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Dr. Yves Decarie, Psy.D/Ph.D. (CAN)

Clinical Psychologist/Researcher

Individual short and long term psychotherapy for adults, teenagers (14 +). Services offered in English or in French.

My therapeutic approach:

I draw on humanistic and cognitive behavioural theory to help people with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship problems (see list of interest below). People with low self-esteem, who have difficulty finding their purpose or reaching their true potential, who lack a sense of “wholeness”, who are searching for personal meaning or who are uncomfortable with themselves as they are, may also benefit from this approach.

In therapy, we will explore together what you are feeling in the here and now; I welcome and consider the person as a whole. Our work is done in an atmosphere of support, empathy and trust, allowing you to share your feelings without fear of judgment. I believe that people are intrinsically motivated to meet their needs and their potential for self-actualization; this can take many forms, including the development of creative efforts, personal or professional accomplishments, even spiritual awakening, or the pursuit of wisdom.

Should you be looking for a holistic approach to mental and physical health, I can accompany you on this journey. My training as an Ayurvedic technician, my work experience in this field, and my meditation practice of 40 years allows me to fully understand the meaning of this kind of approach within the frame of the psychological work we will do together.

My areas of interest include:

  • Mood disorders (depression, anxiety)
  • Meaning of life (existential topics)
  • Separation
  • Difficulties in family relationships
  • Stress management
  • Challenges facing gifted people
  • Learning disabilities
  • Personnal growth
  • Low self esteem
  • Perfectionism
  • Intercultural adaptation
  • Spiritual questionning
  • Anger management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief and loss

As a registered clinical psychologist in Canada, I adhere to the standards, guidelines and ethical principles set out by the Order of Psychologists of  Quebec. I am firmly committed to providing you with the best care possible in a professional and confidential environment.

Training in Mindfulness and Yoga:

I received my training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through my doctoral program in clinical psychology in Montreal. I have been practicing meditation and  Hatha yoga since 1978.

I also received a training as a technician and educator in Ayurveda in 1988-1990 and was accredited by the American Association of Ayurveda in 1993. I am familiar with the psycho-physiological approach of Ayurveda which describe the variations of the body-mind types vata-pita-kapha. I maintain a regular meditation practice and have been teaching meditation since 1990.

B.A. in Religious studies:

I hold a degree in religious studies from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Those studies gave me the opportunity to broaden my understanding of cultural values and believes in God from Christianism’s, Jewish’s, Islam’s, Buddhist’s, Hinduism’s and African Syncretism’s perspectives. This help me in my practice to understand people from their cultural backgrounds.

My qualifications:

I am a Canadian national. I hold a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D./Psy.D.), from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Since 2009, I have provided psychological assessment and treatment in a variety of settings in Montreal, Canada, and the surroundings including the Montreal School Board, the Patriots School Board, and the Old-Longueuil Psychological Center.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, I worked in  sales, production management, and accounting for various companies and government entities in Canada. I have also worked for a humanitarian organization in Asia.

I am licensed with:

  • Dubai Health Authority
  • The Order of Psychologists of Quebec

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