Dr. Karima Lacène C. Psych
Dr. Lacène provides individual therapy services to children, adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, grief/loss, low self esteem, stress management and parenting concerns. Dr. Lacène’s therapeutic orientation is best described as integrative. She provides a nurturing, accepting and client-centered atmosphere, and draws upon Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existential/Humanistic, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Approaches to therapy. Dr. Lacène will tailor her approach to meet the needs of each client.
Dr. Lacène also provides psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents and adults, including testing for learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and giftedness.
Dr. Lacène is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (#4063). Dr. Lacène received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology and School Psychology and her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. She completed her B.A. Highest Honours in Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
Dr. Lacène has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in educational and private practice settings. Dr. Lacène was employed at the Centre for Accessible Learning, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario between 2003 and 2018. She has managed a large and diverse caseload of students with disabilities including: learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Medical and mental health challenges.
Prior to her work at Algonquin College, Dr. Lacène was employed as a School Psychologist with the Edmonton Public School Board. She supported and assessed students who were referred for psychoeducational assessments and counselling. Dr. Lacène has a lot of experience communicating with school personnel and facilitating supports and services for children, adolescents and adults with attention, learning and emotional difficulties.Dr. Lacène is a member of national, provincial and local professional associations. She keeps up to date on current developments in the field by regularly attending workshops, conferences, self-study and regular consultation with peers. Her research interests include: Fostering resiliency, strengths based counselling, positive psychology and neuroplasticity.