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About

I am a Registered Psychotherapist based in Ottawa, Canada. As a Holistic Psychotherapist, I assist my clients in restoring health in mind, body, emotion, relationship, and spirit. I provide individual counselling and parent coaching from office in Barrhaven and nation-wide by secure video.

I work with adults, parents, and youth 13+. My areas of expertise include: Eating disorders, developmental trauma, depression, anxiety, self-development and spirituality, perinatal depression/anxiety/trauma, and empowering parents to take a significant role in their child’s emotional development or mental health treatment.

I am also a published researcher in the field of the indigenous Amazonian plant medicine, Ayahuasca, as a complement or alternative to conventional mental health treatment. I provide Ayahuasca preparation and integration services for those working with this medicine. I do not facilitate ayahuasca ceremonies.

To learn more about my offerings, please read about my services. Contact me with any questions or to schedule a counselling or healing session – I’d love to hear from you!

Credentials

  • 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

  • Certified EFFT Therapist - Institute for Emotion-Focused Family Therapy

Research & Publications

  1. Renelli, M., Fletcher, J., Tupper, K. W., Files, N., Loizaga‐Velder, A., & Lafrance, A. (2018). An exploratory study of experiences with conventional eating disorder treatment and ceremonial ayahuasca for the healing of eating disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. doi:10.1007/s40519-018-0619-6

  2. 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

  3. Lafrance, A., Loizaga-Velder, A., Fletcher, J., & Brewerton, T. (2017). How the Amazonian Tea Ayahuasca Affects Mental Health. Chacruna.

  4. Fletcher, J. & Lafrance, A. (2016). 7 Ways to Cultivate Your Ayahuasca Experience. Chacruna.