Marie-Eve Martel, M.A. (Doctoral Candidate)

I have completed an M.A. in Counselling Psychology in 2014 (University of Ottawa) and I am currently completing a dual Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D./Ph.D.) at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. I have now completed all clinical requirements for my Psy.D. As a fully bilingual clinician, I am proud to offer clinical services in both English and French under the supervision of Registered Clinical Health Psychologist Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych.  (CPO#4531).  Over the past several years, I have acquired both clinical and research experience in acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies. I recently completed a 1400-hour internship at the Montfort Hospital where I offered Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in individual and group settings for young and older adults with borderline personality disorder. I have also completed previous internships at the Montfort Hospital and the university clinic, where I offered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to adults with a wide range of difficulties (i.e. relational issues, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, health issues, anger issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder) in both individual and group settings. I have a special interest for chronic pain, and have done extensive research on this condition over the last several years. Namely, I have worked closely with Dr. Frédérick Dionne (professor and peer reviewed ACT trainer) on studies related to ACT for chronic pain. In February 2017, I completed an internship at the INPUT Pain Management Clinic, St-Thomas’ Hospital, London (England) and King’s College London (England) where I gained additional training in ACT treatment for adults with chronic pain and collaborated on research projects with Dr. Lance McCracken and Dr. Whitney Scott, well-known researchers in the field. I highly value continued education and learning and I am a member of the:

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators
  • Société Québécoise pour la recherche en psychologie

I have been attending the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conferences since 2015, where I have had the privilege to attend plenaries and workshops by world-renowned psychologists such as Steven C. Hayes (ACT founder), Kelly Wilson (ACT co-founder), Marsha Linehan (founder of DBT), Kristin Neff (self-compassion), Mavis Tsai (Functional Analytic Psychotherapy) and many others. I continuously strive to deepen my knowledge of evidence-based practices and to be informed of the latest research in order to better serve my clients. My approach in psychotherapy is very person-centered and collaborative. Often times, when people seek therapy for the first time, they don’t know what to expect. I will provide warmth, empathy, and guidance as we establish treatment goals that best suit your needs. My approach is also very dialectical – I try to balance acceptance and change in my interventions, and I integrate compassion and present-moment awareness in sessions with clients. I often encourage my clients to do the same in their own lives and
integrate mindfulness, kindness and compassion towards themselves and others. I strongly believe that making small significant changes can often lead us to live more meaningful lives.

A past teacher once told me “psychotherapy is taking the power that we have to suffer less”. It takes a lot of courage to make that first appointment, and yet that small action could potentially change your life. If you think you might benefit from therapy, I invite you to take that first step as I consider it both an honor and a privilege to accompany my clients along their journey.

Marie-Eve Martel, M.A. (Doctoral Candidate)

M.A. (UOttawa), Psy.D./Ph.D. (UQTR)

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