Dr. Andreea Tamaian focuses on building a warm, positive, and collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients in order to help them live more enjoyable and fulfilling lives. Andreea’s approach to therapy is often integrative and draws on elements of a number of modalities (e.g., cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and emotion focused therapy). Andreea’s clinical training and experiences have focused on the provision of evidence-based treatment and assessment of adults experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, interpersonal difficulties, and life challenges, such as mood-related disorders, anxiety (e.g., panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety), trauma-related disorders, emotion regulation difficulties, self-esteem, and identity development.
Having immigrated to Canada as a teenager, Andreea’s firsthand experience with cultural adjustment has made it a priority in her work. She has a deep curiosity and seeks to understand her clients’ uniqueness and diversity in the larger sense, which includes culture, ethnicity, family systems, gender identity, or other various and intersecting factors. In addition to her work in private practice, Andreea has worked with underserved populations in a number of community clinics, hospitals (such as the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre), and correctional settings. Andreea has expertise in providing psychodiagnostic and personality assessments, as well as assessing risk for criminal recidivism. She has extensive experience working with both first responders and with clients in the forensic and correctional system, thus having a profound understanding of the intersection of mental health and the law, as well as the systemic complexities and demands on one’s mental health that accompany front line work. Her research has focused on understanding the relationship between systemic factors and trauma, particularly how a system’s failures to protect its members can further exacerbate mental health distress (e.g., in police members).
Andreea received her B.Sc. (2012) in Psychology from McGill University and earned both her M.A. (2015) and Ph.D. (2019) in Clinical Psychology from University of Regina. She relocated to Ottawa to complete her psychology residency at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Psychological Treatment and Research, which included rotations at the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She is registered as an autonomous psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is authorized to provide psychological services to adult clients in the domains of clinical and forensic/correctional psychology. She provides psychological services in English and in Romanian.