Rita Onwunali

MSW, RSW (Mental Health Therapist)

“I can meet you where you are at and hold space for you as we figure out how to get you to your desired destination.”

Rita is here to help with your life transitions, trauma, stress, anxiety and relationship challenges.

Works With
  • Individuals
  • Families
  • Adults
  • Monday Evening
  • Tuesday Evening
  • Saturday Morning
  • Sunday Morning
  • Alberta Virtual
  • My Approach

    I specialize in working with people moving through significant life transitions. My practice centers on supporting healthy relationships we have with ourselves, which is foundational in influencing relationships with people around us. I utilize a client-centered, strength-based and culturally sensitive approach with a focus on individual development. In partnering with me in your journey towards healing, I embrace and support the cultural dimensions of everyone to foster strength, empowerment and confidence. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. These include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness-based approaches to hold space for clients on their journey to self-discovery. I recognize that people reaching out for mental health support are already going through a lot. For this reason, I adopt a gentle and trauma-informed approach when discussing client’s concerns. Depending on the situation, I also utilize a direct approach geared towards helping clients recognize behavioral patterns and implement strategies to reach their desired therapeutic outcomes. Moreover, I am able connect with my clients on a level defined by them, allowing me to delve deep into their challenges and support them in their journey to recovery.

  • My Philosophy

    I value the importance of having a strong therapeutic alliance with my clients to enable them to reach their desired outcomes. My work with client involves prioritizing the therapeutic relationship grounded on empathy, compassion and respect, which can help clients feel seen and heard. I strongly believe people struggling with mental health challenges deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. I believe in validating people’s experiences and being intentional about the kind of support rendered to them by walking along with clients and not above them.

  • My Why

    I got into the field of Social Work because I am genuinely passionate about my calling to help people. I am committed to helping clients reach their potential and live meaningful lives. Working with diverse clientele in a variety of settings gave me the opportunity to witness the challenges experienced by people struggling with mental health. This has made me keenly interested in allyship with individuals struggling with mental health concerns. I am determined to incorporate their narratives in my work, as a way of amplifying their voices.


  • Anxiety
  • BIPOC Issues
  • Career or Work-related Issues
  • Cultural or Racial Identity
  • Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Family Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting Issues
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-compassion
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Stress

Therapy Approaches

  • Anti-racist/Anti-oppressive
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Narrative
  • Person/Client Centered
  • Strengths Based

Specialized Experience With Allied Communities

  • Immigrant

Rates + Direct Billing

Rita’s’s fees are:

50-Minute Session: $220

80-Minute Session: $330

Our therapy services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance provider or benefit plan. To confirm your plan’s coverage, please contact your insurance provider.

Rita’s appointments can be direct billed to Alberta Blue Cross, ASEBP, Canada Life, GreenShield and Medavie (which includes Veterans Affairs and RCMP).

Don’t see your insurance listed?

If we’re unable to direct bill your insurance provider, you’ll be able to submit the receipt we send at the end of your session to your insurance provider for reimbursement yourself.

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