Ketamine-Assisted Therapy Centre in Ottawa

9am-5pm Monday-Friday

Therapy Team

Cameron Schallenberg

Registered Psychotherapist

Cameron is a Registered Psychotherapist who has been working in private practice since 2019. In 2009 he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Studies and Communications Studies from McGill University. Here he learned to think analytically and honed his interpretive skills. He completed an Honours degree in Psychology in 2014 also from McGill, giving him a strong foundation in understanding human behaviour, cognition, motivation and psychopathology. It was during this time that he first became aware of the potential for psychedelics to facilitate and deepen the psychotherapeutic process. Since then, he has attended academic conferences and written journalistically on the subject. In 2019, he graduated with a Masters degree in Counseling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University, where he trained in humanistic psychotherapy.

Cameron works from a psychodynamic orientation. Psychodynamic theory focuses on the internalization of early childhood relationships that lead to current issues and understands that the source of psychological conflict can often lie beneath conscious awareness. Depending on the goals and nature of the treatment, he also draws on specific therapeutic techniques from a variety of theoretical orientations including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, existential therapy, and narrative therapy. He participates in ongoing professional development and has received specialized training in attachment theory, integrative meaning therapy, narrative therapy and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Outside of work, Cameron enjoys exploring the waterways of the Outaouais region by canoe and picking along to old blues and folk records on his guitar.

Yamina Abassi

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Yamina is passionate about innovative therapeutic approaches. Prior to commencing her career as a therapist Yamina embarked on an explorative journey of personal growth. She travelled to various countries, immersed herself in different cultures, and connected with people from all walks of life. With an undergraduate degree in addictions counselling and a master’s degree in counselling and spirituality she has been working in the field of mental health since 2016. She values the importance of ongoing learning and is now working towards a post graduate degree in psychedelics and consciousness. Yamina has also completed a certification training in complex trauma and is committed to facilitating therapeutic sessions in a way that embodies safety and connection. She uses a person-centered approach which prioritizes the individual needs and comfort level of each client. Drawing on various trauma informed modalities including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Inner Child Work, she aims to engage clients with their inner wisdom and inherent capacity for healing. Having experienced the profound ways in which healing can emerge when engaging with this work, Yamina is honored to be supporting others with unwavering compassion and acceptance.

Jacob Pollack

Registered Social Worker

Jacob is a Registered Social Worker who has been working in the fields of disability, mental health care and addictions since 2015. Having transitioned from an earlier career in evolutionary-developmental biology, his psychotherapeutic approach integrates evolutionary theory, attachment, polyvagal and sensorimotor modalities with certified training in CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing. Jacob has worked alongside individuals and facilitated therapy groups in a variety of community/hospital/shelter settings, exploring the links between mental well-being and having unmet emotional needs during childhood as well as in adulthood. Through this work, he saw the many ways in which invalidating social environments contribute to the onset of depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, PTSD, OCD, schizophrenia and chronic physical pain. Jacob is excited to support clients using ketamine and other psychedelic medicines to safely let go of unneeded thoughts, feelings and behaviours, gain personal insight and allow space for their innate healing capacity. By cultivating connection to our authentic selves we can more easily strengthen our bonds with our loved ones, our community and nature. On the side, Jacob is a community organizer, plays guitar in a local funk band and enjoys trail running in Gatineau Park.

Manon Sookocheff

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Manon is a bilingual (French/English) Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is also certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and holds
a Master’s degree (M. Ed.) in counselling.

Her focus in psychotherapy revolves around anxiety, trauma, overwhelm, burnout, and self-doubt. Manon employs a variety of cognitive and somatic approaches to therapy to assist clients in identifying and modifying false negative beliefs, thereby transforming anxiety
into peace, overwhelm into self-empowerment, burnout into joyful engagement, and
self-doubt into self-love. Her approach heavily relies on accessing the subconscious mind and harnessing clients’ personal power to facilitate self-healing. Rather than solely focusing
on symptom management strategies, Manon collaborates with clients to address the root cause of their distress.

