Roo Deinstadt

Ph.D. Practicum Student in Clinical Psychology

I am a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Ottawa, providing services under the supervision of licensed psychologists, Drs. Rebecca Moore and Laura Hanson. My approach to assessment and therapy is warm, genuine and collaborative. I incorporate cognitive-behavioural, systemic, client-centered, and experiential (i.e., process-oriented, emotion-focused and compassion-focused) perspectives using an integrative approach that is strengths-based and tailored towards a clients’ unique life circumstances. 

I strive to create an inclusive, nonjudgmental space and to establish a strong, nurturing therapeutic relationship in which clients feel safe and supported to explore their challenges and move towards healing and growth. I have worked with diverse client populations and I continue to pursue professional training opportunities in order to provide culturally competent care; I believe in the importance of acknowledging and examining the relationships between our mental health and our larger cultural context and systemic stressors. 

I provide psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families for a range of mental health concerns. My areas of practice include anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, emotion-regulation issues, attention and behaviour problems, self-harm, learning difficulties, managing chronic illness/health conditions, and parenting issues. 

Prior to beginning my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, I completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology at Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. I have received training in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals,  a private practice, a community mental health clinic, and a university student counselling centre.