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Ms. Valérie Charron

Practicum Student (Doctoral in Clinical Psychology)

I am in my fifth year of the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. I have gained different experiences through clinical placements in hospital settings such as the health psychology department at the Montfort Hospital and the chronic pain clinic at the Ottawa Hospital. I also worked in private practices such as the Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR), the Orleans Psychological Health Team (OPHT), and the Interdisciplinary Family Centre of Eastern Ontario (IFCEO). Through these placements, I had the opportunity to gain experience working with adults and older adults struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and emotion regulation. I also focused on how the mind and body are interrelated through helping people struggling with underlying health conditions (cardiac events, cancer, chronic pain, chronic conditions such as Chron’s disease and diabetes, women’s health such as perinatal and fertility concerns).

My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative and strength focused. My primary approach is integrative, using elements from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to build an individualized treatment plan for each of my client. As for my personal style, I am down-to-earth, relaxed, and I love humor, which definitely shows in my therapeutic work. Having a touch of joy is important, especially during difficult times so if we have the chance to work together, be ready for a few laughs!

Other Professional Contributions

My thesis examines the use of new technologies in behavioural neurosciences to assess sociability in rodents to better understand disorders that have an impact on social behaviours such as autism spectrum disorder.

I also am taking part in research on women’s health, especially examining the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on well-being of women in different perinatal stages.


  • Ph. D Candidate in clinical psychology – University of Ottawa (2018- present)
  • B.A. (Honours) specialization in psychology – University of Ottawa (2014-2018)

Clinical Services for Adults, 18-65 years

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety (general, health, social, phobias, panic)
  • Depression & Mood concerns
  • Eating Disorders and body-image concerns
  • Emotional Regulation Difficulties
  • Psycho-Diagnostic Assessment
  • Occupational Stress