Amanda Telford

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Individual and Couples Therapist

Amanda Telford Ottawa Kanata Social Worker 1

Meet Amanda, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She graduated from Carleton University with a Masters in Social Work in 2004, and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers.


I have a depth of experience working with folks who are struggling with ADHD, ASD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality, life transitions, trauma, substance use, caregiving fatigue, childhood abuse/neglect, work place trauma, chronic pain or illness, and life-balance.

I am an experienced, seasoned, and highly trained trauma therapist who works with VAC, military, and first responders.

I am committed to ongoing professional development and am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and recently completed ADHD-CCSP training.

EMDR is my preferred treatment modality as it quickly relieves symptoms.For my work with couples, I use EFT and Gottman (Level 1 and 2).

My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe, respectful therapeutic space for individuals and couples to safely explore their experiences as they travel on their healing journey. I am here to help people develop new tools and strategies, reconnect with themselves and start living the life they want to live again.

Availability: Accepting new clients
Works with: Individuals 18 and over and couples
Language: English


  • Gottman 1 and 2, September 2023
  • EMDR Basic (Sept 2019, continuing clinical supervision in EMDR)
  • CPT training including supervision training (2022)
  • Prolonged Exposure Training (2022)
  • Graduate Certificate in Advanced Trauma Studies with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (2022 ongoing)
  • Certified Trauma Informed Clinician (Sept 2019)
  • Emotional Regulation for Children/Teens with ADHD, ASD, Anxiety 2018
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, 5 Days Intensive, Bright Therapy Services (2016)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 5 Days Intensive, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (2016)
  • Life, Health, Career Coaching, Universal Classes, 160 hours, (2015)
  • Emotionally Focused Couple/Family Counselling Externship with Dr. Sue Johnson
  • (2014 Advanced Motivational Interviewing Certificate, CHMA Ottawa (2012)
  • Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute (2010)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy, University of Toronto (2009-2010)
  • Concurrent Disorders, CAMH (2008-2010)
  • Trauma Certificate (7 Days of Training), Hinks Delcrest (2007)