TIFFANY PURSOO, Ph.D, Registered Psychologist
"The best way out is always through." - Robert Frost
Helping people to discover their strengths, make personal change, and move through difficult circumstances is why I became a psychologist. I work with individuals experiencing a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, loss, and relational conflict. I have a keen interest in perinatal mental health and postpartum adjustment, and I am currently working towards Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International.
My approach to psychotherapy is strengths-based, integrative, and grounded in the foundation of a safe and secure therapeutic relationship. I come from a place of authenticity, candour, humour, and compassion. I believe that an effective therapist both supports and challenges. This means I’ll celebrate your successes, hold you accountable for your own progress, and support you through times of doubt, grief, and growth. I believe that people run into problems in their lives when the beliefs, strategies, and patterns that may have helped them cope in the past no longer work for them in the present. After over ten years in this field, I’ve heard (nearly) everything, and I’m not afraid to talk about it with you. Asking for help is a sign of strength, and I’m here to listen. That quote up at the top? I believe it wholeheartedly – that there’s work to be done in order to get through the hard moments, experiences, and transitions in life. You have the capacity to develop the insights and skills to come out on the other side.
In terms of my education, I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Guelph and my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. I have strong clinical training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am also adept at drawing on elements of: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, process/experiential, interpersonal, and brief psychodynamic approaches. I possess well-developed skills in the assessment of signs and symptoms of mental illness, personality, intelligence, and academic achievement.
You are the expert on your life, and with support and guidance, I believe you can build the one you want. I look forward to learning about your unique story, and working together to help you to create meaningful change.
- I love spending my free time with my family (including our giant dog) and friends in the mountains.
- I’m a podcast and audio book nerd, and I enjoy when my clients share their favorites with me.
- I have a contagious laugh, so in between tears and seriousness, we’ll probably laugh a lot together!