Meet our Team

Joanna Williams Olsen

Joanna Williams Olsen

Clinical Director
M.ED., CLINICAL MEMBER, OSRP, REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Joanna Williams Olsen

Joanna Williams Olsen

Clinical Director
M.ED., CLINICAL MEMBER, OSRP, REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Assistant Clinical Director
R.P. (QUALIFIYING) M.A.C.P

Our Team of Therapists

Kate Higgison

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I seek to carry cultural humility and awareness of our social world and how this intersects with your unique existence. I believe in compassionate and non-judgmental listening and in fostering genuine and meaningful therapeutic relationships with my clients. In my practice, I assist in nurturing your insight and self-compassion in a world that can be harsh, fast, and uncaring. I believe that everyone has an important story to tell and my hope is– to help you find your voice to tell your stories in your own way– and to support you in finding meaning and purpose in them. I also seek to instill the hope that you are capable of re-authoring your life and your stories. In part, this can be accomplished by reflecting on and interpreting past experiences. This work can help you connect the dots to present-day experiences and sources of distress. Furthermore, I believe in collaborating with my clients to find goals and strategies that work best for you, your personality and your unique situation.

Carolina Gama

Carolina Gama

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Reduced Fees Services

Carolina ‘s kind and welcoming personality aligns with her client-centred approach to therapy. She believes that unconditional acceptance is the key to building trust within the therapeutic relationship. Carolina strives to apply her core values of social justice, community-building and compassion to the therapy she provides. Through Carolina’s life experience, she has learned that there is healing power within the human connection and that everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling life. Her love for one-on-one connections and bearing witness to the journeys sought by others toward growth inspired Carolina to become a psychotherapist. She aspires to create the environment of healing and empowerment through the therapeutic bond.

Jaime Kempster

Jaime Kempster

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Reduced Fees Services

Therapy is a very personal experience. As such, Jaime seeks to create an open, safe and supportive environment for her clients. She knows her clients need to feel safe when sharing their vulnerable stories. She believes the foundation of a secure relationship with her clients is ensured by trust and genuineness. Jaime uses a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to therapy to help her clients work through their difficult feelings. By helping clients better understand themselves and their values, she helps them move toward living a more meaningful and satisfying life. Painful emotions can be overwhelming and the journey of psychotherapy can be demanding emotionally. As such, Jaime gently prepares her clients for their challenges. She works to help her clients develop their capacities for navigating and healing from difficult experinces and feelings.

Sarah-Alsaki

Sarah Alsadi

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Reduced Fees Services

Sarah’s passion for mental health and human rights has informed her desire to practise psychotherapy. She believes in the importance of guiding others toward living a life that is uniquely their own. As a practising psychotherapist, she strives to offer and ensure a safe and culturally sensitive space that promotes an environment for growth and understanding. With an open and compassionate approach to therapy, Sarah meets her clients where they are at to help them engage with adversity and foster lasting change.

Renata Garcia de Leon Montano

Intern Therapist
Reduced Fees Services

Renata believes that a meaningful therapeutic relationship begins with trust. She is empathetic and offers a gentle presence with clients. She prioritizes the importance of creating a safe space where clients feel heard and respected while attending to and nurturing the resources within her clients. Renata’s therapeutic approach centres on exploring the past and encouraging self-awareness. She is convinced that it takes great courage to begin the journey towards healing.

Laura-Lee Grant

Laura-Lee Grant

Psychotherapy Assistant
Laura-Lee is a Psychotherapist Admin at Centretown Psychotherapy with 4 years of experience working directly with vulnerable populations in the social work field.
Having worked with individuals from all walks of life; Laura-Lee is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients, while ensuring that each client is treated with respect. Laura-Lee strives to create a pleasant environment and experience for all current and new clients receiving services with Centretown Psychotherapy.
Emily Webb

Emily Webb

Psychotherapy Assistant
My name is Emily Webb, and I’m a psychotherapy assistant here at Centretown Psychotherapy. I attend Carleton University for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology. I volunteer for the Women in Leadership Club, where I’m in charge of internal relations. In my spare time I enjoy listening to podcasts, travelling, skiing, and reading. I relish good food, kindness and creating an open and safe space for all individuals, which I will continue to do here at Centretown Psychotherapy.
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Meet our Team

