Meet your team of Mental Health Professionals


We provide help for anxiety, stress, depression and much more. We offer some of the latest, most advanced and best researched methods. Our diverse network of psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers and certified coaches have the compassion, training, and expertise to provide high-quality support that works. We offer flexible in-person or virtual appointments.

Our mission is to provide knowledgeable, compassionate and effective mental health support in a safe and warm environment. We believe that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. RISE Anxiety and Depression Clinic is a place where clients can experience quality service and personal attention.

We are here to help.

Robert Wise

Founder of RISE Anxiety & Depression Clinic

Robert Wise is a Certified Life Coach and Founder of RISE Anxiety & Depression Clinic. He has effectively employed a blend of education, work experience, and an insatiable passion for success to help people achieve their goals. He is also a Mental Health instructor at McGill University.

Monica G.

Licensed Social Worker

A former Police Officer and registered Social Worker. She has over 17 years of experience in frontline intervention in the following fields: legal/law, child protection (D.Y.P.), mental health, personality disorders, addictions, conjugal violence, interpersonal relationship counselling, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and youth work.

Sarah B.

Licensed Social Worker

Sarah is a Licensed Social Worker who utilizes a person-centred approach to provide unwavering support to individuals. Her vast knowledge and expertise in managing various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, OCD, emotion regulation, and self-esteem, make her an exceptional resource for her clients' healing, wellness and personal growth. Her clients can rely on her to be a powerful ally in their journey toward overall well-being. She is currently accepting new clients at our Ottawa location.

Myles S.

Licensed Social Worker

Myles, a graduate of McGill University holding a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Cybercounseling certification, brings his knowledge to the forefront in addressing anxiety, health anxiety, stress management, and burnout. Additionally, he specializes in promoting well-being through the establishment of healthy boundaries in both personal relationships and the workplace. In his therapeutic environment, Myles nurtures personal development and resilience, offering clients a transformative and enriching experience.

Melissa H.

Registered Social Worker

Melissa Hickey is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) student with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and a Registered Social Worker with the College of Ontario Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) supervised by Ulla Woodard (MSW) who has several years of experience. She creates a calm and supportive environment by developing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. Melissa has had direct clinical experience in providing individual therapy to adults (18+) experiencing anxiety, borderline personality disorder, depression, burnout, work related stress, relational issues, and cultural issues. Melissa approaches her clinical work from a strength-based and person-centered lens. She tailors her approach and intervention based on each client’s unique needs. She practices from a variety of modalities such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Attachment-Based Therapy and Schema Therapy.

Natasha P.

Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Traumatologist

Natasha has experience working with children, youth, and adults. Viewing your concerns from a trauma-informed lens, Natasha will incorporate elements from different approaches such as play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical therapy. Natasha strives to create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your needs and goals. She is currently accepting new clients at our Ottawa location.

Danica K.

Registered Nurse Psychotherapist

Danica is a Registered Nurse Psychotherapist who takes a holistic approach to counselling to include both mind and body with influence from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has experience counselling adolescents with focus on anxiety and depression, counselling in a women’s health clinic including advocacy for women’s rights as well as experience in acute psychiatry. Her focus is on creating increased feelings of self-empowerment, self-confidence and self-acceptance while exploring how your thoughts, experience and emotions influence your day to day, and how that can be explored to achieve your personal goals.

Rachel P.

Registered Social Worker

Rachel is a Registered Social Worker with OCSWSSW. She is a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. Rachel has supported clients in many different life domains. She has experience helping clients with addiction and mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. She is also well versed in supporting those experiencing trauma and seeking appropriate ways to heal through psychotherapy practices. Rachel always ensures her clients feel welcome through her warm and positive energy. Rachel is currently accepting new clients of all ages at our Ottawa location in person or virtually.

Tim K.

Registered Psychotherapist

Tim, a seasoned psychotherapist in Ontario for over 20 years, specializes in aiding individuals facing emotional and relational challenges that impact their lives. He offers effective strategies to regulate overwhelming emotions and foster resilience, supporting individuals dealing with anger, stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues. Tim welcomes those who integrate faith as a source of strength and listens empathetically, aiming to facilitate relief, growth, and enhanced coping skills. While he primarily uses cognitive behavioral therapy, Tim employs various strategies tailored to help clients achieve their goals and commends their courage in seeking support.

Lisa Spillman

Director of Holistic Wellness

Lisa is a certified life coach, a Certified Brain Trainer specialized in Neurofeedback technology, and a certified personal trainer. Her journey from personal adversity to becoming a beacon of hope reflects her deep commitment to supporting those dealing with mental health challenges.

Jessica K.

Licensed Social Worker

Jessica is a registered Social Worker and holds a Masters in Social Work. She is passionate about social justice and guiding people on their evolutionary path to self-actualization. She specializes in crisis interventions, working with extreme or altered mental states, often known as psychosis, and attachment-based theories, but she also has experience in couples interventions, interpersonal relationship improvement, and an intercultural approach. She has worked in residential treatment centers as well as with crisis intervention units and in youth empowerment. She works with empathy, sensitivity and a nonjudgmental attitude to help each person achieve their therapeutic goals.

Frank K.

Registered Psychotherapist and Trained EMDR Therapist

Trauma, much like a splinter, embeds itself into a person and affects all aspects of life. Frank’s primary objective is to create a safe and compassionate therapeutic alliance which facilitates healing and growth. With Trauma, he truly believes that the body holds a great deal of the emotional weight, without us knowing. Frank is a Registered Psychotherapist, trained EMDR therapist, and a Registered Kinesiologist. This allows him to specialize in treating trauma along with anxiety, depression and a range of other mental health issues. He utilizes specific modalities to assist each person reach their unique therapeutic goals, specifically, EMDR, Parts Work, Somatic Therapy, and CBT. Life is difficult as it is, particularly when one has experienced a traumatic event. Our brains and bodies are able and willing to heal. We are able to reach a level of meaningfulness in life that we may not have imagined possible.

Paul D.

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Paul is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) based in Toronto, Ontario. He supports his clients in navigating a variety of challenges ranging from anxiety, grief, relationship issues, and beyond. As a therapist, Paul uses a number of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and Person-Centred Therapy (PCT). Paul’s approach will always put you first, and will consider every aspect of what makes you, you!