Kildare House Therapy and Counselling

The therapists and counsellors: top, l-r, Kathleen Rooney, Karinna Najera, Tiffany Petterson; bottom, Darlene Kuehn.

It is always welcome news when health professionals bring their practice to Sandy Hill. The renovated space in the historic Kildare House on Chapel St. has brought together a dynamic group of registered professionals offering a range of wellness services for children, teens, adults and families, with specialities in Art Therapy, Music and Special Education Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Kildare House Therapy Group is accepting new clients and most of the services are covered under insurance plans. The Group is planning an Open House in the near future.

Kathleen Rooney has practiced music therapy and special education for over 25 years. She specializes in working with children of various developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, and ADHD. Kathleen first addresses sensory processing issues in order to improve behaviour, social, academic and motor development. All clients begin with an in-home sensory motor consultation to develop a sensory diet to be used daily at home. This is followed by weekly sessions that are play based, with parent in attendance. Interested families can contact Kathleen at, 613-789-1212.

Karinna Najera is a registered Clinical Counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in all anxiety-related issues, phobias, depression, trauma, working with cancer patients, insomnia and negative behavioural habits. Karinna has been working in the mental health field since 1996 and specializing in Clinical Hypnosis since 2008. She believes all people have innate strength and abilities to help them create positive change. Her practice is a smooth integration of different. therapeutic techniques and transformational modalities to help people move forward, transform as well as finding more peace of mind and joy. Contact Karinna at:, 613-800-8558.

Darlene Kuehn is a registered psychotherapist as well as a marriage and family therapist, with twenty years experience. Her work with couples includes premarital counselling, couples experiencing difficulties in their relationship, post-affair counselling, parenting through challenges, and parenting through divorce. Darlene also offers individual therapy for grief, trauma, stress and burnout, anger management, assertiveness training, and crisis of faith. Darlene’s practice includes working with the expressive arts in therapy (when clients are interested). For more information:, 819-661-5486.

Tiffany Patterson believes that therapy is not just about creating an absence of negative feelings. It’s about helping you live a life full of meaning and developing the tools you need to sustain it. Tiffany’s treatment approach is to guide people through a self-examination of how they experience themselves, their relationships and their world. Symptoms are relieved through increased personal insight and finding new ways of perceiving old situations, allowing for the development of healthier behaviours. Tiffany offers individual therapy to teens and adults experiencing a range of mental health concerns and life stressors. For more information: email, 613-890-5303.

—Kathleen Rooney