Corrine Easy, M.C. Psych, C. Psych. Assoc.

Corrine completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Carleton University in 1998. During her undergraduate training, Corrine received the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Bursary, Staff Centennial Bursary and the Carleton University Bursary for academics. After graduation, she began her work in adolescent mental health at Family Tree Youth Services where she held positions of Child and Youth Counsellor and Program Supervisor. In 2004 Corrine went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Universities of Calgary, Lethbridge, and Athabasca. Her research focused on the psychobiology of gene expression as it relates to creativity, and how to utilize creativity to enhance treatment of mood disorders and foster resilience in the face of academic stress. Corrine completed her internship at the Ottawa Centre for Cognitive Therapy in 2008 where she received intensive training in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety and mood problems in children and adolescent populations. She graduated in 2009 and was awarded the convocation scholarship for the highest GPA in her graduating class. Corrine is presently working towards the completion of her PsyD (doctor of psychology) degree through Walden University, with research focused on pairing biofeedback with cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of anxiety in children and youth.

Corrine spent the first half of her career working for Family Tree Youth Services, a residential treatment for youth with severe mental health problems. She worked as a front line mental health counsellor, program supervisor, clinical manager and mental health clinician. In 2003 she was approached to head up and develop an intensive mental health residential treatment program for youth. She worked with stakeholders from the Ministry of Community and Social Services and The Ottawa Children’s Aid Society to develop the first program of its kind in Ottawa. Corrine led this program at Family Tree Youth Services where she supervised all clinical programming while delivering individual and group psychotherapy to the youth in the programs. After ten years with Family Tree Youth Services, Corrine was the acting Executive Director of the organization, overseeing a staff of 50 Child and Youth Counsellors and Program Supervisors.

Corrine has also been active as an educator, working as a professor at Algonquin College in the Child and Youth Worker Program, where she has focused on teaching innovative and creative ways to approach counselling with children and youth using a variety of game based cognitive behavioural interventions. She has taught numerous counsellor training seminars on treatment planning, group and individual counselling skills, understanding and working with youth who self harm, risk assessment and behaviour management. Corrine presented at the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Workers Conference at Queens University in 2003. Her workshop was attended by Child and Youth Counsellors throughout the province and focused on the impact of the treatment environment on interventions in residential programs. Corrine has supervised students from a variety of youth related counselling programs including Carleton University (Social Work), Algonquin College (Corrections, Child and Youth Worker, Social Service Worker), the Master of Counselling program at the University of Athabasca, and the Master of Educational Counselling program at the University of Ottawa. Corrine has also been invited to present at the Canadian Counselling Association on topics relating to child and youth mental health.

Corrine has worked collaboratively with numerous community agencies in mental health service delivery including Youth Services Bureau, The Roberts Smart Centre, Causeway Work Centre, and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Lite). She has experience working with youth in trouble with the law, and those in both secure inpatient units at CHEO, The Roberts Smart Centre and the Youth Inpatient Unit at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

The second half of her career has been focused on seeing clients in private practice setting. Corrine began seeing children, adolescents and young adults with a wide variety of mental health conditions at the Centre for Cognitive Therapy in 2009. She has trained under renowned experts in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, including Dr. Christine Padesky and Dr. Martin Antony, as well as with The Albert Ellis Institute in New York and the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in England. As a private practitioner, Corrine employs a Cognitive Behavioural Orientation infused with mindfulness approaches, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills and biofeedback applications. She believes strongly in an approach that both treats the underlying problem and builds resiliency. Corrine takes a down to earth, practical and didactic approach to service delivery and is known for her use of humor in therapy.

Corrine grew up in the city of Ottawa and has deep community roots. She and her husband of 15 years are avid fans of the Ottawa Senators and love raising their two children.