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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

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

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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Emily Silva

RP  Registered Psychotherapist

Life can be difficult at times. It takes a lot of courage to face our most distressing thoughts, emotions and behaviours. For this reason, I want to congratulate you on taking the first steps towards healing. As an integrative, holistic psychotherapist, I am grateful to accompany numerous individuals, couples and families on a journey towards growth and rejuvenation. Some of my areas of focus are anxiety, depression, self-esteem, self-worth, grief and bereavement, trauma and PTSD as well as day-to-day life concerns. I also work on improving intimacy, communication and repairing bonds in the context of couples and families.

Some of the approaches that I tend to use involve Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Attachment based therapies. Furthermore, I enjoy implementing various art therapy techniques and strength-based interventions in my practice. As every person is different, I adjust my approach to fit you.

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