I am a Registered Psychotherapist based in Ottawa, Canada. I offer a range of psychotherapy services from my offices in Manotick and Barrhaven, and online via Zoom video. I also operate an energy healing practice from my home studio. As a holistic psychotherapist, I assist my clients in healing their whole-selves, which means restoring health in mind, body, emotion, energy, relationship, and spirit.
I work with youth, adults, couples, parents, and families. I have a strong interest and expertise in the treatment of eating disorders across the lifespan. I am an active and published researcher in the field of the indigenous Amazonian plant medicine, Ayahuasca, as a complement or alternative to conventional mental health treatment.
Modern research is linking present-day psycho-emotional suffering to early life trauma. When working with clients, I apply this research along with the theories and frameworks of Depth Psychology, Hakomi (a mindfulness-based somatic therapy), Dr. Gabor Maté's Compassionate Inquiry approach, and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). As a Registered Yoga Teacher, I incorporate mindfulness, breath work, and somatic practices into my work with clients.
Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology (2011)
Bachelor of Science, Psychology & Biology (2009)
Registered Psychotherapist (R.P., Registration # 004625) – College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C., Member #6677) – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour (RYT-200, ID#: 180167)
Research & Publications
Lafrance, A., Loizaga-Velder, A. Fletcher, J., Renelli, M., Files, N., & Tupper, K. W. (2017). Nourishing the Spirit: Exploratory Research on Ayahuasca Experiences Along the Continuum of Recovery from Eating Disorders. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. doi:10.1080/02791072.2017.1361559
Lafrance, A., Loizaga-Velder, A., Fletcher, J., & Brewerton, T. (2017). How the Amazonian Tea Ayahuasca Affects Mental Health. Chacruna.
Fletcher, J. & Lafrance, A. (2016). 7 Ways to Cultivate Your Ayahuasca Experience. Chacruna.