Meet the Team at Red Oak Psychotherapy!

Melissa Flatla (They/She)

Registered Psychotherapist, Clinic Founder

Thank you for considering me in your search for a therapist. It is my belief that the most meaningful therapy is grounded in the safety and fit of the client-therapist relationship. From the first point of contact, I endeavour to create a connection and to build a strong therapeutic relationship based on compassion, safety, and trust.

I strive to maintain a practice that is authentic, transparent, and honouring of the courage it takes to arrive in therapy. My approach is integrative and often draws from both person-centred and narrative methodologies, which allows the therapeutic process to be tailored to your specific needs. I strive to create a warm and inclusive space that fosters collaboration, discussion, and self-exploration.

I work with youth and adults (ages 10+) seeking support with a variety of questions or concerns including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships and attachment, self-esteem, stress, grief, anger management, identity, school refusal, ADHD and neurodiversity, chronic pain and illness, and identity.  I am proud to be a connected and committed therapist competent in serving the needs of the LGBTTQ+ community and their allies.

I wish to engage you in co-creating an environment that invites a sense of empowerment, in sharing your stories, and the exploring of new considerations through self-compassion. It would be my privilege and pleasure to accompany you along your therapeutic journey.

Melissa is the Clinic Owner and main point of contact for all inquiries. They look forward to connecting and supporting you in beginning your therapeutic journey at Red Oak Psychotherapy.

 Professional Memberships & Associations:
  • Associate of Capital Choice Counselling Group
  • Professional Member with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Professional Member with Canadian Professional Association of Transgender Health (CPATH)
  • Professional Member with World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Taylor Bourassa (She/Her), Associate Therapist

Registered Psychotherapist

I believe in collaboration when it comes to therapy, working together to create a space where you can feel comfortable to be your authentic self. Safety and connection are hallmarks of my practice: providing and maintaining safety and connection with the self and others. My framework is rooted in humanistic/person-centered therapy and strengths based therapy. These frameworks recognize, celebrate and honour the unique qualities of each individual, work to empower you and support personal growth through self-awareness, acceptance and compassion.

As an art therapist, and eco-art therapist, I incorporate the art making process and accessing the natural world into the therapeutic process. Art making can offer you another avenue for exploring the issues and concerns that are bringing you to therapy, can help you to develop new skills, gain confidence and a sense of self-efficacy, and highlight your personal growth. Accessing the environment has been shown to effectively reduce stress, alter our perceptions of things, help with problem solving and focus, and help you to feel grounded in the present moment.

I work with children (8+), youth and adults who are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, self-esteem or image issues, emotional concerns, grief, stress and fatigue, identity and boundaries.


Ila Lennips (she/her), Associate Therapist

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

As a therapist, I strive to work collaboratively with each client to identify the most helpful direction for our work together. Building a strong therapeutic relationship grounded in authenticity, compassion, and ongoing consent can foster the development of self-understanding and positive change. I feel that it is important to be aware of cultural and social factors and invite exploration into how they may impact presenting concerns and the work we do together.

My therapeutic approach is integrative with a foundation of client-centered psychotherapy. I also make use of narrative therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as attachment and cognitive approaches as applicable to each client’s therapeutic goals.

I currently work individually with adolescents and adults addressing a range of concerns including identity, interpersonal relationships, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. I strive continuously to competently support members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. As a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, I presently provide services under the clinical supervision of Natalie Charron, R.P. EMDR Clinician.

Professional Memberships & Associations:

  • Qualifying Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)


Willow Hutchinson (she/they), Associate Therapist

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I counsel adult individuals seeking therapy; to discuss anything that is troubling you and to find peace and resolutions. I aim to help you navigate life and establish therapeutic goals to help you reach your full potential.
My areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, family-related trauma, sleep disturbances, spirituality, imposter syndrome, and self-esteem. My therapeutic approaches are person-centered, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, mindfulness, narrative, and CBT.






Jonathan Van Viegen (He/Him)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I specialize in helping adults, couples, and families bring an end to their negative recurring patterns and self-sabotaging behaviours by implementing simple strategies that lead to quick and lasting improvements for some of life’s hardest challenges such as depression, anger and relationship discord.

When you work with me, you will discover a solution-focused approach to therapy that is positive, goal-oriented, and most importantly, non-judgmental. Rather than looking for blame or drawing harmful conclusions, I get to work helping my clients connect with their internal
strengths and natural abilities so they can unlock their full potential and realize their innermost goals and desires.

I am a therapist that specializes in relationships. I work with couples, families and teens to strengthen family ties and advocate for the needs and perspectives of younger people. Helping couples and families love, laugh and communicate better is one of my biggest passions.

Professional Memberships & Associations:

  • Qualifying Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  •  Professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


Kurtis Herrington (he/they)

Associate Therapist, Registered Social Worker

I know the process of finding the right therapist can be daunting, and I want to thank you for taking the time to consider me! I take great effort to ensure I am a flexible and adaptive clinician that will work hard to meet the needs of any person I see. Some areas in which I feel I can provide a specialized level of care include: Working with adolescents and young adults, the LGBTQ2S+ community and their allies, issues of substance use, anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-image, communication, anger, relationships and identity. One of the most important things in my work is making sure those that I work with feel seen, safe and comfortable enough to explore what they need to in session so we can work towards making positive change. I place great value on openness, transparency and collaboration in my work – I want to make sure we’re both on the same page and we’re working collaboratively towards the same goals!

I have benefited from gaining experience in a variety of professional settings and roles in my career so far including community mental health agencies, treatment centers, a sexual health center and homeless-serving organizations. Some of the theories I use to ground my work include gender-affirmative, trauma-informed, person-centered, feedback-informed and strengths-based perspectives. I also utilize a number of therapeutic models to ensure I deliver the most effective evidence-based services including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing.

I am a proud Queer clinician who welcomes and celebrates the opportunity to work with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and identities. In my free time, I prioritize spending time with loved ones (especially my dog Benito!), getting outside to walk or run, visiting our family cottage, exploring the city, and enjoying down-time with a good TV show or video game. I look forward to connecting with you to discuss how I might be the right fit for your current therapeutic needs!

Professional Memberships & Associations:

  • Registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
  • Registered in good standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)


Caitlin Cadeau (she/her) B.A., B.Ed.

Office Administrator

Quality client care is a valued pillar here at Red Oak Psychotherapy. I am committed to providing timely, warm, and effective communication to all those who reach out and/or spend time here with us. I draw upon several years of experience in coordinator and administrative roles to ensure that all members of the practice are well supported and can continue to focus on meaningful clinical work. In conjunction with being a part of the Red Oak team, I am also proud to be an elementary health and physical education teacher here in Ottawa. When not in the classroom or in the office, I enjoy hockey, pickleball, adventuring with my spouse and dog, and sitting down with a good crossword.