Medical Team

Dr. Neel Chadha

Medical Director

Dr. Neel Chadha is a family physician based in Ottawa. His medical interests include hospital medicine, geriatrics and mental health. He has completed training in cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. He is currently completing ketamine assisted psychotherapy training from the Polaris Institute. He completed medical school at the University of Calgary and family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Neel is excited to be the lead physician for the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Centre for Psychedelic Healing.

Dr. Esa Leinonen

Psychiatrist

Ben Shimshoon

Nurse Clinic Manager

With over 15 years of dedicated experience as a Registered Nurse, Ben brings a wealth of expertise to his role as the Nurse Clinic Manager of the Ottawa clinic. His journey in the world of healthcare began in the fast-paced environment of the emergency department, where he honed his skills in critical care and patient management. 

Following this, he ventured into a deeply rewarding role as a Nurse Consultant at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. In this capacity, he collaborated closely with a diverse group of healthcare professionals, particularly in the mental stress injuries department. Guided by his passion for mental health support, he took an active role in the care and rehabilitation of first responders who were grappling with workplace-related mental health injuries, including conditions like PTSD. It was during this transformative phase that he recognized the pressing need for innovative therapeutic approaches to address the complex challenges of mental health. Intrigued by the potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy, he embarked on a journey of exploration and research in this emerging field. His desire to bridge the gap between conventional medical practices and alternative modalities led him to pursue opportunities for involvement in this revolutionary area of healing.
 
Now, as a proud member of the Field Trip Health team, he is thrilled to contribute his diverse background and passion for mental health advocacy. His experiences have reinforced his belief in the power of multidisciplinary collaboration and cutting-edge therapies to create positive change. He is committed to making a meaningful impact within our community and advancing the frontiers of mental health care. 

Larissa Sparkes

Assistant Nurse Clinic Manager

Larissa is a Registered Practical Nurse with a deep-rooted passion for holistic health and wellness. Prior to her nursing career, she completed a Business Administration and Marketing Diploma in her hometown of Winnipeg. She has experience in Virtual Healthcare, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Maternal-fetal Medicine. Her role within these specialized areas has allowed her to provide care and support to patients throughout many stages of life. She strongly believes in the power of holistic approaches and incorporates her passion for health and wellness into her nursing practice. She is fascinated by the connection of the mind, body, and spirit and recognizes the importance of mental and emotional well-being in achieving optimal health. In addition to her nursing career, Larissa enjoys cooking with homegrown vegetables, listening to educational podcasts and enjoying fitness activities. Larissa is enthusiastic about the ketamine therapy industry and is passionate about this therapeutic approach.

Tara Adams

Registered Nurse

Rajveer Soos

Nurse Practitioner

Rajveer is a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the acute care setting as well as in the community, where her focus has always been to provide compassionate client-centred care. In the community she worked to serve marginalized populations, including indigenous and homeless individuals. Rajveer believes that optimal health requires a holistic approach in which there is balance within the mind, body, and spirit. She understands the impact of mental health challenges on individuals, families, and communities, and is passionate about helping individuals heal from deep-rooted patterns and traumas, in order to create lasting healing. In 2021, Rajveer completed Therapsil’s Psilocybin Practitioner Training for End-of Life care, where she gained deeper insight into the true healing potential of psychedelics. She is passionate about the work being done at Field Trip Health and the use of psychedelics to help individuals suffering from mental illness. She is optimistic about the direction and future of mental health care and excited to be contributing to this paradigm shift in the field.

Rita Mannarino

Nurse Practitioner

Rita Mannarino is a skilled and compassionate nurse practitioner with over two decades of nursing experience. She has always had a special interest in mental health issues, mindset and chronic pain and focuses on a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and spirit.

With advanced training and experience in a variety of settings including primary care, ICU/critical care, oncology, mental health and mindset coaching, pain and symptom management and palliative care, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate patient-centred care that is focused on promoting mind and body wellness.
 
