Ricci & Associates Psychology Professional Corporation

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Our Team

We are a dedicated and dynamic group of professionals who provide assessment, treatment and biofeedback services to adults, seniors, adolescents, couples, and families in the Ottawa area. Our team consists of:

Dr. Tammie Ricci, C. Psych. - Director of Psychological Services

Headshot of Dr. RicciDr. Tammie Ricci received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from York University in Toronto. She has trained in a variety of clinical settings including the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, the Chiropractic College in Toronto, the Counselling and Development Centre – York University in Toronto, and the Downsview Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto. She has worked at The Paul Menton Centre at Carleton University and at the Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa. She has been in private practice for the last 22 years. Dr. Ricci is a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators, the Ottawa Academy of Psychology, and the Canadian Registry of Health Care Providers. Dr. Ricci has extensive experience in assessment and treatment of MVA clients, conducts independent evaluations, provides expert witness testimony, and has been involved extensively in the previous DAC system. She has extensive experience as a catastrophic impairment assessor and coordinates multidisciplinary teams to provide opinion re: CAT determination. She has extensive training in the AMA Guides 4th Edition as well as the AMA Guides 6th Edition, specifically Chapter 14 – Mental and Behavioural Disorders. She is also a registered provider for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

Dr. Paul Mendella, C.Psych. - Director of Neuropsychology Services

Headshot of Dr. MendellaDr. Paul Mendella is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario for autonomous practice in the areas of Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, and completed pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training in adult clinical neuropsychology at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Mendella is a member of several professional organizations including the Ontario Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Association for Scientific Advancement in Psychological Injury and Law, and the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He also works as a consulting neuropsychologist for The Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Dr. Mendella has extensive experience in the assessment of various neurological (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis) and psychiatric (e.g. adult ADHD, depression, schizophrenia) conditions. He provides psychological treatment to address a wide range of mental health issues, and he has a special interest in helping individuals manage the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural effects of traumatic brain injury, including sports-related concussion.

Dr. Mendella receives referrals from a variety of sources, including: physicians and other health care providers, lawyers (both plaintiff and defence), automobile insurance providers, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, Health Canada, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. He is in the process of completing coursework to become certified in the use of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (4th Edition).

Dr. Francine F-A. Sarazin, C.Psych.

Headshot of Dr. SarazinDr. Sarazin received her Ph.D. (1990) from the University of Victoria (BC) and has been a licensed clinical neuropsychologist since 1991. In 1994, she became a designated capacity assessor under Ontario’s Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 (Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office). This designation authorizes her to perform assessments of mental capacity for decisions pertaining to financial management or personal care. As a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Sarazin has worked primarily in acute care at the Ottawa Hospital. This setting has provided her with the opportunity to observe and assess the impact of a variety of neurological, medical, and psychiatric conditions on brain function. In 2003, Dr. Sarazin was invited to join the National Hockey League (NHL) Neuropsychology Consultation Team and has been a consulting neuropsychologist to the Ottawa Senators since then.

Dr. Sarazin's private Practice is limited to: Capacity assessments under SDA and Neuropsychological assessments for the NHL. Dr. Sarazin is currently the Vice-chair, Ottawa Health Science Network Research Ethics Board (Ottawa Hospital) and a member of the Elder Abuse Consultation Team of the Council of Aging of Ottawa. Dr. Sarazin offers services in French and English.

Dr. Lisa Walker, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. WalkerDr. Walker is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of experience. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Ottawa Hospital and received her PhD from the University of Windsor in 1998. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in traumatic brain injury and geriatric rehabilitation neuropsychology at St. Vincent Hospital and Elisabeth-Bruyère Hospital. She has been a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1999. Dr. Walker has an extensive background in neuropsychological assessment with medical and neurological populations as well as substantial experience in the following settings: acute care hospital, mental health clinic, psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, and private practice.

