Julian Chiarella, M.Sc., Ph.D (c)
2791 Cote Ste. Catherine Road, Montreal Quebec, H3T 1B5
I am a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Concordia University. I moved to Montreal in 2016 to complete my Ph.D. after finishing my M.Sc, in clinical psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, where I studied, and continue to study, the impact of childhood trauma the brain in the context of depression. I have been working in private practice since 2018, have completed all my clinical training, and am currently finalizing my research dissertation.
As a clinician, I have extensive experiencing working with individuals suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, complex trauma, personality disorders and sexual difficulties. In addition, I received specialized training in cognitive behavioural therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder and have worked with individuals dealing with a variety of obsessions and rituals, including those surrounding sexuality, contamination and harm. During my doctoral internship, I had the pleasure of receiving intensive training at the Sex and Couple’s Therapy unit at the Allan Memorial Institute, and the unique and rewarding experience of working at the Psychosocial Oncology clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
My approach to therapy is integrative and tailored to the individual. I incorporate elements of cognitive behavioural, emotion focused, existential, psychodynamic and mindfulness based therapies with a focus on therapy process (how the client is feeling in the here and now). Above all, I strongly believe in the importance of fostering a warm, empathetic, and open environment where clients can feel heard and understood.