Ryan J. Ferguson

Practicum Student and Counsellor Training

I value authenticity, respect, and warmth in both my clinical work and personal life. As a trainee, I apply these principles to our work together. I also use evidence-based practice to inform my assessment, evaluation, and therapy. Primarily using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), I have gained experience working with adults with anxiety (e.g., Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder) and related-disorders (e.g., Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours), as well as mood disorders (e.g., Major Depressive/Persistent Depressive Disorder).

I am currently in my fifth year of training in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Ottawa. I have had other doctoral practicum training experiences at the Centre for Psychological Services and Research, the Ottawa Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships, and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. At the Centre for Change, I am enthusiastic to be working under the clinical supervision of Dr. Laura Nichols, C.Psych.

In addition to my clinical work, I am currently conducting research with the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT) that assesses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy graduate training across mental health professionals in Canada.

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)

Other Professional Contributions

  • For my doctoral research, I am testing a hypothesis around the cyclical relationship between negative self- and other-evaluations and social anxiety.
  • I frequently attend academic conferences and workshops to familiarize myself with recent research, learn additional clinical skills, and collaborate with other CBT therapists in Canada.


  • Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology, University of Ottawa, 2017-present
  • Master of Arts, Applied Psychology, Laurentian University, 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Psychology, Laurentian University, 2015

Clinical Services for Adults, 18-65 Years

  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety/Worry
  • Panic Attacks/Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias (e.g., medical, needle, animals, emetophobia)
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychodiagnostic Assessments