Jérémie Richard, M.A., Ph.D
I am a licensed psychologist and member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ).
I obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Beyond my
clinical practice, I have focused on developing research programs investigating psychosocial risk
factors involved in the development of substance use disorders and behavioral addictions.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), I am
conducting research within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Behavioral
Pharmacology Research Unit.
I am also a member of the Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research, with involvement
in numerous research programs investigating the safety and efficacy of psychedelic-assisted
psychotherapy. I am currently engaged in research programs utilizing psilocybin-assisted therapy
as a treatment approach for tobacco use disorder, co-occurring depression, and alcohol use
disorder, and depression among individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), symptoms of post-treatment
Lyme disease and upcoming clinical trials on gambling disorder.
Clinical Experience and Therapeutic Approach
I have been providing psychotherapy services in Montreal since 2017 and have been working in
private practice since 2020. As part of my graduate training, I have worked at the McGill
Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic and the Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the Allan
Memorial Institute. I completed my predoctoral residency at the McGill University Health
Centre (MUHC) in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and Obsessive-Compulsive and
Related Disorder Program.
My approach to psychotherapy is integrative and evidence-based, utilizing theoretical
frameworks and interventions based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior
therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and
mentalization-based treatment (MBT).
I typically initiate psychotherapy with a formalized period of assessment and case formulation,
which is followed by the establishment of clear and specific treatment goals. Progress monitoring
tools and ongoing assessments are then integrated as a way of measuring change and facilitating
discussions about the process of therapy over time. My relational style is informed by existential-
humanistic psychology with an emphasis on open and honest communication and collaboration.
Overall, I am committed to providing personalized and effective psychotherapy while
considering a short, medium, or longer time horizon.
I offer diagnostic and psychotherapeutic services to adult individuals and couples in both French
Areas of Expertise
- Anger and impulse control
- Anxiety disorders and specific phobias
- Behavioral addictions (gambling disorder, gaming disorder, problematic internet use)
- Burnout, occupational stress, and life transitions
- Depression and mood disorders
- Insomnia (difficulties falling or staying asleep)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personal development, self-esteem, and identity
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationships and communication
- Sexual dysfunction (desire, arousal, and/or orgasmic dysfunction)
- Couple difficulties
- Parent-child difficulties
- Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ)
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Canadian Psychoanalytic Society: Quebec English Branch
- Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
Richard, J., & King, S. (2023). Annual Research Review: Emergence of problem gambling
from childhood to emerging adulthood: A systematic review. Journal of Child
Psychology and Psychiatry, 64(4), 645-688. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.13713
Mestre-Bach, G., Granero, R., Mora-Maltas, B., Valenciano Mendoza, E., Munguia, L.,
Potenza, M., Derevensky, J., Richard, J., Fernandez-Aranda, F., Menchon, J. M., &
Jiminez, S. (2022). Sports-betting-related gambling disorder: Clinical features and
correlates of cognitive behavioral therapy outcomes. Addictive Behaviors, 133, 107371.
Richard, J., Temcheff, C., & Derevensky, J. (2020). Gaming disorder across the lifespan: A
scoping review of longitudinal studies. Current Addiction Reports, 7(4), 561-587.
Richard, J., Fletcher, E., Boutin, S., Derevensky, J., & Temcheff, C. (2020). Conduct
problems, depressive symptoms and behavioral addictions in adolescents and young
adults: A systematic review. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(3), 497-533.
Derevensky, J., McDuff, D., Reardon, C., Hainline, B., Hitchcock, M., & Richard, J. (2019).
Problem gambling and associated mental health concerns in elite athletes: A narrative
review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 53(12), 761-766. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2019-