Rita combines her clinical knowledge, empathetic and caring approach, and evidence-based practices to develop personalised treatment plans that empower her patients to achieve optimal physical and mental health to lead more fulfilling lives.

Rita completed her Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Laurentian University. Prior to this she completed her Nursing Degree from Athabasca University after previously completing her nursing diploma from Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology. Rita has completed many certificate and advance training
programs over the last two decades from various educational institutions in her constant pursuit to expand her knowledge and experience.
 
Outside of work, Rita enjoys spending time at their cottage on Lake Superior with her husband, two dogs and their two grown children and their partners. Rita enjoys hiking, gardening, snowshoeing, going on adventures with her family and just being in nature.
 

Joy Kolic

Nurse Practitioner

Joy, a seasoned Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of expertise in healthcare and dedicated her career to Mental Health and Geriatrics. She earned her Masters in Nursing/Nurse Practitioner degree in 2017 and has since spent 6 years excelling in the Mental Health field. Joy is certified in Mental Health and Addictions from the University of Toronto.

Beyond her role as a Nurse Practitioner, she is a certified yoga teacher with a deep passion for yoga, meditation, and mindful movement, recognizing their positive impact on wellness and healing. Embracing a holistic approach to patient care, Joy is eager to assist you in achieving your wellness goals.

April Bakonyi

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra

Nurse Practitioner

Jay Esguerra is a Nurse Practitioner (Primary Health Care). He completed his Masters in Nursing in 2021 and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007, both at the University of Toronto. His nursing experience includes working with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network and with Home & Community Care with Ontario Health.

In addition to working with Field Trip, Jay’s NP experience includes working in shelters with the homeless and refugee populations. Jay is a true believer that optimal mental health and spirituality can heal the body. Jay is excited to be part of Field Trip Health and hopes to increase awareness of the healing-potential of psychedelics.

Shahnawaz Ali

Nurse Practitioner

Shahnawaz has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in multiple mental health and addictions settings in his career. This includes working in several psychiatry clinics at Niagara Health and within the concurrent disorders program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He has embraced leadership opportunities including chairing the Nurse Practitioner advisory committee and clinical leadership for an interdisciplinary community team. He is also active in Nurse Practitioner education and holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is working at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Peel in the RAAM (Rapid access addiction medicine) clinic. Shahnawaz has completed a Master’s degree in Nursing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner field at University of Toronto in 2015, receiving a Schulich Award for academic achievement. He is passionate about mental health and addictions care and an advocate for the Nurse Practitioner role.

Rodea Casem

Nurse Practitioner

Rodea obtained her Masters of Nursing Degree at Ryerson University and subsequently completed the Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Toronto. Being an Advanced Practice Nurse, she joins Field Trip Health with over 13 years of nursing experience in acute care, ambulatory, and community settings. She has also obtained the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nurses Association.

Have questions?

Call us at  (613) 912-5333 or email us at [email protected]

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy

Elevate your mental health with ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, merging ketamine's clarity and fresh perspective with psychotherapy's focus on the root cause(s) of trauma. Customised for those exploring non-conventional relief, it stimulates profound insights and hastens breakthroughs for effective relief.

Pain Management

Revolutionise your pain management with ketamine, a forward-thinking solution adjusting your brain's pain perception. Personalised for your needs, it not only diminishes pain intensity and frequency but also charts a unique course to regain control and find lasting relief.

Psychotherapy & Counselling

Discover expert therapists adept at handling complex cases. Specialising in anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD (with a focus on first responders and veterans), relationship dynamics, grief, addiction, and eating disorders, our professionals offer a secure environment for your journey to self-discovery and mental well-being.

Group Therapy & Workshops

Join our supportive community through Group Therapy and Workshops, fostering connection and personal growth. Led by experienced facilitators, these sessions provide a collaborative space for individuals to share, learn, and navigate their mental health journey together.

MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy

A pioneering treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Integrating the therapeutic benefits of MDMA in a supportive setting, this therapy offers profound healing and relief from the burdens of trauma, paving the way for lasting recovery and newfound resilience.

Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy

Experience profound relief and transformative growth as psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy provides a safe space for introspection and healing, offering hope and renewed vitality in the face of depression and end-of-life distress.

Our philosophy

The Ottawa Health & Wellness Centre is crafted as a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Boasting a splendid view of downtown Ottawa, just a five-minute stroll from the Parliament, and featuring an intentional infusion of natural light and vibrant plant life, our space is meticulously designed to prioritise your healing and comfort.

Our Ottawa team specialises in the following modalities of therapeutic care: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFS), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Experiencing (SE), and Relational Gestalt Therapy. These modalities can be used on their own or within psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy programs including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and Psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy.

We're proud to work closely with our Canadian veteran population, first responders, healthcare workers, and Indigenous communities.

Common conditions we treat

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)

The challenges of ADHD extend across multiple aspects of life. Our specialists provide tailored strategies and interventions, supporting individuals in effectively managing symptoms, fostering improved focus, and enhancing their overall well-being.

Addiction and Stimulant-Use Disorder

Overcoming addiction, specifically stimulant-use disorders, is achievable with comprehensive support. Our addiction specialists utilise evidence-based therapies and strategic approaches, guiding individuals to break free from the patterns of substance dependence and embark on a path to recovery.

Alcohol Addiction

Breaking free from alcohol addiction involves specialised care. Our addiction specialists offer evidence-based interventions and supportive guidance, leading individuals towards recovery and the embrace of a healthier lifestyle.

Anxiety

Managing anxiety, marked by persistent worry and unease, is essential for daily well-being. Our therapists offer personalised support and implement effective coping strategies to assist in symptom alleviation, fostering a sense of calm and overall well-being.

Bipolar 1 Disorder and Bipolar 2 Disorder

Coping with Bipolar 1 and 2 Disorders involves navigating intense mood swings. Our mental health experts offer individualised interventions to stabilise mood fluctuations, providing tailored support and strategies to address the unique challenges posed by bipolar disorders.

Bulimia and Anorexia

Coping with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia involves a nuanced approach. Our specialised team provides compassionate care, addressing both the physical and emotional elements of these conditions, promoting a healthier connection with food and body image.

Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Regional Pain Syndrome, Sciatic Pain, Nerve Pain

Chronic pain conditions demand a holistic approach. Our team of specialists collaborates to assess and develop personalised treatment plans, incorporating various modalities to manage and alleviate pain, improving overall well-being.

CPTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

CPTSD, resulting from prolonged trauma with additional symptoms such as emotional dysregulation, negative self-beliefs, and interpersonal difficulties, requires specialised care. Our therapists, trained in addressing complex trauma, provide support and therapeutic interventions to help individuals regain control and stability in their lives.

Depression

Confronting depression, marked by persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest, can be an intense experience. Individuals may contend with emotions of guilt, poor concentration, sleep impairment, and even suicidal thoughts. Our mental health professionals extend empathetic guidance and evidence-based therapies, aiding individuals in navigating through depressive symptoms, aiming for a brighter emotional state.

End-of-life Distress

Coping with end-of-life distress brings forth unique emotional challenges that impact both individuals and their loved ones. Our compassionate team of specialists offers personalised support to navigate this sensitive time, providing comfort, coping strategies, and a supportive space for those dealing with the complexities of end-of-life experiences.

Grief

Grieving is a unique process for each individual. Our empathetic therapists provide support through the grieving journey, offering coping strategies and a compassionate space to navigate the complexities of loss.

Indigenous Trauma

Managing Indigenous Trauma encompasses psychological distress rooted in historical and cultural factors within Indigenous communities, tied to colonisation and cultural suppression. Our approach utilises a culturally sensitive framework and traditional healing practices to address the unique challenges faced by Indigenous individuals and communities.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

For those grappling with Major Depressive Disorder, a pervasive and intense form of depression, our experienced team provides comprehensive therapeutic interventions to address the complex nature of MDD, promoting healing and recovery.

