Dr. Karen Tsuk

Karen-TsukDr. Karen Tsuk, C.Psych.

Dr. Karen Tsuk is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University.  In her practice, Dr. Tsuk draws on her broad range of experience in a variety of settings, including the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, as well as hospital outpatient clinics, and children’s mental health centres.

Dr. Tsuk provides psychological assessments and psychotherapy.  She offers psychological services to children of all ages, from infancy to adolescence, and their families.  Dr. Tsuk conducts assessments to evaluate learning difficulties, ADHD, giftedness, developmental differences, and behavioural and social-emotional issues.  She also treats children and adolescents with a wide variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, OCD, low self-esteem, emotion regulation and impulse control issues, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and adjustment to major life stressors, such as family transitions and loss.  Dr. Tsuk supports parents with managing challenging child behaviour and parent-child conflict, and promoting attachment relationships.

Dr. Tsuk strives to understand each child and family from a holistic perspective, taking into account the impact of the child’s temperament and psychobiological factors, parent-child relationships, family dynamics, intergenerational issues, social supports, and potential stressors on the family.  She is responsive to the unique needs of each family, and she collaborates compassionately with them to determine how to help children achieve to their full potential and to promote children’s and parents’ emotional well-being.  Dr. Tsuk provides interventions which are appropriate to the age and needs of the child, drawing on principles of attachment-informed approaches, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), family systems, and developmental psychology.  She has also pursued training in a variety of specific therapeutic approaches, including SPACE (a parent-based intervention for childhood anxiety), Circle of Security (COSP), and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).