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We are a dedicated team of professionals with career and academic experience in clinical psychology and counselling, advanced studies in psychology, education, and expertise in psychological assessment & development. We work collaboratively to ensure knowledge is shared and adopted by each corner of our practice, and enjoy mentoring new graduates that are pursing the field of mental health and developmental psychology.

We are an active and contributing member to the Ottawa and surrounding Region mental health community. We are proud of our history of working with local community agencies including CHEO, Youth Services Bureau and the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. Members of our team are award winning graduate students, active researchers, mental health providers, and professors at both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. Our clinicians are sought out by families and healthcare providers who confidently refer their patients and families to us because of our experience, compassion, and dedication in making a difference in a young person’s and family’s life.

Dr. Mario Cappelli, C.Psych
Clinical Director

Dr. Mario Cappelli is a Clinical Psychologist who for the past 25 years has specialized in working with children, youth and young adults. Considered an expert in his field, Dr. Cappelli is a sought after clinician, trusted advisor, educator and leader within the mental health community. He is known not only for his expertise but his committed, caring and honest approach. These same qualities and values are shared by and anchor the team at Cappelli & Associates. READ MORE.

Heather Slade, BA, MA, OCT, C. Psych. Assoc
Senior Psychological Associate & Clinical Supervisor

Heather has worked in the field of psychology since 2004. She has experience in psychological intervention, assessment, teaching, and research. Heather enjoys working with youth, older teens and young adults and has gained practical experience in working with clients challenged by a variety of mental health problems and disorders.

Heather is dedicated to providing a safe and non-judgemental environment for all of her clients and families at Cappelli & Associates.   She believes in building a trusting and supportive relationship with clients, and allowing space to explore thoughts, feelings, and experiences to ensure that the therapeutic approach will meet each individual’s needs.   Heather has specific training and experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and draws upon a variety of other techniques in tailoring treatment to help reach specific therapy goals. READ MORE.

Stacey Segal, MSW, RSW
Senior Clinical Associate

Stacey Segal has over 14 years of experience providing mental health services in the Ottawa community, bringing a broad range of expertise and in-depth knowledge to her work with Cappelli & Associates. Stacey is a “go to” person at our practice when support is needed for our very young clients and their families and is a valuable resource to parents and caregivers who find themselves struggling to manage behavioural and social problems at home or at school. READ MORE.

Rod Olfert, M.Ed, RSW
Senior Clinical Associate

Rod Olfert has been providing mental health services to clients and families for over 25 years. He is a well-known professional in the Ottawa community, and brings a rich array of experience and expertise to Cappelli & Associates. Rod is also an advocate and trusted advisor in the area of mental health service coordination, system development, education and training for the treatment of addiction/substance abuse and concurrent disorders. READ MORE.

Dr. Tina Daniels, Ph.D
Senior Associate & Psychoeducational Assessment Specialist

Dr. Tina Daniels has worked in the field of psychology and child studies for over 25 years and is an accomplished researcher and educator. She is an associate professor at Carleton University and is considered an expert on the subjects of bullying and social aggression in children and youth. READ MORE.

Rachel McGinn, B.A. (Honours)., M.A. (candidate)

Rachel has extensive experience working with children as a research psychometrist at CHEO. She also has experience working in Suicide Prevention Research at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Rachel is passionate about working with children to provide them with a space to believe in themselves and work with them to identify their strengths and potential to succeed. She strives to create a positive, welcoming, and comfortable environment for each child she works with. READ MORE.

Juliana Nicoletta, HBSc., M.A.

Juliana has been a wonderful addition to our Psychoeducational Assessment Service, working closely with our team of experts including Dr. Tina Daniels, Dr. Mario Cappelli, and Heather Slade (Clinical Psych. Assoc.).  Juliana has a natural knack for creating a warm, non-judgemental and non-stressful environment as she guides the child/teen through the completion of the various testing measures. READ MORE.

Dr. Vivian Lee, PhD
Senior Associate, Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments

Dr. Vivian Lee is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. She leads the Community Autism Research Lab and her team’s research program includes investigating factors that contribute to building positive emotion regulation and social skills in autistic children and youth, as well as evaluating community-based programs that support their and their family’s wellbeing. READ MORE.

Catherine Sarginson BA (Hon), M.A., Ph.D. (candidate)

Catherine is passionate about creating a comfortable and inviting environment that fosters a sense of agency and self-belief in everyone she works with. She is devoted to her role as a psychometrist as she is deeply committed to helping children and youth achieve their full potential. Catherine has a strong attention to detail and utilizes this ability to ensure that each client is provided with the most comprehensive and personalized psychoeducational assessment experience. READ MORE.

Stéphanie Drouin, BSc. (Hon), M.Ed., RP (Qualifying)
Clinical Associate

Stéphanie is passionate about fostering healing and growth through empathetic and empowering therapy sessions with everyone she works with. At Cappelli & Associates, Stéphanie combines her academic and research background with a compassionate understanding of her clients’ needs. Through her professional dedication and genuine empathy, she guides clients toward positive transformations and meaningful self-discovery. READ MORE.

Anne Cappelli,  BSc.N, MHA
Practice Manager

Anne has a background in nursing, health services planning and management that has proved to be just the right combination for supporting and overseeing the day-to-day operations of Cappelli and Associates. As the Practice Manager, Anne is the key point of contact for our group and the lead in coordinating new service development and collaborating with other community providers. READ MORE.

April Zufelt

April has many years of experience in providing administrative support in a health care office and is very familiar with the challenges families face in coordinating appointments with competing scheduling demands. READ MORE