Who We Are


Ottawa Centre for Attachment & Trauma Therapy exists to offer hope to families by equipping them for healthy and loving relationships.

Michelle Hogeterp

Michelle Hogeterp


Registered Psychotherapist
Specializes in: Attachment, Adoption, Children in Care, FASD, & Sensory Strategies
Tanya Eichler

Tanya Eichler


Canadian Certified Counsellor
Specializes in: FASD, Attachment, Anxiety, Sensory Strategies, Children in Care, & Adoption
Sandra LeBlanc

Sandra LeBlanc


Registered Social Worker
Specializes in: Mental Health, Attachment, Children in Care, Adoption, & Trauma
Lisa Gagnon

Lisa Gagnon


Registered Psychotherapist
Specializes in: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Attachment Disorders, Personality Disorders, Parent Support, Family Dynamics, Couples, & Adoption
Maude Champagne

Maude Champagne


Registered Francophone Psychotherapist & Social Worker
Specializes in: FASD, Attachment, Adoption, Foster Care, & Sensory Integration Issues
Deanne Evans

Deanne Evans


Registered Occupational Therapist
Specializes in: Family Focused Care
Heather Philliben

Heather Philliben

BSc Kin, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
Specializes in: Therapeutic & Rehabilitative Massage
Lee-Anne M Boucher

Lee-Anne M Boucher


Individual, Couples, and Family Therapist
Specializes in: Addictions, Disordered Eating, & Healing from Abusive Relationships
Heather MacPhail

Heather MacPhail


Registered Social Worker
Specializes in: Trauma, Anxiety, Grief and PsychoSpiritual Therapy

OCATT Therapist Biographies

Michelle Hogeterp, RP, RMFT
Opening OCATT is the fulfillment of a dream that I have had for several years. I specialize in Adoption, trauma and attachment. I have a Masters degree in Counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary and an honours degree in Psychology from Redeemer University College. I am a registered psychotherapist with the college of registered psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration number: 001761). I am also a registered marriage and family therapist. I work from a trauma informed, attachment-focused perspective – drawing primarily from her training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay, EMDR and SMART (Sensory Motor Affect Regulation Training.)

Now, with all that serious stuff out of the way, here’s a little bit about the real me: I’ve taken a rich and interesting road to where I am today. Early in my post university years I worked with children in a social work context. When our child care bills got higher than my social work salary I took the step to remain home with our growing family. Today we have three awesome but imperfect kids that I learn from every day! During the time of my domestic career, I also taught a group music program to kids age 3-11. I loved the energy and enthusiasm of the kids and their music. As our kids made the transition to school I decided to go back to school to build on my compassionate nature in a counselling degree. I loved the learning and the challenge of a counselling education.

Beside career and family stuff I like to have fun: my family has dragged me out camping and canoeing enough times that I’m starting to enjoy it (except for rain and bugs!). I enjoy exploring new places. I love playing the piano and singing – and have played in bands for years with my drummer husband. I enjoy a hearty laugh and times away with close friends. And in the quiet times I love a cuppa tea and a good book. These good things and a deep faith journey are the ground of blessing beneath my feet in the twists and turns of life.

Tanya Eichler, MCP, CCC
Before joining OCATT, I have been in private practice – Strategies Counselling and Consulting -, in Kemptville. I have also, until recently, been working for Citizen Advocacy’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program as an FASD Coordinator, training people about FASD. I completed my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver, BC. I have completed my second level of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy training and have focused on trauma-informed practice that includes understanding the brain and stress response system’s reaction to stress and trauma. I am supervised by Dr. J. Robert Groves, Ph.D. (CPO Certificate # 805) and am certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

While I wanted to work as a therapist many years ago, the journey here has not been direct. After completing my undergrad degree in BC, I gathered a great deal of experience supporting families with children with special needs; families involved in the child protection system, and families struggling with addiction and complex stress. After starting a family of my own, I began my counselling degree and,ended up working as an FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Key Worker for the practicum portion of my degree, I. This experience taught me a great deal about supporting families in crisis, trauma work and the creativity needed when working with people who process information differently.

I have learned that many of the challenges we face are rooted in relationship struggles. My practice is based on attachment theory with a focus on using sensory strategies to create felt safety. I work primarily with adoptive and foster families, and people struggling with ADHD and anxiety. Often people come to counselling because there has been a significant or unexpected life event and they need understanding support as they walk through the event.

My personal style tends to be relaxed and, while I understand emotional pain and stress, I often rely on humour as a source of resilience. I draw on my own life experiences of adoption, parenting, family and health stressors and life challenges as well as my training as I seek to walk alongside my clients as they gain perspective on their own situations through the therapeutic experience. I believe that therapy has to be a “good fit” and am very comfortable making sure that all of my clients find the best fit for their needs, either in my practice or with another therapist.

