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Who we are

Barrhaven Psychological Services is a group practice that was founded in 2012 by Dr. Amélie Beausoleil, Dr. Lindsay Rosval, and Dr. Darcy Santor and has since provided services to over 750 clients in the Nepean and Ottawa area. We offer a range of services at our clinic that include assessment and evidence-based interventions in multiple languages for a variety of difficulties in children, adolescents, adults, and couples.

We are a warm, welcoming, and dynamic group of psychologists with extensive formal training in a variety of skills and techniques. Each of us has remained involved in a variety of complementary activities, such as teaching, training and clinical supervision, as well as research, in school, hospital and university settings. This has provided us with unique experiences that have enhanced our clinical work, ensured that we remain up-to-date, and increased our team’s ability to meet a wide range of client needs. 

We also work as a team, which ensures that each of our clients receives the best possible care. We do this by matching you, when appropriate, with the clinician that is best suited to meet your needs, by drawing on each other’s experience, when beneficial, and by relying on each other for coverage to ensure that each of our clients can access services at any time.

Ms. Giovanna Acres

Giovanna Acres, our office administrator, coordinates all of our contact with you. She will most likely be your first point of contact with Barrhaven Psychological Services and will remain an important contact person for you throughout all of your visits to BPS. Giovanna will be happy to provide you with information about the clinic and how things work and can also assist you with booking and scheduling any appointments.

Giovanna is fluent in English and French, easy to talk to, and extremely skilled at finding appointment times that are convenient for you. Anytime you have a question or concern about your appointment time, need to reschedule, or would like immediate information about how our clinic or our services, Giovanna would be pleased to talk to you. Giovanna can be reached directly by phone everyday between 10AM and 2PM. If you are not able to reach her right away, please leave her a message or send her an email. She will phone or email you back as soon as possible.  


Dr. Amélie Beausoleil

Dr. Beausoleil is a bilingual (French and English) clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with a variety of mental health difficulties. In addition to treating mood (i.e., depression, dysthymia), anxiety (i.e., GAD, Panic, OCD, and phobias), behavioural and  school problems,  (e.g., defiance) and health difficulties (i.e., pain, gastrointestinal problems, adjustment to chronic health conditions , Dr. Beausoleil also has extensive experience conducting psycho-diagnostic and psycho-educational assessments for learning difficulties, giftedness, and attention/concentration problems as well as treating individuals with learning, attention and concentration difficulties.  She, like all of our psychologists, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your own individual needs, with the goal of increasing your quality of life and functioning. 

Dr. Beausoleil has worked in a variety of clinical settings including the Ottawa District School Board, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, as well as numerous clinics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Beausoleil received her B.A. in psychology from Queen’s University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She is currently registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has received extensive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to address both mental health problems and adjustment to physical health problems.

Dr. Beausoleil is also the lead clinician offering group intervention programs to parents of children diagnosed with ADHD being conducted at the l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. This research program is evaluating the clinical effectiveness of two different methods of educating parents on how to support their own children dealing with ADHD.  


Dr. Darcy A. Santor

Dr. Santor is a clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience who works with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with a variety of mental health difficulties.  In addition to treating mood (i.e., depression, dysthymia), anxiety (i.e., GAD, Panic, OCD, and phobias), stress (e.g., at school and work) and a number of behavioural problems (e.g., substance misuse, procrastination, performance anxiety, etc.), Dr. Santor also has extensive experience treating relationship and marriage difficulties, workplace stress, workplace coaching, as well as injury-related pain, trauma and loss of functioning.  Dr. Santor also conducts Independent Psychological Examinations for individuals dealing with motor vehicle accidents and concussions. He, like all of our psychologists, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your own individual needs, with the goal of increasing your quality of life and functioning. 

Dr. Santor has worked in a variety of clinical, workplace and school settings, including the Mood Disorders Team at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, which specializes in the assessment and treatment of youth mental health difficulties, as well as the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, where he developed mental health resources for educators, parents and students (see www.myhealthmagazine.net), and the Upper Canada District School Board, where he delivers dozens of workshops on bullying, dealing with stress and mental illness to students, staff and parents every year. 

Dr. Santor received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University.  He completed his clinical training in Toronto at the Clarke Institute (now Centre for Addictions and Mental Health) and has formal training in a range of assessment and treatment skills, including both Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. 

