About
Sandbox

Our Process

How We Help

We strive to insulate kids from conflict by setting their parents up to separate successfully. We offer families tools to improve their co-parenting relationships, problem solve, and get on with their life.

Child-Centered

Your kids are the centre of your
universe. We are committed to
keeping them at the centre of
every conversation.

Safe Haven

Escape from the unpleasant
and unnecessary.

Straight Talk

We get to the point quickly,
and with clarity.

Compassion

Been there. Done that. We’ve got
a 360-degree understanding.

Honesty

Honourable in our intentions,
we’re fair and kind.

Transparency

It’s all out on the table.
No secrets. No lies.

Our Team

Who We Are

As collaborative clinicians, together we will help you navigate the divorce process so that you can feel less overwhelmed and more confident, able to make the best choices for you and your evolving family.

Melissa Lafreniere (She/Her/Hers)

Registered Psychotherapist, Qualified Family Arbitration, Screener, RHN, MA

As a registered psychotherapist, parenting mediator/arbitrator, and collaborative family law professional, Melissa helps individuals navigate all stages of the divorce process.

From contemplating divorce all the way to finalizing your settlement, Melissa keeps you focused on what matters – your child(ren) – all while supporting you in creating a new relationship with your former spouse.

After getting to know you and your unique situation, Melissa will identify the best dispute resolution process to achieve your goals. She’ll work with you to prioritize your interests as well as prepare you for difficult conversations such as finances and parenting. You’ll identify new communication strategies as well as receive guidance on how to manage the range of emotions that often contributes to a lengthy divorce process.

Christina Chevrette (She/Her/Hers)

Registered Psychotherapist, MSW

Christina is a registered psychotherapist, registered social worker, and collaborative divorce family professional. She has over two decades of experience working with children, youth, and their families who have been struggling with their mental health, situational crisis, and psychiatric illnesses.

Throughout her career, Christina has held various roles in both community-based and larger health care systems, treating individuals that are experiencing a myriad of issues such as grief, trauma, emotional regulation difficulties. In addition, Christina is highly skilled in treating, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and self-harm.

Christina holds competencies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CB), CBT for psychosis, Solution-Focused Therapies, Motivational Interviewing, assessing risk of self and others, concurrent disorders, and de-escalation practices.

David Lafreniere (He/Him/His)

Registered Psychotherapist

David is a registered psychotherapist and child/youth worker who is available to support families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and parent-child conflict. David has worked extensively with children, youth, and families in Ottawa’s community and clinical settings for over 15 years.

Skilled in crisis management for families in conflict, David practices from a collaborative and solution-focused framework and is a Tier 2 CPS practitioner. He believes in building safe and trusting relationships with his all of his clients. He is passionate about providing an open,and non-judgmental environment where individuals can feel supported in their journey.

David’s services are available both in French and English.

Kristin Davey (She/Her/Hers)

Office Manager

Kristin Davey has been in the administrative field since 2017. She prides herself on her organization and attention to detail. Kristin utilizes her background in retail management to provide exceptional customer service to clients. Kristin attended Algonquin College for Abnormal Psychology before discovering her knack for all things admin.

In addition to her regular administrative duties, Kristin enjoys earning add-on titles in her various jobs such as “Director of IT & Construction” and “Vice President of Miscellaneous Stuff.” In her spare time, Kristin enjoys crafting, gardening, and trying new recipes.