DR. MARIE-PIER VANDETTE
FOUNDER, DIRECTOR AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Since her adolescence, Dr. Vandette has been involved with children, adolescents and families in Eastern Ontario by volunteering in a community organization whose mission is to serve the most vulnerable and through her various work experiences in school and community settings. She has appreciated the opportunity to share the experiences of every family and to listen to what mattered most to them. In addition, she realized that her presence brought positive experiences to these children and families and that it could help mitigate some of the negative repercussions of certain life events. Her deep interest in her undergraduate psychology courses and her dedication to research during the completion of her honour’s thesis led her to pursue a career in clinical psychology. Her doctoral training has enabled her to pursue research work in the fields of family and diversity, while focusing on her doctoral thesis project on clinical supervision and the development of skills of psychologists in training.
Dr. Vandette completed her practicums at the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, the Child, Adolescents and Family Centre of Ottawa (CAFCO), the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), the pediatric clinic at Hôpital Montfort and at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She then completed her internship at the Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPRS) at the University of Ottawa with an external rotation at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS) and at the day treatment program at CHEO. During her bilingual clinical training, she focused on psychoeducational assessment (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as well as learning disabilities), psychodiagnostic assessment (e.g., anxiety and mood disorders), interventions, for example, anxiety, depression and self-esteem in children and adolescents, and on parenting techniques. She can therefore offer services in assessment, intervention and parenting techniques.
Dr. Vandette completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Psychological Services and Research at the University of Ottawa in August 2020, where she managed various clinical research projects and clinically supervised trainees.
Her Approach And Her Philosophy
Dr. Vandette favours an integrative approach, most often based on cognitive behavioural theory and behavioural approaches. A systemic framework, an approach based on attachment as well as training in emotion coaching are applied depending on the needs of each individual. The interdisciplinary nature of her external practicums have allowed her to learn more about other professions involved in a person’s circle of care (i.e., neuropsychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, social workers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, etc.). These experiences have also enabled her to see the importance of collaborative work in providing optimal assessment and intervention services to children, adolescents and families since these different disciplines complement and reinforce each other.
Current Situation And Future Ambitions
Dr. Vandette shares her time as a psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), clinical supervisor at the Centre for Psychological Services and Research of the University of Ottawa and teaches at the undergraduate level the course Psychologie du développement de l’adolescence. Dr. Vandette is also co-chair of the Implementation Committee and Mental Health Working Group of the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.
She is proud of the many roles she plays including assessment, intervention, research, program evaluation and mentoring in Eastern Ontario. This will allow her to serve a bilingual population in a community where such services are almost non-existant.
Dr. Vanessa Tassé
Dr. Vanessa Tassé is an adult and couple psychologist and a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, interim practice. Psychology for Dr. Tassé is not only a profession, but also a vocation. From a young age, Dr. Tassé knew she wanted to be a psychologist.
Her academic career has been marked by various experiences with different populations. Interpersonal relationships as well as physical and mental health have always been at the heart of her practice. Dr. Tassé believes in the saying “healthy mind in a healthy body”. For her, ‘’health“ is therefore an amalgam of different spheres of life, both in terms of physical health and mental health (e.g., regulation of emotions according to context), as well as the quality of interpersonal relationships that are at the heart of each individual’s life.
Her doctoral thesis focused on the relationship between the quality of interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and depression in cardiac patients. The results of her doctoral thesis also highlighted the importance between the different components of physical and mental health and the quality of interpersonal relationships.
She has experiences in different approaches including emotion-focused therapy which has been empirically demonstrated as an effective approach to help develop better relationships for both romantic relationships and family/friendships. In addition, Dr. Tassé has been interested in interpersonal trauma, as well as in personality development often associated with the quality of relationships at an early age. She has also trained in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, emotional management, relationship difficulties and the inevitable grief of life.
She favours an integrative approach that is adapted and centred on the client’s needs and can include emotion-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, and self-compassion. She also provides couple, individual and family therapy.
Because mental health is important:
To promote her mental health, Dr. Tassé likes to play sports, have dinners with friends and family, read, dance, and practice mindfulness.
Aude Martel is a social worker and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Since she can remember, she has been interested in people and their experiences. It is her willingness to help others, her enthusiasm to understand them, and her desire to see them develop fully that led her to social work.
Her academic and professional background, marked by experiences in community and school settings, has led her to specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families.
Her focus is on working with children, adolescents, and their families to help them better understand the challenges they face, and then collaborating with them and everyone important in their lives to implement strategies and interventions that meet their own needs.
She listens without judgment, asks questions to understand, guides and accompanies, encourages, and reinforces as well as raises awareness. “Collaborating to better help” is at the heart of her practice; she also works jointly with other health and social services professionals to optimize success.
With her interventions, she favours an integrative approach that is adapted and focused on the needs of families, within a systemic framework and based primarily on cognitive-behavioural and person-centred therapies. This vision allows her to position families at the center of her work and to adapt her interventions, tools, and strategies according to the experiences and needs of children, adolescents, and families. Aude favours, among others, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, joint problem solving and family therapy.
Aude offers interventions for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, emotional management, grief, identity/sexuality-related issues, family relationships and communication.
Because mental health is important:
To take care of herself and her mental health, Aude likes to enjoy time with family and friends, relax in front of a good TV show and recharge her batteries in the great outdoors and nature.
Amélie is a sexologist specializing in sexuality education for children and adolescents. The psychosexual development of young people is at the centre of her professional practice.
She holds a master’s degree in sexology and has more than 10 years of experience in intervention with various clienteles, as well as in the implementation of intervention programs and in the training of professionals. She is a member of the Ordre professionnel des sexologues du Québec (OPSQ). She is also the mother of two young school-age girls and is therefore doubly committed to educating children about sexuality.
Amélie frequently meets parents who feel deprived and uncomfortable when it comes to discussing sexuality with their children. However, children and adolescents live and evolve in a hypersexualized society, where they are confronted daily with sexual images and content that present false messages about sexuality. They grow up in a world where sexuality is too often limited to genitality, where nudity is normalized, where gender roles are stereotyped and where sexual violence is unfortunately trivialized. More than ever, sexuality education must be part of the development process of children and adolescents.
Amélie’s services are diversified and are aimed at parents, children, and adolescents, as well as the professionals who work with them. She offers a personalized approach for each of the services offered, from private consultation to professional training.