Dr. Karima Lacène

Dr. Karima Lacène provides psychological services, including assessment and individual therapy, to children, adolescents and adults. She works with clients experiencing a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, grief, adjustment to life stressors, self esteem and stress management. She also provides psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents and adults, including testing for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disabilities. Her therapeutic approach is both integrative and holistic. She provides a nurturing, accepting and client-centered atmosphere, and draws upon Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential/Humanistic, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Approaches to therapy. Dr. Lacène will tailor her approach to meet the needs of each client.

To reach Dr. Karima Lacène directly, please phone 613-230-4709 ext. 0188. Her office is located at 437 Gilmour Street, 2nd floor.

Psychologist Expertise

Areas of specific interest to Dr. Lacene include:

  • Adjustment to life stressors
  • AD/HD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Grief/Loss
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Parent Consultation
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relaxation
  • Resilience/Stress management
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Skills Training

Dr. Lacène received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology and School Psychology, and her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. This program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. She completed her B.A. Highest Honours in Psychology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Dr. Lacène has over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults in educational and private practice settings. Dr. Lacène was employed at the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL), Ottawa, Ontario between 2003 and 2018. She has managed a large and diverse caseload of students with disabilities including: Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, medical and mental health challenges.

Prior to her work at Algonquin College, Dr. Lacène was employed as a School Psychologist with the Edmonton Public School Board. She supported and assessed students who were referred for psycho-educational assessments and counselling. Dr. Lacène has a lot of experience communicating with school personnel, and facilitated supports and services for children, adolescents and adults with attention, learning and emotional difficulties.

Dr. Lacène is a member of national, provincial and local professional associations. She keeps up to date on current developments in the field by regularly attending workshops, conferences, self-study, and regular consultation with peers. Her research interests include: Fostering resilience, strengths based counselling and assessment, and positive psychology. In 2019, Dr. Lacène was the keynote speaker for the Resilience conference hosted by the Ontario Psychological Association.