Lorena Ruci, MA, PhD, RP
C. Psych Associate
Lorena is a C. Psych Associateand Registered Psychotherapist providing psychological services at the Sports Medicine Clinic at Carleton University. She has a BAHon from Mount Allison University, an MA and PhD in Psychology from Carleton University and a MA in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She is a proponent of the researcher-practitioner model, conducting mental health research and providing mental health services to adults with various adjustment difficulties and mental health disorders. Lorena is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting psycho-educational and research-based interventions intended to improve people’s lives. She is an Adjunct Professor at Carleton University and teaches at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
Concussion management: I am part of the health care team at the Sport Medicine clinic at Carleton university, where I collaborate with the doctors, physiotherapists and psychiatrists in providing concussion management, especially post-concussion syndrome (PCS) to athletes and members of the community.
Sport Psychology: I help athletes enhance performance by using evidence-based strategies in overcoming obstacles and barriers. These include, but not limited to, improving attentional focus, managing anxiety, visualization and goal setting, motivation and team building and improving overall well-being.
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy involves developing a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship with the therapist, in order to work collaboratively in overcoming problematic behaviours, understanding distressing thoughts and managing difficult emotions. Depending on client needs, I use different therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, ACT, psychodynamic therapy, MBSR, IPT and existential and humanistic, and supportive therapy.
ADHD Assessments: Lorena conducts ADHD assessments* for adults struggling with undiagnosed ADHD. The purpose of an ADHD assessment is to assess the possible existence of ADHD using a standard ADHD battery that includes assessment of psychiatric and academic history, current symptoms, cognitive functioning, and level of impairment related to these symptoms. Symptoms might look different at older ages and a diagnosis is based on the criteria outlined in the DSM 5-TR. For more information visit https://www.caddra.ca.
*Current wait time for an ADHD assessment is 1-2 months*
- College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)
- College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
- Ottawa Academy of Psychology (OAP)
- mTBI/ Concussion management
- Sport performance
- Depression and mood disorders
- Self-esteem disorders
- Relationship conflicts
- Dysfunctional family dynamics
- Communication difficulties
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Psychodynamic Approaches
While Psychotherapy is not covered by OHIP, most extended Health Insurance plans, such as those carried by several employers, provide at least partial coverage for psychological services to families and individuals.
I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, which means that my services are covered by private insurance. After each appointment, I will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
If you are a student, your health insurance plan provides some coverage for psychological services. Check your CUSA health plan for more details.
You might need a referral from your doctor for “psychological services”. You might need to submit the doctor’s referral and the official receipt as part of your claim to your insurance company.
– Some corporations pay for psychological services.
– Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) pay for psychological services.
– Car Insurance companies pay for psychological services.
***Psychological services are tax deductible***
- Student rates available
- Sliding scale: Yes
- Accepts Insurance: Yes
To book an appointment with Lorena:
Phone: (613) 520-3510