Wendy E Paterson, Psychotherapy Services
Registered Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst
Over 25 Years of Experience

I have worked in the field of mental health in a variety of contexts. I am experienced in the treatment of:​

anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, addictions
health and reproductive health concerns, pregnancy options
relationship difficulties, grief and loss
career development, self-esteem and identity issues

Early in my career, I was a co-founder of three private practice organizations: the Centre for Healing and Personal Growth, The Sana Centre and Metcalfe Psychotherapy. I was the Director of Social Services at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre for eleven years, was an Associate Therapist at the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma for seven years and have worked in supportive housing programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association. In community service, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Lifeline Centre for Addicted Survivors of Trauma (President), the Centre for Treatment of Sexual Abuse and Childhood Trauma, and Planned Parenthood Ottawa. I have worked with Carleton University's Counselling Services, the Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the Ottawa Distress Centre.

​I have enjoyed teaching and supervising students at St. Paul University in the Master's in Counselling and Spirituality Program and the Conflict Studies Program. I have developed and taught a course entitled 'An Introduction to Self Psychology'. 

In recent years, I have been working independently in private practice. I have completed my training in psychoanalysis at the Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology in Toronto. 


Psychoanalyst, Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology

Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Certified Canadian Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Master in Education (Counselling), University of Ottawa

Bachelor in Social Science; Honours, Psychology, University of Ottawa
​Additional Professional Memberships

International Association of  Psychoanalytic Self Psychology  

International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy