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 Canadian Psychological Association, Ontario Psychological Association, and Ottawa Academy of Psychology.
- Adolescent Psychology
- Anger & Emotion Regulation
- Anxiety & Stress
- Attention Deficit & Learning Challenges
- Child Psychology
- Depression, Mood & Grief
- Eating, Weight & Body Image
- Family Psychology
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Self-Growth & Self-Esteem
- Sexuality, Gender & Relationship Diversity
- Substance Use
- Trauma Psychology & PTSD
- Attention Deficit & ADHD
- Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disorder
- Personality & Interpersonal
- Psychodiagnosis & Mental Health
- Trauma & Dissociation