Sandra LeBlanc, BSW, RSW
I am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have over 25 years experience working with individuals, children, youth and their families. I am very passionate about my work and feel blessed to have walked alongside my clients over the years, and share in their journey of growth and healing. My own life experiences and role as a parent have also helped me become the clinician I am today.

I have extensive training in the area of mental health, attachment issues, foster care, adoption, trauma, including treatment of child sexual abuse, sexualized behaviours, bullying issues, grief and loss, separation, divorce issues, and LGBTQ.

I use a client centered, strength based approach and focus on each clients individual strengths and resources.

I work from a trauma informed, attachment perspective. I incorporate evidence based practices such as Dyadic Developmental Therapy, Theraplay, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy.

I will work collaboratively and respectfully with you to help you obtain your goals in therapy. When working with youth I believe that their behaviour is communication.  Together with the parent/caregiver using attachment focused therapy we will explore what the meaning of the behaviour is. The healing will happen as the relationship with the caregiver becomes secure and safe.

Lisa Gagnon, RSW
With 20+ years of experience working as a Registered Psychotherapist with children, youth, adults, couples and families (across a lifespan and within multiple settings), my work is dedicated around creating a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for my clients, giving them the space needed for healing and growth so each individual can realize their potential.

I respect the natural dignity and worth of each person and am mindful of the differences of individuals and their ethno-racial and/or gender diversity.

In my practice, I focus on the use of evidence and strengths-based approaches while drawing on each client’s personal experiences. I believe that there is nothing more profound than witnessing someone overcome obstacles presented to us in our lives.

My specializations include (and are not limited to) work within the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, parent support, family dynamics, couples work and adoption – placement and permanency.

With a focus on client centered and a family systems approach, I draw from various modalities with a principal focus on attachment and trauma treatment, including the following areas of practice:

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Trauma Focused- CBT)
  • Adoption Competency Training – ACT
  • Narrative / Solution Focused Therapy
  • Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model
  • Threat Assessment Training Level 1 & 2
  • ASSIST – Suicidal Intervention Training

In life, my family has provided me with one of the most precious gifts of all – lifelong learning. The shared experiences with my children continue to humble me and fill me with joy each day.

In my free time, my interests include, being close to the water, nature and learning about different cultures and human experiences. I enjoy gardening, music and can always be convinced to take a trip up North!

I am continually focusing on personal growth and strengthening my spiritual self and the art of being ever present and mindful.

My inherent belief is that people are doing the best with what they have; if supported with the information and guidance needed to make meaning of life challenges, we will move through things to reach our best self – I look forward to sharing this experience with you.

“We don’t need to fix ourselves we need to create a life worth living” – Marsha Linehan

Maude Champagne, BSW, RSW
I am a francophone social worker and psychotherapist and am thrilled to be joining OCATT.  I look forward to sharing my expertise in FASD, attachment, adoption, foster care and sensory integration issues. In therapy I draw on a family systems approach, attachment theory and the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy model. My approach is trauma-informed and empathy, transparency and empowerment are at the center of my practice.

Here is a little about me. I started my career in Special Education, working with special needs children.  In this work I quickly became passionate at helping children, youth and families thrive. After moving to Vancouver, I became an FASD Key Worker where I developed expertise working with children and youth who had brain-based disabilities, a history of trauma, attachment injuries and mental health issues. The families I met through these years have been my best teachers. Moving back to Eastern Canada, I pursued my career with the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program at Citizen Advocacy where I continue being an FASD Coordinator. I am also doing Master’s level research on adapting Dyadic developmental Psychotherapy for individuals with FASD.

Outside my practice, I also have the privilege to have five children. Three of them came to us through adoption. They have been our biggest challenge and blessings!  Amidst the busy household, I love reading, hiking and being in nature. I am also an avid traveler and passionate about learning from other cultures.

As an attachment and trauma psychotherapist I have the privilege to share part of your parenting journey. My role is to help you create a story of resilience and hope for you and your family.

Je suis travailleuse sociale et psychothérapeute francophone, formée en Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). Mes expertises sont : Trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale, attachement, trauma complexe, adoption/ famille d’accueil ainsi qu’en trouble du traitement sensoriel. Outre l’approche DDP, j’utilise aussi la théorie sur l’attachement et l’approche systémique. L’empathie, la transparence et l’empowerment sont au centre de ma pratique.

En voici un peu plus sur moi! J’ai commencé ma carrière en éducation spécialisée, en travaillant avec des enfants ayant des besoins particuliers, je suis devenue passionnée à venir en aide aux enfants et leurs familles. Après avoir déménagé à Vancouver, j’ai eu l’opportunité de devenir FASD Key Worker, où j’ai développé une expertise auprès des individus ayant le Trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation foetale (TSAF), des traumas complexes, des troubles d’attachement et des problèmes de santé mentale. Les familles que j’ai eu le privilège de rencontrer au cours de ces années ont été mes meilleures enseignants. De retour à Ottawa, j’ai poursuivi ma carrière dans le Programme de ressources en alcoolisation fœtale à Citizen Advocacy, où je continue d’être coordonnatrice TSAF.  Je complète aussi ma recherche au niveau de la maitrise sur l’adaptation de la psychothérapie Dyadic Developmental (DDP) auprès des personnes ayant un Trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale.

