As a therapist, my goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for my clients, fostering trust and connection in the therapeutic relationship. I work with both children and adults, with a particular interest in supporting parents who are facing caregiving challenges, connected to their child’s mental health struggles or parent-child conflict.
When it comes to supporting families, I believe strongly in the healing power of the parent-child relationship. Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), which includes “emotion coaching”, is central to my approach. As a therapist, I support and empower parents so they can in turn use new therapeutic skills to help their child cope with emotions and change behaviour patterns.
Often, children and adolescents also benefit from individual therapy, to learn new coping strategies and have a safe place to explore their emotions. My approach with youth integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.
I also have a special focus in working with families facing serious illness, trauma and grief, including parents who have experienced the death of a child and children who have experienced the death of a parent. There is no “fixing” grief, but my approach is to help the bereaved to process emotions and learn to live with their loss, finding purpose and meaning in their life again.
Currently, I welcome clients both in person and virtually, with COVID-10 screening processes in place. More information about my practice and services can be found here: www.DoucetteTherapy.com
My education includes a Master of Social Work degree from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Psychology from Queen’s University. I am registered with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. My professional experience includes 9 years at CHEO, working on the inpatient psychiatry unit and in Palliative Care at Roger Neilson House. I have been in private practice since 2009 and have also taught in the Social Work department at Carleton University. In addition to my work as a therapist, I enjoy running workshops and presenting to community groups on a range of mental health topics.