Be Kind to Your Mind

Short-term, individual therapy

Welcome to “Be Kind to Your Mind” short-term, individual therapy.

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 – March 6, 2024:

Registration is now closed. If you are interested in being updated when registration reopens, please see the form below.

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!

How long is it

8 sessions, over 8 weeks or a timeline agreed to by you and the individual therapist. 

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.