In addition to her work at Ricci & Associates, Dr. Walker is a staff Neuropsychologist at the Ottawa Hospital where she supervises residents, undergraduate students and graduate students. She is a Clinician Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and leads a research program on cognitive health in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Walker holds academic appointments at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Medicine and School of Psychology, as well as at Carleton University in the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Cognitive Science. She co-leads the Multiple Sclerosis Research Group and sits on the Scientific Council of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute. She is an Associate Member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and is a member of the Professional Advisory Group for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Walker provides neuropsychological assessments of adolescents, adults and seniors with the following conditions that may impact cognition, behaviour and/or emotional functioning:

Dr. Walker also leads a cognitive rehabilitation group for individuals with multiple sclerosis, along with her colleague Dr. Van Adel.

Dr. Gary Gerber, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. GerberDr. Gerber received his M.A. in psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. He joined Brockville Psychiatric Hospital in 1984 as a psychologist in the Rehabilitation Service, and became Director of Research and Chief Psychologist, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed as Clinical Director of the Acquired Brain Injury Behaviour Services at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto in 1999, and established a behavioural outreach service in 2000. His research focused on studying outcomes for persons with serious mental illness or with acquired brain injury who receive services from a specialized community rehabilitation teams. In his private practice Gary provides behaviourally based counselling to persons who have sustained acquired brain injuries and other serious injuries.

Dr. Lindsey MacLeod, C.Psych.

Headshot of Dr. MacLeodDr. MacLeod completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and her pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital and at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queen’s University.

Dr. MacLeod provides assessment and treatment to adults and adolescents in rehabilitation, health, and clinical psychology. She has experience treating individuals with a wide range of psychological, health and disability related issues, including: depression, anxiety, trauma, loss and grief, coping with acute and chronic medical problems, pain, health-anxiety and adjustment to illness/disability. She has a special interest in post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as interpersonal and personality related problems.

Dr. MacLeod primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach but has experience and training in a number of different psychotherapeutic modalities including mindfulness, interpersonal, experiential and emotionally focused therapy. She believes in the importance of establishing a positive and safe therapeutic environment and works collaboratively with her clients to meet their needs. She works with an attitude of openness, respect and acceptance to engage with her client’s personal motivation to change. She also conducts psychoeducational assessments with adolescents and adults. Dr. MacLeod continues her professional growth through regular supervision, workshops, conferences, and keeping current with the scientific and clinical literature.

Dr. Mike Van Adel, C. Psych.

Headshot of Dr. Van AdelDr. Van Adel is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa (pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital) and his Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Stream) at the University of Victoria. This training has led to experience in a variety of clinical settings, including the Bruyère Memory Program, The Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre (Acquired Brain Injury), The Royal - Brockville Mental Health Centre, and The Ottawa Hospital (Neuropsychology Service, First Episode Psychosis Program; Robin Easey Centre).

Dr. Van Adel provides services in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and seniors, including for those with neurological conditions related to:

Dr. Van Adel has a special interest in helping individuals manage the effects of traumatic brain injury/concussion and provides psychological treatment to address a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment to illness/disability. He primarily follows a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach but also has training and experience in other empirically supported treatments such as mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, interpersonal therapy.

Dr. Erin O'Farrell, C.Psych.

Dr. O’Farrell is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and her pre-doctoral residency at the University of Manitoba. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Carleton University and holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from McMaster University.

Dr. O’Farrell provides neuropsychological assessment and treatment services to adults and older adults, including to those with neurological conditions related to acquired brain injuries, such as traumatic brain injury/concussion and stroke; psychiatric conditions (e.g., depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.); degenerative conditions, such as dementia; and other medical and neurological conditions (e.g., tumour, multiple sclerosis, etc.). She also provides psychological assessment and treatment services to adults in rehabilitation and clinical psychology. Her training and experience encompass a broad range of psychological and disability related issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, pain, and adjustment to illness/disability.

