Dr. Marie-Eve Martel, C.Psych. Registered Psychologist

Dr. Marie-Eve Martel, C.Psych. Registered Psychologist

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

Professional

I received my Clinical Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in February 2018 and I am continuing research to obtain a Ph.D. diploma. Prior to my doctoral studies, I have obtained an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Ottawa in 2014.

I am fully registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (certificate #6475) as a doctoral level psychologist in autonomous practice with competency in clinical psychology with adolescents, adults and seniors. I am fully bilingual and I am pleased to offer psychological services in both English and French to adults and teenagers within the community.  

Training and Experience

During my graduate studies, I have acquired both clinical and research experience in acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies. In 2017, I 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 (UQTR), where I offered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to adults with a wide range of difficulties (i.e. interpersonal issues, anxiety, depression, anger issues, health issues, chronic pain) 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 a research 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 am currently collaborating on research projects on chronic pain and comorbid health conditions with Dr. Gabrielle Pagé, Ph.D., and Dr. Manon Choinière, Ph.D. at the Centre de Recherche du CHUM in Montreal. I am also involved in a research project of self-administered ACT interventions for people with chronic pain with Dr. Frédérick Dionne, Ph.D. 

Professional and Community Involvement

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
  • Mindfulness Ottawa
  • Canadian Pain Society

I have been attending the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conferences every year 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. 

Psychotherapeutic Approach

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.