Équipe d’Ottawa

Myriam Hernandez, M.A., R.P.

It takes strength and courage to navigate daily life, with pressures coming at you from what seems like all directions. It takes even greater courage to seek out help, to step back, and look at ourselves in order to deal with distressing thoughts, emotions or behaviours. So, from this moment on, I’d like you to know that you are not alone in this journey. I am here to support you in understanding who you are and in uncovering your strengths to deal with life’s challenges more effectively.

Below you will find an overview of my areas of work and my approach in working with clients. I look forward to meeting and working with you in a non-judgmental, empathic, and compassionate way!

I work with adult and couple clients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds, gender, and sexual orientations. As individuals, it is natural to aim to have a more fulfilling life, wishing to explore life’s meaning and purpose, and looking to better regulate emotions. I work with clients who are experiencing: stress, depression, anxiety, loss, anger, life transitions, self-esteem issues, sexual dissatisfaction, and feelings of emptiness. I also work with clients who are dealing with past or present distressful or traumatic events.

When we first meet, we will talk about your current concerns in a way that you feel comfortable. This first meeting will help me get to know you, your core values and views about life and relationships, and understand your needs. In order to help you gain a better understanding of what might be at the root of your struggles, I will also conduct a comprehensive assessment of your difficulties using different measurement tools. With all this information, we can work together to identify and refine your goals for therapy and develop a plan to explore the issues and achieve these goals.

I take an integrative approach to therapy, which means that I draw from different theories to develop a treatment adapted to the specific needs of my clients. I integrate various approaches to help you reach your therapeutic goals including psychodynamic, attachment-based, emotion regulation and mindfulness-based, acceptance and commitment, cognitive-behavioural, and existential. Furthermore, I put clients at the centre and work with them in an open, authentic, and respectful way.

I have more than 20 years of experience in public health working in different capacities. I am currently a therapist at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships under the supervision of Dr. Lila Hakim, C. Psych. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and I am committed to ongoing professional development by regularly attending conferences and workshops. I also follow new developments in relevant professional literature to base my work on scientific and current evidence.