Growth Is Within Us.

About Growth Counselling Services.

Rick Defoe

Registered Psychotherapist,
Certified Canadian Counsellor,
Owner and Operator of Growth Counselling Services

Growth Counselling Services is led by Rick Defoe, who is a Registered Psychotherapist and the sole owner and operator of Growth Counselling Services.

With over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals, children, youth, and families in various capacities, Rick has developed a genuine passion in helping people discover their existing strengths and abilities to overcome personal struggle and the inevitable pain that coincides with being human.

Like you, Rick has been faced with his own struggles in life, thus, enhancing his level of compassion and empathy for clients and their presenting difficulties. This has further allowed Rick to appreciate one’s need to seek support and guidance toward personal growth, balance, and an overall sense of well-being. Rick considers himself to be extremely fortunate and privileged to work with people who have a willingness and the courage to express their vulnerabilities and share their personal stories. Rick believes this to be the most rewarding part of his work.

With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelors degree in Social Development Studies, a diverse level of training in counselling and psychotherapy, and registered certifications (Certified Canadian Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist, and Registered Social Worker), Rick is able to offer you ethical therapeutic services as an experienced and qualified clinician.

Tanya Wright

Clinical Social Worker

Tanya Wright is a clinical social worker who has developed a passion for joining with people who have chosen (sometimes with great trepidation) to travel into difficult, sometimes unfamiliar, places.

This is a privileged experience every time – when the travelling feels wearisome and uncomfortable, when the destination changes and anxiety rises, when an unexpected break on the horizon opens up and life begins stirring in parts unknown or forgotten – I am motivated to keep up with you, to witness, to guide, to compassionately experience with you this stretch of the journey.

With a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work, a Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Gerontology, and 15 years of experience as a clinician and a case manager in various settings, I bring a strong affinity for attachment theory perspectives in understanding how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world around us. Drawing mostly from CBT, DBT, EFT, narrative-based, and psychodynamic approaches to enhancing self-understanding and quality of life, I continue to do my best learning by being present in my own life.

Marissa Ottens

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Marisa Ottens is a Registered Psythotherapist (Qualifying) who believes that to work with clients is to provide people with a space to navigate the (often overwhelming) circumstances, feelings and thoughts that have led to this moment.

I believe that the journey of life is like climbing a mountain, and my role is to climb alongside you in this journey of life. For some, that involves me climbing alongside you for most of the climb, and for others it may mean that I am there for a brief moment of the journey. I feel honoured that I am provided the opportunity to participate in this climb with you, to rejoice at the successes and help find new paths when we (inevitably) stumble. Though I cannot make the climb for you, I hope that we can learn to navigate your mountain together as a team.

With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and experience working with people from many walks of life, I believe in practicing from a Person Centred, strengths based approach that emphasizes the individuality of each person’s therapeutic journey. Utilizing tools from CBT, SFT and mindfulness approaches, I believe in creating a foundation of safety and self-care so you can feel comfortable and assured to navigate to more turbulent areas of your sense of self and how to navigate through this world. I look forward to helping you climb your mountain.


Jessica Cragg

Social Services Worker

Jessica Cragg has a Social Service Worker Diploma, Honours Degree in Social Developmental Studies and a Masters in Social Work.

Over the past 15 years, Jessica has obtained therapeutic/counselling experience by working in Youth Shelters, Youth Residential Treatment, Child Welfare and Sexual Abuse Treatment. This experience has allowed Jessica to gain a great deal of experience and comfort in assisting children, youth and their families therapeutically.

Jessica has a firm grasp on trauma and attachment, and how this can have an impact on day to day living, yet also understanding how one can heal and grow from such adverse events.

Jessica has also participated in numerous courses that pertain to trauma, attachment, mindfulness, and CBT. Additionally, she has been trained in EMDR and working towards her full certification.

Healing is the process of acceptance by creating space for the body and mind to heal itself. Jessica can help guide this process and help you see that opportunity for change is directly within your power.

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We will face this journey together in hopes of discovering the change process that leads to a more full and values directed life.

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