Psychotherapy and Counselling in Barrhaven
Deborah James, PhD, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist

Shoreline Counselling

Deborah James, RP, PhD, MACP


My Approach

The story we have built of our lives may become difficult to sustain and we need to re-write that story to move forward. The power of this story is great but I believe that everyone has inner strengths that can be used in dealing with changing that story and my goal is to help you uncover those strengths. I strive to provide a safe, supportive space to build a trusting relationship that can facilitate our work together. I believe you are the expert in your own life and we can work collaboratively to build that new story.
I use a variety of therapeutic techniques, however, I work with my clients to find a method that works best for them and often have used an integrative approach.
I am now also offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Tranquil Acres whereby working with horses has been very beneficial in working with clients dealing with many different issues.

Types of Counselling

In working with individuals and couples (18 years of age and older), I use these different therapeutic techniques:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  1. Narrative Therapy
  2. Client-Centred Therapy
  3. Humanistic
  4. Solution-Focused Therapy
  5. Traumatic Incident Reduction
  6. Gottman Method
  7. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy


I will also use techniques of mindfulness and dream analysis when useful.

Issues addressed

I have experience helping clients in the following areas:  

  • Grief
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self-Esteem
  • Coping Skills
  • Women’s issues
  • Life transitions
  • Infertility