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 Education (counselling)
from the University of Ottawa in 2014.

I am a registered psychologist 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
people in the National Capital Region.

Training and Experience

During my graduate studies and over the last two years at our practice, I have acquired
both clinical and research experience in acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies.
I have experience offering 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 through previous internships at the Montfort Hospital and at the
university clinic (UQTR).

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 (BPD).

I have also recently completed an intensive training in Radically-Open Dialectical
Behavior Therapy (R-O DBT), an evidence-based treatment for problems of overcontrol
and loneliness. I look forward to offering this treatment to members of the Ottawa
community.

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 well-known researchers in the
field.

I am currently collaborating on research projects on chronic pain and comorbid
health conditions with researchers 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. For a list of my publications and
communications, click here.

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
  • Canadian Pain Society
  • Quebec Network of Junior Pain Investigators

I have been attending the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World
Conferences every year between 2015 and 2018, 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.