Ann Herard, M.A. (in progress)

Ann Herard, M.A. (in progress)

M.A. (in progress) Supervised Practicum Student (University of Ottawa)

Ann Herard, M.A. (in progress) Supervised Practicum Student (University of Ottawa)

About Ann:

As a practicum student in Counselling Psychology, I am honoured to be able to support and accompany you along your mental health journey. I view therapy as a courageous and loving act of self-care which I believe has the power to promote sustainable changes and foster a stronger sense of self. I aim to meet my clients with authenticity and create a collaborative process focused on self-discovery, exploration, and acceptance. I specialize in providing support to youth and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, substance use, racial identity issues, adoption and related issues, life transitions, or seeking fulfillment in their everyday life. My own lived experience as a Chinese-Canadian adoptee emboldens my resolve to practice with compassion and hold space for clients’ multiple and intersecting identities.

Psychotherapy Approach:

I take a person-centered approach to therapy by fully embracing/valuing your expertise as well as your lived experiences. Together, we will construct a tailored treatment plan best suited to your needs and preferences. We will explore the challenges you’ve faced that make it harder to find what you are looking for in a way that also honours what has helped you so far. You will also have the opportunity to discover new ways of coping, explore new ideas and practise showing up for yourself in a safe and supportive environment where it’s okay to make mistakes.

I strive to establish a genuine counselling relationship built on honesty and mutual respect—where thoughts, feelings and reflections are welcomed without judgment. My approach also calls for open communication about what you find most helpful as to ensure that you are getting what you truly want out of the therapeutic process and moving forward toward your goals.

My approach to therapy encompasses a variety of third-wave approaches including Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and  Internal Family Systems (IFS)—all of which operate within a multicultural and anti-oppressive framework.

Education and Experience

I am currently completing a Master’s of Arts in Education degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. I also hold a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology. Before pursuing graduate studies, I worked primarily with youth, young adults, and new Canadians in various community-based settings. Being fluently bilingual, I look forward to offering services in both French and English.

People with whom I work: Youth (13+) & adults

Specialities: Anxiety, depression, substance use, transracial adoption, life transitions, racial identity work, grief.

Ann’s Supervisor:  David Hesidence M.Sc. RP is a Registered Psychotherapist (# 002794) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Meeting these standards involves specific training and clinical experience. David meets these standards through Master’s level training, a certificate in Trauma and Addictions Recovery Studies (Algonquin College) and a range of past and ongoing training. He has experience working clinically within a specialized mental health centre and in another private practice setting. David is fully qualified to provide psychotherapy services to individuals and groups according to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He has considerable experience in working with individuals who are facing substance use, mental health challenges or both. Supervisor contact information:


All Ottawa River Psychology Group Clinical Supervisors are the most responsible clinicians for the work of graduate practicum.  Clients who work with a graduate practicum student get the benefit of both the high motivation and recent contact with research and best practice literature in psychotherapy that comes with being a graduate student in professional training, along with the years of professional experience and specialized training of a registered clinical professional supervisor who holds a license from either the College of Psychologists of Ontario or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  Clinical Supervisors provide very close supervision of graduate practicum student clinical work: every week clinical supervisors meet face to face with practicum students to review each client case, assess client needs, monitor progress, plan treatment, and ensure the maintenance of the highest standards of professional practice and supervision as defined by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  If there are any concerns about the care provided under the supervised practice of graduate practicum students, ORPG clinical supervisors are available to clients and their practicum clinicians to review case progress, solve problems, suggest new directions, and resolve challenges. Supervisor contact information is included in the profile of each graduate practicum student, and clients can always reach their graduate practicum student clinician or their supervisor through contacting the Ottawa River Psychology Group office at 613-656-3331, or by emailing our administrative office at


Ottawa River Psychology Group Clinical Director

Dr Kimberly Sogge C.Psych.