Migraines

Coping with chronic migraines can significantly influence daily life. Our healthcare professionals work collaboratively to identify triggers and implement effective management strategies, providing relief and improving overall quality of life.

OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

OCD, characterised by distressing intrusive thoughts and repetitive, time-consuming behaviours, can be challenging to navigate. Our therapists provide structured interventions, including exposure and response prevention, to help individuals manage obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, fostering a sense of control.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that can happen after a recent pregnancy. Our mental health experts provide sensitive and tailored support, addressing the emotional challenges that can arise during the postpartum period, fostering a positive and nurturing environment.

PTSD and Trauma (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Trauma and PTSD can have profound effects on mental well-being. PTSD includes symptoms of hyperarousal, re-experiencing like flashbacks, avoidance behaviours, often sleep disturbances and mood alterations. Our trauma-informed therapists offer a safe space for individuals to process and heal from traumatic experiences, utilising evidence-based therapies to promote resilience.

PTSD for Veterans and First Responders

PTSD in Veterans and First Responders is a specialised form of post-traumatic stress disorder uniquely shaped by military and emergency service experiences. Our expertise lies in tailored interventions that address the distinct stressors encountered in these roles, recognizing and addressing the challenges associated with duty-related trauma.

Relational Issues

Facing difficulties in relationships is crucial for overall well-being. Our therapists specialise in couples and family therapy, establishing a safe and constructive space to address communication issues, build resilience, and promote healthier connections.

Have questions?

Call us at  (613) 912-5333 or email us at [email protected]

Coverage Options

Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Coverage options available to you may include:

  • All third-party insurance
  • Extended health benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Motor vehicle accident insurance

Please check your coverage in your company’s extended health plan. Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, and personal cheques are accepted.

Insurance Eligibility

For your convenience, we offer you a list of insurers who typically cover psychotherapy services, however we recommend that you call your insurance provider directly to confirm the extensiveness of coverage and documentation required.

  • Blue Cross
  • Canada Life
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • CINUP
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • First Canadian Insurance
  • Corporation
  • Great West Life
  • Greenshield
  • Group Health Benefits
  • Solutions
  • Group Source
  • iA Financial Group
  • Johnson Group
  • Johnson Insurance
  • Manion
  • Manulife
  • Sun Life Financial

Financing Options:

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with multiple reputable third-party financing partners, offering clients the opportunity to finance their treatment and conveniently spread payments over time. For more information on this accessible option, please feel free to inquire with our dedicated staff who are available to assist you with any questions or concerns.

Have questions?

Call us at  (613) 912-5333 or email us at [email protected]

Directions

Finding The Health & Wellness Centre

Our clinic is located at 350 Sparks St, Suite 708. We are located next to the Hilton Hotel at 361 Queen St. We recommend using this address to access the main entrance. When you arrive, you will find the elevators located to the right of the entrance which you can take up to the 7th floor, suite 708.

Parking

Underground parking is available for an additional cost. However, please make alternate travel arrangements on any day that you are undergoing ketamine therapy or other psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

Public Transportation

Our Ottawa clinic at 350 Sparks Street is easily accessible via public transit, providing convenient options for your journey. The OC Transpo transit system serves the city efficiently, offering bus routes and an LRT system at a two minute walk from our office. To plan your transit route and obtain real-time schedules, we recommend visiting the OC Transpo website or contacting their customer service for personalised assistance. Whether you’re arriving from the downtown core or surrounding areas, public transit is a reliable and eco-friendly way to reach our clinic on Sparks Street.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessible. Service Animal Friendly

Surrounding Area

This is Field Trip Health’s recommended clinic for clients residing in these locations:

  • Gatineau, QC
  • Kanata
  • Nepean
  • Orleans
  • Stittsville
  • Embrun
  • Aylmer, QC
  • Chelsea, QC
  • Russell
  • Dunrobin

Have Questions?

Call us at  (613) 912-5333 or email us at [email protected]

Have questions?

Call us at  (613) 912-5333 or email us at [email protected]