiety, depression, chronic pain or conditions, substance abuse, addictions, trauma, major life transitions, and spiritual/existential concerns.


Her integrative approach includes cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion, existential-humanistic, and intuitive eating and  weight-inclusive frameworks. She offers a free 15 minute phone consult which you can book at your convenience here.

Treatment available for adults (18+).

Evening appointments available.

Tel: 613-286-7108


registered psychotherapist (qualifying)

Alyssa is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Alyssa works with individuals 18 and over experiencing anxiety, depression, personality disorders, self-harm and trauma. Alyssa has and continues to spend time with the Kids Help Phone working with youth in distress. She is also a member of the Optimal Sexual Experiences research team, who are currently running couples group therapy.


Alyssa's treatment approach places a strong emphasis on self-compassion, warmth and understanding. Alyssa offers a person-centered, integrative approach to counselling, drawing from Cognitive-Behavioural therapy, Attachment theory, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, while also employing aspects of Mindfulness and Emotion-focused work. Alyssa provides a caring and safe environment for her clients, valuing the process of getting to understand them on a deeper level. Therapy will be both emotionally explorative and solution-focused each session, allowing the client to learn about one's thoughts and feelings, as well as develop coping skills in order to reduce negative symptoms.

Treatment available for adults (18+).

Tel: 613-983-4411



Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

In her practice, Alisia utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, which includes elements from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based practice. She strives to create an empathic, non-judgmental and collaborative relationship with every client to address various mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation/self-harm, trauma, posttraumatic stress, domestic disputes and other interpersonal difficulties.

Alisia graduated with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She joined the Ottawa South Resiliency Clinic after gaining experience in the field of Psychotherapy and counselling in private practices. She provides individual counselling and psychotherapy services in English for clients aged 18 and over.

She hopes to have the pleasure of accompanying you on your path towards healing and resiliency. 

Treatment available for adults (18+).

Weekend appointments available.

Tel: 873-355-2558



2200 Prince of Wales Drive, #100

Ottawa, Ontario K2E 6Z9

We are located on Prince of Wales Drive, just south of Hunt Club Road. There is free and convenient parking behind the building, both in the parking lot and on O'Donnell Court.

Phone: 613-614-4236

Fax: 613-701-0397

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