Meet Our Therapists

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Sheri Trozzo

Virtual Administrator

As our Virtual Administrator, Sheri is often the first point of contact at our clinic. With over 25 years of customer service experience in a self employment capacity, 6.5 year in Mental Health Office Management, combined with business management and office administration training, Sheri’s goal is to ensure a stress free and smooth scheduling experience as well as facilitating a clear line of communication between our clients and our clinicians.


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Yamina Abassi, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (she/her)

Clinical therapist

My passion lies in supporting the development of a healthy relationship within ourselves and with others. My primary goal as a therapist is to ensure a trusting relationship is formed between myself and my clients. Working from an integrative approach I aspire to provide clients with a safe space to get to the root of their challenges in order to initiate positive change. I believe that every person has within them an innate capacity for transformation.

I hold an undergraduate degree in addictions counselling, and a master’s degree in counselling with a focus on relational dynamics. I am also informed by my background in holistic nutrition and various spiritual and mindfulness practices. Drawing from various therapeutic modalities, I tailor my approach with each client according to their unique circumstances and needs. My scope of practice includes supporting clients who experience challenges with: addiction, depression, disordered eating, existential anxiety, unresolved trauma, guilt and shame, distressing family dynamics, and ontological shock (questioning one’s worldviews after a profound experience). 

I am dedicated to being of service to others with an open heart and an attentive ear. With unwavering acceptance, compassion, and empathy I offer you a platform from which to engage in an authentic journey of self exploration.

Yamina is welcoming individual or family therapy clients at this time. 

Yamina is currently working under the supervision of Shannon Lawless RP, RMFT-S. 


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Hinnab Adil, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP (she/her)

Clinical therapist - Virtual practice

I believe that our body and mind have an intrinsic ability for healing but sometimes need some gentle nurturing and guidance. Providing a compassionate and safe space, my goal is to connect with and empower my clients towards well-being, personal growth, self-compassion, and healthy relationships.

I help clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, relationship concerns, and trauma, using a person-centered approach and an array of frameworks (CBT, Narrative Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Attachment-focused, and Trauma-focused therapies). I strongly believe in the uniqueness of each client, in their values and ideologies, and therefore use a culturally sensitive approach to my work.

Prior to joining this team, I supported individuals in varying degrees of distress or crisis, experiencing suicidal ideation, abuse/violence, mental or physical illness, bereavement, addictions, sexuality and interpersonal problems, youth-related issues, and unemployment.

I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and have a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) designation with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have completed my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I also hold a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University and have fifteen years of corporate industry experience. 

Hinnab is proficient in English, Urdu, and Hindi.

Hinnab is currently working under the supervision of Shannon Lawless RP, RMFT-S. 


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Taylor Davidson, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP Candidate (she/they)

Clinical intern - Hybrid practice (virtual and in office)

Availability as of January 2023

My psychotherapy practice is anchored in normalizing and validating. With a grounding in somatic approaches and Emotionally Focused Therapy, I accompany clients through stressful life events and emotional challenges, as well as relational and personal issues. I work with individuals, couples and polyamorous relationships (including queer folks and non-romantic relationship configurations). Within relationships, I hope to help each partner understand their own and their partner's experience better, so each feels seen and appreciated for who they are. My focus is on helping clients find a state of calm and reassurance, so they can proceed through challenging situations with less panic and a better understanding of themselves. 

I help many clients who suffer from depression and anxiety, who are dealing with grief, or managing stressful life events. I have experience working with pregnancy loss, peri and post-natal mental health, as well as couples, family and sex therapy approaches.

I'm a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist, in the process of completing my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I am happy to chat to see if we would be a good fit.

Taylor is currently working under the direct supervision of Shannon Lawless RP, RMFT-S. Please contact Shannon to schedule with Taylor. 


