Dr. Amélie Zonato, Clinical Psychologist, PsyD, C. Psych
(pronouns: she/her/elle)

I am a bilingual Ottawa-based Clinical Psychologist treating adult individuals at Evolve Psychotherapy. (cliquez ici pour la version française). I have worked for several years with patients in a psychiatric population, as well as with serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces at Canadian Forces Health Services Center (Ottawa). I have experience both with assessments and with psychotherapy.

In my practice I do formal assessments and offer treatment:

Assessments involve a mix of tests (don’t worry, there are no right or wrong answers, you can’t fail!) and clinical interviews. They can be helpful in many different circumstances: to obtain a diagnosis or a second opinion on a diagnosis, to help select the best treatment for your difficulties, or to better understand who you are as a person, etc. Sometimes they are requested by employers or insurance companies. (Please note that I do not conduct assessments for custody evaluations.)

Psychotherapy is a treatment for the mind (often called ‘therapy’). Doctors may recommend it, friends who have had positive experiences with therapy may suggest it, and others simply have tried everything; so come to therapy this way.  (All good reasons, to be honest!) You do not need a diagnostic of a mental health disorder to seek psychotherapy; the only requirement is that you have something you are uncomfortable with in yourself or your life and want to work on changing it for the better.

You may have heard that there are different “approaches” in psychotherapy. This means that therapists use different tools and techniques to get to the same end goal: working with you to improve your general well-being. The main approach I use is centered on emotions and relationships; sometimes that is called the psychodynamic approach, or attachment-based therapy. Another way to explain it would be to say that I help clients understand who they are, why they act the way they do, and what would make their life more satisfying and more meaningful. Depending on what a client’s needs are, I may select tools from other approaches to help them reach their goals. My areas of expertise are trauma, mood disorders, self-esteem / self-acceptance, and individuals struggling with some aspects of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Am I the right psychologist for you? That’s impossible to say without having met. I do offer a one-time free 20-minute consultation so we can figure out if we are a good fit. Please also feel free to reach out by clicking on the ‘contact me’ button to send me a direct email or via phone.

I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from McGill University and a doctoral degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from Université du Québec en Outaouais. I am a member in good standing of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO #6073) and of Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ #12382-14). I am also registered as a provider with Blue Cross and available to offer services to serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP as well as Veterans.