The team at the Centre for Change provide evidenced based psychological and mental health services to individuals in the National Capitol Region and beyond. We are a group of psychologists and therapists passionate about the work we do and we know change is possible.
Change can be difficult and usually takes time, yet we have seen first-hand that human beings can make the transformations needed to reduce suffering, to cope more effectively, and to live a happier more fulfilling life.
Clients come to us wanting to reduce anxiety, symptoms of bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, depression or stress, others want to improve their relationships with others, increase life satisfaction, spiritual concerns or seeking greater meaning for their lives.
Individually and as a team we are compassionate and skilled and recognize it is our privilege to guide you during this period in your life.
We welcome you at the Centre for Change!
Thanks for taking the time to read about the services I offer at the Centre for Change. I founded the Centre in 2017, because I wanted to create a sanctuary space, exclusive to adults, in the West end of Ottawa. A space that is private and serene and filled with hope.
Let me tell you a bit about me which may help you determine whether you want to work with me. My demeanor, both personal and professional, is relaxed and warm. In fact, I am probably best known for my down-to-earth approach with clients and I boast that this is due to my East Coast roots! I grew up in Nova Scotia and the east coast values instilled in me through my family and the culture, are an important part of who I am as a person and as a psychologist. I build partnerships with the clients I work with and together we formulate a plan that will address the specific difficulties you are experiencing.
Clients often ask me if people can change—yes change is possible, and I am proof.
Working as the Client Coordinator for the Centre for Change; I am looking forward to greeting you in person or by phone. I am an active wife and mother of 2 terrific, teenage boys and my boxer dog - Carter! I have a deep passion for mental wellness and have worked for many years as a volunteer with the Do It for Daron (#DIFD) Foundation at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. I have also worked at Algonquin College for over 15 years in the Fitness & Health Promotion Program and I’m certified in Yoga. I truly believe that kindness goes a long way.
Dr. Levi Riven uses cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness strategies to help clients alleviate unwanted and intrusive thoughts, overcome fear, build resilience, enhance motivation and productivity, and find greater fulfillment from work and relationships. Levi’s approach to therapy is empathic, non-judgmental, collaborative, and solution-focused. Levi works with individuals with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and post-concussion syndrome.
Clinical and Health Psychologist
My therapeutic style is warm, genuine, and non-judgmental. I will work collaboratively with you to understand your concerns and identify what triggers and maintains your specific problem(s). Together, we will come up with a treatment plan that is in line with your needs and goals. Using evidence based treatment approaches, we will work together to build on your strengths and develop new skills to reduce distress and improve your quality of life.
Clinical & Health Psychologist
My approach to therapy is collaborative and strengths based. I will work with you to explore the scope of the problem(s) you are facing and to develop a plan of action. I practice using evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and mindfulness. I aim to create an open, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel safe to explore personal concerns, identify patterns that you might wish to change, and develop strategies to work towards your goals.
As your therapist, I am here to create a safe, warm, and nonjudgmental environment where you will feel comfortable to share your experiences. I believe that therapy is not only about addressing thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, but also helping you uncover strengths and learn new skills to deal with the challenges that arise in life. I am open to a holistic way of counselling, incorporating the body, mind, and soul and I like to work collaboratively with my clients to develop a plan that is tailored to specific needs.
Feelings of fear, worry, and ‘stuckness’ can be a struggle for all of us. If you’re reading this right now, you may be in the thick of it. I can help guide you toward understanding unhelpful thought patterns, sitting with difficult feelings, and finding new ways of engaging with everyday life. My goal is to provide a warm, supportive and light environment for my clients, often using therapeutic strategies while searching for the humour in our struggles.
Amanda is a social worker and pursued her doctorate in counselling to gain advanced skills in counselling and research. Amanda has provided counselling in community and university settings including at the Community Counselling Service at the University of Ottawa.