En dehors de ma pratique, j’ai le privilège d’avoir 5 beaux enfants dont trois que nous avons pu accueillir par le biais de l’adoption. Ils ont certainement été mon plus grand défi mais aussi mon plus beau cadeau. Au-delà d’un quotidien bien chargé., j’adore lire, gravir des montagnes et passer du temps dans la nature. J’aime voyager et je suis passionnée d’apprendre sur la diversité culturelle!

En tant que psychothérapeute spécialisée en attachement, j’ai le privilège de partager votre cheminement familial. Mon rôle est de vous aider à créer une histoire familiale empreinte d’espoir et de résilience.

Deanne Evans, BSc OT

Deanne is a mother of 12 year old triplet boys, who keep her on her toes daily! Between running to the ice rink, the soccer field or the tennis court she owns and manages Family OT, a small private practise. Her love of children and helping others paved the way for the natural progression to branching out independently in 2016.

Deanne has over 16 year’s experience in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Deanne graduated from Queens University, Kingston ON in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Deanne also has a Bachelor of Education and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. She brings with her a unique combination of the education system and occupational therapy. Deanne has taught in the education system in Alberta, Canada and worked as an Occupational Therapist in the school setting both in Alberta and in Ontario for many years.

Deanne is passionate about family focused care; integrating the child and the family as a whole in developing her plans and consults with families on goal setting. Deanne is committed to building relationships with all people involved including families, schools, and the child to optimize client care and support for the family. Children and families need to feel supported in their journey to live their best life!

Heather Philliben, BSc, RMT
Heather is a graduate of Kine-Concept’s Massage Therapy program and upon successful completion of her provincial theoretical and practical examinations in July 2008, she is proud to hold a membership with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as a Registered Massage Therapist. In 2005, Heather also completed a Bachelor of Science degree with honours, specializing in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. With her vast interest in health and wellness, Heather has made it her goal to keep active in the healthcare field and share all the knowledge she can to her patients. She continues to broaden her knowledge by taking post-graduate training on a regular basis.

Heather has had over 20 years experience working in a rehabilitative setting, allowing her to learn a variety of demographics from children and teens, elite athletes with acute and chronic sports related injuries, post orthopaedic surgeries, mobility and gait training, to working with severe dementia, Alzheimer’s and stroke rehabilitation.

Heather offers a calming space with her patients, allowing them to de-stress, maintain &

repair healthy muscle tissue and most importantly regain total balance in the body. Her

main focuses as a massage therapist are both therapeutic and rehabilitative massage using Swedish techniques, deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, acupressure, scar tissue work and remedial exercise.

To book an appointment with Heather at Alleviate Massage Therapy, go to: http://alleviatemassagetherapy.ca

Lee-Anne M Boucher, MA, RSW, RSSW, CYC
Masters in Psychotherapy, Counseling and Spirituality, Registered Social Worker, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology), Social Service Worker, Child and Youth Worker.

My formal counseling training is in Attachment theory, Family systems, Emotion Focused, Humanistic/Existential, Behavioural and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I have worked with children, youth and families for over 23 years in the field of education, social service agencies and residential homes. I have my own private practice working with individuals, couples and families, as well as being the Clinician for Terrace Residential Services.

My area of concentration is working with people that are experiencing family conflict, blended family difficulties (separation and divorce), interpersonal relationship concerns, loss/grief, anxiety, low self esteem, addictions issues (including- eating disorders, substance abuse, codependency, etc) and healing from abusive relationships.

My approach to therapy is collaborative and transparent. I believe therapy is a process that unfolds naturally. My role is to highlight undiscovered parts of yourself, that can help you understand who you are and how you manage your life. I believe this then translates into knowing and understanding how we relate to others and with this insight, therapy has a foundation.

Heather MacPhail, MSc, PhD, MSW, RSW
I am a registered Social Worker offering a range of supportive services for individuals and families.

I have offered counselling and training in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Sierra Leone, and India. In Canada I have served Inuit communities as a Mental Health Consultant with the government of Nunavut, and have worked  with peoples of a variety of cultures and ethnicities including First Nations for the past fifteen years.

I have training in Cultural Competency, and being married to a Euro-Canadian for the past 26 years, cross-cultural relationships and cultural dimensions of counselling fascinate me and I make a conscious use of this element in my work.

Clients who seek to work with and draw from their Spiritual Resources are also welcome.  

My client-centered approach—focussed on emotional, cognitive, relational, and spiritual well-being—is collaborative and holistic. I employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, BioFocusing, Mindfulness,  Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and Inner Healing as needed in responding to Anxiety, Grief, Loss, Trauma and PTSD.

Contact one of our therapists to learn more