The counsellors at the OPC honour the spirituality of every person, whether they are Christian, religious, spiritual, agnostic or atheist.

Heather Fawcett, MA, RP

Executive Director and Registered Psychotherapist

Heather is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and is a member in good standing with the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists (PACCP). She has been practicing psychotherapy for over 16 years.

She holds a Masters of Counselling from Providence Theological Seminary and has completed Level 2 training in Gottman Method, Expanded Applications in Traumatic Incident Reduction, Life Stress Reduction and recently completed Level 2 Sandtray training.

Heather works with individuals, couples and teens who seek support while exploring and working through family-of-origin issues, relationships, sexual or domestic abuse, stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, anger and trauma.

Combining traditional, creative and non-traditional techniques to access parts of self that rarely have expression, she favours a wholistic approach that incorporates the mind, body and spirit as well as the environment and culture one is a part of. She believes that each person holds the ability to shift, change and grow and has a passion for supporting people, in whatever shape or form that takes.

Sharon York, MA, RP


Sharon is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). She completed a Master of Arts, Pastoral Studies (Groupwork in Family and Community) from St. Paul University and University of Ottawa in 1990.

Sharon brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her work as a psychotherapist. She has worked in mental health for forty years, and is a former Executive Director of the Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre. On a daily basis, she works with individuals, couples, and families. Sharon continues to stay current in the field of psychotherapy through ongoing training (workshops, seminars, personal study and clinical supervision).

Sharon has experience working with loss and grief issues (including palliative care and medical trauma), depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship enhancement, LGBTQ+ client care, family support, personal growth issues, healthy work/life balance, and life transitions. Sharon utilizes numerous modalities including mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, emotionally focused therapy, attachment, and family systems.

Having worked as a counsellor at Carleton University for over 20 years, Sharon has also developed an expertise in working with young adults and their families. Her approach is trauma-informed and person-centred. In her day-to-day life, Sharon is a talented chef, avid paddler, gardener and loving mother of two young adults.

Charles Walsh, PhD, RP


Since beginning work in mental health more than twenty years ago, Charles gained experience in various private practice settings (both independently and within group practices), with in-patient populations, in university settings, facilitating community wraparound services, and equipping students training to offer counselling services.

Charles’ approach seeks to express compassion for clients regardless of presenting concerns, and those concerns determine the evolving course of treatment, whether brief or longer-term. Grounded in various treatment approaches and theoretical foundations, Charles works with individuals, couples, and families confronting various challenges:

  • Relationship issues: dating; separation; divorce; parenting and co-parenting; high-conflict; alienation; infidelity; extended family; blended family; grief; loss; bereavement, loneliness.
  • Work and career: stress and burnout; contemplating or completing a stress leave; wellness planning; change; hostility; ethics.
  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Abuse and trauma.
  • Adult development: belief, meaning, spirituality; identity and sexuality; acceptance.
  • Culture and society.

Successful outcomes and a meaningful experience in treatment flow from a positive therapeutic alliance. Fit is important, and Charles encourages clients to work toward finding the right therapist.

Alexa Delroy, MA, RP

Clinical Member OSP and Psychotherapist

Registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Master of Arts, Pastoral Studies (Marital Counselling), St Paul University 1995. Clinical member, Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. Voice Dialogue Facilitator.

Alexa has experience working with addictions, loss and bereavement, trauma, depression, anxiety, family reconciliation, among other issues. Her work draws on her long and varied experience of family life.

“My approach is to appreciate the coping mechanisms that already exist in the personality. It is only by recognizing how helpful and protective these tools are that our vulnerability can be safely approached. We can only build from where we are.”

Alexa pursues ongoing training through workshops and reading. In her spare time, she reads (and reads), supports Arsenal FC, and goes dancing.

Margaret (Lorrie) Beaton, MA , Master C.Hyp™, RP


Lorrie is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists having gained a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2012. Lorrie is also a Master Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy Practitioner, a Break The Worry Trance™ Coach, and an Expressive Arts Practitioner. Lorrie finds strategies from these platforms provide wonderful tools that accompany her work well. As part of her professional development, Lorrie continues to pursue educational opportunities, and receive ongoing clinical supervision.

Lorrie specializes in grief, loss, anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, personal growth, and personal transformation. She uses various modalities and an integrative approach to best support each individual and these include: Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Conflict Resolution, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Expressive Arts. These modalities combined with her Counselling Psychology background assist her in providing an environment for safe self-expression, processing emotions, creativity and personal development.

Lorrie’s goal in supporting others through some of the most challenging times in their lives is to foster a collaborative professional relationship that creates a safe environment for positive wellness, change, and healing. Her goal is to accommodate the needs of each client, to best support clients of all ages and backgrounds, and to promote healing. Lorrie is also a member of OEATA (Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association), CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association), and OAMHP (Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals).

Kerri Brennan, MPTh, MA, RP (Qualifying)

Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I believe we are shaped by and have influence on the people and places around us. We can benefit from having someone from outside those circles reflect back what they see and hear in our stories. And in the sharing of those experiences, longings, pains, & celebrations, we are transformed-our perspectives altered, our roles adapted, our emotions claimed, and our direction clearer. I serve Individuals (12 years +) Couples & Families. Treating issues related to communication, stress, anxiety, PTSD, depression or mood changes, life transitions, blended families, grief & bereavement, self-esteem & boundary management, and trauma & abuse.

I approach therapy from a systemic, attachment-based, narrative, and somatically-attuned perspective. In other words, as people and our environment imprint on our lives, I am attentive to emotions, behavioural patterns, and what our bodies reveal to us through the therapeutic process. The story you share is uniquely yours, retelling it can be transformative.

I value your time and the trust you place in me by sharing your story. I look forward to consulting with you as we decide how to build this therapeutic relationship together.

Christie Esau

Office and Intake Coordinator

Christie is responsible for client intakes, as well as general office and administrative duties at the OPC. Christie has previously worked as a high school teacher and a children’s ministry coordinator, and deeply values community care. In her spare time, Christie enjoys gardening, reading and travel.

Christie holds a Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University and a Bachelor of Education from Trinity Western University

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