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About Us

Dr. Connie Dalton, Psychologist
Dr. Dalton is a founding member of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Excellence in Practice.  Sheparticipated in the specialized Extramural Training Program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. She was also a clinical staff member at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, where she was responsible for the development of programming for major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. She offers supervision and training for psychology and family medicine residents, as well as other mental health professionals. Dr. Dalton provides individual therapy for anxiety and mood disorders using CBT, and is co-directing the group therapy program being offered at the OICBT. An area of focus and proficiency is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Anand Prabhu, Psychologist

Dr. Prabhu is a founding member of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He has provided clinical services to children, youth, and their families for over 25 years in both private and hospital based practice. While at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, he served as head of the Mood and Anxiety Clinic. He was the Director of Training of the Internship Program in Clinical Psychology when at the Children’s Outpatient Department of the Royal Ottawa Hospital. As a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa he has provided supervision in CBT to residents in both Psychology and Psychiatry. His area of expertise is the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders and he has a particular interest in treating obsessive compulsive disorder.Recommended resources

Dr. François Rousseau, Psychologist

Dr. Rousseau is a founding member of the Ottawa institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He provides treatment to adults and seniors for mood disorders (including Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder) and anxiety disorders. He uses a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, including Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). Prior to joining the OICBT, Dr. Rousseau worked in the outpatient and inpatient units of the Mood Disorders Program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Le Dr Rousseau offre des services en français et en anglais.

Dr. John Telner, Psychologist

Dr. Telner is a founding member of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is theformer head of Psychology at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. For many years, he was the head of cognitive behavioural therapy training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Telner was formerly an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor of Psychologyat the University of Ottawa. He also participated in the specialized Extramural Training Program for Residency Training Directors at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Dr. Telner is currently focusing his practice on CBT treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its spectrum, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as Major Depressive Disorder.

Dr. Natasha Ballen, Psychologist

Dr. Natasha Ballen is a Clinical and Health Psychologist who provides individual and group therapy treatment to adults. She uses primarily a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, however she also has training and experience in other approaches including experiential, interpersonal, and dialectical behaviour therapy. She treats a wide variety of problems, including mood and anxiety disorders, personality-related problems, health issues (e.g., coping with acute and chronic medical problems, health-anxiety), and women’s health concerns. An area of special interest and experience is in the assessment and treatment of psychological issues related to pregnancy and postpartum adjustment (e.g., postpartum depression and anxiety, “baby blues”).

Dianne Blackburn, Social Worker

Dianne Blackburn is a social worker with 25 years of experience in helping people with issues around substance use/abuse and co-occurring mental illnesses (e.g., depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, ADHD). Dianne trained at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, and received her cognitive therapy certification through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dianne uses cognitive behavioural and dialectical behavioural approaches.

Dr. Cathy Dandurand, Psychologist

Dr. Dandurand completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her theoretical approach implements a cognitive behavioural approach comprised of elements of schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, experiential, interpersonal, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioural therapy. Dr. Dandurand's practice (assessment, diagnosis, and treatment) is in the service of adult populations experiencing difficulties related to mood (depression, bipolar, post-partum depression, etc.), anxiety (social, generalized, health anxiety, specific phobias, panic, agoraphobia, etc.); obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCD, hair-pulling, skin-picking, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding, etc.), post-traumatic stress disorder/trauma and abuse; eating disorders (e..g, AN, BN, overeating) and psychosis. Additionally, her practice focuses on working with individuals experiencing personality-related problems (e.g., borderline personality disorder), alcohol/substance use, grief counselling, relationship difficulties, self-esteem concerns, insomnia, and stress management. Dr. Dandurand collaboratively tailors her work to target clients' individual needs and strengths and has a vested interest in stigma-reduction related to mental health difficulties.

Dr. Dave Davies, Psychologist

Dr. Davies is a psychologist who is an active clinician, researcher, supervisor, and teacher. He was formerly a staff member at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre’s Anxiety Disorders Program and is a past Director of Training for the Royal’s Psychology Residency Program. He serves as lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and provides supervision,training and workshops in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to mental health professionals across disciplines.  Dr. Davies’ practice focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with anxiety, mood, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders.  He also has a special interest in the provision of CBT to people suffering with insomnia and psychosis/schizophrenia. Dr. Davies holds memberships with the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is a Founding Member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.

Dr. Corinna Elliott, Psychologist

Dr. Elliott specializes in cognitive behavioural treatments for anxiety, mood, traumatic stress and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.  She completed her Pre-doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Elliott provides comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment to adults, and is also involved in the Centre for Group Therapy at the OICBT.  Her practice primarily focuses on OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression and insomnia. Dr. Elliott is also an active researcher and has published several scientific articles and book chapters involving the onset, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.

Dr. Meredith Foot, Psychologist

Dr. Foot is a clinical and health psychologist providing cognitive behavioral therapy combined with mindfulness and acceptance based approaches. She works with adult clients experiencing a range of difficulties, including mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias), and adjustment related difficulties (e.g., stressful life transitions, grief, work-related challenges). She also has an interest in helping clients address low self-esteem, relationship concerns, anger management problems, and difficulties with assertiveness. In the area of health and illness, Dr. Foot works with individuals experiencing health-related anxiety as well as those adjusting to illness (e.g., fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer). Dr. Foot has experience working in hospital-based settings and was previously on staff at the Ottawa Hospital with the Shared Mental Health Care Program.  She brings a caring, collaborative approach to her work with clients and aims to help individuals identify and work towards their goals.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Foot is involved in the supervision and training of doctoral students in clinical psychology.

Dr. Owen Kelly, Psychologist

Dr. Kelly provides individual and group treatment to adults for mood and anxiety disorders using a variety of cognitive-behavioural therapies.An area of focus and interest is the treatment of posttraumatic stress using CBT techniques. Dr. Kelly also provides cognitive-behavioural treatment for anxiety and depression associated with tinnitus. Prior to joining the OICBT Dr. Kelly was a psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He is currently an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University. In addition to publishing scientific papers, Dr. Kelly is co-author of the clinician manual “Treating Psychosis: A Clinician's Guide to Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Compassion-Based Approaches within the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tradition”. He is also co-author of the Canadian Adaptation of the textbook “Research Methods in Psychology” for Oxford University Press.

Kirstine Postma, Psychologist

Kirstine Postma worked as a Consultant (Lead) Clinical Psychologist in the U.K., during which time she had the opportunity to develop her expertise in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and many years’ experience of teaching & training people in CBT. She is Certified in both CBT and EMDR and worked in a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy team in the UK. Each of these therapies has a strong evidence-base in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress and its related disorders (the spectrum of depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance misuse). In addition, Ms Postma has over 15 years’ experience in the practice of Mindfulness. She will soon offer group training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Ms Postma looks to develop a collaborative working relationship with her clients, focusing on teaching skills of living as appropriate to life circumstances and presenting difficulties.
 

Dr. Sara Caird, Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Caird provides assessment and treatment for individuals, groups, and couples. She works with ­­­adults and adolescence with a variety of emotional, interpersonal, and health concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship distress, drug/alcohol use, and physical illness. She utilizes a cognitive behavioural approach to therapy and incorporates other evidence-based approaches, including acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and emotion-focused therapy. Ms. Caird received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and completed her pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital. She is also involved in the training and supervision of clinical psychology graduate students.

Dr. Andrew Lumb, Psychologist 

Andrew Lumb completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He has received training in a variety of clinical settings, including The Royal, Ottawa Heart Institute, and The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Lumb also works as a psychologist at The Royal in their Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program.  He provides individual and group therapy to adults in the areas of clinical and health psychology. He uses primarily a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach and also has training and experience in other empirically supported treatments such as interpersonal and emotion-focused therapy. His areas of practice include mood and anxiety disorders, personality-related difficulties, adjustment and coping with health conditions (e.g., cancer, HIV, pain), eating disorders, and psychotic spectrum disorders. He is currently an active member on the Education and Training Committee of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
 

Dr. Mandisa Peterson, Psychologist (Supervised Practice) 

Dr. Peterson completed her Pre-doctoral Residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She provides psychodiagnostic assessments as well as individual and group therapy treatment for diverse adult populations. Her primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural and she has experience and training in a number of evidence-based approaches, including dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is dedicated to establishing a safe and open therapeutic environment and working collaboratively with clients to meet their individual needs. Ms. Peterson’s practice focuses on individuals experiencing a wide range of psychological issues, including: mood (including depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, health and disability related issues, grief and loss, chronic pain, and adjustment disorders. She has a particular interest and experience working with posttraumatic stress and forensic issues (addictions, anger, ADHD). She is involved in the supervision of doctoral students in clinical psychology. She is also committed to continuing program development and evaluation in the community in an effort to develop more effective and accessible mental healthcare programs.

Dr. Alison Welsted, Psychologist 

Dr. Welsted provides assessment and treatment for individuals experiencing a range of psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma-related disorders, as well as personality issues. She also works with those experiencing psychological difficulties associated with illness and disability. Dr. Welsted’s primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural, and she has experience and training in other evidence-based approaches, including mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Welsted is involved in training and supervision of clinical psychology graduate students, provision of group therapy, and program development initiatives at the OICBT. Prior to joining the OICBT, Dr. Welsted completed her Ph.D. at The University of British Columbia and her pre-doctoral internship at The Ottawa Hospital.
 

Yue Zhao, Doctoral Candidate (Under Supervision)

Ms. Zhao completed her Pre-doctoral Residency at Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium, Ontario. She provides psychodiagnostic assessment, and individual and group treatment to adults with a range of difficulties, such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and emotion regulation difficulties. Her primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural therapy and she incorporates dialectical behaviour, acceptance and commitment, and mindfulness therapies. Ms. Zhao developed cultural clinical competence through direct practice of evidence-based culturally informed therapy. She provides clinical services in both English and Mandarin languages. 

 

Marie-Ève Bégin Galarneau, Psychology Resident

Marie-Ève Bégin Galarneau is a doctoral resident in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has had a broad range of clinical experiences, providing bilingual assessment and treatment (individual and group format) in various settings, including the Center for Psychological Services and Research (University of Ottawa), the Ottawa Hospital Rehab Centre (Respiratory Rehabilitation) and the Royal hospital (mood program). She was trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy and interpersonal therapy and uses an integrative framework to best suit the needs of her clients. Using techniques from those three approaches, she puts the goal of her clients as a priority to work toward changes and wellbeing. Her areas of practice include mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment and coping with health conditions, grief, relationship issues and interpersonal trauma. She puts emphasis on the resilience and the strengths of individuals which she has found very inspirational over the years she has practiced psychotherapy.

Natasha Gosselin, Psychology Resident

Natasha Gosselin is a doctoral resident in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa.  She works withadults experiencing difficulties with anxiety (generalized, social, panic, phobias), mood, relationships, grief, post-traumatic stress, and OCD, as well as pregnancy, perinatal and postpartum issues. She also works with clients who have low self worth or hold themselves to high perfectionistic standards, as well as those who have difficulty identifying or expressing emotions, communicating assertively, or setting healthy boundaries. Natasha collaborates with her clients to develop a unique, meaningful treatment plan tailored to their identified needs and goals. She uses an approach that integrates cognitive-behavioural and emotion-focused interventions.

 

 

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