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Ms. Lauren Smith

Registered Psychotherapist & Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

I am a Master’s-level Registered Psychotherapist with over 12 years of experience providing collaborative and person-centered mental health care with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I take a systems-based perspective to engage a more holistic understanding of your concerns and needs. My priority is that you feel heard and understood and that therapy goes in the direction that is important and relevant to you. I use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities in my practice, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, the Gottman Method, and Adventure Therapy.

When possible, I like to conduct sessions outside in local parks or nature trails. Wilderness and adventure therapy is a great way to combine the benefits of nature with other evidence-based therapy modalities. This approach can encourage more in-depth processing of thoughts and emotions as well as engage in activities that promote mindfulness and self-regulation.


  • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Registered Psychotherapist member (#004737)
  • Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), Marriage and Family Therapist Associate member (#2017500)
  • Association for Experiential Education (AEE), member


  • Founder of the Ottawa Adventure Therapy Networking Group (OATNG)
  • Workshop presenter of “Introduction to Adventure Therapy” for the Mental Health Professionals of Ottawa (MHPO)
  • Principal Investigator of “A Qualitative Inquiry into Understanding the Experience of Wilderness Family Therapists” and Research Assistant to a variety of studies investigating military families, couples, and interpersonal relationships


  • Master of Science, Family Studies - Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University, 2009
  • Certified Clinical Adventure Therapist, in progress


  • Individuals (adults and teens 14+ years)
  • Couples (adults)
  • Families (adults and teens 14+ years)
  • Concerns: anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle accidents, interpersonal/relationship challenges, difficulties adjusting to change