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Rana Musa, Registered Psychotherapist (she/her)

Associate therapist - Virtual and In-person sessions

I believe that we all experience challenges and yet through insight, compassion and action we are able to grow and transform. I offer clients a safe space through my warm, non-judgmental, caring and person-centered stance. I work from an integrative and collaborative approach drawing on various counselling theories based on clients’ needs and goals. My approach is primarily informed by Attachment, Psychodynamic, Systemic, Existential and Narrative Theories. I work with clients to build coping and resiliency while exploring sources of distress to confidently confront life’s struggles. I integrate cultural sensitivity that takes into consideration clients’ marginalized identities and the complexity this may add-should clients wish to explore and incorporate this into counselling. I have worked with individuals wanting to heal from a traumatic past or finding their path, and couples feeling stuck in dysfunction or wanting to heal from infidelity.

I have worked in community organizations as part of various community programs to support clients from different walks of life and backgrounds. My training and practice includes spirituality should clients wish to integrate that into therapy. I have completed comprehensive basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and I continue to develop my learning and practice to better support clients on their journey. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I graduated from Saint Paul University with a Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality and a concentration in Couples Counselling.

Rana offers psychotherapy in both Arabic and English.

Rana will have availability for daytime and evening sessions in January 2023.


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Joelle Willett, MA Candidate (she/her)

Clinical Intern - Virtual practice

I am passionate about creating a safe and open space for people to explore and address themes of importance to them. I believe everyone should have a place to discuss what is important to them in a warm, welcoming and empathetic environment, free from judgement. I have a particular interest in sex therapy and desire to cultivate this safe space for clients to discuss and explore their sexuality and sex lives freely.  

I am drawn to using narrative, emotion focused, and experiential therapy approaches through a systemic lens that allows people to connect with themselves and others to discuss their story. I work from a client-centered stance that is led by curiosity – I am open to tailoring the therapeutic experience to each client and honoring their individuality. 

I have experience in supporting clients facing depression, anxiety, negative thinking, low self-esteem, relationship concerns, fear of rejection and abandonment, and life transitions.  

Before joining the team at SL Psychotherapy and Wellness, I completed an undergraduate degree in psychology, where I completed a thesis reviewing microaggressions faced by LGBTQ+ youth. I am in the process of completing a master's degree in Counselling and Spirituality with a focus on couples and families through Saint Paul University. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with friends, and dancing. 

Joelle is currently working under the direct supervision of Shannon Lawless RP, RMFT-S. Please contact Shannon to schedule with Joelle. 


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Maria Yakovlev, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP Candidate (she/her)

Clinical intern - Hybrid practice (virtual and in office)

Availability as of January 2023

Our struggles in life feel heavier and can be compounded by trying to navigate them alone. When we need help the most, having someone at your side who supports you can lighten the load. I am humbled to offer a listening ear and to be a person around whom many do not hesitate to be themselves and are comfortable sharing their deepest thoughts and struggles. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity for self-discovery and growth. Working with my clients at SL Psychotherapy and Wellness, my goal is to offer a space for clients to feel accepted, appreciated, and inspired. A place where clients and I can safely reflect together on their needs, fears, and doubts and turn them into strengths, goals, and achievements. As a bicultural person myself, I have a particular interest in working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. As a Canadian Armed Forces member, I am also interested in supporting veterans and military families who seek support for relationship and workplace anxiety, depression, stress, and trauma.

Before joining the SL Psychotherapy and Wellness team, I have worked as a youth leader, mentor, and coach with the Canadian Cadet Organization, and have volunteered with children with disabilities through SWAM Ottawa. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Ottawa. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and have a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) designation with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I am currently a candidate for a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree at Yorkville University and am looking forward to applying my skills in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and the Gottman Method – among others – in a clinical setting. I hope to use my experience, empathy, and objectivity to illuminate new possibilities and walk alongside you as you make meaningful change.

Additional Training:

• Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1

• Intensive DBT Certification Course, PESI Continued Education

• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, LivingWorks

• Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

Maria is proficient in English, with conversational Russian and Hebrew.

