DR. LEN GIGNAC, Ph.D.,
REGISTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
My strong family and spiritual values permeate my professional practice. I believe acceptance and change are keys to wellness. To achieve this, the therapeutic relationship requires a collaborate and flexible approach where the client can experience the trust necessary for learning what is important for them. My eclectic approach draws upon psycho-dynamic, dialectical, neuro-behavioural and cognitive-behavioural theoretical orientations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
I obtained a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology in 1970 at the University of Windsor. The same year, I was fortunate to be hired as a Psychometrist with the Essex County Roman Catholic School Board allowing my first opportunity to put my assessment skills to practice. Concurrent with this position, I was able to take more graduate courses until eventually I was accepted in the Doctoral program at the University of Windsor. After a sabbatical year spent completing graduate requirements, I earned a Ph.D with specialties in clinical and developmental psychology in 1980.
I returned to the school board as Supervising Psychologist overseeing Social Work, Speech and Language Services and Behavioural Treatment. In 1983, I also began a part time clinical practice working with children, adults and families.
Intrigued by studies of organization and industrial psychology, I was able with the permission of the Director of Education, institute the “Effective Schools” program which seeks to teach school personnel how to make schools vibrant places of learning where positive climate, healthy parent involvement and team building are encouraged.
My next adventure took my wife and I to the Ottawa Valley where we have resided since 1999. Here my professional career continued as a consulting Psychologist with The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families with my office in Pembroke. In 2006, my practice which so far involved children, adolescents and adults now included soldiers posted at Garrison Base Petawawa and Veteran soldiers residing in the Valley.
For the last 12 years much of my professional practice has focused on treating PTSD, Depression and Anxiety and supervising clinicians practicing in the Ottawa Valley. Currently I am an Adjunct Professor with Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College teaching Introductory Psychology.