Ottawa Team

Enya Levaque, B.A.

From time to time, we all need an external look—someone’s help for our smaller problems, bigger hurdles, or toughest moments in life. This help might come in the form of a friend, a family member, a mentor, or a therapist. Finding someone you appreciate, connect with, and trust is essential. I have helped individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and relationships better understand themselves and move forward using their own strengths. Below, I have included a bit more about me, so that you can have a feel of who I am and how I usually work with clients.

I have experience working with adults struggling with their mood (e.g., sadness/depression, anxiety/stress, anger), their thoughts (e.g., extreme worry, perfectionism, self-blaming), their behaviours (e.g., compulsions like hand washing and checking locks, alcohol consumption, procrastination), and their relationships with others (e.g., employers, partners, parents, strangers). I am comfortable working with individuals from different socio-cultural identity groups (e.g., gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity), in both English and French.

If therapy is new for you, you might be wondering how it usually goes. Know that I am here as an ear for whatever issue you need to share. My office is a zone free of judgment, where I will be authentic and genuine, and invite you to be as well. My goal as a therapist is to help you better understand yourself and the world around you through open communication. During our initial session, you would share with me your reason for consultation (i.e., the issue[s] bringing you in), your goals for therapy, and your expectations about the process. After determining that I can indeed help you, we would pursue what we call the “assessment phase”, where you would share more about your story and how these issues might have developed, in order for us to better plan the “treatment phase”. I have experience with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy, but I am fundamentally an integrative therapist, meaning that I use a mix of theories and techniques to help clients. Again, my ultimate goal is to help you with your struggles, thus we would adapt the therapy components to your needs.

I am currently in my fifth year of training in the clinical psychology doctorate program at the University of Ottawa. My previous experiences include the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Ottawa, and the Montfort Hospital, where I assessed and helped individuals struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.  At the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships (CFIR), I am Counsellor working under the supervision of Dr. Aleks Milosevic, C.Psych.

Other than my clinical practice, I am also a teaching assistant since 2016 for undergraduate courses in psychopathology and forensic psychology at the University of Ottawa, and have mentored undergraduate students through their honour’s thesis. I also conduct research on the diversity of sexual interests and hypersexuality, for which the results are presented at various conferences or published in academic journals, including:

Kingston, D. A., Olver, M. E., Levaque, E., Sawatsky, M., Seto, M. C., & Lalumière, M. L. (2020). Establishing Canadian metrics for self-report measures used to assess hypersexuality. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 29, 65-78. doi:10.3138/cjhs.2019-0055

Noorishad, P.-G., Levaque, E., Byers, E. S., & Shaughnessy, K. (2019). More than one flavour: University students’ specific sexual fantasies, interests, and experiences. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28, 143-158. doi:10.3138/cjhs.2019-0024

Kingston, D. A., Walters, G. D., Olver, M. E., Levaque, E., Sawatsky, M., & Lalumière, M. L. (2018). Understanding the latent structure of hypersexuality: A taxometric investigation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 2207-2221. doi:10.1007/s10508-018-1273-9

Levaque, E., Dawson, S. J., Wan, C., & Lalumière, M. L. (2018, November). Sex Differences in Paraphilic Interests in a Community Sample: The Distinct Roles of Sex Drive and Hypersexuality. Poster presented at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Montreal.

Noorishad, P., Levaque, E., Shaughnessy, K. & Byers, E. S. (2018, November). 44 flavours and counting: Exploring men and women’s diversity of sexual interests and experiences. Poster presented at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Montreal.

Levaque, E., Sawatsky, M. L., & Lalumière, M. L. (2016). Hypersexualité chez les étudiants universitaires hétérosexuels. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 48(3), 182-192. doi:10.1037/cbs0000042