• Meet Emilia Pacholec

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    Hi! I’m Emilia – Founder of New Moon Psychotherapy and a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Western University and a BA (Honors) in Psychology from York University.

    I started my career working with youth and adults experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder before moving on to justice involved and high-risk youth. Since, I have focused my work primarily on post-traumatic stress and related difficulties such as:

    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) & complex trauma
    • Substance Use/Abuse
    • Suicide Ideation and Self-Injury
    • Emotion Dysregulation
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Perfectionism and Self-Criticism

    I specialize in helping youth, adults, and couples heal from difficult life experiences including emotional/sexual/physical abuse, medical trauma, infidelity, and bullying. I’m committed to using evidence-based approaches. These are therapies that have been heavily researched and can be effectively used to treat the difficulties that you want to change.

    The difficult experiences you’ve had to endure can leave you feeling stuck in thinking that life can’t get better or that you’re not capable of growth. My goal is to empower you to see your strengths, to overcome your difficulties, and to transform your life.

    Training and Associations

    I belong to

    • Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
    • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
    • College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
    • Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists

    I am committed to ongoing professional development and if you ask, you’ll learn that I am completing some sort of course work at any point in time – because I want to, not because I have to. I’m not kidding when I say, I’m passionate about what I do.

    There's more!

    In addition to my clinical work, I’ve been involved in research, program development, and speaking engagements in my areas of expertise. Not only do I love this work because it allows me to creatively apply and share my knowledge, it also helps me stay current in this constantly evolving field.

    Research Experience

    I have been involved in countless research studies since beginning my undergraduate studies back in 2011.

    Over the past three years my focus has been on assessing the efficacy of various psychotherapeutic interventions including mindfulness based approaches for families who have experienced adversity; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with high risk and justice involved youth; best practices for supporting survivors of human trafficking; and peer support for refugees.

    Organizations that I have been involved with include the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Kids Help Phone, London Family Court Clinic and various labs at York University and Western University.

    Program Development

    I love using my training to develop programs that allow community organizations and mental health providers to provide specialized services for the unique individuals they work with.

    I have developed programs based on mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

    Currently, I am the lead developer of an a-synchronous learning DBT program at the London Family Court Clinic.

    Speaking Engagements

    I have had the privilege of presenting research, and sharing my clinical knowledge, at various conferences, in academic settings, and to specialized populations.

    • Conferences at which I have presented research
    • Child Health Research Day at Children’s Hospital London
    • Canadian Psychological Association
    • Mindful Society
    • Western University Faculty Research Day
    • Trauma and Violence Intervention Research Conference
    • Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee


    • Settings in which I have presented (non-research)
    • Western University
    • Psychotherapy clinics
    • Wellness clinics
    • Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre