Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Bendell is a Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist who provides evidence-based psychological services to adults and older adults experiencing a variety of life’s challenges. She honours the courage and vulnerability it takes to ask for help, striving to offer a safe and nourishing therapeutic environment in which clients can become curious about what hurts, learn to embrace their full humanity, and move towards meaningful change. She has extensive experience providing diagnostic assessment and evidence-based treatments to people living with the aftermath of trauma, including Canadian Forces Members and Veterans, and supporting each person with the choices they wish to make to build and embrace a purpose-filled life. She also provides assessment and treatment to individuals living with experiences of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, as well as those adjusting to important life transitions. Her therapeutic orientation is attachment-based and trauma-informed. She integrates emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and process-based approaches to ensure each person receives the best treatment possible based on their needs. She also provide Neurofeedback as an adjunct to individual therapy as well as a stand-alone treatment.
Dr. Bendell is a registered member with the Collage of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa where she received a breadth of training that compliments her depth of experience in the assessment and treatment of trauma. She’s had the privilege of providing psychological services in outpatient, inpatient, community, and shelter settings to individuals suffering from serious and persistent mental illness, including psychosis, eating disorders, chronic posttraumatic stress disorder, and severe depression. She has also worked with street-involved individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and living with serious addictions.
Dr. Bendell prioritizes wellness both personally and professionally; for for clients and self. She loves spending time with dear friends and loved ones, especially in the great outdoors. She considers herself a lifelong learner and is always seeking new avenues of knowledge, personal and professional growth, and creative expression. Above all, she is fascinated by the ways in which we can all learn to feel at home in ourselves and live our lives with deep connection, purpose, and belonging.