True North Psychological Services Team Patricia MacDonald

Patricia Macdonald

MA, Registered Psychologist

Patricia MacDonald received her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University with work experience in counselling, crisis intervention, career and vocational counselling, and psychometric assessment administration and interpretation.

Patricia’s current clinical interests and experience include treating adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties with; anxiety disorders (panic, social, specific, and generalized anxiety disorder), depression, trauma (sexual, physical, psychological, developmental, and emotional), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), emotion regulation, and interpersonal difficulties. Patricia enjoys working with adult children of alcoholics (ACOA), military, first responders, and the veteran population, including assessments and treatment. She has received specialized training in best practices for working with this population in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Patricia currently co-facilitates an overcoming anxiety workshop with her colleague Caelin Nadin where they integrate yoga therapy and various empirically validated treatments for anxiety disorders.

In working with individuals, Patricia values a collaborative approach built on openness and trust; establishing a secure and stable environment is important to her. She relies on empirically validated interventions such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), CPT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), while also integrating other interventions based on the client’s individual needs. Patricia also recently completed her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched with demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.