Roots to Branches Counselling Services

“supporting you in getting to the root of the matter”


About Ambreen Ihsanullah MEd

I am a passionate people person with a loving nature and an open heart and mind. From my early teens, people have talked to me about their most intimate issues— friends, acquaintances and strangers alike. People gravitate to me and intuitively I have always known how to support the individual on his or her journey. Teaching and counselling teenagers for thirty years has kept me honest, self reflective and increasingly emphatic about our humanity.

I have thirty years experience as a secondary teacher of English,Anthropology,Sociology,Psychology and World Religions. As a psychotherapist for the last seventeen years, my specialty has been working with children and youth, individually and in groups. I have also created and facilitated workshops and personal and professional development programs for educators and administrators in Ontario and organisations overseas. I have extensive experience in community services, management and working with diversity in community building.

•Med Counselling Psychology
•Gestalt Therapy
•Satir Marriage and Family Therapy
•Bert Hellinger Family Constellation
•Core Belief Engineering
•Energy Healing
•Spiritual and Shamanic Healing

What I do best!

I will help you to:

• Learn to uncover the multi layers of your own being.

• Transform your perceived limitations and gain conscious awareness of your talents, resources and your soul’s yearnings.

• Learn to gently release unhealthy and unhelpful patterns of feelings, beliefs and behaviors.

• Release the past and live fully in the here and now.

• Gain awareness and acceptance of yourself and your value.

• Own your choices in life and choose with confidence.

• Express yourself with an open and loving heart and mind.

• Have faith in your authentic being as your personal guide.

• Strengthen and build your relationships.

• Trust yourself and allow your life to unfold as you have always dreamed.

• Experience peace and harmony deep within yourself


My Approach to Counselling

My formal education and experience in psychotherapy, energy and spiritual healing and my own intuitive guidance, reinforce my belief that we humans are spiritual beings having an earthly  experience. Our mind body soul is a whole organism always guided and supported by the light of our own intelligence, connected to the Great Mystery.

As the external world reveals itself to be increasingly more uncertain, we can turn inward and discover true comfort, safety and stability inside ourselves.

As we learn to relax, pay attention and listen to ourselves we uncover our own mystery and learn to trust the wisdom, resources and guidance which reside in our innermost being.

As we heal our hearts and follow our soul’s yearnings we are better able to acknowledge our choices in life and live with trust in our inner wisdom.

In our commitment to heal ourselves and express our truth with confidence, we become an example and inspiration to ourselves, our families and communities.

It all starts with you and your commitment to yourself.

Counselling Services

So it’s 2018. A new year; a fresh start and commitment to grow and evolve. However, the old problems, old wounds, old emotions and thought patterns accompany us into the new start. January reality check. Even if some of us were able to put the old baggage down for the Christmas and holiday season festivities; like our shadow, our past automatically follows us into the New Year.

 Our most earnest resolutions and intentions only last so long — a few days, weeks, but often we don’t make it to February with our new year resolutions intact.It’s discouraging and debilitating. Our conscious mind has good intentions but our unconscious mind  is running our life, based on old mental and emotional defensive programs acquired during traumatic or difficult times. The reptilian brain is about survival and it is powerful.However, repression of old wounds is really self oppression and often prevents our best efforts to grow.

If we aim to thrive in our lives, we must engage in in a cleansing of the mind and spirit as well as the physical body. Careful examination of what we have stored in the nooks and crannies of our unconscious mind and thorough release of old traumas which have become obstacles to our evolution, is a must.

This new year give yourself and your loved ones a truly fresh start in life and gently address and release old patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving which have stopped serving your highest benefit.

New Years Offerings:

Group Therapy- three hours, every Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm starting February 1, 2018

                           $275 4 week package

                           $495 8 week package

                           $725 12 week package

Individual Sessions 1 hour session $140

                                Package of 8 sessions $125 per session

                                Package of 12 sessions $110 per session

Couples Sessions  1 hour session $160

                               Package of 8 $145 per session

                               Package of 12 $130 per session

All packages must be paid for in advance in order to qualify for the discounted rate. Payment plans available.

*All rates are inclusive of HST

Ongoing Group Counselling and Workshops

Please check this page for new offerings starting January 2018

Self Awareness Self Knowledge Self Confidence

Take time out for your yourself away from the hectic pace of life; the constant external demands and expectations.

Nourish yourself in a safe space with time to go inward and pay attention to your inner being.

Remember Yourself Rediscover Yourself Re-energize Yourself

External change begins with an internal shift
in consciousness.

My group workshop offer a philosophical approach and practical methods and skills anyone can use to create internal harmony, peace and well-being.

Self-knowledge, understanding and acceptance provide the inner foundation from which we can all consciously help create an inclusive and harmonious society of individuals who are a meaningful part of the whole.

Self acceptance allows us to accept others without fear.
We model and teach who we are.

Comfortable in our own uniqueness we are able to grow stronger together.

5 Weeks: Wednesdays November 15, 22, 29  December 6, 13

Location: Planet BOTANIX 301 Bank Street at Somerset Street

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Who: You!   10-15 participants maximum  18 years and older*

Cost: $275 includes HST

Evening Group available Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm  Rockcliffe Lindenlea New Edinburgh area

Youth Group available Tuesday afternoons 4:00pm-7:00pm Rockcliffe Lindenlea New Edinburgh area

 7 Week Groups will be offered starting in January to February at various locations

$375 please inquire to register

Ambreen's Articles

“Time Enough for Love?”  click here to read the article

Get in Touch

Contact Info

301 Bank St. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


You can also call Planet Botanix to schedule an appointment at (613) 567-4444

Wednesdays: 10am – 6pm

The Location


Two exposure HDR iamge tone mapped using Photomatix Pro. Photo taken at Boston Public Garden with a large Wispering Willow Tree in the downtown park.www.awimages.net671