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 have obtained 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 a registered psychologist with l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ #13257-18) and I have a certificate of registration authorizing interim autonomous practice as a psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (certificate #50005664). 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. relational 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 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.

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

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.

This year, I am honored to have offered two clinical workshops in French at the ACBS World Conference 16 in Montreal, and also contributed to this organization with involvement in the program committee and through volunteer work during the conference. I also currently hold the position of Secretary with the Board of the Ontario Chapter of ACBS.

In the Spring of 2018, I gave talks in two grade 11 psychology classes at Franco-Cité High School. I spoke to students about psychology and career opportunities in this field, and introduced them to concepts such as mindfulness and third wave psychotherapies. It was a great experience for me to talk about topics that I’m so passionate about to a younger generation, and I hope to have more opportunities to share my knowledge and experiences in the community or with professional groups in the future.  

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.