Ottawa Team

Naim Assemani, M.A.

Life is full of challenges. While many of these challenges are necessary for personal development and growth, others can generate stress, anxiety, and distress. It’s a relief to know that you don’t have to face all these difficulties alone–a trained mental health practitioner can help you deal with difficult emotions, test your thoughts, evaluate your coping strategies and help you become motivated to make a change. That motivation, according to my practical experience, is the cornerstone of any improvement despite the approach behind the therapy in use. I would feel honoured to help you on the path to changing yourself, your relationships, and your life!

In individual therapy, I work with adults experiencing stress, depression, anxieties and phobias, obsessions, social and interpersonal difficulties, and trauma-related issues. Starting with a first session, the main goal is making you feel better, and you will be able to speak about your concerns and the reason for seeking treatment in a respectful, compassionate and non-judgmental space. We will also explore together your personal history using scientifically-based questionnaires to better understand the evolution of your difficulties. By the end of the session we will be discussing and developing a treatment plan you’re comfortable to adhere to.

In my clinical practice I use various treatment models, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MCBT), Motivational Interviewing (M.I), and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). Often a combination of approaches, including some psychoanalytical techniques, will be tailored to suit your needs and preferences.

At the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships, I am therapist and see adult clients under the supervision of Dr. Mark Coates, C.Psych. I am a board member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychometrists. I am currently eligible for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) upon completion of my post-Master’s supervised work experience.