Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
Oct, 2004
Sisu Psychological and Counselling Services (Ottawa)
Virtual Mental Health Services
Dr. Judy Makinen, C. Psych.
Direct Line: 613-222-4481

Seeking psychological services is a courageous first step towards alleviating personal and interpersonal distress. Therefore, I provide the highest quality care to adults (including seniors), couples, and families. My primary therapeutic approach is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) but I also have experience with other evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Regardless of the approach and type of service (individual, couple, family), I believe a compassionate therapeutic relationship is essential in creating a safe environment to work collaboratively with clients so they can identify their unique needs and treatment goals.

Over the years, I have provided assessment and treatment in a variety of mental health settings including the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Rehabilitation Centre, and private practice settings. For 10 years, I held an adjunct faculty position at Briercrest Seminary where I taught modular courses (i.e., Emotionally Focused Therapy; DSM & Psychopharmacology). From 2004 to 2021, I was employed full-time at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre – Youth Psychiatry Program. I held a Clinical Professorship in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa and was actively involved in the training and supervision of doctoral students. For three years, I was the Director of Training for The Royal Ottawa's Predoctoral Residency Training Program in Clinical Psychology.

I also have extensive experience in helping couples bring closure to incidents that have damaged their relationship bond. My expertise in couple therapy also extends to distressed family relationships. Using attachment theory as the lens to understand painful interactional patterns, I focus on emotional processing to help family members reconnect with each other in a manner that leads to safe and secure attachments.

To remain current, I participate in continuing education programs through conferences and workshops and reading scientific literature. In addition, I have a keen interest in clinical research that has resulted in the publication of several book chapters and journal articles.
  • Adolescent and Adult
  • Couple and Family Therapy
  • Older Adults
  • Attachment Injuries
  • Infidelity
  • Family dynamics
  • Life transitions
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Adult Survivors of Child Abuse/Trauma
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Other Serious Mental Health Issues

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