Valérie Guilbault is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a doctoral affiliate of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her doctoral research focuses on mental representations involving close others, such as couples’ memories and empathy towards a close other, and how they relate to interpersonal functioning. She completed her clinical training in the Anxiety Disorders Program, Mood Disorders Program, Bariatric Psychology Program, the Emergency Unit, the Functional Disorders Clinic and the Complex Care clinic of the cognitive-behavioral therapy Unit at the Allan Memorial Institute. She also trained at the Centre de Services Psychologiques de l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
From these experiences, she gained skills in cognitive behavioral therapy. Valérie works with adults who experience difficulties such as unipolar and bipolar mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, difficulty adjusting to life events, and interpersonal difficulties. Her work can also concentrate on issues related to emotion regulation, perfectionism, and existential issues.
Valérie’s therapeutic approach is integrative with an accent on acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. While her work is rooted in a cognitive and behavioral approach, she also draws from the humanistic and existential tradition. Her therapeutic style is authentic, dynamic, and warm. She wishes to help her clients engage in significant life changes aimed at improving their quality of life in the long term. In her collaborative work with clients, Valérie also wishes to help clients develop self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Outside of the office, Valérie is passionate about music and most forms of physical activity, especially when those two are combined into one activity! She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, and gardening.