“We have made significant progress toward the goals we set for ourselves.”

H&P, Edmonton

About
Dr Ottawa

About Dr Ottawa

You can take charge of your life and improve your situation

Dr Ottawa holds a Master’s Degree, two Doctorate Degrees, with a PhD in counselling. Celebrating 34 years of marriage this year, Dr. Ottawa has raised three adult children and looks forward to any grandchildren to come. Founding New Start Counselling in 1994, she specializes in marriage and couples counselling, relationship and family therapy.

You can take charge of your life and improve your situation

Dr Ottawa holds a Master’s Degree, two Doctorate Degrees, with a PhD in counselling. Celebrating 34 years of marriage this year, Dr. Ottawa has raised three adult children and looks forward to any grandchildren to come. Founding New Start Counselling in 1994, she specializes in marriage and couples counselling, relationship and family therapy.

“My work with couples is shaped by my personal experience overcoming challenges in my own marriage, some 29 years ago, by my professional training, by my experience in working with over 2,100 couples over 24 years and by my core conviction that new starts are possible.”

“I founded New Start Counselling to provide a safe, confidential environment for couples to do the work they need to do to heal, restore and renew their relationship. A place where they can know that goal is always foremost.”

NEWSTART’s “Couples First” Approach.

Every couple and every couple’s situation is unique, as is our approach to dealing with it. But here are some common elements in what we do to make counselling work for you:

We Get Right to Work.
  • When couples are at an impasse or in conflict, timely help can make all the difference. So, we get down to business with you together as couple dealing with your situation and your concerns in your very first session.
  • No up-front separate individual sessions or “information gathering sessions” required.
We're Serious About New Starts.
  • New Start Counselling isn’t simply a name; it’s why we’re here.
  • The first step in counselling is to help couples shift from being at odds on various issues to working together as a couple to overcome them.
  • We can then shift the focus to creating a solid foundation for a renewed, stronger relationship, a new start, based on that couple’s unique experience.
Caring, Confidential, Effective Counselling –
  • Is the core of what we do.
Maximum Impact Couples Sessions
  • The industry-default 50 minute "one hour" counselling session is well-suited for children with short attention spans and for individuals undergoing long-term therapy.
  • For couples who need to make timely progress together on pressing matters, however, we find sessions 50% longer are about twice as effective. That's why our default session for couples starting counselling is 75 minutes instead of 50 minutes.
  • Couples gain confidence and encouragement as they make progress in each session without having their relationship discussions cut short or needing to re-open unresolved issues at another later session.
  • And they like the idea of completing the work of eight 50 minute sessions in four 75 minute blocks.
make a new start.
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My husband and I took a series of ‘marriage enhancement’ classes as I’d like to refer to them as. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! Dr.Ottawa has a calm, even-keeled demeanor which made the two of us very comfortable…..

AR, Edmonton