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I'm so happy you found your way here.
First and foremost, I'd like to take a few moments to introduce myself.


I’m Julia Sage (she/her), the owner of Sage Heart Psychotherapy.  I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist based in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. I have over 15 years experience supporting folks with their mental health and have been honing my skills in psychotherapy to be able to provide the best possible care.

From a young age I knew I wanted to be a professional helper.  My family fostered in me values of mutual care, community & respect.  Since I was a child I have enjoyed hearing other people's stories particularly those of overcoming hardship - that showed me the awesome resilience of the human spirit.  This fascination has never faded and continues to be at the heart of the work that I do.  

My aim is to make the process of therapy as painless as possible for the people with whom I work—I strive to connect with my clients on a deeply human level & often bring a sense of humour to my sessions.  I recognize it often isn’t easy to get help & I see my role as easing this process as much as possible for those I serve.  

I look forward to meeting you, to learn your story and to help you navigate the often joyous yet challenging, sometimes painful & messy journey of life.  My hope is that I can help you to access your inner strength, connect with supports that sustain you and ultimately find tools that help you live the life you desire.


Primary areas of practice

  • Adults (from early adulthood to mid to later life)
  • Individuals 
  • Panic attacks
  • Health-related anxiety
  • Fear of death & dying
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Traumatic events

Additional areas of practice

  • Professional and informal caregivers
  • Burnout & compassion fatigue
  • Suicide loss & grief
  • General anxiety & worry
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Relationship issues (communication, boundaries)


  • McGill University, 2007, Masters of Social Work
  • Lakehead University, 2006, Honours Bachelor of Social Worker
  • Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP) -  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training (over 300 hours of training & clinical consultation), September 2018-March 2020
  • Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, 2016, Qualified Mindfulness-Based Symptom Management Teacher
  • Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers, Registration Number: 814423
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers (member)
  • International OCD Foundation (member)
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (member)
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