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Shelagh Macdonald, MSW, RSW



33 Somerset Street West
Ottawa ON K2P 0H3







More about Shelagh Macdonald, MSW, RSW

I have been working with individuals and families since 1995, providing family mediation and psychotherapy services. Prior to that, I worked as senior program staff with Amnesty International.

As an accredited parenting mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM), I have worked with hundreds of families to assist them in making the often difficult transitions through a separation in ways which minimize harm to the children and support their well-being. Above all, it is the needs of the children which must be kept in focus. I see that my role is to assist parents in both understanding their children’s evolving needs given their unique circumstances as they separate (or years later when new issues may arise), and in helping them maximize their parenting effectiveness during challenging times.

I have taught family mediation in many venues, and have been a frequent guest speaker regarding the impact of separation and divorce on children and adults. As a mental health professional (clinical social worker), I was a member of the original team providing Collaborative Family Law training to Ottawa area lawyers in 2001 and 2002. I have been on the Board of the OAFM (Ottawa region) including as the President in 2006 – 2007, and am an active member of the organization.

I also provide psychotherapy and counselling services to adults, adolescents, and families to help them work through challenges which limit their self-growth, and interfere with their relationships, work, schooling, and capacity to experience joy in their lives. With an approach based on respect, empathy, and dignity, I work together with my clients in resolving issues related to separation and divorce, making the transition to a blended family, coping with loss and grief, improving interpersonal relationships, and dealing constructively with adolescent and parental conflict. As a psychoanalyst, I work with adults who are struggling to free themselves from entrenched patterns.

The Collaborative Family Law process, with its cooperative and respectful approach, is supportive of the well-being of families. I am delighted to be a part of this process and to offer my particular expertise, either in family mediation or psychotherapy and counselling. I invite you to contact me to learn more about how I may be of assistance to you and your family.

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