Jessica Pugliese

PhD

Treatment Modalities

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (including mindfulness)
  • Dialectical and behavioral therapy
  • Family based approach to EDs

Specialties

  • Body image dissatisfaction
  • Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia, ARFID)
  • General psychiatry
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Emotion regulation difficulties

Dr. Jessica Pugliese completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Université de Montréal. Her thesis focused on emotional regulation and eating disorders (EDs). She completed her internships in various settings, including a university clinic and a high school.

She eventually completed her training with an internship at the Douglas Mental Health Institute, Eating Disorders Continuum, Adolescent Unit, where she then worked for just over three years. This experience allowed her to intervene with people suffering from different types of EDs (e.g. anorexia, bulimia and ARFID) and various degrees of symptom intensity (e.g. outpatient follow-up, day hospital, hospitalization). At the same time, Dr Pugliese worked with patients hospitalized due to various psychiatric difficulties that affected their functioning and well-being (e.g. anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and difficulties associated with emotion regulation).

For Dr. Pugliese, her priority is to first create a safe space, one that is open and without judgment, in which the person can explore their internal world. She includes interventions from the two approaches in which she was trained, namely cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.

More specifically, the clinician introduces tools from the 3rd wave CBT (e.g. dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness) while encouraging reflective work on emotional states in order to bring the person to better understand the origin of his/her difficulties in order to promote change.

Finally, the family approach being greatly encouraged by the evidence-based research for the adolescent clientele suffering from an ED, she draws inspiration from the Family Based Treatment in her follow-ups.