Changing lives through personal empowerment. 

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Dr. Julie Gowthorpe, RSW is a clinical social worker who provides individual (adults, teens and children), couple therapy, and family therapy for a wide range of issues. She offers mediation services and parenting plans to couples going through the separation/divorce process. Mediation services are provided in association with legal counsel. Dr. Gowthorpe specializes in issues related to PTSD and serves as a Blue Cross provider for Canadian Forces Veterans. With adults and teens, she supports clients in developing “thinking and doing” strategies to build self-esteem, confidence in decision-making and happier lives.    In addition to counseling, Dr. Gowthorpe provides custody and access assessments, parenting capacity assessments and consultation with child welfare organizations, specifically in the area of adolescent therapy and clinically managed access.

Dr. Gowthorpe holds a Doctorate in Social Work from University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from McGill University. Dr. Gowthorpe is the South Eastern Regional Director for the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She has taught at Carleton University and provides guest lectures to academic classes. 

Charlene Cowling HBSc., HBSW, MSW, RSW

With over 20 years of experience in the mental health, child protection and education field, Ms. Cowling offers individual, couple and family therapy. In addition, she provides Clinically Managed Access and Custody and Access Assessments. As a Registered Social Worker with a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Manitoba and Honours Bachelor degrees in both Social Work and Psychology, Ms. Cowling holds advanced certifications in Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and in play therapy Charlene belong to the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy.   Ms. Cowling has also been a speaker at both local and international  conferences on a variety of topics and trainings and has taught at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Ms. Cowling’s compassionate approach to counseling facilitates effective and meaningful change in the lives of the people she works with. She is passionately dedicated to helping others find solutions that suit their individual situations.  Charlene’s experience includes, but is not limited to: individual (child, youth, adult)counseling, marriage, couple, family, relationship and separation counselling, anxiety, depression, play therapy, assertiveness, trauma, abuse, managing anger, calming strong emotions, eating disorders, parental alienation, and LGBTQ+  concerns. She is also a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy.

Claire Damery M.S.W., R.S.W.

Ms. Damery specializes in custody and access assessment. Building upon her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria, she completed a Master of Social Work degree at York University, while actively working in the field of child welfare. Ms. Damery takes a client-centred approach to practice and is committed to an anti-oppressive, strengths-based, solution-focused, and collaborative approach to practice. Claire is a Registered Social Worker and member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Paul Robichaud M.A. (Conflict Analysis and Management); ADR; Q. Med.

Mr.Robichaud is a mediator, life coach and conflict practitioner with twenty five years of experience in the child and family services sector. His passion for child rights and protection has driven him to seek out new innovative methods to bring peace into the home and foster successful development. Mr. Robichaud recently obtained an M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University and is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre of Ontario. He has achieved the Qualified Mediator (Q. Med) designation. Mr. Robichaud's practice centres on reducing conflict in the family, organizations, and community systems. Mr. Robichaud's expertise is of particular interest to those coping with high conflict divorce and parenting issues. Mr. Robichaud is pleased to provide the following family services;

Douglas A. (Doug) Smith M.A. (Psych); M.Ed., M.Counsel., C.C.C.

Mr. Smith supports individuals (children, teens and adults), couples and families. His practice aims to support improved strategies to manage depression, anxiety and general life issues. Mr. Smith has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience including community college, criminal justice, and private counselling. This includes experience with adults, youths, couples, families, and offenders. Everyone has the capabilities to make their lives better and his work focuses on identifying and building the strengths needed to improve lives. Mr. Smith also works with Veteran's and members of the Canadian Forces who are managing trauma and issues of transition.

Krista Shortt


Client Services

Krista joined the practice in 2015. Please feel free to call at 613-962-1852 or email her directly to book appointments or ask questions about our associates and services.


Telephone: 613 962.1852 / Fax: 613 966.9384
11 Bay Bridge Road, Belleville, Ontario, K8P 3P6