Maria is currently working under the direct supervision of Shannon Lawless RP, RMFT-S. Please contact Shannon to schedule with Maria.


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Shannon Lawless, Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor (she/her)

Clinical Director/Practice Owner

I am a relationship therapist specializing in individual, couples, family and sex therapy, and maintain a private practice in Ottawa West (Kanata). In this section you can learn a little about me, my training, and my research.

Education

I hold a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Science degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph. I have also had additional training to be able to specialize in Sex Therapy. I strongly believe in continuing education and regularly seek out additional training through conferences and workshops.

Additional Training

I strive to continue my education through all means available to me. Often, I will seek out additional training through regular perusal of academic journals, conducting my own research, and attending workshops and conferences. Some of the notable workshops that inform my clinical work are listed below: 

  • Somatic Experiencing - Beginning I (Cohort of 2022-2025)
  • Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification Training
  • Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma
  •  AAMFT/OAMFT Approved Supervision course - 30 Hours and reflection paper
  • Certified Yoga Instructor - Yoga Alliance 
  • Elliot Connie - Solution Building Couples Therapy
  •  Jill Freedman - Listening, witnessing and intimate relationships: Using narrative therapy in working with couples
  • Best Practices in Treating Youth with Substance Use Problems
  • Michael Stone - Living an intimate life: exploring the existential dimension in clinical work
  • Barry McCarthy - Rekindling Desire: assessment, treatment and relapse prevention of sexual dysfunction
  • Esther Perel - Attachment, Intimacy and Sexuality in Individual and Couples Therapy
  • Lalita Salins - Sandtray-Worldplay: An Introduction
  • Bruce Perry – Neurobiology and the Traumatized Child
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Training - Tier I and Tier II intensive training
  • The Winds of Change Narrative Conference
  • Liana Lowenstein - Creative interventions with children who have experienced sexual abuse
  • Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) Training 
  • Integrating attachment and Narrative Approaches in the Trauma Healing Process 
  • Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1: A Research Based Approach
  • Kaethe Weingarten: Fostering Resilience in our Clients and Ourselves 
  • Dan Hughes: Building the Bonds of Attachment 
  • Intensive Sex Therapy training and Sex Attitude Reassessment (Audited again in 2021) 
  •  ASIST Suicide Intervention Training 

Professional Associations

I am affiliated with a number of professional associations. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (registration number: 0001588) and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Approved Supervisor with the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (membership # 2017672). 

I was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and served in this role from January 2017 to December 2019. 

Presentations and Research Contributions

I remain a long-standing member of the Optimal Sexual Experiences Research Team with the University of Ottawa. For more information on the research and group therapy options please see: http://www.optimalsexualexperiences.com

Kleinplatz, P.J., Paradis, N., Charest, M., Lawless, S., Neufeld, M., Neufeld, R., Pratt, D., Ménard, A.D. et al. (2018). From sexual desire discrepancies to desirable sex: Creating the optimal connection. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44 (5), 438–449

Kleinplatz, P.J., Paradis, N., Charest, M., Lawless, S., Neufeld, M., Neufeld, R., Pratt, D., Ménard, A.D. et al. (2018). From sexual desire discrepancies to desirable sex: Creating the optimal connection. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44 (5), 438–449

Kleinplatz, P. J., Paradis, N., Charest, M., Lawless, S., Neufeld, M., … Rosen, L. (2018). From sexual desire discrepancies to desirable sex: creating the optimal connection. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44 (5), 438–449.

Ménard, A.D., Kleinplatz, P.J., Rosen, L., Lawless, S., Paradis, N., Campbell, M., & Huber, J. (2015). Individual and relational contributors to optimal sexual experiences in older men and women. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30(1), 78-93.

Personal Features

When I am not providing therapy, I enjoy reading, dancing, practicing/teaching yoga and spending time with family and friends. 



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