Meet the Team at Red Oak Psychotherapy!

Melissa Flatla (They/She)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), 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 (Qualifying)

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.

Jordi Hepburn (She/Her), Associate Therapist

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I believe everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life’s difficulties. In my counselling space, (no matter if we are online or in person), I strive to create a connection and build a strong therapeutic alliance based on compassion, empathy, safety, and trust. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process and aspire to guide those I work with to increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, and discover personal strengths they didn’t know they had.

I approach each session through a feminist, trauma-informed, solution-focused lens, exploring a variety of emotional concerns including anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, self-esteem and questions and considerations regarding gender and sexual identity. It is important to me that I am connected and competent in serving the needs of the LGBTTQ+ community and their allies.

My goal is to collaborate with you and create a space where you can feel empowered and safe to take risks, to share your stories openly and explore new options together through self-compassion and courage. It would be my honour to accompany you on your therapeutic journey towards greater healing, acceptance and love.

Professional Memberships & Associations:

  • Qualifying Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Professional Member with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Member of the Creative Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy Chapter

 

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 receive regular clinical supervision to ensure I am providing support in an effective and ethical manner.

Professional Memberships & Associations:

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

 

Willow Hutchinson (she/her), 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.