Psychology Clinic in Ottawa & Gatineau
Belleisle Psychology Clinic in Ottawa is a bilingual clinic dedicated to providing a range of psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments for families in Ottawa and Gatineau. We are committed to providing high-quality mental health and neuropsychological services in a warm environment. Our services for children, young adults, and adults are rooted in science and new research in psychology. Our seasoned Ottawa neuropsychologists will make you feel welcome, understood, accepted, and help you find solutions to your needs.
Meet Our Founder
Dr. Marie Paquette is the founder of the Belleisle Psychology Clinic in Ottawa. She earned her doctorate degree in psychology, specializing in neuropsychology (PhD), at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. She completed her doctoral internship and then worked as a clinical neuropsychologist in the intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and physical disability programs at the CIUSSS of Sherbrooke. Dr. Paquette works with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of issues.
In addition to her clinical practice, Marie Paquette has been involved in several research projects in social psychology focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities and the prevention of issues experienced by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Having recently settled in Ottawa, she is now happy to offer resources in neuropsychology to the region.
What is a Neuropsychologist?
A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional within the field of psychology with specific expertise in the science of brain-behaviour relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists apply this knowledge to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of patients with known or suspected central nervous system dysfunction.
In Ontario, a clinical neuropsychologist typically requires (at minimum):
A doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited university training program
A completed internship (or its equivalent) in a clinically relevant area of psychology
The equivalent of two full-time years of experience and specialized training in the study and practice of clinical neuropsychology and related neurosciences.
A provincial license to practice clinical neuropsychology independently
The specialty of clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Clinical neuropsychologists are seen as independent practitioners (healthcare providers) of clinical neuropsychology and psychology. At Belleisle Clinic in Ottawa, all our neuropsychologists are registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario!
What Conditions do Neuropsychologists Evaluate?
A clinical neuropsychologist uses psychological, neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological principles, techniques, and tests to evaluate patients’ neurocognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and their relationship to normal and abnormal central nervous system functioning. Clinical neuropsychologists use this information and data provided by other medical/healthcare providers to identify and diagnose neuropsychological disorders, and plan and implement intervention strategies.
A neuropsychological evaluation is ideal when we want to identify not only what is impaired, but also why there are impairments. By considering both neurological and emotional/behavioural factors, neuropsychologists can diagnose conditions such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Attention and/or hyperactivity difficulties
Specific Learning Disabilities - Persistent challenges learning new skills and/or information
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Social communication difficulties, restricted and/or repetitive behaviours and interests
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) - Typically caused by a concussion, but other causes exist may include memory problems, mood swings, and other symptoms
Any other neurological condition (e.g., Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, etc.)
In addition to assessing and diagnosing the above difficulties, neuropsychologists can also indicate whether an individual’s intellectual functioning indicates high potential or giftedness.