Jennifer Peddar

Jennifer Peddar is a Clinical Therapist and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has provided psychological based assessment and treatment over the last 7 years to children, youth and adults for anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, and stress management, as well as interpersonal challenges in relationships and families. 

Jennifer graduated from Carleton University in 2012 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Jennifer worked as a Research Assistant and Laboratory Coordinator at the Douglas Mental Health Institute from 2009 to 2010, participating in research which evaluated genetic predictors of eating disorders in women. In 2010, she completed a practicum at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, assisting with ongoing research in the Disruptive Behaviours and ADHD clinic. She completed further research for her Honours Thesis which examined the negative impact of marital conflict on cardiovascular disease. Jennifer obtained her graduate training at the University of Ottawa, receiving a Masters in Educational Counselling degree in 2014. Jennifer completed her clinical internship from 2011 to 2013 at the Ottawa Centre for Cognitive Therapy. She worked under the two senior psychologists at the centre, training in psychoeducational testing for learning disabilities and mood disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Jennifer was also supervised by Corrine Easy in adapting cognitive behavioural treatments to engage children and adolescents who are anxious or reluctant to participate in therapy.

Jennifer joined the Pediatric Eating Disorder Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton in 2014 where she worked as a Psychometrist, completing psychoeducational assessments with children and adolescents with eating disorders. While in Hamilton, she also conducted neuropsychological assessments with adult clients who had suffered traumatic brain injuries at Brookside Therapy, a private Neuropsychology practice. In addition, Jennifer worked as an Employee Assistance Program Counsellor, providing short term and crisis counselling to individuals, couples and families dealing with work related stressors, interpersonal difficulties and substance abuse disorders.

Jennifer joined the Assertive Community Treatment Team at the Cornwall Community Hospital in 2015, providing intensive mental health support and crisis intervention to clients with severe mental health issues, particularly schizophrenia. In 2017, she opened her own private practice in Cornwall where she provided individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety, depression, work related stress, self esteem issues, bullying, and body image concerns. She also worked with couples on interpersonal issues including infidelity, separation and divorce, and assisting children with adapting to divorce. In 2019, Jennifer joined Westboro Psychology, a private practice in Ottawa where she offered services to children, adolescents and adults in the treatment of anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, stress management, and interpersonal challenges. She enthusiastically joined The Ottawa Psychological Health Centre in 2020, having maintained a close professional relationship with both Dr. Cindy Maddeaux and Corrine Easy since 2011. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Cindy Maddeaux to expand her expertise in treating couples and families and under the supervision of Corrine Easy to expand her expertise in the treatment of complex childhood disorders.

Jennifer has attended numerous advanced training programs with renowned experts in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She received advanced specialized training in assessment and treatment of anxiety and depression from Dr. Aaron Beck and Dr. Amy Wenzel at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia. She attended several training workshops by Dr. Sanjay Rao to refine her skills in treating social anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Jennifer additionally completed certifications in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy through McMaster University and in Crisis and Suicide intervention through Ottawa University.

 Although raised in Montreal, Jennifer now enjoys her rural life on the outskirts of Ottawa.  Happily married, both she and her husband keep busy raising their two young children.