Dr. O’Farrell primarily uses a cognitive behavioural therapy approach but has experience and training in a number of different evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, and interpersonal therapy. She also has experience with neurocognitive rehabilitation, including attention and memory training. She believes in the importance of working collaboratively with her clients throughout the assessment and therapeutic process to adapt and adjust goals, treatment plans, and therapeutic orientations as needed to provide the best treatment for each individual client.

Ms. Lea St. Louis, MSW, RSW

Headshot of Ms. St. LouisLea St. Louis is a Master’s level social worker and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She obtained her MSW from McGill University in 2002. Lea has over 20 years of experience working with individuals of all ages. She has worked predominantly in a private practice setting and in the hospital setting providing both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment. She has extensive experience providing individual psychotherapy, completing comprehensive mental health, psychosocial and safety assessments in addition to complex case management, crisis intervention and safety planning. She has focused on providing treatment to individuals with a range of psychological concerns including psychosis, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, suicidal ideation, grief, chronic pain, adjustment to illness and major life transition. She has a particular interest in providing treatment for trauma and PTSD. Over the last several years, her focus has been on providing individual psychotherapy to individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents, military members and first responders.

Lea is fully bilingual. She is trained in and regularly utilizes the following treatment modalities: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and Mindfulness. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her work and thrives to ensure that all of her clients are provided with care that is professional, respectful, sensitive and compassionate.

Ms. Laurel McCloskey, MSW, RSW

Headshot of Ms. McCloskyLaurel McCloskey is a Master’s level social worker with experience working in inpatient, outpatient and community-based settings with individuals and their families. She is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Laurel graduated with a BA in Psychology from St. Mary’s University in Halifax and a Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She then obtained her MSW from Dalhousie University in 2012.

Laurel has over 11 years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Her previous roles have included case manager and social worker for MVA clients, hospital social worker, community mental health counsellor, psychiatric and medical emergency department social worker, and clinical social worker in a correctional mental health treatment centre. Laurel has extensive experience with mental health treatment, as well as completing comprehensive assessments, addictions treatment, crisis intervention, and group and individual counselling.

Laurel has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy for Bipolar Disorder, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Using these diverse approaches, Laurel takes a collaborative and empathic approach to help her clients set therapeutic goals and achieve measurable outcomes.

Ms. Amanda Telford MSW, RSW

Amanda Telford is a clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Amanda received her degrees from Carleton University (MSW, 2003, BSW, 1995, and BA, 1990). She has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, community mental health, child welfare, homeless shelters and group homes.

Amanda works with children (ages 6+), teens, and adults. During her career, Amanda has worked with clients impacted by trauma whether by domestic violence, family of origin abuse/neglect, sexual assault or through employment such as first responders, military, or corrections. As well, Amanda has worked with clients struggling with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, substance abuse, ASD, and ADHD.

Amanda has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as CBT, DBT, EFT, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, IPT/IPSRT, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy all of which build new coping skills for clients. Amanda believes that clients need to feel comfortable and safe during the therapy process, and endeavours to create a safe and respectful environment for therapy.

Ms. Rebecca Saab MSW, RSW

Rebecca Saab is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Carleton University and her Masters in Social Work degree from McGill University. Rebecca has extensive experience providing individual, group and family counselling in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient adult rehabilitation programs, psychiatric hospital programs and community mental health programs. She has focused on providing treatment to individuals with a variety of psychological, health and disability issues including: chronic pain, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, loss and grief, adjustment to disability and illness, stress management, interpersonal difficulties, substance abuse, cognitive impairments following traumatic brain injury/concussion, body image issues and eating disorders.

Rebecca has expertise in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. She is currently in the process of receiving EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) training. Rebecca incorporates a person-centred, strength-based and collaborative approach with clients in order to achieve their therapeutic goals.

Peter Sheffield MSW, RSW

Peter Sheffield (he/him/his) is a registered social worker. He holds both an Hons. BSc. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience) and MSc. in Medical Sciences from McMaster University, and an MSW in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and the Association For Contextual Behavioral Sciences.

