Onyx is a collective of experienced therapists
who provide genuine, warm and empowering therapy.
Meet the Onyx Therapists!
Owner (MTNCW, RP)
Jacqueline’s admiration of resiliency lends itself to empowering therapy conversations which highlight the strengths, values and preferences of her clients. Through her training in Narrative Therapy, Jacqueline has developed a creative way of understanding problems and their influence. She has worked in the mental health field for 10 years and currently has a special interest in assisting people to reduce or eliminate the problem of anxiety in their lives. Jacqueline’s self-care practices include cooking, exercising and keeping a bouquet of fresh flowers in her home.
Owner (MSW, RSW, RP)
Heather’s warmth invites trust, safety and ease into the therapy room. She carries an appreciation and sensitivity for life’s challenges, which allows therapy conversations to be authentic, and evolving. Her practice is influenced by strengths-based treatment models. Heather has been practicing psychotherapy for 10 years and has a special interest in working with young people and women. She grounds herself with regular self-care practices including yoga, team sports and making sure there’s always time for a laugh.
Andrea’s gentle nature sets the tone for open and honest conversation. She uses a solution focused framework, which recognizes individualized strengths and values, to assist clients with moving through life’s challenges. With over 10 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field, she recognizes the power of teaching people how to stay present. The practice of mindfulness and meditation are integrated into her work, which allows clients to gain new skills and ideas. Andrea enjoys spending time at the cottage, and when she’s not running after her kids, she enjoys going for a run for self-care.
Therapist (CYW, RP)
Colin has always been fascinated by relationships. He is particularly interested in what brings people together, how they navigate differences and how relationships become lasting. He values staying present without judgement and brings this into his work. Colin brings 25 years of experience working in the mental health field and currently specializes in couples’ therapy and relationship issues. He grounds himself with regular self-care practices, including running the trails at Heber Down Conservation Area and is open to taking his therapeutic conversations outdoors.
Dr. Carolyn James
Dr. Carolyn James’ warm energy and keen ability to understand people fosters movement and change in the therapy room. She is a registered clinical psychologist who focuses her work to an adult population.
Carolyn has training in various therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical-behavioural therapy (DBT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT).
Carolyn has worked with people experiencing a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and eating disorders. She also has experience in the areas of women’s reproductive health and pregnancy and postpartum issues.
Carolyn takes a client-centered and evidence-based approach and believes in working collaboratively with clients to reach treatment goals.
For self-care, Carolyn enjoys cooking with her family, going for runs and generally spending time outdoors.
Sarah’s natural ability to connect with people, quickly fosters a trusting therapeutic relationship and makes clients feel comfortable to open up and feel understood. Sarah has extensive experience and training using various therapeutic modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). With over 11 years in practice, Sarah has developed a special interest in working with people experiencing low mood. Sarah’s self care practices include kayaking, spending time with her pets and catching up with friends.
Sasha’s approachable personality creates a relaxed, and trusting environment. Sasha focuses on the importance of partnership and collaboration within the therapeutic relationship to inspire conversations that are both hopeful and supportive. With a gentle and empathetic approach, Sasha focuses on resiliency; she trusts its role in growth and positive change. Her clinical work has been based in a hospital setting, with a focus on the treatment of addiction and mental health related concerns. Sasha is skilled in using strengths-based approaches to psychotherapy. Sasha makes sure to carve out time for self-care. You can often find her spending quality time with family and friends, camping, or simply enjoying the comfort of home in pyjamas.
Amanda’s enthusiasm for growth and self-improvement encourages meaningful conversations about important life transitions. Amanda believes in the development of self compassion as a means to strengthen our relationships with others, which contributes to an overall sense of wellness and connection. Amanda has over 12 years of experience in the mental health field, practicing in educational and community settings. In her practice, Amanda draws on her training in person centered, cognitive behavioural (CBT), and emotion focused (EFT) therapies while maintaining a client centered approach. She has a special interest in working with young adults, specifically post-secondary students. For self-care, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, playing ultimate frisbee or being in nature on a back-country camping trip.