Lorena Ruci, MA, PhD, RP
C. Psych Associate (supervised practice)

Lorena is a C. Psych Associate (supervised practice) and 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 teaches psychology 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.

Psychodiagnostic assessments: Clients are referred by lawyers, insurers, health care professionals and other third parties for specific Independent Psychodiagnostic Evaluations. Psychodiagnostic testing describes the process by a psychologist or psychological associate using different scientific measures and procedures to determine if the client has a psychological disorder.

To refer your client for a Psychodiagnostic evaluation, please contact me.


  • College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)
  • College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)


  • mTBI/ Concussion management
  • Sport performance
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Self-esteem disorders
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Grief
  • Dysfunctional family dynamics
  • Communication difficulties

Treatment Approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Psychodynamic Approaches
  • ACT

Client Focus


  • Adolescents
  • Adults


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
Email: medinfo@carletonsportsmed.com
Website: www.lorenaruci.ca