Ottawa Team

Dr. Aleks Milosevic, C.Psych. – Centre Director

You’ve realized something has to change in your life – that your life can’t keep going on the same way anymore. You don’t want to keep feeling this way, acting this way, or being in your relationships in this way. I admire you for being willing and open to look honestly at yourself, and for reaching out for professional support after you’ve tried to deal with things as best as you could on your own.

People who seek my professional help, whether for psychotherapy or psychological evaluations, are often having difficulties with negative emotions (like anger, anxiety, depression, or shame), behaviours that negatively affect their work or relationships (like aggression, addictions, or compulsions), or patterns in their relationships that prevent them from feeling good about themselves or developing more satisfying connections.

I have a specific interest and extensive clinical experience in the treatment of substance use-related difficulties and sexual addiction. I provide psychological services to individuals experiencing difficulties related to the use of all types of substances (alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription medications, anabolic steroids). My clients tend to have different concerns when addressing their substance use. Some of you might want to come in for assistance to address issues of unwanted substance use or over-use (e.g., binge use, frequent use), or addictive use (e.g., chronic use impairing how you are functioning in everyday life). Some of you might want to consult with me to explore your current substance use for the purpose of changing some aspect of your use (e.g., quantity, frequency), while some of you may to explore how to abstain from use and maintain abstinence. I also have clinical experience working with individuals who are distressed as a result of repeated or compulsive sexual behaviours (e.g., concerns about frequent pornography use, use of massage parlors and escorts) and risky sexual behaviours.

During our first appointment, you and I will clarify the issues that are of utmost concern to you, and in this session and throughout treatment you are in control of what we speak about at all times (i.e., you decide what you are comfortable to share with me, and only share if you are feeling safe and comfortable to do so). I will share with you my thoughts about what I believe is causing your current difficulties and together we will set up a treatment plan to achieve your goals. To understand your current difficulties, I will conduct a comprehensive, scientific-based assessment and gather information about your personal history and life experiences. As an integrative psychologist, I bring together various theories of human psychological development, and affective/emotion and neuroscience research, to inform the intervention strategies I use with my clients. To help you change and grow, I use interventions that are proven effective and that are tailored specifically to your needs and concerns, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, mindfulness-based, and motivational enhancement approaches.

I am currently serving as Clinical Director and Director of Clinical Training at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships. In these roles, I am primarily responsible for overseeing the development of clinical programs, services and training. Given my training background and clinical experience, I am currently the Head of the Substance Use Service and Sexual Addiction Service at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships. As a Head of Service, I develop programs and guide service delivery on the basis of evidence-based scientific research and provide clinical training to advanced doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology. I also lead the Alcohol & Drug Evaluation Service in which scientific, evidence-based assessments are provided to our clients. In addition to my roles at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships, I am an Associate Professor at the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais in the department of Psychoeducation and Psychology.

In addition to my clinical work with substance use difficulties, I also publish addiction-related research in top-tiered scientific research journals – my most recent publications include the following:

Milosevic, A., Seto, M.C., Michel, S., & Ahmed, A.G. (manuscript submitted). Evaluation of a substance abuse treatment program for forensic psychiatric inpatients.

Lister, J.J., Milosevic, A., & Ledgerwood, D.M. (2015, August). Personality traits of problem gamblers with and without alcohol dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 47, 48-54.

Lister, J.J., Milosevic, A., & Ledgerwood, D.M. (2015, August). Psychological characteristics of problem gamblers with and without mood disorder. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 60(8).

Milosevic, A., & Ledgerwood, D.M. (2010, December). The subtyping of pathological gambling: A comprehensive review. Clinical Psychology Review, 30(8), 988-998.

I am a peer reviewer of substance use and addiction-related research for several medical journals, and have provided consultation to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and to an Ontario-wide workgroup to improve treatment of substance use disorders in individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

Since 2005, I have provided psychological assessment and treatment services in various settings including community health centres, outpatient mental health and substance use clinics, inpatient psychiatric and forensic psychiatric units, and private practices.

My B.Sc. in General Science (2002), B.A. in Psychology (2004), and M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in Clinical Psychology were earned from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. I am currently registered as a psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) with competencies in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.