Our Practice, a collective vision.

Focus Forward Therapy Group was founded in 2014 and has grown to include specialists that work with people across the lifespan covering all areas of treatment.

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Christine Harrison

RP  Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor

Christine Harrison, RP and Clinical Director of Focus Forward Therapy. 

She is a Registered Psychotherapist registered with the college of psychotherapists of Ontario CRPO, and member in good standing with the Ontario Association of mental health professions OAMHP. 

Christine provides clinical supervision within her practice. 

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Sarah Sweeney

RP  Registered Psychotherapist

**not accepting new clients**

Therapy is an opportunity to explore and let go of the things that no longer serve you. My area of specialization is substance use and concurrent disorders. I have worked as a counselor since 2003 which includes experience as an Addictions Counselor at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and most recently as a Program Director in a private addiction treatment facility. I have had the honour of seeing the transformation of thousands of people. I know recovery isn’t just a possibility, it is a reality. I also help people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress, burnout and other life transitions. I primarily work at helping clients generate compassion for themselves. When we heal our relationship with ourselves that paves the way to transforming our lives. In close collaboration with my clients, I tailor my approach based on my clients needs meeting my clients where they are at. The modalities I use are a mixture of Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation techniques, and CBT.   


When I am not working I am spending time with my daughters, playing volleyball, fishing camping and renovating. 

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Sara Kendrick

RP  Registered Psychotherapist

**not accepting new clients**

As a supervised registered psychotherapist, qualifying with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, I facilitate therapy at a pace that suits each client. This client-centered approach is further strengthened by my use of therapies that focus on the whole person – mind, body, emotion, and spirit – an integrated approach that provides each client with tools and skills that build resilience.

Passionate about providing effective help, I have added a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies and Integrative Body Psychotherapy to my professional toolkit. Clients have expressed their gratitude for my warmth and connection, and non judgement, as well as practical assistance on the path to healing.

Seeking help to navigate life’s challenges takes vulnerability and courage. A qualified therapist provides clarity, sharing perspective, and the gift of guidance. I offer flexible appointments with some weekend availability. It would be an honour to work with you on your path of personal progress.


Riffat Yusaf

RP  Registered Psychotherapist

I am passionate about my work in the field of Psychotherapy, and I take pride in providing compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic relationship throughout the process. I strive to empower individuals to overcome their personal emotional barriers to improve overall mental health and move on successfully. My work is client centered using a variety of modalities such as CBT, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy, individually or in combination according to client’s unique needs. I have experience working outside of Canada with a diverse clientele presenting with a variety of issues.

Most of my work experience is with children and adolescents who have faced traumatic events including childhood emotional, physical and sexual abuse. I have helped my clients to get over the trauma and anxiety arising as a result of abuse and become positive and productive in their lives.

I am Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP).

In my free time, I love to read books, enjoy cooking and experiment with new recipes, socializing with friends and going on drives around town to explore hidden natural beauties in and around Ottawa.

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Kaylie Quinlan

RP(Qualifying) Registered Psychotherapist

In a time where we feel evermore disconnected from others, it can be difficult to find the support we need to keep moving forward. I hope to provide you with non-judgmental and empathic space to share your story, and to build a connection where you feel seen, heard, and supported. It is my belief that through building these connections, we allow ourselves the space to slow down and reconnect with the thoughts, emotions, and sensations that can so often be put to the side while we focus instead on making it through the day. 

My approach within sessions comes from a trauma-informed perspective, with emphasis on mindfulness, self-compassion, ACT, and CBT techniques. In using this integrative approach, I work collaboratively with youth, adults, and couples to look deeper beneath the surface and explore how their actions and behaviours can bring them closer to their mental health goals. 

While taking the time to look deeper within ourselves, I feel it is important to acknowledge the skills that have allowed us to make it this far in our journey. It has taken strength to make it to the point where you feel you can reach out for help, a feat that is not easy. I want to acknowledge the work that you have already done, and I would be honoured if you allowed me to continue with you on this journey. 

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Goal Map, a self compassion excavation into discovering your goals and dreams within yourself.


Do you have a life dream, or a goal that has yet to be achieved?


Do you have a part of you that you wish to bring forth into it's full potential?


Are you struggling to make a change that you have wanted to make for some time?


Are feeling a little stuck and need help with motivation to make that change?


"Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here"

- Mark Twain