Indigenous Peoples & Veterans

  1. Indigenous Clients :    I reserve a segment of my client roster for indigenous clients as I have a special affiliation with them. I have been getting more in touch with my personal relationship to indigenous heritage/background which was confusing for me growing up.  It was a source of great confusion and tension within my mother’s lineage. So working with indigenous clients assists with my growth as a therapist and in my own personal understandings of the issues at play. Also, I was a mental health therapist at a fly-in indigenous community in northern Labrador for more than 1.5 years, so that also has added to my understandings and compassion for the issues at play for Canada’s indigenous community/peoples. This has been through a variety of healing modalities, teachings, travels, and explorations.  As in many families in mainstream culture, denial of our lineage was very strong.  I have grown up and lived in the shadow of the historically aggressive acts against aboriginal people in this country.   My family carries generational trauma.  Because of my personal background, I have been sensitive to issues of First Nations People.
  2. My position as the Mental Health Therapist in a remote indigenous community in northern Labrador expanded my depth of understanding of issues experienced by today’s Indigenous youth. Worked with clients young and old, lead seminars, managed cases, integrated into the Health Center team, and organized trainings for healthcare team.  Also, chaired sharing circles and groups in alternative & complimentary healing modalities. Became familiar with challenges of young aboriginals away from home and took special interest in advancing community development, researched organizations that might assist entrepreneurial spirit of the young people. It was important to me to have a breadth of understanding of how my counselling and support services fit into the overall social supports system.
  3. Veterans:    I do have some personal experience with the military, as I trained and served in the CAF from 1985 – 1993 as a young naval officer.  Went to basic training in Chilliwack, BC summer ’85 – ROTP CAF-sponsored  Queen’s student from ’85 to ’89.  In the summers, did Naval Officer training in Esquimalt, BC with cadets from RMC.   Five years ago I trained as a support clinician with Veterans Transition Network (VTN) which supports military members who are transitioning into civilian life.  I feel that gives me some good insight into the culture, the stresses, the morals/intentions, and issues around transitioning into civilian life.
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Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)  and  Registered Psychotherapist (RP)     
Instructed at: Counsellor Training Institute.     
Certified by:  the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association – CCPA (#8192)  & the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario – CRPO (#002563)  
 Insurance Coverage:   Clients are provided with a detailed receipt for insurance and tax deduction purposes. For Indigenous clients NIHB covers fees, for Vets with VAC it is Blue Cross / Medavie.  Counselling services are not covered by OHIP, but are covered by many extended health care plans under “psychological services”. 
 Education:  Bachelor of Science, Masters of Education, Graduate Diploma in Couples Counselling, 2 Certificates in Adult Education.  In addition to the requirements for CCPA and CRPO certification, completed a two-year psychotherapy training at EastWind Institute,  and two years of study at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton and RMSC, Colorado.  
 Specialities: First Nations/Indigenous, Narcissistic Abuse, Adult ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Workplace Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Reduction, Relationships – Individual & Couples.  PTSD, RCMP, and Military 
  Therapeutic Approaches:   Trained extensively in several psychotherapy models and continues to learn and study:  Post Master’s Graduate Diploma in Couples Therapy.  Recently completed EMDR training and now exploring actively the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Gottman Method for Couples Therapy.  Many tools from the schools of Person Centred Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dream therapy, Narrative Therapy, Drama/Art Therapy, Body/Mind Therapy, and Marriage Therapy.  
  Diverse background:  Presently, and since 2005, in private practice.  Previously served as an Instructor/professor at Counsellor Training Institute (CTI). Rory has experience working with individuals, couples, and families in many different milieus.   He has worked with; victim services, clients with anger management issues, young people and seniors, police/RCMP/ military members and families, victims of harassment and bullying, violent trauma survivors, and military and non-military PTSD sufferers.  He has worked in a residential mental health care setting, a psychiatric hospital, and at a home for alcoholic men in recovery. He lived, worked, and studied at several retreat centres and helped people while they worked to find their their purpose and regain their centre.  He served as the mental health therapist at a northern First Nations community health centre and he has taught mindfulness meditation to many students and clients.  Before moving into social sciences and the helping professions, he had jobs as construction labourer, landscaper, farm hand, and as a junior officer in the Canadian Navy. 
       Rory brings strengths in; teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, adult education, problem-solving, working with mental health consumers, team building, program evaluation, computer skills, and public speaking. With more than 25 years experience in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, mental health, education, and addictions, he enjoys working with individuals and groups and has been told he has a gift for understanding their needs.   He has lead seminars in treatment programs, done case management, worked with healthcare teams at a psychiatric hospital and at long-term care facilities, organized trainings for health care professionals and facilitated workshops with three educational/advocacy organizations, and served as secretary for his local chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  He has extensive experience leading groups in many healing modalities such as dream work, qigong, guided imagery & visualization, anger management, anxiety and phobia management, self-hypnosis, and sharing circles. Rory has studied and taught several forms of meditation and energy medicine and is familiar with complementary healing principles.  
Book  by  Phone or email:
Call  613-898-1685  and leave message if no answer.    We try to respond to calls and emails within 72 hrs.  Write to [email protected].   If you send times and dates that are good for you,  we can book you in and send you confirmation or send you a few options and you let us know what is best for you..
Fees for services: Payable by etransfer.  HST  not included in fees listed.
  1. Individual Therapy        $195/session  (50 mins)
  2. Couples Therapy           $195/session (50 mins)
Insurance Coverage:
Clients funded through VAC and NHIB do not have to pay up front as I can direct bill with them.  Does not require a doctor’s referral, self referrals are welcome.  Clients are provided with a detailed receipt for insurance and tax deduction purposes. Unfortunately, counselling and coaching services are not covered by OHIP. Insurance coverage is often available to those who have extended health benefits.  For example; Federal government workers approved by Canada Life for $5000/yr, RCMP and Military members approved by Blue Cross for >$2000/yr, and many others .
Clients claim services under “psychological services”.  Please inquire with your health insurance provider regarding the details of your coverage.  
Details to ask insurance representative about:
*  yearly limit, *  who in family is covered, *  max. session length, *  verify therapy by a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO certified)    
Call or write to Rory now.   [email protected]
2396 Iris St.,  Ottawa,  K2C 1C6  Rory Batchilder phone number