120 Terence Matthews Crescent, Unit A-1
Kanata, Ontari
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Kanata South Professional Services

Providers of Psychological Assessment and Counseling to Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Families

​​​​Dr. Owen Helmkay, C.Psych

E-mail: owen.helmkay@rogers.com
Phone: (613) 435-9330 ext. 1

Dr. Owen Helmkay provides psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. He offers individual therapy to children, youth, and adults who are experiencing a range of difficulties such as

  • ADHD
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties managing anger
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Parent-child relational conflict
  • Adjustment to parental separation and divorce
  • Grief/Trauma Counseling
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • PTSD
  • Relaxation and Stress Management


Dr. Helmkay maintains a particular interest in working with clients suffering from ADHD, anxiety, and bereavement. Dr. Helmkay also provides psycho-educational and psycho-diagnostic assessments to children, adolescents, and adults in order to evaluate learning challenges and disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental disorders (including ASD), as well as gifted identification.

Dr. Helmkay works collaboratively with adults, children, youth and their families in providing a warm, empathic environment in which to address presenting concerns.

Therapeutic Approaches

Dr. Helmkay’s therapeutic orientation may best be described as cognitive-behavioural (CBT) within a humanistic-existential framework – thus helping his clients to develop a greater understanding of themselves and fostering the development of coping skills and strategies that can be implemented into their everyday lives.

Professional Biography

Dr. Helmkay received his B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from Brock University in St. Catharines, his Masters Degree in Experimental (Cognitive) Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Helmkay has trained and worked in various community clinics, hospitals, and Boards of Education in Ottawa and Windsor including: the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Ottawa, the former Carleton Board of Education, Windsor Regional Hospital (including the Windsor Regional Children’s Centre and the Windsor Community Mental Health Clinic), and for 10 years he was employed as a Psychologist and Consultant to the Gifted Programs at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. He has also maintained an active private psychology practice since 2004.

Dr. Helmkay is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists. In support of the profession, he maintains memberships in international, national, provincial, and local psychological associations. He keeps up to date on current developments in the field by regularly attending psychology conferences, attending and providing educational workshops, and attending professional meetings and lectures.




Dr. Cheryl Plouffe, C. Psych

E-mail: cheryl.plouffe5@gmail.com
Phone: (613) 435-9330  ext. 2

Please note that Dr. Plouffe is currently not accepting new clients.


Dr. Cheryl Plouffe provides psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults. She offers individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a range of difficulties such as

  • ADHD
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Anxiety
  • ASD
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulties managing anger and stress
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Parent-child relational conflict and
  • Adjustment to parental separation and divorce
  • Grief/Trauma Counseling
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • PTSD


Dr. Plouffe also provides psycho-educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults in order to evaluate learning challenges and disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental disorders (including ASD), as well as gifted identification.

Dr. Plouffe provides services in a warm, and compassionate environment in which to address her clients’ needs.

Therapeutic Approaches

Dr. Plouffe’s therapeutic orientation may best be described as integrative, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioural (CBT). Techniques from other orientations are incorporated depending on the nature of the presenting difficulties and may include mindfulness, collaborative problem solving, and solutions-focused therapy.

Professional Biography

Dr. Plouffe received her B.Sc. (Honours) with Specialization in Psychology from the University of Ottawa, her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from McGill University in Montreal , and her Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology from McGill University.

Dr. Plouffe has trained and worked in the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic, and is currently employed at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as a Psychologist. She has worked at the OCDSB since September 2011.

Dr. Plouffe is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In support of the profession, Dr. Plouffe maintains memberships in international, national, provincial, and local psychological associations. She also regularly attends and presents at conferences, workshops, and professional meetings in order to learn and share knowledge about current developments in the field. Dr. Plouffe has over 25 scientific publications and conference presentations in the areas of inquiry-based teaching and learning and giftedness.



Erin Bougie, M.A. (Under Supervision)

Supervisor: Dr. Owen Helmkay, C.Psych.
E-mail: erin.c.bougie@gmail.com
Phone: (613) 435-9330 ext. 3


Areas of Practice

Erin provides psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing a span of psychological and interpersonal difficulties. Her primary areas of clinical work include:

  • Anxiety disorders, including phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Interpersonal problems
  • Parenting
  • Adjustment to life stressors
  • Coping with work stress


Erin also provides psycho-educational assessment (e.g., behavioural and learning difficulties, gifted identification) and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Therapeutic Approach

Erin’s approach to therapy is integrative based on her training in a variety of treatment modalities, including emotion-focused and cognitive behavioural. She also considers the impact of early family and social relationships and their influence on present issues. She appreciates that the client is the expert of his or her own felt experience. A collaborative approach will be utilized in order to set therapeutic goals that address specific needs. Erin always strives to build a safe and trusting working relationship in an understanding, accepting, comforting, and respectful environment.

Professional Biography

Erin received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Honours) with specialization in Psychology and her Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University. She conducted research on the association between the home environment and early literacy skills. Erin has also presented at several conferences. Since graduating, Erin has been providing psychotherapeutic services in a variety of clinical settings, including a community mental health clinic and private practice. She has also facilitated several workshops (e.g., parenting, stress and anxiety). Erin is in the process of working towards her designation as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Owen Helmkay at Kanata South Professional Services. She proceeds to further her professional development by attending workshops in order to provide knowledge and skills that accurately reflect current established theory and research findings.

Professional Affiliation

2009-2014 Canadian Psychological Association

2015 Ontario Psychological Association







​​Jill Bench

E-mail: info@kanatasouthpros.com

Phone: (613) 435-9330

As the receptionist at Kanata South Professional Services, Jill is pleased to contribute to its warm and welcoming environment. Jill studied sociology and psychology at Brock University and has worked in both the public and not-for-profit sectors before joining Dr. Helmkay and his associates.