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                       Having the Courage to bE.

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Helping children and adults to address issues that have a negative impact on their mental health. 

 Using strong therapeutic relationship and a goal-oriented approach, clients are supported in managing stress, identifying triggers, and learning coping strategies to build their capacity for long-term wellness.

Finding Ground

Welcome.  If you are taking your first step towards seeking support, or merely surfing the internet, I honour your time and interest.  For some people, talking about mental health and wellness is challenging or down right foreign.  For others, it's relieving or common practice.  Regardless of where you're starting from, I'm excited that you're here.  I'm passionate about this field and enjoy, more than anything, helping others to learn about it and to benefit.  A life goal of mine has always been to find a niche where I could honestly say, "I love what I do".  Supporting others along their personal journey has granted me the gift of achieving that goal over and over. 


We're not always in control of what life throws us, but we do have some control in how we move forward. I commend you for coming this far and for having the courage to face what you're feeling.  When I launched services, I reflected on what prospective clients might need in order to take a first step towards seeking support--even before meeting with someone.  What I came up with was that they really just need to have the courage. Whether it's the courage to admit to their feelings; the courage to notice negative changes in their life; the courage to want to improve; the courage to face the world with struggle. Even if they didn't know what they needed to start, just having the courage to be where they're at could help them move forward. The line, Having the Courage To Be is a statement that is intended to capture something that fits whatever a person or family might be going through in the moment--even if there's still some fear. 



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Julia Rick, M.Ed, CCC, RP

Executive Director

Julia Rick is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She received her Master of Education (M.Ed) in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and her Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Administrative Commercial Studies: Organizational and Human Resources.

Julia works as a Mental Health Clinician for the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR), providing support for students from kindergarten to Grade 12. In May 2016, she started working with Safe, Caring and Restorative Schools as the psychotherapist for KPR's Long-Term Suspension and Expulsion Program. Additionally, Julia acts as the KPR Regional Lead for Violence Threat Risk Assessments (VTRA) in Clarington, Ontario, and has been a regular presenter at KPR’s annual Parent Conference each October. Julia worked extensively on helping to develop the KPR Suicide Protocol and is a certified trainer of the safeTALK suicide prevention course with LIvingWorks. She also holds certification as a VTRA trainer with the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.

Julia specializes in the impacts of stress and trauma; helping people of all ages to better cope with and understand their symptoms. Historically, she has worked with the York Region Abuse Program (now Cedar Centre), the Durham Rape Crisis Centre, The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C) and the Incredible Years Parenting Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). 

As an early employee with the Child and Parent Resource Institute in London, Ontario, Julia conducted research  for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Her research contributions have twice been presented to the Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO as well as at various conferences, both nationally and internationally: 

  • 69th annual Canadian Psychological Association conference
  • 72nd annual Canadian Psychological Association conference
  • 117th annual American Psychological Association convention
  • 29th annual Canadian Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry conference 
  • Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado

Current Affiliations


North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response

Preventing violence and trauma in North America using training, tools and technology.

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Toronto Beyond the Blue

Programming for spouses and children of police officers: emotional support, raising awareness, training and tools to enable police families to thrive.

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Suicide alertness for everyone. Half-day workshops to promote suicide prevention by training individuals to be more attuned to signs of suicide. 

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