Joanna Williams Olsen

Joanna Williams Olsen

Clinical Director
M.ED., CLINICAL MEMBER, OSRP, REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Assistant Clinical Director
R.P. (QUALIFIYING) M.A.C.P
Joanna Williams Olsen

Joanna Williams Olsen

Clinical Director
M.ED., CLINICAL MEMBER, OSRP, REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Our Team of Therapists

Kate Higgison

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I seek to carry cultural humility and awareness of our social world and how this intersects with your unique existence. I believe in compassionate and non-judgmental listening and in fostering genuine and meaningful therapeutic relationships with my clients. In my practice, I assist in nurturing your insight and self-compassion in a world that can be harsh, fast, and uncaring. I believe that everyone has an important story to tell and my hope is– to help you find your voice to tell your stories in your own way– and to support you in finding meaning and purpose in them. I also seek to instill the hope that you are capable of re-authoring your life and your stories. In part, this can be accomplished by reflecting on and interpreting past experiences. This work can help you connect the dots to present-day experiences and sources of distress. Furthermore, I believe in collaborating with my clients to find goals and strategies that work best for you, your personality and your unique situation.

Carolina Gama

Carolina Gama

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Carolina ‘s kind and welcoming personality aligns with her client-centred approach to therapy. She believes that unconditional acceptance is the key to building trust within the therapeutic relationship. Carolina strives to apply her core values of social justice, community-building and compassion to the therapy she provides. Through Carolina’s life experience, she has learned that there is healing power within the human connection and that everyone has the potential to live a fulfilling life. Her love for one-on-one connections and bearing witness to the journeys sought by others toward growth inspired Carolina to become a psychotherapist. She aspires to create the environment of healing and empowerment through the therapeutic bond.

Jaime Kempster

Jaime Kempster

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Therapy is a very personal experience. As such, Jaime seeks to create an open, safe and supportive environment for her clients. She knows her clients need to feel safe when sharing their vulnerable stories. She believes the foundation of a secure relationship with her clients is ensured by trust and genuineness. Jaime uses a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to therapy to help her clients work through their difficult feelings. By helping clients better understand themselves and their values, she helps them move toward living a more meaningful and satisfying life. Painful emotions can be overwhelming and the journey of psychotherapy can be demanding emotionally. As such, Jaime gently prepares her clients for their challenges. She works to help her clients develop their capacities for navigating and healing from difficult experinces and feelings.

Sarah-Alsaki

Sarah Alsadi

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Sarah’s passion for mental health and human rights has informed her desire to practise psychotherapy. She believes in the importance of guiding others toward living a life that is uniquely their own. As a practising psychotherapist, she strives to offer and ensure a safe and culturally sensitive space that promotes an environment for growth and understanding. With an open and compassionate approach to therapy, Sarah meets her clients where they are at to help them engage with adversity and foster lasting change.

Renata Garcia de Leon Montano

Intern Therapist

Renata believes that a meaningful therapeutic relationship begins with trust. She is empathetic and offers a gentle presence with clients. She prioritizes the importance of creating a safe space where clients feel heard and respected while attending to and nurturing the resources within her clients. Renata’s therapeutic approach centres on exploring the past and encouraging self-awareness. She is convinced that it takes great courage to begin the journey towards healing.

Laura-Lee Grant

Laura-Lee Grant

Psychotherapy Assistant
Laura-Lee is a Psychotherapist Admin at Centretown Psychotherapy with 4 years of experience working directly with vulnerable populations in the social work field.
Having worked with individuals from all walks of life; Laura-Lee is able to tailor her skills to meet the needs of various clients, while ensuring that each client is treated with respect. Laura-Lee strives to create a pleasant environment and experience for all current and new clients receiving services with Centretown Psychotherapy.
Emily Webb

Emily Webb

Psychotherapy Assistant
My name is Emily Webb, and I’m a psychotherapy assistant here at Centretown Psychotherapy. I attend Carleton University for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology. I volunteer for the Women in Leadership Club, where I’m in charge of internal relations. In my spare time I enjoy listening to podcasts, travelling, skiing, and reading. I relish good food, kindness and creating an open and safe space for all individuals, which I will continue to do here at Centretown Psychotherapy.