Ottawa Team

Dr. Cassandra Pasiak, C.Psych.

Everyone experiences stressors. Sometimes it’s possible to manage them on our own and sometimes it’s necessary to seek extra help. When life’s challenges become overwhelming, finding a good fit with a therapist is the first step in achieving a well-balanced and fulfilling life. When I partner with you, I will help you to face and cope with life’s inevitable stressors.

I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a wide range of presenting concerns, including: anger, impulse control, and problem behavior; attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; learning disorders; developmental disabilities; emotion regulation and mood difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression); low self-esteem, body image concerns, and eating disorders; self-harm; suicidality; relationship problems; family conflict; adjustment problems; attachment disturbances; and trauma. I am also experienced in conducting comprehensive psychological assessments, including: psychoeducational (e.g., intellectual functioning, learning difficulties, ADHD, giftedness), autism spectrum disorder, and assessments of behaviour, personality, and social-emotional functioning.

In our work together, I will give consideration to your unique constellation of strengths and needs when selecting evidence-based assessments and interventions in order to best help you to achieve your goals. I draw from a number of psychotherapy models to address your individual concerns, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, client-centred therapy, attachment-based therapy, and mindfulness.

I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and their families with a variety of presenting problems and multicultural considerations, across diverse clinical settings, including schools, hospitals, residential treatment centres, and community mental health centres. I completed my Honours B.A. in Psychology at Algoma University and both my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor. I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with competency in Clinical Psychology with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

With respect to research, I have published an article in a peer-reviewed journal, co-authored a book chapter in The Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, assisted in organizing an international symposium on Arab youth identity, and participated in a panel discussion of treatment of multi-risk youth at an international conference. I have conducted research on parent-child relationships and presented the findings at numerous national conferences. I also strive to stay informed of current issues, research, and developments in psychology in order to maintain the highest standards of care. For several years, I taught an undergraduate course on Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor. I am a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Ontario Psychological Association, and Ottawa Academy of Psychology.