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Dr. Julia Ryan

Dr. Julia Ryan is a registered clinical and school psychologist serving clients in the Ottawa region. She also holds registration in Quebec, and has recently opened her practice to adults with peer supervisor, Dr. Jacob Kaiserman. Dr. Ryan completed her Bachelor’s in Honors Psychology at McGill University and obtained a combined MA/PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2019. She has extensive clinical and research training from a variety of school, hospital, and community settings in Ottawa. Dr. Ryan has several years experience working at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and completed a two year research-based postdoctoral fellowship at Carleton University in 2021. Together, these experiences inform evidence-based, high quality mental health care with expertise in neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Autism. 

Dr. Ryan’s practice emphasizes assessments because she feels strongly that the assessment process is an important step to identifying appropriate treatments and supports, while also serving to reduce stress and anxiety by providing clients with understanding about the nature of their areas of difficulty. In addition to neurodevelopmental disorders, Dr. Ryan assesses for intellectual disorders, giftedness, and behavioral, anxiety and mood disorders, usually in the context of a comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Ryan has special training in the assessment of eating disorders and can integrate this knowledge into a comprehensive psychological evaluation. Dr. Ryan also has additional training in suicide risk assessment, learning disorders, and cultural competence, as well as experience working with diverse populations. 

Dr. Ryan also provides treatment. Her approach is integrative, grounded in evidence-based treatments such as CBT and DBT, and including elements from solution-focused and emotion-focused approaches. She values the importance of building a strong connection with clients as the foundation of therapeutic wellbeing and change, and aims to make each client and their family feel comfortable. Furthermore, she knows the importance of family and parenting for youth of all ages and integrates this work as appropriate for a given client. Each treatment program is individually tailored to a patient’s unique circumstances, interests, and goals.

In all of her clinical work, she aims to place the client at the center, taking a collaborative approach that combines her training and clinical experience with the expertise that individuals, youth and families bring about their own strengths and needs.

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What people are saying…

I have known Julia for many years, and have seen her grow as professional through her training. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about helping others.

Christine N.