Phillip Thérien, D.Ps

I completed my doctorate in Psychology at Université de Montréal with some of Québec’s most renowned researchers and clinicians in Psychology. I have also participated in several specialised training programs in the fields described below. 

Describing a clinical practice that is both flexible and evolving is a difficult task, especially in just a few lines. I will try to do my best within this limited space. I invite you to make an appointment with me to see how we could work together. 

In my clinical practice, I see clients facing various situations. I help my clients to better deal with their symptoms such as: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychotic symptoms, etc. We work together to better understand their existential issues such as: death, loneliness, freedom and the lack of meaning in life. I also work with them on their interpersonal relationships including their couple and their families. 

I completed the majority of my University training in cognitive-behaviour therapy. This helps me to offer efficient and flexible tools to my clients to help them better deal with their difficulties. In addition, an in-depth experience with psychodynamics and existential philosophy brings me to draw upon a rich historical literature to help my clients to better grasp their intrapersonal dynamics. Finally, I am essentially a humanist psychologist. This means that I develop a warm, empathic and authentic relationship with my clients. I consider the importance of relationship dynamics and emotions in the development, maintaining and the resolution of the difficulties they are facing. 

During my training, I gained experience working with people suffering from psychotic symptoms. For the past several years, I have worked especially with the families of these people. 

In addition to my specialisation in individual therapy, I also offer group therapy. This type of therapy proposes the ambitious goals of symptomatic relief and character change. With a focus on the here-and-now in the group dynamic, this effective treatment (sometimes even more so than individual therapy) addresses the interpersonal issues that contribute to the difficulties of most people who consult in psychology.