Shannon Lawless RP, RMFT-S

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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. 




Shannon's Rates

Individual therapy - $160 plus HST per 50 minute session

Couples or Family therapy - $175 plus HST per 50 minute session

Supervision rate - please inquire with Shannon for options

 

Longer sessions with any therapist are available and rates are adjusted in 15 minute increments. 


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