Dr. Santor is also a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa, where he works on developing school and workplace mental health programs, training doctoral candidates in cognitive and interpersonal psychotherapy, and runs a number of research programs investigating the natural course of symptoms as well as the benefits of advanced technology for the treatment of mental health difficulties. He regularly speaks to parents and professionals on a number of mental health topics.


Dr. Lindsay Rosval 

Dr. Rosval is a clinical and school-based psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults dealing with a range of mental health difficulties. In addition to treating mood (i.e., depression, dysthymia), anxiety (i.e., GAD, Panic, and phobias), behavioural (e.g., bed wetting, behavioural difficulties, anger, impulsivity) and school problems, Dr. Rosval also has extensive experience in helping clients with relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, and navigating life transitions (e.g., schooling changes). She, like all of our psychologists, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your own individual needs, with the goal of increasing your quality of life and functioning.  

Dr. Rosval has worked in a variety of community, school, and hospital-based settings with children, adolescents and adults as well as with families dealing with a range of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders. She has been trained in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy in addition to psychological assessments for educational planning purposes and clarifying diagnoses.

Dr. Rosval received her B.A. in psychology from McGill University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Rosval is also a clinical psychologist with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, where she conducts clinical assessments, delivers empirically validated treatments and supports educators and school staff in supporting the academic and clinical needs of students dealing with mental health difficulties and illnesses and learning issues while at school.

Heather Anderson 

Heather Anderson is a clinical psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families dealing with a range of mental health difficulties. In addition to treating mood (i.e., depression, dysthymia), anxiety (i.e., GAD, Panic, and phobias), and behavioural difficulties (e.g., anger, impulsivity), Heather also has extensive experience in helping clients with relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, and navigating life transitions. She, like all of our psychologists, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your own individual needs, with the goal of increasing your quality of life and functioning.

Heather has worked in a variety of private practice, community, school, and hospital-based settings with adults dealing with a range of difficulties. She has been trained in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy, in addition to psychological assessments for educational planning purposes, implementing appropriate accommodations in school and work-place settings, and mental health diagnosis.

Heather received her B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and her M.Ed in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.

Dhrasti Shah

Dhrasti Shah is a doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa who is transitioning from her final year of study to full-time clinical work. Dhrasti works with individuals dealing with a range of mental health difficulties. In addition to treating mood (i.e., depression), anxiety (i.e., GAD, social, illness, and Panic), stress (e.g., school, university and work), and Post-Traumatic Stress and related difficulties, Dhrasti also has experience in helping clients with relationship issues, navigating life transitions, grief, managing emotions, and health difficulties (i.e., adjustment to chronic health conditions, fear of cancer or illness re-occurrence). Dhrasti has extensive experience conducting assessments for adults and neuro-psychological assessment for children. She, like all of our psychologists, will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your own individual needs, with the goal of increasing your quality of life and functioning.

Dhrasti has worked in a variety of clinical setting including the Center for Psychological Services and Research (University of Ottawa), the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brockville General Hospital (Outpatient Mental Health), the Ottawa Hospital (Gynecologic Oncology Division and Maternal Fetal Division) and the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Neuropsychology). She has been trained in Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy Interventions, in addition to psychological assessments for mental health diagnosis purposes.

Dhrasti received her B.Sc. with Honours in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, M.A. in Psychology from Carleton University and is a candidate to receive her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa.


Highlights of what we do and how we do it

1.   We work as a team
Working as a team ensures that all of our clients have the benefit of each of our unique set of skills and experiences
Working as a team ensures that we can provide clients with continuing care throughout vacations.

2.   Convenient service
We are located in Barrhaven. Although we welcome clients from any location, we have established our practice in the south end of the city. We typically book appointments within 2 to 3 days of receiving a referral. And we each have a number of evening appointment times for clients that have difficulties meeting during regular office hours.

3.   Focused and efficient
We recognize that most people have insurance cover for about 6 sessions of psychotherapy (if not less).  Keeping this reality in mind, we have developed a service delivery model and fee structure that is designed to achieve a treatment response within 5 to 6 sessions.  During these sessions, we work towards achieving an initial treatment response and developing skill that clients can use either on their own or in working with us for additional appointments.

4.   Use of new technologies to complement standard treatments
We offer all clients a no-charge standardized mental health assessment (e.g., PHQ-9, GAD-7) that is completed over an industry-standard secure website that we maintain.  Our goal is to provide every client a thorough assessment (200 plus questions) while preserving their insurance coverage for face to face treatment services. We also make effective use of email updates and phone apps to help clients meet treatment goals quickly.