Accreditations & Specializations

Julia Vlaming:

Owner of Ottawa Art Therapy. Julia is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Professional Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), and Behavioural IBI/ABA therapist (BCBA Supervised). She is responsible for programming,  relief work, business communications and supervises her team of professionals to ensure quality care. 


Julia specializes in working with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Neurodiverse populations, Attachment Disorder, PTSD, First Responders, RCMP, Armed Forces, Anxiety, Depression, Selective Mutism, Down Syndrome, Addictions, Burn Out, Anger Management, Alzheimer's &  Dementia, Sexual and Physical Abuse Victims, Individuals who have experienced Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence, Victims of Harassment,  Aboriginal Community, Refugees and culturally unique populations. Languages: English, Russian. Julia is also qualified to supervise other psychotherapists in the field with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and able to provide services under the supervision of a Psychologist.




Psychotherapist (RP- Qualifying)(IP Supervised -CRPO), Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. With a diverse range of certifications and training, Mariah brings a comprehensive skill set to her therapeutic approach. She holds certificates from the Canadian Red Cross in Emotional First Aid, Caring for Self CRC, and Caring for Others CRC, Neurorehabilitation, Mental Health, Addictions, and Brain Injury, CPR Level C, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention from Cornell.  Further Professional Advancement and Training has provided her with expertise in  Strength and Resiliency Training Systems, Indigenous Core Programming, community reintegration, and cultural analysis (with Aboriginal competency component). Mariah has a background in working with adults and youth with Complex Trauma, relationship dynamics, chronic illness, Neurodivergent children and youth, anxiety, phobias, individuals, couples, and groups. Education:  BA in Social Development Studies with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and ongoing  training in working with behavioral matters, addictions, trauma interventions, EMDR, guided drawing, and TCI updates.





Cydney is a Registered Psychotherapist - Qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) under the supervision of Julia Vlaming.

Cydney's main focus is helping clients process Trauma, building resiliency and safely navigating their environment. Her experience also inclides working with individuals with: Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Burn Out, Anger Management, Grief & Loss, Divorce, Self-Harm, Brain Injury, Chronic Illness. 

Cydney has experience in Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, CBT, ACT, Person-Centred Approaches,  and Art Therapy. 

Languages: English

Education: Cydney has a BSc in Biomedical Science from Brock University and her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Cydney is completing ongoing training in DBT and Guided Drawing.




Fen, is a Creative Arts Therapist and Counselor. She holds a Masters Degree from Hofstra University (NY) and is Proficient in English and Mandarin. She collaborates with a variety of multidisciplinary teams, to ensure quality of care for her clients. Fen focuses on providing an individualized approach and has experience working with marginalized populations through Art Therapy in order to provide equal opportunities for every person to have a space to feel seen, heard and understood in the way that they need for themselves. Fen’s experience is in working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, Autism, Neurodiverse population, Anxiety, Depression, children, youth, young adults, and families.



developed in applied behaviour analysis (ABA), individual CBT, group counselling,
and working in interdisciplinary teams servicing a range of populations: children and adolescents with
developmental or mental health disabilities, and adult offenders.
developed in applied behaviour analysis (ABA), individual CBT, group counselling,
and working in interdisciplinary teams servicing a range of populations: children and adolescents with
developmental or mental health disabilities, and adult offender 



Tamara, a passionate and empathetic practicum student on a heartfelt journey of transformation from an Art Teacher to an aspiring Art Therapist. After many years of nurturing young minds through art, she realized the profound impact of creativity on emotional well-being and decided to embark on a new path of healing and support.

Tamara's heart lies in working with children, youth, families, and groups, where she weaves the magic of art into the fabric of therapy. Her warm and personal approach helps individuals who are neurodiverse navigate their emotions and embrace their unique strengths. Through the creative process, Tamara empowers those who have experienced trauma or faced bullying, fostering resilience and a sense of empowerment.

With a deep understanding of the struggles associated with ADHD, anxiety, and anger management, Tamara offers a nurturing space where her clients can find solace and healing through art. She has also been privileged to work with children coming from a vast variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, igniting hope and possibility through the power of self-expression.

As a practicum student, Tamara's dedication to her clients and her own personal growth shines brightly. Her journey makes her a compassionate and understanding guide on the path to healing and growth.


Tim, is a versatile and compassionate Music Therapist (CAMT, MTAO) and Psychotherapist (RP-Q). With a profound love for music and a deep understanding of its therapeutic power, Tim helps individuals of all ages find healing, growth, and self-expression through the language of melodies and rhythms.

Whether you're a child, youth, adult, or senior, Tim's expertise is tailored to meet your unique needs and challenges. He has a wealth of experience in working with neurodiverse individuals, providing a supportive and inclusive space for them to explore their emotions and connect through music.

For those who have experienced trauma or are navigating through anxiety, Tim's empathetic approach helps clients process their emotions and build resilience using the healing properties of music. Moreover, he offers an alternative outlet for self-expression, allowing individuals to communicate and understand their feelings beyond words.

Tim helps navigate life transitions with a focus on improving clients' quality of life, and overall enhancing emotional well-being, fostering personal growth, and strengthening coping mechanisms.

No matter where you are on your journey, Tim's passion for music and therapy creates a safe and transformative space for healing and self-discovery. 

Administrative Assistant
Shelli  facilitates our administrative services. She is responsible for billing, scheduling, and helping our creative practice run as smoothly as possible. 




Info on insurance providers and funding accepted can be found under the Pricing section or by contacting us. *Most insurance providers require you to submit claims under the clinical supervisor's name and registration. Please inquire*



Currently offering groups through community organizations, on or off site. 



Ottawa Art Therapy offers sessions for all individuals AND groups! If you, your child, your family, or your organization is interested in Art Therapy, please contact us.


MUSIC THERAPY: Sessions available, please contact.

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