Peter is a specialist in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a modern form of transdiagnostic cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, and focuses on helping his clients live lives of meaning and purpose - even in the presence of tremendous psychological pain. Peter has worked with hundreds of adolescents and adults, and is experienced at helping persons navigate difficulties with anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as behaviors such as self-harming and chronic suicidality. He has completed training in multiple forms of evidence-based therapy (Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, and process-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and combines these approaches in an ACT-consistent manner tailored to each of his clients. Peter has trained other professionals in ACT, and has applied this approach in primary health care, private practice, and anti-poverty contexts across Ontario.

At Ricci and Associates, Peter provides individual psychotherapy, as well as co-facilitating group psychotherapy. He believes that psychotherapy is an opportunity for a person to begin to build a life worth living, and worth sharing, with another human being committed to their flourishing. He has a personal interest in evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches for existential concerns, is passionate about the cutting edge of the field, and delights in playing electric bass at very loud volumes.

Rob Anderson RP

Mr. Anderson’s education, training, and work experiences has allowed him to meet the requirements for becoming a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario in June 2015. Since that time, Mr. Anderson has pursued further learning and training opportunities that have helped to further hone his competence including his PhD from Saint Paul University in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Mr. Anderson has completed the first level training of Somatic Experiencing. Somatic Experiencing is an approach effective in the treatment of PTSD, including the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma, providing training in assisting clients with interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.

Mr. Anderson also has a vested interest in attachment theory and object relations theory and their clinical application. He has been provided with learning opportunities working with several mentors whose expertise is attachment-based at various stages of his training including a combination of independent study, completed coursework during his M.A. and PhD degrees. Mr. Anderson utilizes a mindfulness approach that comes from his training at a Buddhist centre where he completed courses in meditation practice. Other relevant training includes Ego State Therapy and Trauma Training, Process Orientated Psychotherapy Workshop, Emotion Focused Therapy for Anxiety and Depression, Treating Trauma-Related Dissociation: Practical Approaches to Integration and Cognitive Behavioral therapy for PTSD.

Ms. Natalie Beck-Livingstone, M.Ed., CCC, CVE, MCVP (Certified Vocational Evaluator)

Headshot of Ms. Beck LivingstoneMs. Beck Livingstone has over 15 years of experience in providing interviewing, counselling and vocational assessment services to clients. She is an experienced test administrator with extensive experience in the use of vocational evaluation instruments and techniques to assist clients in identifying realistic employment goals. Ms. Beck-Livingstone completed an undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Queen’s University and obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She has completed educational training at the graduate level in standardized assessment, principles of measurement, principles of vocational evaluation, implications of disability in addition to occupational analysis/information. Additionally, Ms. Beck-Livingstone is a Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE), Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a Master’s Certificate Vocational Professional (MCVP). She is a current member in good standing with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA), the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (CVRP).

Ms. Charlene Letemplier (Office Manager)

Headshot of Ms. LetemplierMs. Letemplier is our Office Manager with a background in administration and health care and specialized training in special care counseling. She is responsible for greeting clients, coordinating client appointments, answering phones, filing, and organizing of the office environment.




Ms. Alexaré Licari (Psychology Clerk)

Headshot of Ms. Alexare LicariMs. Licari is our Psychology Clerk with an undergrad in Psychology and Social Sciences from Carleton University, and a degree in Social Service Work from Algonquin College. She has specialized training in social work methods, behaviour management, social welfare systems, addictions, and community development. Alexaré is responsible for greeting clients, scoring test measures, coordinating client appointments, and organization of the office environment.




Ms. Joanne Licari (Psychometrist)

Headshot of Ms. Joanne LicariJoanne is responsible for the administering of neurocognitive testing. She has an undergrad in Psychology and Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, and completed her training at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, as well as the Rehabilitation Centre. Joanne has been with our team for six years.