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Child at Psychologist

Get to Know Me

Current Roles

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Hi there!

 
I am Dr. Nicolás F. Narvaez Linares. You can call me Nicolás or Dr. Nick; my pronouns are he/him.

I am a registered Pediatric Psychologist in Ontario and Québec, offering services to the Ottawa-Gatineau region in French, English and Spanish. I completed a Bachelor of Sciences (B.Sc.) in Psychology with a specialization in neuroscience and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuroscience at the University of Ottawa. During my Ph.D. training, I specialized in child, adolescent, and family services. I completed my training in different Hospitals, School Board, and Community Centers in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

I practice in the areas of Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, and School Psychology, offering services to children, youth, and their families aged 3 to 19.

I currently split my time between the public and private sectors and am involved in different associations related to Psychology. 

My Credentials

If you want to know more about me, you can visit my LinkedIn profile to have an overview. Otherwise, you can access my C.V. below.

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A little bit about me

Who am I?

I spent the first 11 years of my life in Lima, Péru, before my family immigrated to Montreal, Quebec. Growing up in Montreal for another 10 years, I eventually moved to Ottawa to pursue my post-secondary education. I began working with children in middle school by volunteering at a low socio-economic school, where I tutored students for six years. Additionally, I was involved with the air cadets from ages 13 to 19. I later joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as part of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), working with teenagers aged 12 to 19 for over a decade.

 

My journey to becoming a psychologist was unexpected. Initially studying Health Sciences with aspirations of becoming a physician or nurse, my perspective shifted after taking a psychology elective towards the end of my degree. With just one class, I fell in love with the field of Psychology. After extensive research, I discovered the perfect blend of science and social sciences in Clinical Neuropsychology - a profession that resonated deeply with me.

 

Choosing to pursue my training in Ottawa, I enrolled at the University of Ottawa for its bilingual training program. It was crucial for me to master both official languages to provide high-quality services to my patients. Additionally, the university offered a curriculum that integrated neurosciences and psychology, which was essential for my training and future career aspirations.

 
Known for my warm, approachable, and authentic style, I prioritize creating a judgment-free space where my clients feel comfortable being themselves.

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