Here is the first thing you need to know about us: All of us at Men & Healing are committed and passionate in our dedication to men’s health and well-being. Full stop. Our work is specialized, so it only makes sense that staff – our therapists, trainers and administrators are specialized too! This commitment to excellence shows in all we do.
Let’s begin by introducing our Clinical Associates, Affiliate Members and Administrative Staff at Men & Healing:
Larry Gauthier (he/him), MSW, RSW, Clinical Associate
Larry has been practicing social work in the Ottawa area for over 30 years. Larry offers individual psychotherapy as well as facilitates one of our Emotional Integrity group therapy programs. He is a co-founder of the Men’s Project – the previous entity that pioneered male-centred therapy in Ottawa. One of Larry’s particular interests is in providing clinical services to youth and their families. He works under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
Larry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Krista Holts (she/her), MC, RP, CCC, Clinical Associate
Krista has devoted her career to working with those living with poverty, addiction and mental health concerns both as a counsellor and a manager of services in shelter-based residential addiction treatment programs. While Krista tailors her approach to meet the needs of clients, her goal as a therapist is to help empower people to become creators in their lives through an existential approach to therapy, which promotes meaning-making, authentic living, and personal responsibility for shaping paths in life.
Having received specialized training in counselling, Krista has earned undergraduate degrees in both psychology and health sciences with a focus on addictions, as well as a Master of Counselling degree from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. Krista is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Krista provides individual psychotherapy and is the lead facilitator of our Emotional Integrity group programs. She works under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
Krista can be reached at email@example.com
Saeid Kianpour (he/him), PhD, RP, Clinical Associate
Saeid Kianpour is a registered psychotherapist and a family therapist based in Ottawa, ON. He completed his BA in Education of Children with special needs and a Master’s Degree in Psychology-Family Therapy in Iran. He then moved to the United States to pursue his doctorate in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech. Saeid accomplished an internship at the Indiana University-School of Medicine as a Behavioral Science Doctoral Intern and Visiting Lecturer.
He then moved to Canada in 2018 where he was registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and started working in Ottawa in private clinical practice. Systemic ideology is a thread woven throughout his worldview and work. His clinical practice and experience in Iran, the United States, and Canada have enabled meaningful moments of growth and provided him the opportunity to work with diverse populations who faced various challenges. Cultural diversity and working in a humanitarian context is an innate part of his experience.
Saeid provides individual, couple and family therapy in both English and Farsi. He works under the supervision of a registered psychologist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Lavigne, MSW, RSW, Clinical Associate
Biography to come!
Ali can be reached at email@example.com
René-Marc Lavigne (he/him), PhD, Affiliate Member
René-Marc Lavigne has completed a PhD in clinical psychology. With over a decade of clinical experience, he has worked with issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, parenting challenges, life transitions, LGBTQ+ concerns and low self-esteem.
René-Marc primarily collaborates with Men & Healing to provide training on issues of trauma recovery, emotional integrity, self-compassion and resilience. He does not currently provide clinical services at Men & Healing.
Ray Robertson (he/him), MA, MSW, RSW, Affiliate Member
Ray is a registered social worker and certified sex therapist in private practice. As a clinical member of the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario, he brings an eclectic approach to his practice, drawing particularly on object relations and self psychology. He provides counselling on sexual issues, relationship issues, sleep and fatigue, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, and the challenges of parenting. He is the developer of the Sexual Integrity Program, a group approach to treating dysregulated sexual behaviour.
In addition to his counselling practice, Ray is also a board approved clinical supervisor, an external clinical supervisor for the Master’s of Counselling & Spirituality program at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, president of Mental Health Professionals Ottawa, an educator, workshop presenter, volunteer, husband, father, and grandfather.
Ray is the lead facilitator of our Sexual Integrity program. He does not currently provide individual clinical services at Men & Healing.
Annika Vander Kooy (she/her), MSW, RSW, Clinical Associate
Annika is a registered MSW with 10+ years of experience serving vulnerable populations in the Trauma and Addictions therapy field. Annika takes an eclectic, person-centered approach to her work – focusing on attachment and using therapeutic rapport to foster empowerment. Annika is passionate about helping clients process and reclaim meaning in their experiences, tap into their resiliencies and build connections to expand their world. Annika is a sex-positive, LGBTQ+, poly, and kink affirmative therapist. As a visual artist, Annika also brings a creative approach to her counselling work using expressive arts and non-talk therapy modalities.
Annika provides individual therapy and facilitates one of our trauma recovery group programs at Men & Healing, all under the supervision of a registered psychologist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittani Sabourin (she/her), Administrative Manager
Brittani comes to Men & Healing with years of experience in the psychotherapy field. She excels at matching administrative need with creative and compassionate solutions. She cares deeply about the men and families we serve and seeks to provide as much organizational assistance as possible throughout their healing process. Brittani also works as an Education Coordinator for our regional palliative care program, interacting with healthcare professionals to ensure quality care to a vulnerable patient base. She also volunteers weekly with a refugee community in the Ottawa area, even learning Nepali to assist those she meets. Do not hesitate to contact Brittani with any administrative need you may have; she will be more than happy to assist you.
She can be reached at email@example.com
Kate Logan (she/her), MA, MA, RP (Qualifying), Special Projects Officer
Kate has a strong interest in counselling and mental health. She completed her Master’s degree in Counselling & Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and is a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist. Kate also has a strong passion for cross-cultural exchanges and social justice. The latter led her to obtain a Master’s degree in International Affairs at Carleton University. Prior to joining Men & Healing in 2016, Kate worked on an global project to facilitate the integration of newcomers into Canadian society.
Kate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Lepine (she/her), BSc (Hons.), PG Dip., RP, Clinical Services Manager
Originally from England, via Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, Anna now makes her home in the Ottawa area. Her post-graduate studies began with a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling Practice from England, and has continued in her Post Graduate studies in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
Since moving to Ottawa in 2003, Anna’s professional focus has been predominantly (although not exclusively) on issues of trauma and trauma recovery. The notion of emotional integrity permeates her practice. She invites men to open their minds and hearts to their suffering, compassion and strength to heal.
Anna provides individual psychotherapy, as well as facilitating both our Trauma Recovery and Anger Management programs. Anna works under the supervision of a registered psychologist. She works under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
Anna can be reached at email@example.com
Rick Goodwin (he/him), MSW, RSW, Founder & Clinical Services Director
Rick is the founder of Men & Healing. For nearly 20 years, he was the Executive Director of The Men’s Project in Ottawa, which he co-founded. Rick also served as National Manager to 1in6 Canada from 2012-2015. Rick has won a variety of awards for service excellence over his career and was named a CAMH National Recipient in 2017.
Rick received his Master’s of Social Work in 1985. Since then, he has trained clinically in a variety of models, focusing primarily on engagement in trauma recovery, ending men’s violence, and men’s mental health. He has provided training throughout the U.S. as well as the U.K., Jamaica, India, Cambodia, Japan, Korea and Guam. Rick is internationally recognized for his work on male-centred approaches to therapy.
See his background under Training for a full biography, including his publications and awards.
Apart from overseeing the clinic, Rick manages its training services, as well as maintains a limited clinical practice and Phase 1 trauma recovery group facilitation. He also provides consultation services on issues of men’s mental health and well-being. He works under the supervision of a registered psychologist. He can reach be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brenda Saxe, PhD