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Dr. Paulette Laidlaw, PhD., C.Psych

Misty Woodland

Dr. Laidlaw has worked with a diverse population presenting a wide range of issues and has a special interest in the following areas:

  • Depression, bereavement/grief/loss

  • Anxiety (e.g., panic attacks, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding, etc.)

  • Reactions to trauma/abuse (e.g., sexual abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], Critical Incident Stress [CIS]

  • related to front-line emergency responders – Paramedics, Police, Firefighters, Military personnel and family members)



  • BA Honors in Psychology, Laurentian University, Sudbury

  • MA in Human Development (combined Psychology, Kinesiology and Sociology), Laurentian University, Sudbury

  • Certificate, Trauma Counseling for Front-Line Workers, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto

  • MEd in Counseling Psychology at the University of Toronto

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Toronto

  • Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario

  • Group Crisis Intervention, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Paulette Laidlaw, PhD., C.Psych

905 632 0748

Dr. Laidlaw is a clinical, counselling and rehabilitation psychologist. She provides individual treatment (counselling and assessment) to adults 19 years of age and older who are experiencing difficulties related to their psychological and/or emotional health or well-being. Models of therapy that Dr. Laidlaw finds helpful include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy and brief psychotherapy.


Dr. Laidlaw has extensive experience providing psychological services to inpatients and outpatients in various hospitals in the GTA (Mount Sinai, Women’s College, CAMH, Markham/Stouffville).


She also has specialized training and experience in critical incident stress, posttraumatic stress disorder and the psychological difficulties of first responders. She has also received training on conducting psychological autopsies from the American Association of Suicidology.


Dr. Laidlaw recently worked for the OPP as Manager, Psychological Services, in order to provide advice and consultation to their internal employee assistance program and to restructure the psychological assessment and personnel selection process. She currently provides pre-employment personnel selection assessments for emergency services, including the RCMP, the OPP and various fire and paramedic services. She works with EAP/victim service providers and develops and trains peer support teams.

Dr. Laidlaw offers personality, intellectual, developmental and vocational assessments. She provides psycholegal assessments for law firms and has extensive experience with Worker Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB), and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) claims. She is a registered provider for the Salvation Army, Blue Cross, and Veterans Affairs Canada.


Dr. Laidlaw is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Family Assistance Foundation, the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, and the American Association of Suicidology.

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