Clinical Psychologist/Director and Owner/MBSR Teacher
Individual short and long term psychotherapy for adults. Services offered in English and in French.
My therapeutic approach:
My approach in therapy aims to establish a healing relationship that is non-judgmental and safe, to facilitate awareness of your needs and difficulties, to help you develop insight into who you are, develop new ways of relating to yourself and others, with the aim of promoting within yourself a greater sense of well-being and authenticity. To help resolve difficulties, I tailor my interventions to each individual by drawing on relational, experiential, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and mindfulness based interventions. My practice includes English and French speaking adults with diverse cultural backgrounds.
My areas of interest include:
- Stress management
- Personal growth
- Low self esteem
- Identity issues
- Anger management
- Life transitions
- Grief and loss
- Childhood trauma
- Chronic pain management
- Adjusting to a chronic or terminal illness
As a registered clinical psychologist in Canada, I adhere to the standards, guidelines and ethical principles set out by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am firmly committed to providing you with the best care possible in a professional and confidential environment.
Training in Mindfulness:
I received my training to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society (USA) founded by Jon Kabat Zinn, PhD. I have been been practicing mindfulness meditation since the early 1990’s. I maintain a regular meditation practice by sitting daily and attending silent retreats. I teach MBSR and offer courses throughout the year.
I am a Canadian national. I hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and am licensed with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, and the Dubai Health Authority. Since 2003, I have provided psychological assessment and treatment in a variety of settings in Ottawa including the Montfort Hospital, the Centre for Treatment for Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma, the Centre for Psychological Services, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, and in Dubai at the Dubai Physiotherapy and Family Medicine Clinic. My responsibilities have also included training and supervising doctoral students from the University of Ottawa.
I am licensed with:
- Dubai Health Authority
- College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec.
My personal website can be viewed at www.dubaipsychologist.com
Over the years I have written and collaborated on several published journal articles related to cancer focusing on existential distress, pain, and suffering.
LeMay, K., Wilson, K. G., Buenger, U., Jarvis, V., Fitzgibbon, E., Bhimji, K. et al. (2011). Fear of Pain in Patients with Advanced Cancer or in Patients with Chronic Noncancer Pain . Clinical Journal of Pain.
LeMay, K., Wilson, K. G. (2008) Treatment of existential distress in life threatening illness: A review of manualized interventions. Clinical Psychology Review, 28. 472-93.
Wilson, K. G., Chochinov, H. M., McPherson, C. J., LeMay, K., Allard, P., Chary, S. et al. (2007). Suffering with Advanced Cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25, 1691-1697.
Wilson, K.G., Kelley M.L., McPherson, C.J., Chochinov H.M., & LeMay, K. (May, 2006). Facing death from cancer at different ages. Presented at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Psycho-Oncology, Montreal, Quebec.
LeMay, K., Wilson, K. G., McKim, D. A., & Sevigny, E. (2004, June). Pain in advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Presented at the 65th annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, St. John’s Newfoundland. Canadian Psychology, 45, 141.
LeMay, K., Wilson, G., Jarvis, V., Buenger, U., & Fitzgibbon, E. (2006, June). Catastrophizing and fear of pain in patients with chronic malignant and non-malignant pain. Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa.
Wilson, K.; Matousek, R.H.; Chochinov, H.M.; McPherson, C.J.; & Lemay, K. Panic attacks in patients receiving palliative care for cancer (June 2007). Presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa.