Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) · Master's (Saint Paul University, 2022)
Psychotherapy Provider (Registered Psychotherapist)
Credentials Verified by PM
Accepting new clients
Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Healing is holistic. We have to look at everything from the cues your body is giving you to the societal messages surrounding you in order to reach not just the bandaids but the deeper roots of distress and, ultimately, growth. I don’t see just the symptoms: I see the entire person in front of me, with your rich, unique history and complex experiences that make you you. The most important commitment I have is to fostering self-acceptance and self-compassion; we learn too much conditional self-worth, pressure, and shame, when the root of finding true peace with ourselves and our world is to believe we are enough now, just as we are.
What would believing this change for you? I know all too well how we can be pulled away from listening to (and valuing) our needs, and paying attention to that inner compass deep down which always knows the way. We just need the space and permission to listen to it and to its signals. Let’s carve out that space together.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, & self worth, sex & relationship therapy, disordered eating, and spiritual/existential struggles including death anxiety. This is what I care most about: anti-shame, positive relationships to our body and health, pursuits of deeper values and meaning, unlearning harmful societal messages, and learning to love ourselves just for "being".
What is your anxiety trying to tell you? How was it learned, and what kind of positive & compassionate relationship can we build with it? My approach is this: your anxiety was learned as a positive, protective coping strategy at one point - now it's time to sit down with it and tell it that you appreciate what it is trying to do, but that you are in control now. I primarily focus on ACT (acceptance & mindfulness-based), EFT (sitting with the discomfort of the emotion!), somatic, and trauma-informed approaches when dealing with anxiety.
My approach to depression is holistic in nature. What are the biological/neurological components of your experience? What are the social and environmental components (this is a big one!)? What has changed over time, and what patterns can we see? And, most importantly: how can we look for moments of hope, positivity, and joy and learn to follow & carve out space for these? Employing an existential approach - how can we hold out on our horizon (even through the dark patches) the light of what's meaningful and makes your life worth living.
Self Esteem & Self Worth
The most important commitment I have is to fostering unconditional self-acceptance and self-compassion; we learn too much conditional self-worth, pressure, and shame, when the root of finding true peace with ourselves and our world is to believe we are enough now, just as we are. What would believing this change for you? I know all too well how we can be pulled away from listening to (and valuing) our needs, and paying attention to that inner compass deep down which always knows the way. We just need the space and permission to listen to it and to its signals.
Relationships & Interpersonal Conflict
Whether in the context of romantic, peer, or familial relationships, I use an emotion-focused and attachment-based lens (EFT) to help you navigate interpersonal dynamic difficulties.
This may be beneficial for those looking to navigate current relationships, as well as for those looking to explore their own personal attachment and relationship patterns outside the context of current bonds.
My practice is actively anti-shame, with a commitment to being sex positive. Using my holistic approach, we examine the broader context surrounding the client's presenting concern, including the client's emotional, social, physical, psychological, and societal experience.
My sex therapy work includes (but is not limited to) talk therapy surrounding following concerns:
- General discussions and explorations of client sexual experience
- Difficulties and emotional/mental barriers within both personal and partnered sexual experiences
- Education around building a healthy and satisfying sex life, as pertaining to the client's lived experience and goals
- Sexual trauma, anxieties, and other physical/psychological blockages to a fulfilling sex life and general somatic experience
- Sexual difficulties causing client distress, including painful sex, desire disparities, orgasm and arousal difficulties, sex in the context of relationship dynamics, and more
- Support for those navigating their sexuality, with a commitment to kink positivity and LGBTQ+ affirmation
Disordered Eating & Body Image Issues
I promote body positivity and self-acceptance, with a strong commitment to forming healthy relationships with food and movement.
I work in line with the client's own goals to provide support for:
- Body image difficulties
- Food, eating, and health anxieties
- Disordered eating, guilt/shame regarding food and bodies, and exploration of the emotional context around food/movement
- Binge eating behaviours, restrictive food intake behaviours, orthorexic behaviours, and more
- Establishment of positive relationships toward food and movement, including mindful and intuitive eating
- Deeper roots of self-esteem struggles, including the client's personal experience as well as examining societal messages around bodies and food
- Progress towards balanced living and other health goals, which may include no food rules & detaching morality from food/movement
- Connection to life joy and meaning outside of diet, body, and weight
Spiritual & Existential Struggles
To me, spirituality encompasses anything we feel gives our lives meaning, sense, and purpose.
All client religious/spiritual traditions (or lack thereof) are included in this definition, as well as all personal values and belief systems. With my training in Counselling and Spirituality, my number one rule is always to work within the framework of your own beliefs and worldview in order to locate what is meaningful and purposeful in your own life.
I work with those both within and outside of religious/spiritual traditions in order to navigate:
- Existential anxieties, including death anxiety
- Questions relating to spiritual and existential themes
- Values and belief exploration
- Questions of meaning and purpose
- Navigation of own beliefs both within and outside of spiritual/religious traditions
- Spiritual/religious trauma, and more.
Grief & Death Loss comes in many forms, and grief accompanies any type of loss. Grief may occur at the end of a significant relationship, for example, or can accompany any other type of significant transition or change.
Of course, grief is also prominent when we lose, or anticipate to lose, someone we love.
I provide support for those experiencing grief of all forms. In our session, we will build a safe container of a space where it is "okay to not be okay".
In the middle of a largely death-avoidant culture, it is important to have spaces to speak honestly and openly about death and dying - whether this is about the death/illness of a loved one, or your own end of life experience.
I provide client-driven, holistic, and integrative support for a range of emotional difficulties, including:
- Shame & Guilt
- Self-Esteem & Self-Worth
- Social Anxiety
- Generalized Anxiety
- General Stress
- Life Transitions
- And any other general emotional difficulties or situations for which a client would like extra support.
Primary Practice Location
Angeline Boswell Psychotherapy
Ottawa, Ontario K2P0Y8
Phone: (343) 314-1147
Secondary Practice Location
Kingston Ontario K7M0C2
Phone: (343) 314-1147
Extended office hours: evenings
Years of Experience
MA in Counselling and Spirituality, Saint Paul University
Member, #10009424, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
The Buehler Institute, Sex Therapy Certificate
Body Peace Collaborative, Eating Disorder Sensitive Certificate