Mandisa Peterson, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. Peterson is a clinical psychologist currently working in private practice at the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Ottawa and her Pre-doctoral Residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Her doctoral dissertation focused on identifying predictors of treatment outcome in CBT for depression.
Dr. Peterson’s practice focuses on diverse adults experiencing a wide range of psychological issues, including: mood (depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma-related disorders, misophonia, insomnia, grief and loss, racial discrimination, and adjustment disorders. She has a particular interest and experience working with individuals with forensic backgrounds. Her primary approach to therapy is cognitive behavioural and she has experience and training in a number of evidence-based approaches, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Exposure and Response Prevention. She is dedicated to establishing a safe and open therapeutic environment and working collaboratively with clients to meet their individual needs.
In addition to evidence-based psychotherapy, her practice involves psychodiagnostic assessment, consultation, training, community outreach, clinical supervision, and research. She is a Clinical Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology and other mental health professionals. She is also committed to continuing program development and evaluation in the community. Dr. Peterson is the co-founder and director of Changing Minds, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing barriers to accessing evidence-based mental health care in the Ottawa area (changingmindscanada.org).
Mary Oldford-MacIntosh, MSc OT Reg
Mary Oldford-MacIntosh is an OT in good standing order with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and holds a membership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Her practice is based out of ModernOT.
Mary enjoys working with clients individually and within group settings. She provides health counselling and psychotherapy services for clients presenting with variety of health concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and return-to-work concerns.
Mary graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2001. She has worked as an occupational therapist for 19 years in Canada and Ireland. The focus of her career has centered on working with clients living with mental illness. She has worked across the continuum of mental health care settings, providing assessment and treatment to clients in hospitals, private health clinics, and community-based settings. This has allowed her to receive specialized training and practice in cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapy.
Sandra Eckersley, MSW, RSW