Hilary Duncan, PhD
Hilary Duncan, PhDPsychologist

 

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Hilary Duncan, PhDc

Therapist

Hilary is the best! I’m really happy to have her in my life. She really cares about you… She’s very real that’s why I appreciate her.”

Hilary challenged my thinking in ways that have me excited about life. I have homework that I started working on immediately. Very excited about the changes I can make in my perceptions, I feel liberated.”

Hilary really cares, I don’t feel like a number with her. She took time to call me during the week for a few minutes because she knew I was going through a difficult time.”

“Hilary is always attentive and resourceful, and she doesn’t make me feel weird about sharing my thoughts! Thanks Hilary!”

“I was treated by Hilary for six months to deal with my agoraphobia of going somewhere as far as a twenty minute drive away, and was challenged every week with what she knew I could do instead of just permitting me to do what I felt. If I didn’t pursue my help to manage my discomforts I probably would not be enrolled in local university as a full time student to now continue to progress to my degree. It definitely did change the path I’m on and she has given me the tools required to keep myself on track instead of worrying over things that were mostly up in my head.

My son’s progress was remarkable during his six months of treatment with Hilary. He started being anxious about having to go out even once a week to frequently going out by choice. His anxiety levels were greatly reduced and, with hard work, from both him and Hilary, he can now manage to pursue the opportunities that come his way and, as a result, he can live a more stress free life than before.

Hilary helped me recognize the thought patterns that may increase the anxiety and again, provided valuable tools to help change or manage these thought patterns in order for me to continue my day more peacefully. During the few months of counselling with Hilary, she has remained professional and never judgemental. Thanks to her counselling, I am more equipped to deal with my recurring worries. I recommend seeing Hilary for psychotherapy counselling.”

“Hilary treated my son for severe OCD. She had a wonderful way of putting him at ease allowing him to open up easily to discuss very difficult situations. She was very capable in providing the tools he needed and guiding him to help him overcome OCD. She is a very genuine and caring person and excellent at what she does. Thank you Hilary for helping our family!”

University-level Training in Psychology:

  • Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Concordia University
  • MA in Psychology, Concordia University
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Psychology, Concordia University
  • BSc Honours in Psychology, Dalhousie University

Trained in Scientifically-Based Treatment Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Specialized CBT for OCD
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema-Focused CBT
  • Mindfulness based approaches (MBT)
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Rehabilitation Psychology

Specialized Training for the Treatment of:

  • OCD
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal Difficulties
  • Cognitive Difficulties (Memory, Planning, Organizing, Focusing)
  • Low Motivation

Achievements:

  • 6+ years of professional experience
  • Alzheimer Society Doctoral Research Award (2012-2015)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Professional Student Research Award (2010)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Master’s Award (2008)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Award (2005)

Qualified to Practice Psychotherapy and Counselling, under the supervision of Dr. Emily Blake:  OPQ#11157-08

Hilary Duncan, Ph.D.(c) is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Concordia University. She has completed her clinical training and is currently in the final stages of completing the research portion of her doctorate degree. Her research dissertation examines how being bilingual might help maintain cognitive functioning in old age and even delay the effects of dementia.

Her practical experience has led her to work in multiple clinical settings, including a hospital memory clinic, an inpatient stroke ward, an outpatient neuro-rehabilitation clinic, a hospital psychology department and a specialized OCD clinic. Most notably, she has experience within several hospitals such as the Jewish General Hospital (Memory Clinic), The Royal Victoria Hospital (OCD Clinic, Psychology Department, Neuropsychology Department), the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore (Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program), and the Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore (Inpatient Stroke Unit).

Hilary’s has worked with patients and clients struggling with mental health issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, lack of motivation, difficulty with attention and organization, depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, and adjusting to life changes. She also has extensive experience helping people who have adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or who are having difficulty after sustaining a concussion or traumatic brain injury.

Hilary’s style is collaborative and solution-focused. She is empathic, relatable, and laid-back. She uses scientifically validated treatment approaches, which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, specialized Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for OCD, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and cognitive rehabilitation techniques.

Book with Hilary Duncan

Call 514-319-1744 or use the form below

Still have questions?

I’d be happy to provide you with any information that could help you make an informed decision about whether or not therapy with me would be the right choice for you. Choosing a therapist is a personal decision, and I’d be happy to assist you in making that choice. I look forward to hearing from you!