"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it."

— Brene Brown

"If we share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive."

— Brené Brown

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen."

— Brené Brown

Invoking Change, Transformation, Adaptability and Self-Realization through Psychotherapy and Counselling.


Welcome to Insight-Psychotherapy. My name is Sheila Bains and I am a Registered Psychotherapist with a background in Early Childhood Education who provides psychotherapy and counselling to children, youth, teens, adults and families. I recognize that the decision to seek support can be a difficult one to make and can be a great place to start if you are wanting to see changes in your everyday life, relationships, yourself, or if you are just seeking a safe place to talk. I work collaboratively with my clients to ensure clients are fully involved in the therapeutic process of their journey. I have extensive knowledge and experience in developmental ages and stages and use a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities in supporting individuals and families.

I specialize in supporting issues related to anxiety, depression, anger, parent-child conflict, differing parenting styles, attachment, grief and loss, bullying, and self-esteem.

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Please Note: Currently all sessions are being offered virtually.

Counselling and Therapy Services

Individuals and families seek psychotherapy and counselling services for a multitude of reasons, each deeply personal and unique to the individual.  I view this as in an investment into health and well-being. The general outline of how I approach counselling is to meet with you to discuss the issues you are facing. Whether working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, OCD, trauma or parenting issues, I prioritize creating a safe, supportive and collaborative environment where clients feel heard, understood and empowered on their journey towards healing and growth. This is your journey, and this time is dedicated to you and directed by you; you are in control of the topic of each session. 

My therapeutic approach is integrative from evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP – Attachment Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Brainspotting, Mindfulness -based interventions and other modalities.



Therapy Specializations

Thought Disorders 

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Mood Disorders 

  • Depression 

Parenting Support

  • Attachment 
  • Behavioral Issues 

Child and Adolescent Issue

  • Bullying 
  • Self-esteem 
  • Coping skills 
  • Grief and Loss 
  • Stress


Therapeutic Approaches used

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Attachment Therapy (DDP)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Therapy
  • Brainspotting
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Fees & Coverage

Each session is 60-minutes in length at a rate of $150.00. Payment can be made via Interac e-transfer; payment is made at the time of the appointment.

Coverage: Counselling and Psychotherapy Services are not covered through OHIP.  Most third-party health insurance plans now cover Registered Psychotherapists. If your does not cover Registered Psychotherapists, clinical consultation for Insight-Psychotherapy is with Kevin Kapler; Psychological Associate (Ontario Registration #3852), and therefore, services may be covered by most third-party health insurance plans. Once payment is received, you will receive an official receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. It may be useful to check with your insurance provider prior to the first appointment to determine if coverage for counselling services are included in your plan. Psychotherapy receipts that have not been reimbursed by health insurance plans can be used to receive deductions on your taxes.

** Please check with your insurance company to see if this service is covered. 


Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario

Ottawa Distress Line:  613-238-3311

Crisis Line:  613-722-6914

Mental Health Helpline:  1-866-531-2600

Kid’s Help Phone:  1-800-668-6868;  Text Connect: 686868

Suicide Crisis Helpline: 9-8-8

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What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a talk-based therapy. Individuals seek psychotherapy/counselling when they are finding that their mood, behaviors, thoughts and feelings are starting to infringe on their everyday lives and are wanting to see changes in their life, relationships, and themselves, or just have a safe place to talk.

Is Psychotherapy covered by Private Health Benefits?

Yes. Some private health benefits/insurance plans do cover Registered Psychotherapy under extended plans.

** Please contact your Private Health Benefit/Insurance Provider to see what their requirements are for coverage and how many sessions are covered.

Are sessions confidential?

Confidentiality and Limits to Confidentiality

An important part of counselling is making sure that what you and your family bring into the session is kept private and confidential. Confidentiality is an important part of counselling and you can feel secure and comfortable to talk about anything you wish. My commitment to you and your family is to maintain this confidentiality, with only a few exceptions. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this further.

I am interested in therapy, how do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment you are welcome email me at info@insight-psychotherapy.ca or fill out your information below.

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