Ryan Wyatt M.A. (in progress)

Ryan Wyatt M.A. (in progress)

M.A. (in progress) Supervised Practicum Student (University of Ottawa)

About Ryan:

My lived experiences and interactions with others have made me a firm believer in the strength and resiliency of people.  Life rarely unfolds in a neat and tidy manner and often ignores our best laid plans.  We must face obstacles that will be difficult to overcome and may bring about challenging emotions and mental states.  I believe that it is our responses to these challenges that can help foster healthy thinking patterns, behaviours and a belief in our own strengths.  In overcoming obstacles we become better prepared for the future and more resilient in the face of adversity.  

Seeking support during difficult times requires bravery and an awareness of one’s thoughts and emotions.  It is an essential step in understanding the challenges you are facing, outlining goals to work towards and developing the skills that you can use to achieve them.    

Psychotherapy Approach:

I take a client-centered approach to the counselling relationship.  My aim is to work together to address the areas of concern that are important to you by creating an atmosphere where you feel heard and know that it is safe to be open and honest.  I seek not to solve your problems, but to assist you in developing the skills that will help you to overcome them.

At the start of our time together I will get to know you and listen carefully to the challenges that you wish to address and what you would like to improve upon.  I will tailor my approach to best suit you and ensure that we are working towards your goals while frequently checking in to make sure you are satisfied with the work we are doing together.

My approach to therapy is always evolving as I progress through my training and career.  I take a third-wave approach to counselling and focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness Based Interventions.

Education and Experience:

I hold a Bachelor of Arts Honours Psychology degree from Carleton University as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University.  I am currently a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.  Following graduation I spent a year living and working as an educator in Melbourne, Australia.  I recently returned from two and a half years teaching and coaching at a secondary school in Northern British Columbia.  

My five years working in education helped me realize the passion I have for working with others to overcome challenges and improve their lived experiences.  I am currently completing a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa in pursuit of a career as a full-time counsellor.

People with whom I work: Youth (13+) & adults

Specialities:  anxiety, depression, chronic stress, low self-esteem, difficulties adjusting to life transitions.

Ryan’s Supervisor for clients 18+ years- adults: Kamala Pilgrim Ph.D., C.Psych.  

Dr. Kamala Pilgrim, C.Psych., is a doctoral level clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO #6258). She obtained her Ph.D. from Concordia University and also holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from McGill University in Montréal. Dr. Pilgrim has graduate training and experience in private practice working with clients from within the frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as third-wave, process-based treatments, i.e. Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). She has a particular interest in working with clients who experience heightened levels of anxiety and stress. Supervisor contact information: kamala@ottawariverpsychology.com

Ryan’s Supervisor for clients 13-17 yrs of age:  Dr. Kimberly Sogge C.Psych.

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 CBT, ACT, CFT, Maudsley FBT (Family Based Treatment) for eating disorders in adolescents, ED recovery, mindful eating, and body image.  Supervisor contact information: info@ottawariverpsychology.com.

A WORD ABOUT WORKING WITH A SUPERVISED PRACTICE GRADUATE PRACTICUM STUDENT

All Ottawa River Psychology Group Clinical Supervisors are the most responsible clinicians for the work of graduate practicum.  Clients who work with a graduate practicum student get the benefit of both the high motivation and recent contact with research and best practice literature in psychotherapy that comes with being a graduate student in professional training, along with the years of professional experience and specialized training of a registered clinical professional supervisor who holds a license from either the College of Psychologists of Ontario or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  Clinical Supervisors provide very close supervision of graduate practicum student clinical work: every week clinical supervisors meet face to face with practicum students to review each client case, assess client needs, monitor progress, plan treatment, and ensure the maintenance of the highest standards of professional practice and supervision as defined by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  If there are any concerns about the care provided under the supervised practice of graduate practicum students, ORPG clinical supervisors are available to clients and their practicum clinicians to review case progress, solve problems, suggest new directions, and resolve challenges. Supervisor contact information is included in the profile of each graduate practicum student, and clients can always reach their graduate practicum student clinician or their supervisor through contacting the Ottawa River Psychology Group office at 613-656-3331, or by emailing our administrative office at info@ottawariverpsychology.com

Ottawa River Psychology Group Clinical Director

Dr Kimberly Sogge C.Psych.

kim@ottawariverpsychology.com