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Hi, I'm Barbara Freedman  

Need a safe place to express your feelings and concerns and help to explore these issues? I'm here to listen, provide insight and help to find solutions which fit individual needs and values, in order to live more fully.

Ottawa, Canada

About Barbara

As a Private Mental Health Worker I have dedicated myself to healing mainly in the areas of crisis intervention, grief, abuse and trauma, along with parent coaching. 

My Training and Qualifications


  • Master in Education University of Ottawa, Ottawa1992 
  • Bachelor of Education McGill University, Montréal, Québec 1989 
  • Social Sciences Diploma (Women’s Studies Certificate) Vanier College, Montréal, Québec 1986
  • Training in Object Relations Therapy & Self Psychology: (Theory, Assessment & Treatment) St. Paul University, Ottawa 2007
  • Certificate of Completion of the Self-Employment Program - The Enterprise Centre & Human Resources & Skills Development Canada 2007
  • Voices of Trauma Therapists - Monthly Lecture Series 
  • Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma, Ottawa 2006-2007
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Certificate Centrepointe House, Ottawa 2004
  • Non Violent Crisis Intervention Certificate - The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa 2004



My Coaching and Work Experience

I offer face to face therapy in the community which I live (Ottawa, Ontario). Through this private practice clients can receive coaching, as well as support groups and workshops, on topics such as stress management, grief recovery, as well as on all aspects of child behavior and development.

My prior experience includes my work at Centerpointe House, an institute dedicated to assisting people in their efforts to achieve a sense of well-being, personal growth and healing.

I provided supportive counseling at the Well (a drop in day center for woman and children). In my role as a volunteer floor and outreach worker at The Well, I offered immediate response through crisis intervention, and outreach. I was given the opportunity to facilitate referrals to other social services whenever appropriate. Aside from connecting the woman with these resources, I provided them with advocacy. Among the some of the issues which these woman were dealing with included homelessness, low income, housing issues, abuse, trauma, suicide ideology as well as issues of sexual identity.

As the founder and director of a pre-school program for seven years, I was a mentor to parents, who would often seek me out to discuss concerns regarding their children. I worked together with them to modify their child’s behavior, teach them new health promoting skills, and connect them with parent child resources in the Ottawa community. I have developed several methods of assisting children on an emotional level by using such skills as role playing and art therapy. As the previous owner of this pre-school for six years, I adequately addressed all concerns regarding the program with sensitivity and innovation.

Customer Reviews

  • from Kryptton on 20 Sep 2013

    Beautiful Insights, to the point and very accurate!

  • from Sarah on 06 Sep 2013

    Very understanding and easy to talk to. She had lots of good advice. Thanks Barbara!

Customer Reviews

  • from Kryptton on 20 Sep 2013

    Beautiful Insights, to the point and very accurate!

  • from Sarah on 06 Sep 2013

    Very understanding and easy to talk to. She had lots of good advice. Thanks Barbara!

  • from Dana0111 on 04 Sep 2013

    Thanks to Barbara I have been able to take big steps forward and with her help continue to make progress in ways I didn't think were possible before...

  • from Zang on 02 Sep 2013

    Six stars. She really connects with your problem.

  • from Waldogarcia on 31 Aug 2013

    Barbara was an outstanding find. It's a great thing to be able to find quality help, online, just clicks away when you need it most.... Giver her try. Very compassionate and knowledgable!

  • from User_jud58t on 27 Aug 2013

    Barbara is always insightful, kind and knows how to move me toward what I need to do.

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