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Summary of my experience
My name is Claire Maisonneuve and I have been working as a psychologist in Gatineau since 1990. I work with an adult clientele in private practice and I also support organizations, such as police forces, fire departments, health care institutions, etc. I offer my services in both English and French. My office is located in Hull area of Gatineau.
With a Master’s in counselling, I treat all types of personal and work-related psychological problems, using proven approaches to psychotherapy. Over the years, I have developed a specialization in post-traumatic stress disorder. If you have experienced a traumatic event, such as a car accident, criminal offence, bad experience related to drugs, or any other particularly difficult situation, I can help you regain control of your life.
In addition to my long experience as a therapist, I have taught stress and change management at the university level and in the Canadian public service for many years. I also contributed to the development and assessment of numerous employee assistance programs (EAP) in the Outaouais region. Furthermore, I have led many debriefings, especially for police officers and firefighters. Learn more below.
- Certified by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec since 1992
- Master’s degree in Counselling, University of Ottawa
- Certificate in Education, Université du Québec en Outaouais
- Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, University of Ottawa
- Technical diploma in Nursing, Hull Sacré-Cœur Hospital
A specialist in the counselling of police officers and firefighters
I am well-known for treating police officers and firefighters in the Outaouais region. Since the early 2000s, I have led numerous psychological debriefings for the City of Gatineau Police Department and the Gatineau Fire Safety Service. I have also trained more than 3,600 Montreal police officers in stress management.
In order to understand their work environment, I followed municipal, provincial and federal police officers in the course of their duties over a period of three months. I also spent 72 hours in the company of firefighters.
Based on these experiences, I now possess an expertise that allows me to support these professionals as well as other people whose jobs are also associated with a high level of stress (doctors, nurses, soldiers, etc.).
These experiences also helped me to develop strategies and techniques useful in treating individuals who have gone through traumatic or highly stressful events in their personal lives: accidents, domestic violence, bullying, physical violence or harassment, for example. To learn more, see my areas of expertise.