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
Maude Champagne

Maude Champagne


Registered Francophone Psychotherapist & Social Worker
Specializes in: FASD, Attachment, Adoption, Foster Care, & Sensory Integration Issues
Lee-Anne M Boucher

Lee-Anne M Boucher


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

Coriander Stevens

Coriander Stevens


Registered Psychotherapist
Specializes in: Attachment, Relationships, Family, Couple and Individual Therapy 

Allison Grey

Allison Grey


Registered Psychotherapist
Specializes in: Attachment, Family and Parent support, Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma

Mélanie Martel

Mélanie Martel


Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Service language: English, Français
Specializes in: Attachment, Trauma, Depression

Melissa Thivierge

Melissa Thivierge

RP (Q)

Registered Psychotherapist
Specializes in: Attachment Disruptions, Adoption Support and Children in Care, Trauma, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Family Support

Heather Philliben

Heather Philliben

BSc Kin, RMT

Registered Massage Therapist
Specializes in: Therapeutic & Rehabilitative Massage

Julia Beck

Julia Beck


Registered Massage Therapist
Specializes in: Therapeutic & Rehabilitative Massage
Mary Drapeau

Mary Drapeau


Registered Massage Therapist
Specializes in: Therapeutic & Rehabilitative Massage

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 certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Practitioner and Consultant. 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.

Maude Champagne, BSW, RSW

Je suis travailleuse sociale et psychothérapeute francophone. À travers les années, j’ai acquis une expertise en santé mentale chez les enfants, le Trouble du spectre de l’alcoolisation fœtale, l’attachement, trauma complexe, adoption/ famille d’accueil ainsi qu’en trouble du comportement. Je suis formée en Thérapie Dialectique Comportementale (TDC), Psychothérapie Dyadique Développementale (DDP) , ainsi que la théorie sur l’attachement et l’approche systémique. L’empathie, la transparence et l’empowerment sont au centre de ma pratique.

J’ai aussi un grand intérêt pour la recherche et je complète aussi 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.

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.


I am a francophone social worker and psychotherapist, through my years of practice in Special Education and Social Work, I have acquired expertise in attachment, adoption/foster care, trauma, mental health and FASD. I usea systemic approach, attachment theory, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). My approach is trauma-informed and family-centered. Empathy, transparency and empowerment are at the center of my practice.

I also have a strong interest in research and I am still studying at the Master level on the adaptation of 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.

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.

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.

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, RP

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, which include the following areas of practice:

  • Brainspotting – Levels 1,2,3, Addictions and Child & Adolescent,
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – Level 1 and 2
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Safe and Sound Protocol – SSP
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT
  • Internal Family Systems – IFS
  • Compassionate Inquiry
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Trauma Focused)
  • Adoption Competency Training – ACT
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model – ITTM
  • Threat Assessment Training – Level 1 & 2
  • ASSIST – Suicidal Intervention Training 

In life, my family has provided with 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

Coriander Stevens, MA, RP

I work collaboratively with children, families, couples, and individuals in therapy. I believe that my role as a therapist is to journey with clients, join in whatever is going on, and then help the client figure out where we need to go. I work experientially with clients, exploring the responses that come up in session so we can become more aware of who we are.

I am passionate about attachment and relationships. Our lives are shaped by our relationships, making it essential to understand the impact these relationships have on us. Attachment therapy helps make sense of what happens in ordinary life and the importance of focusing on connection. At young ages each one of us develops an attachment style that can impact the way we cope, relate to others, and live our lives. Attachment styles and bonds can be damaged by trauma, but also healed through secure relationships. I provide a warm, playful and safe environment to help my clients develop coping skills, self-understanding, and secure relationships.

I have an M.A. from Saint Paul University in Counselling and Spirituality with a specialization in couple and family therapy and an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Redeemer University College. I have continued my education in attachment through training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). This training further qualifies me to work with children and families. I am being supervised by Dr. J. Robert Groves (CPO #805), who has extensive training in attachment and developmental psychology. I am also supervised by Michelle Hogeterp, who is a certified DDP consultant. I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (#007660).

Allison Grey, RP

I began my journey working with children and youth over 20 years ago in the field of Child and Youth work.  My passion for working with children and youth led me to further my education and pursue a Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Psychology. This has allowed me to expand my work with children, youth and families as a Registered Psychotherapist.  My experience and passion are in helping people build and strengthen healthy attachments and connections not only with others, but with themselves. 

I have an extensive history of working with children, youth, parents, and families using an attachment-based framework.  I was trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), an attachment-based therapy. It is truly an honour to bear witness to the changes that occur when focused on relationship and connection. 

In my work I use other evidence-based approaches including, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing as well as Mindfulness.  I specialize in attachment, trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, ADHD, and children in care, and adoption with children, teens and families.

I believe that connection within the therapeutic relationship is so important and I will work with you in order to create safety as you trust me to walk alongside you for a part of your journey. I will focus on your story in a respectful and non-judgmental way so that together we can create the foundation for what you need in order to grow and change in the ways you want.

During difficult or challenging times, there is an opportunity for deeper learning, awareness and capacity to connect in more meaningful ways. We all have within us the capability to heal, to grow, and find true connection with ourselves and with others.      

Melissa Thivierge, RP (Q)

I began my journey as a counsellor working as a Child and Youth Counsellor 10 years ago and in doing so, discovered my passion for walking alongside people through their successes and life challenges. This discovery led me to pursue a B.A in psychology from Carleton University and a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. 

