Be Kind to Your Mind

Short-term, individual therapy

Welcome to “Be Kind to Your Mind” short-term, individual therapy. This program is generously funded through the “Mental Health & Wellbeing” grant from the Canadian Red Cross and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Below is a brief FAQ about the program. For specific questions related to you or a loved one, please email Rebecca directly at

Program update – June 28 2023:

The waitlist for individual therapy is full and now closed. Should space become available the registration form will re-open. Use the Typeform below to sign up to be notified when the waitlist reopens.

Who is this for

This is for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks in the Ottawa/National Capital Region.

What to expect

Short-term, individual therapy gives you the opportunity to explore a specific aspect of your mental health with a solution-oriented approach. With you leading the way, you and the therapist will agree on an issue or challenge to address in 6 sessions, working together to bring about healing and change.

  • You can expect to be treated with respect, dignity, unconditional positive regard, and non-judgement. 
  • You can expect your voice to be heard and your therapist to be accountable to any concerns you might have. 
  • You can expect that your rights regarding confidentiality and informed consent will be protected and celebrated.
How much does it cost

It’s free! This program is funded by the Canadian Red Cross and Public Health Agency of Canada which allows us to offer individual therapy at no cost.

How long is it

6* sessions, over 6 weeks or a timeline agreed to by you and the individual therapist. 

*If one or two more sessions is requested by the participant, the individual therapist will be as accommodating as possible.

Therapist: Rebecca Johnston, MSW, RSW

Hello! I’m Rebecca (she/her).

I first started counseling in the woods, talking about feelings on porches and mossy-rocks at an overnight summer camp. This mental health work made use of peer-support, power-sharing models that still inform my approach today. Deciding to go the official route, I went on to get a BSW and MSW from Carleton University – although my therapeutic approach is most influenced by my BA in Gender Studies. I believe fiercely in everyone’s own right to determine for themselves what their version of mental health looks like. It is my honour to play a part in helping people get closer to that vision.

I am keenly aware of the weight and complexity that therapy can hold, especially for marginalized groups, and I want to do everything that I can to make accessing therapy possible for you.

If you are unsure of what your specific needs might be, please reach out and we can brainstorm together. I am a Registered Social Worker in Ontario.