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Sue Johnson Ed.D., C.Psych.

Sue Johnson Ed.D., C.Psych.

Psychologist
Sue is the founding Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  For over ten years, she was also the Director of the Marital and Family Clinic at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa.  Sue is a clinical psychologist, ...
Alison C. Lee  Ph.D., C. Psych

Alison C. Lee Ph.D., C. Psych

Psychologist
Alison, a Registered Psychologist, is founding member and Vice President of OCFI. She has expertise in helping individuals, couples and adult families presenting with a number of different problems including relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma, self esteem issues and coping with ...
Gail Palmer  MSW, RMFT

Gail Palmer MSW, RMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Gail Palmer, one of the Founding Members at the OCFI, has her Masters in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.   Gail brings 25 years of experience of working primarily in the mental health field and is skilled in helping individuals, couples and families deal with a ...
Nancy Smith  MSW, MFT

Nancy Smith MSW, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Nancy Smith is a registered marriage and family therapist (Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) as well as a registered sex therapist (Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling of Ontario).   Nancy worked for many years as the marital/sex therapist in the andrology clinic ...
Kathy Stiell  MSW, RSW

Kathy Stiell MSW, RSW

Marriage and Family Therapist
Kathy has a Masters in Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker and a Registered Marital and Family Therapist with over 25 years experience. Kathy is a dedicated and compassionate therapist with expertise in helping individuals, couples and families throughout the different stages of ...
Marleen MacDonald  MSW, RSW

Marleen MacDonald MSW, RSW

Marriage and Family Therapist
Marleen has her Masters of Social Work, and is experienced working with individuals, couples and families.   She has worked with people dealing with addictions, relationship dysfunction, anxiety, depression, and family conflict.   Marleen continues to develop her experience with children as ...
Marlene Best Ph.D., C. Psych.

Marlene Best Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Marlene provides psychological services to adult individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of concerns. Her areas of special interest include relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, self-esteem issues, grief and bereavement, adult development, transitions of adult ...
Orly Rumstein McKean  Ph.D., C. Psych.

Orly Rumstein McKean Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Orly joined the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute after completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa in December 2004. In June 2006, Orly became a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Orly focuses her practice on working with ...
Tracy Abarbanel  Ph.D., C. Psych.

Tracy Abarbanel Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Tracy completed her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Clinical Psychology. Tracy works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families experiencing a wide range of concerns.  She has a special interest in working with families, including those with young children, adolescents, as ...
Olena Piaseckyj  Ph.D., C. Psych

Olena Piaseckyj Ph.D., C. Psych

Psychologist
Olena provides services to couples and individuals. Her special area of interest is psychological issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, anger, adjustment to loss, assertiveness, work-related stress, interpersonal difficulties, coping with medical conditions such as IBS or ...
Daniel Lopez  MS, RMFT

Daniel Lopez MS, RMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Daniel is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a clinical member of AAMFT.  Daniel provides services to couples and individuals struggling through infertility as well as couples and individuals suffering from issues related to addictions.  In addition, Daniel is skilled at ...
Joan MacDonald  Ph.D., C. Psych

Joan MacDonald Ph.D., C. Psych

Psychologist
Dr. MacDonald is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario for autonomous practice with children, adults and families. Dr. MacDonald has experience treating individuals and families for a range of psychological and emotional difficulties, including anxiety, trauma, depression, ...
Normand Gingras  Ph.D., C. Psych.

Normand Gingras Ph.D., C. Psych.

psychologue
Engilsh version follows French Normand est arrivé au OCFI en janvier 2001, après avoir reçu son doctorat en psychologie clinique de l’Université d’Ottawa en juin 2000. Pendant ses études, il s'intéresse surtout aux questions théoriques et épistémologiques qui touchent la psychologie. ...
Paul Greenman  PhD., C. Psych

Paul Greenman PhD., C. Psych

Psychologist
Paul is an EFT therapist and supervisor. In addition to providing services to clients at the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute (OCFI) and the family medicine unit of the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, he is also a full-time professor of psychology and from 2009-2013 was the director of the doctoral ...
Eleanor Riesen  Ph.D., C. Psych

Eleanor Riesen Ph.D., C. Psych

Psychologist
Eleanor provides services to individual and couples. Her areas of interest include relationship struggles; she is also currently involved in research project on sexual pain disorders in women.   As a former nurse, Eleanor has particular interest in dealing with those suffering from grief and ...
Natasha Demidenko  Ph.D., C.Psych.

Natasha Demidenko Ph.D., C.Psych.

Psychologist
Natasha provides services to couples and individuals. Her areas of interest include marital distress and relationship struggles; depression; and eating disorders.   Natasha obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and a M.A. in Psychology from Carleton ...
Mélanie Joanisse, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Mélanie Joanisse, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Melanie completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a bilingual therapist who provides services to adult individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of concerns. Her main interests include anxiety and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, adjustment to ...
Rebecca Halchuk, Ph.D., C. Psych

Rebecca Halchuk, Ph.D., C. Psych

Psychologist
Rebecca provides psychological services to individuals and couples to address a variety of presenting concerns, including relationship distress, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions and self-esteem. She works with an attitude of openness, respect and acceptance towards clients, and builds ...
Marie-Pier Leclerc, Psy. D Candidate / Candidate au D. Psy.

Marie-Pier Leclerc, Psy. D Candidate / Candidate au D. Psy.

Doctoral Intern/Résidente en psychologie
English version will follow   Le travail clinique et bilingue de Marie-Pier se focalise auprès d’une clientèle adulte et de couple touchée par un large éventail de préoccupations et de difficultés. Elle collabore entre autres avec des gens qui font face à des troubles anxieux et des ...
June Kvamme, MSW, RSW

June Kvamme, MSW, RSW

Psychotherapist
  June has a warm and compassionate style of relating that creates emotional safety and acceptance in her therapy sessions. She comes to OCFI with over 23 years of counselling experience. She has worked in Community Health Centres for 20 years (14 in counselling and 6 in parent support programs); ...
Lyzon Babchishin, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Lyzon Babchishin, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Lyzon provides psychological services to adults and couples with a range of difficulties, such as relational difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion deregulation and grief and bereavement.  Lyzon’s prevailing theoretical orientation integrates elements of emotionally focused and ...
Natasha Carraro, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Natasha Carraro, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Natasha is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology. She provides assessment and treatment services to adults and couples presenting with a range of psychological concerns, including: ...
Stephanie Wiebe, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Stephanie Wiebe, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist
Stephanie completed her Ph.D at the University of Ottawa.  She provides psychological services to couples with a wide range of concerns that impact their relationship including health issues, parenting disagreements, infidelity, depression, anxiety, and the effect of past trauma.  Stephanie works ...
Nicolas Gabbay, Ph.D. Candidate

Nicolas Gabbay, Ph.D. Candidate

Nicolas has completed his clinical training requirements at the University of Ottawa. He is in the final phases of completing his doctoral research.   Nicolas provides evidence-based psychological services to individuals and couples who are experiencing a range of concerns. He has a special ...
Nikki Kennedy, Ph.D. Candidate

Nikki Kennedy, Ph.D. Candidate

Nikki provides psychological services to individuals and couples who are experiencing a range of concerns, including relationship distress, trauma, depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, interpersonal problems, and adjustment to major life transitions or chronic illness.   Her treatment ...
Joanne Bihari, D.Clin. Psy.

Joanne Bihari, D.Clin. Psy.

Psychologist
Joanne provides assessment and psychotherapy to help individuals, couples and families with a wide range of concerns and difficulties, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, addictions and living with chronic illness.  Joanne understands the person in the context of their broader ...
Troy Irwin, M. Div, D. Min, M.A. Candidate

Troy Irwin, M. Div, D. Min, M.A. Candidate

Supervised Counselling Intern
Troy is a compassionate and collaborative therapist with client-centered approach to helping others that is strength-based and hope-filled.  Troy brings with him years of experience in pastoral care, hospital chaplaincy and military chaplaincy and is welcoming to people from all backgrounds and ...
Patricia Montembeault, M.A.

Patricia Montembeault, M.A.

Candidate au doctorat
Patricia a complété les exigences de sa formation clinique au doctorat en psychologie clinique de l’Université d’Ottawa. Elle est actuellement dans le processus de soutenance de sa thèse pour ensuite procéder à l’inscription auprès de l’Ordre des psychologues de l’Ontario. Patricia ...
Heloise Drouin

Heloise Drouin

Ph.D. Candidate
Héloïse has completed all of the clinical training components of her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She is currently in the process of preparing to defend her doctoral thesis. Héloïse offers psychological services in both French and English to couples and ...