I am an integrative practitioner, rooted in attachment theory. While working from an attachment and holistic lens, I integrate other evidence-based approaches into my work with children, youth, adults, and families depending on the specific needs of each person – these include: Narrative therapy, Art Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brainspotting, Family Systems Trauma Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  I specialize in attachment disruptions, adoption support and children in care, trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and family support. 

Mélanie Martel, MSW RSW

My name is Mélanie Martel. To most, I’m Mel. I have been offering bilingual (English, français) psychotherapy and counselling services since 2011. I hold a Masters degree in Social Work as well as an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I am a member, in good standing, of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW, #819592) since 2010. I work from an attachment-centered, trauma-informed lens. I use an integrative approach, drawing on dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP; levels I and II), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and narrative therapy. I receive clinical supervision from Psychologist Dr. Queenie Lo.

As a therapist, my style is relaxed, fluid and intuitive. I have the privilege of walking alongside children, youth and adults individually and I also work with parents and families. I genuinely and whole-heartedly believe in taking a collaborative approach to therapy and strive to establish a compassionate, non-judgemental, and person-centered environment. A little humour and playfulness also helps to bring a human touch!

I sincerely believe that everyone is doing the best that they can with what they know. Behind every problematic behaviour, recurring relational cycle or pattern, there’s a story. These are often stories of pain, resilience and adaptation. Left unchecked, they shape and influence our behaviour in the now, and within our relationships. In my experience, having our stories witnessed is a powerful way to disempower their hold on us.  Some of people’s deepest wounds have come at the hands of painful relationships. Conversely, relationships also hold the power of our most profound healing. We are wired to seek belonging. Learning to foster safe, authentic and attuned connections with those around us brings so much depth and richness to our lived experience.

Another guiding philosophy to my work is that when we know more about the inner workings of our bodies and minds, we experience much less of the crippling shame which keeps us feeling stuck, in pain, and alone. It is very important to include the body in the therapeutic experience.

On the personal side of things, I wear many hats. I am daughter to beautifully imperfect and loving parents. I am a sister to many, biologically and of my choosing. I am a partner to one very patient and compassionate human! I am also a mother to two affectionate, intuitive and perfectly imperfect children that can have me both crying and laughing mere minutes apart! I am both confident and proud of the woman I am today, while also being grateful to always be learning, shifting, evolving and deepening. I am at my most regulated when I am with my people, playing, creating, cuddling, and laughing. On my own, my most peaceful and refueling moments tend to happen on nature walks, while swimming or biking, and holding a paintbrush.

“The truest, most beautiful life never promises to be an easy one. We need to let go of the lie that it’s supposed to be.” – Glennon Doyle

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

Julia Beck, BA, RMT

Julia successfully completed the massage therapy program at Algonquin College and after passing both provincial exams, is a proud member of the College of Massage Therapists. Julia is also a graduate from Carleton University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition, Julia has 10 years experience in the health care field working as physiotherapist assistant. She was able to gain a broad understanding of patient care and was able to work with a multitude of different cases from everyday over use injuries to post surgery rehabilitation programs. Through this experience, she learned that working in health care is challenging, yet highly rewarding and what lead her to pursue a career in massage therapy. 

During her time at Algonquin, Julia gained hands-on knowledge by massaging in a variety of different environments including the Living room, which is a community based centre for people living with HIV and AIDS in Ottawa. She also worked with high-level athletes at Carleton University and with post surgical patients at the Riverside hospitals out patient rehab centre. Julia is a volunteer massage therapist for the Ottawa Senators training camps where she works one on one with the players in between practice. These opportunities have left her with a variety of valuable skills that make Julia a well-rounded massage therapist. 

Julia’s approach is client centred and she has the knowledge and skills to meet both therapeutic and rehabilitative goals. Her past experience ensures she is comfortable working with any population of people and in any environment. She is trained to use a variety of techniques, which include traditional Swedish massage, deep tissue, superficial fluid, trigger point release, myofascial release, as well as home care programs. Julia is passionate about helping others regain or maintain a healthy body and mind. She has seen first hand how massage can have a positive impact on a person’s life.

Mary Drapeau, RMT

Mary successfully graduated from the 3-year Algonquin College Massage Therapy program. She enjoyed the variety of classes and loved the hands-on experience the program provided her with. Mary worked in community placements involving children with disabilities, seniors in long- term care homes, and individuals experiencing chronic pain. One of her favourite experiences was her 4 semesters in the student-run massage clinic since it allowed her to work with a wide variety of clients and gain experience in the clinical setting.

Mary focuses on providing a calm, comfortable setting for all clients in a judgement-free atmosphere. Her main goal is to help clients to relax, ease pain, decrease stress/anxiety, and increase body awareness and function. Mary uses a variety of techniques to achieve these outcomes and is looking to gain experience in all natures of treatment. Whether looking to de- stress, heal from an injury, or relieve daily aches and pains, Mary is eager to help you. She is a strong believer in homecare and will provide and demonstrate exercises, stretches, or remedies that can be done at home in between visits when necessary.

Mary is very excited to be a part of  the team at Alleviate and is looking forward to expanding her experience working with new clients at the clinic. In her downtime Mary enjoys camping, watching sports, spending time with family/friends, and being adventurous locally, all while focusing on the balance between physical and mental health.

Contact one of our therapists to learn more