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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 and family counselling as well as parent coaching from my offices in Barrhaven and Manotick, and worldwide by secure video. Energy healing is offered from my home studio in Barrhaven.

I work with adults, parents, families, and youth 16+. 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.