The Mental Health Professional
Credentials, Education, and Training
Thalia Bennett is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, registration number 003058, and she is also a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has her Masters of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from the school of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University, in Ottawa, and was trained in both short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for a diverse range of adult individuals. She has worked for the Nepean Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre, in Ottawa, where she gained valuable experience working with clients of various ages, sexes, income levels, sexual orientations, races, cultures, religions, spiritualities, and presenting problems. Finally, she was trained in different psychotherapeutic modalities including humanistic psychotherapies (e.g. client-centered therapy and solution focused therapy) and cognitive behavioral therapy, to name a few.
Thalia utilizes, primarily, a client-centered approach (with principles and techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy, when appropriate). Primarily client-centered means that counselling and psychotherapy tends to be non-directive in nature with a collaborative effort between client and counsellor towards client goals in therapy. Furthermore, in this form of therapy, the counsellor believes in the client’s resiliency and builds on the client’s strengths and resources, all while remaining empathic, genuine, and perceptive of the client as a person of worth.
Thalia holds life itself, human beings, and the earth as sacred and believes in the right and potential of every human being to obtain some level of happiness. With the many challenges in life, she believes that there is a way of living and of being, for each person, that promotes wellness, minimizes distress, and/or optimizes a better quality of life—something she is also committed to empowering her clients to achieve.