Our Team

Monica Forst

Monica Forst

RP, CP, M.Ed., ICADC

Monica has been working as a health care professional for over 20 years. She has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1997 and is the co-founder of Choices in Action Counselling Services. Specializing in Addictions and Childhood Trauma, Monica does individual and couples therapy. She currently facilitates a long-term group therapy for the Physicians Health Program and a long-term group therapy for women. Monica has facilitated group therapy programs for addictions, anger management and male survivors of childhood sexual and physical abuse.

Monica has received extensive training in Transactional Analysis and Psychodrama. A seasoned trainer and educator, she has presented on numerous psychotherapy issues for other health care professionals, both within the community and in other major cities in North America. She has presented on Transference/Countertransference, Attachment Theory, Male Sexual Victimization, Trauma and Resiliency, Vicarious Trauma and Psychodramatic Techniques.

Monica leads personal growth intensive weekend workshops for clients suffering from childhood trauma. These workshops are facilitated in a group therapy setting.

Monica Forst offers individual and group supervision that is recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) and she works under the supervision of a registered psychologist, Dr. Brenda Saxe.

Cost: $175 per hour.

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Sara Panuccio

Sara Panuccio

RP, MA, CCC

Sara has been working in the area of mental health and addictions since 2008, specifically with the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Centre. Her specialties are in substance use and concurrent disorders. She has expert knowledge and experience in using a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy. She has also been trained in schema-focused therapy, transactional analysis, and motivational interviewing. The population served by Sara are youth, between the ages of 17-25 and adults. She provides individual therapy.

Sara is a Registered Psychotherapist (Registration Number: 004640) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (Membership Number: 10001412). She works under the supervision of Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Brenda Saxe. Her services are covered by most extended health insurance plans.

Cost: $160 per hour.

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Rebecca Smart

Rebecca Smart

M.A., R.P. (Qualifying)

The most recent addition to the team, Rebecca has completed a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. To support her work with adults, Rebecca has some training in cognitive behavioural therapy, schema-focused therapy and transactional analysis. Additionally, she has completed Gottman level 1 and 2 training to work with couples.

Rebecca is passionate about helping people make changes that lead to a more fulfilling life. She is committed to helping clients work through difficulties, guiding them in developing skills to address their specific issues. Rebecca has an interest in working with a variety of issues and has a specific interest in the challenges of adult ADHD, as well as working with couples.

Cost: $140 per hour.

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