Dr. Paul Grunberg, Doctoral Associate

Dr. Paul Grunberg, Doctoral Associate

Ph.D., McGill University

Dr. Paul Grunberg works in supervised practice while he is completing requirements for full registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.*

Therapeutic Approach:

My intention as a therapist is to help you overcome barriers to change, open up to experience,
heal old wounds, and increase trust in yourself. A mentor once shared with me that we are
formed by our past, informed by our histories, and reformed by the decisions we make in the
present. Together we will shed light on how your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours make
sense, so that you can improve your self-understanding and make meaningful choices that
allow you to grow.

There is no wrong place to start and I will meet you right where you are in your process. For so
many of us, anger, shame, sadness, and fear were necessary defenses against past experiences.
I will meet you from a non-judgmental place so that you can safely observe these thoughts and
emotions and learn to relate to yourself and others in healthier ways.
Formally, I have completed doctoral-level training in cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance
and commitment therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy, providing me with an integrative,
well-rounded, and adaptable approach to working with a variety of people and presenting
issues.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Honours), University of Guelph
PhD, Clinical Psychology, McGill University (all requirements completed)
My training included rotations across several university, hospital, and private mental health
clinics, where I worked with people who received diagnoses of anxiety, mood, trauma, and/or
personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder. Of course, these neat labels
don’t include the numerous challenges brought to therapy, including shame, guilt, and
insecurity; difficulties balancing work, family, and social lives; problems with transition or
adjustment; problematic Internet use; disordered eating and body image concerns; hoarding;
perfectionism; non-suicidal self-injury; hair-pulling (i.e., trichotillomania) and skin-picking (i.e.excoriation disorder); loneliness and isolation; and identity development.

Professional Affiliations:

2021             Canadian Psychological Association 

                      Student Member 

2021             Ottawa Academy of Psychology 

                      Affiliate Member

2021             Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science 

                      Student Member 

2016-2021   Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society 

2012-2021   International Society for the Study of Self-Injury  

Research Publications:

Grunberg, P. H., Da Costa, D., Dennis, C., O’Connell, S., Lahuec, A., Zelkowitz, P. (2021). “How did you cope with such concerns?”: Insights from a monitored online infertility peer support forum. Human Fertility, https://doi.org/10.1080/14647273.2021.1959952

O’Connell, S., E. N. Gelgoot, P. H. Grunberg, Schinazi, J., Da Costa, D., Dennis, C., Rosberger, Z., Zelkowitz, P. (2021). “‘I felt less alone knowing I could contribute to the forum’: Psychological distress and use of an online infertility peer support forum”. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 9, 128-48.

Lemoine, M-E., O’Connell, S., Grunberg, P. H., Gagné, K., Ells, C., Zelkowitz. P. (2021) Information needs of people seeking fertility treatment in Canada: A mixed methods analysis. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 9, 104-27.

 Grunberg, P. H., Dennis, C. L., Da Costa, D. Gagné, K., Idelson, R., Zelkowitz, P. (2020) Development and evaluation of an online infertility peer supporter training program. Patient Education and Counseling. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.11.019

Grunberg, P. H., Miner, S. A.a, & Zelkowitz, P. (2020). Infertility and perceived stress: the role of identity concern in treatment-seeking men and women, Human Fertility, https://doi.org/10.1080/14647273.2019.1709667

Grunberg, P. H., Dennis, C, Da Costa, D., Zelkowitz, P. (2018). Infertility patients’ need and preferences for online peer support. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2018.10.016

Kelly-Hedrick, M., Grunberg, P. H.b, Brochu, F., Zelkowitz, P. (2018). “It’s totally okay to be sad, but never lose hope”: Content analysis of infertility-related videos on YouTube in relation to review preferences. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(5), e10199. doi: 10.2196/10199

Lewis, S. P., Bryant, L. A., Shaefer, B. M., & Grunberg, P. H. (2017). In their own words: Perspectives on non-suicidal self-injury disorder among those with lived experience. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205(10), 771-779. doi: 10.1097/NMD0000000000000733

Grunberg, P. H., Lewis, S. P. (2015). Self-injury and readiness to recover: Preliminary examination of components of the stages of change model. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 28(4), 361-371. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2014.998627 

Lewis, S. P., Lumley, M. N., Grunberg, P. H. (2015). Early maladaptive schemas and non-suicidal self-injury among young adults: A preliminary investigation. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 28(4), 386-402. doi: 10.1080/09515070.2015.1074887

*Supervisor: Paul’s supervisor, Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych., is the founder of Ottawa River Psychology Group and is fully registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a doctoral level psychologist in autonomous practice (Certificate #4531) with dual registration to serve children/adolescents and adults in three specialties: clinical, counselling and health psychology.  She has extensive training in Process-Based CBT, ACT, CFT, Mindfulness-Based Interventions including MBSR and MSC. She is a Certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher and Professional Certified Mindfulness Teacher with International Mindfulness Teachers Association.  Supervisor contact information: info@ottawariverpsychology.com.