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Welcome to Whitehouse Counselling Services!

Have you noticed that you have been struggling for a long time hoping that you could change? Have found that it has been feeling impossible to find that thing that works? Do you notice yourself struggling and not feeling the same way that you used to? Is your issue limiting you from enjoying life the way you once did?

If you feel that any of the above questions apply to you and you are ready to put in the work, then you are in the right place!

MARC’S APPROACH

Marc has a structured approach to counselling and always makes every effort to collaborate with you to ensure that you get the most out of each and every session!

Marc genuinely believes in the potential that lies within you! During sessions you will be able to notice Marc genuinely believes that you have a tremendous amount of internal strength and power that has developed from your life experiences. He will work with you to be able to unlock your inner knowledge about yourself in order to open up your mind to be in the best place possible to pursue what is most important to you in life! What Marc most wants you to know is that you should never give up! What is waiting for you once you are living your values will be a feeling of being complete because you have placed all the important pieces of yourself into a unified whole!

“Your mind is a very powerful force, once you learn the combination you will be able to cultivate your full potential and achieve all that is important!"

Anonymous

This quote has guided my personal and professional development and therefore holds a special place in the development of Whitehouse Counselling Services.

Values

The values that I believe are most important in the therapeutic relationship are honesty, collaboration, trust and openness. I strive to ensure that each an every person I work with feels deeply understood and recognized for the unique individual that they are. It is very important to me that you feel safe and accepted while you are so courageously pursuing the best version of yourself in therapy!

Special Areas for me

A specific area that is near to my heart is working with individuals suffering from anxiety and depression. I really enjoy working with teens, young adults and professionals on reducing their anxiety and decreasing the influence of their depression through meaningful collaboration and teaching of skills that will support your on-going ability to overpower your anxiety and depression!

My Therapeutic Approach is grounded in a few different types of therapy. Primarily, I draw from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I customize my approach based on your strengths, values and goals while relying on the most Evidence-Based approaches to ensure that a holistic treatment plan is developed to best meet your needs.

 

Contact

➤ LOCATION

563 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, ON,K1R 5P2

☎ CONTACT

marcj.whitehouse@gmail.com
613-402-1544

 

Services Offered


Individual Counselling

If a past or current life situation has caused difficult emotions and you find yourself paralyzed and unable to move, working together can help you in reconnecting with what you value most. I can help with various issues that you may be facing:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Difficulty with relationships

  • Separation and Divorce

  • Intimate Partner Violence

  • Trauma

  • Addiction


Family Counselling

Bringing a family together is about teamwork and recognizing how your behaviours are impacting others. I help families experiencing conflict who would like to find a collaborative solution by working together to set mutual goals.

  • Conflict and relationship difficulties

  • Stress Management

  • Parenting

  • Life transitions – marriage/partnership/ marriage/separation/divorce

  • LGBTQ2S


Adolescent Counselling

I have experience working with adolescents ages 10 and up. I provide individual sessions with children but also encourage parents engagement. I have experience working with children and youth who experience the following:

  • School difficulties – academic and social

  • Worries and fears

  • Sadness

  • Anger

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Bullying

  • Self-Harming

  • Abuse and or Neglect

  • Life transitions
     


Athletic Speciality Counselling

I support elite level athletes in managing thier stress and pressure based on the unique demands placed on high level athletes. I teach athletes new mental health skills that allow for improved ability to tolerate distress.

  • Stress Management

  • Understanding emotions and thoughts impact on athletic performance

  • Athletic transitions

  • Increasing coping skills and decreasing isolation

  • Addictions


Video Counselling

Sometimes individuals prefer to get support from a professional counsellor online. I am experienced in providing this type of support and ensure that it is done using a secure platform that protects the conversation privacy. Video Counselling ensures that counselling is accessible for all people regardless of location! You can connect with me from the location of your choice to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed!


Couples Counselling

I specialize in supporting couples to improve their communication startegies and we work on understanding the impact of emotions and thoughts on your partnership.

  • Conflict and relationship challenges

  • Altering unhelpful patterns

  • Creating new healtheir communicaton patterns

  • Life transitions – marriage/partnership/ marriage/separation/divorce

  • LGBTQ2S issues

 
 

 
 
“Your present circumstances do not determine where you can go; they only determine where you start”
— Nido Qubein
 
 

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect when I come to counselling?

Counselling is a place where you come to discuss issues that have been impacting your life. We will collaborate together and use your strengths to develop a detailed plan to create positive change!

What issues do you treat?

I work with very diverse people suffering from a range of issues. Some common examples include:

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Sports Specific Mental Health Work

  • Panic Attacks

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Family and Relationship Issues

  • Trauma

  • Stress

  • Academic or Career Issues

  • Addictions

  • Grief and Loss

  • Self Esteem

If you do not see your specific issue here please contact me to discuss if I have experience and would be a good fit for your needs.

What happens when I contact you?

If you contact me I will respond to you as quickly as possible and arrange a mutually agreeable time to have a phone conversation. During the phone conversation, I will assess your needs and strengths. We will discuss your goals to support the development of a treatment plan.

This phone conversation is also a good chance or you see if you think we would be a good fit to work together and ask any questions you may be curious about.

If we both decide that the fit is a good one sessions would start typically within a week depending on my volume. Sessions usually take place in my office centrally located at 563 Gladstone Ave. in Ottawa. If this is not agreeable to you I also offer Video Counselling to accommodate different locations and needs.

Where can I get help immediately?

If you find yourself in a crisis situation where you are concerned about your safety please contact 911 immediately or attend your nearest hospital right away.

If you need to connect with someone right away you can contact the Distress Centre of Ottawa at:

613-238-3311 or 1-866-676-1080

My service does not operate on a 24/7 basis. I attend to my clients' needs and requests during my scheduled business hours from 10am to 8pm Monday to Thursday and 10 am to 4 pm Friday to Saturday.

How much does counselling cost?

My rate for Individual Counselling is $150 for a 50-minute session.

My rate for Child and Youth Counselling is $ 150 for a 50-minute session.

My rate for Video Counselling is $150 for a 50-minute session

My rate for Couples Therapy and Family-Based Therapy is $ 165  for a 1-hour session

If my rate is not feasible for your finances please contact me to discuss what options are available for you.

What are your qualifications?

I am a Registered Social Worker with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Registration #: 827305.

I am a Master of Social Work graduate from the University of Toronto.

I have certificates in:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Family-Based Therapy

Can you refer me to other professionals?

I will always make the best possible effort to ensure that you have access to the best possible professional for your specific issue. If I genuinely feel I am able to help you in a meaningful way I will. However, if your issue is beyond my scope of practice I will refer you to another professional whom I know will be better able to meet your needs.

Is our conversation confidential?

I always keep everything we talk about completely confidential. The only limitation is if there are safety concerns where I feel that your safety or another person's safety are at risk.

Does OHIP cover counselling?

OHIP does not cover counselling and psychotherapy at this time.

However, many Extended Health Care plans DO cover service from a Registered Social Worker. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider and inquire about their requirements for your coverage.

I will write you an Invoice that you can submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.

 

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Hours of Operation

Tuesday 4-8 PM

Thursday 4-8 PM

Saturday 1030 AM-3PM