About Us

We at Saterra Psychological & Counselling Services are very excited to provide psychological and mental health services to individuals in the Ottawa area. Saterra is a mental health clinic offering all our clients with highest quality evidence-based mental health services in a professional, warm, caring, and ethically principled atmosphere.

A balance between mental and physical health is the foundation of positive mental health. Our goal is to help you realize and build on your strengths throughout the therapeutic process. We believe that the best results are achieved when clients and therapists work collaboratively.

Saterra associate psychologists and therapists are also strong advocates for mental health, believing in the importance of raising awareness and building a strong community. Saterra associates provide outreach services through consultation with other health professionals, organizations, and interest groups.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our services to a virtual platform. We are able to continue to provide excellence in mental healthcare using a secure online video platform or telephone.

We take great care to ensure a quick turnaround time between your initial contact and first session. We value accessibility and do our best to provide a quick turnaround time from time of initial call/referral to your first appointment.


We at Saterra look forward to being a part of your health and wellness journey.


Dr. Davina Bakerman, C. Psych

Psychologist, Co-Director

I provide a compassionate, authentic, and warm approach to psychotherapy. I use a collaborative approach to help identify goals and strategies to support each individual reach his or her full potential. I have worked in many different settings (e.g., private practice, primary & tertiary care, and community mental health clinics), providing individual therapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, group therapy, and consultation to other professionals.

Dr. Vanessa Illing, C. Psych

Psychologist, Co-Director

My career has included assessing and treating a full range of mental health concerns common to adolescents and adults. I have many years of clinical experience conducting psychological assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy. My therapy experience has focused on clinical issues, health issues, and rehabilitation issues. I will provide you with a genuine, nonjudgmental, and understanding space to share your concerns.

Dr. Jessica Tanner, C. Psych (Supervised Practice)

Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

My approach to client care is to provide a respectful and non-judgmental environment. I value strong therapeutic relationships and through collaboration with my clients, I help them create attainable goals that capitalize on individuals’ strengths and values.

Mr. Dwight Thompson, MSW, RSW

Social Worker

I provide counselling therapy to couples and individuals. I enjoy primarily working with couples, and am currently in the process of working towards certification in the Gottman approach to couples counselling.

Ms. Sabra Lawrie

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

I have experience in understanding the needs of clients and can assist you with selecting one of Saterra’s competent and dedicated associates. You can count on me to be discreet and professional at all times.