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Colette Kelso she/her



For over 30 years, Colette has had the privilege of providing counselling support to youth (12+), their caregivers and adults in the Ottawa community.

In addition to providing individual therapy, Colette is a co-founder of COPE Well Groups and co-facilitates DBT-Informed Groups for teens, caregivers and young adults.


A cornerstone of Colette’s therapeutic approach has been to create a warm, non-judgemental space whereby clients feel heard, validated and respected. Colette supports individuals from a lens of compassion and inclusivity that encourages
clients to create a pathway towards living their preferred, authentic lives.


Prior to working in private practice, Colette worked in the public sector and supported the development and implementation of a number of mental health services within the City of Ottawa. Throughout her career, Colette has been an ally and advocate for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Areas of Focus

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life transitions

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Parent/Youth Conflict

  • Parenting Skills

  • Youth Issues (12 yrs +)

Therapeutic Style

Colette provides support based on a variety of evidence based therapeutic methods and techniques including; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour
Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Attachment Focused Therapy. Colette has a strong interest in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Polyvagal Theory.

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