Dr. Catherine Low has been in practice as a family physician for the past 36 years. She is a graduate of McMaster Medical School (1978) and the McMaster Family Medicine Residency Program (1980). In the last 16 years she has restricted her practice to caring for patients with mental illness.
Dr. Low has received additional training in mental health and psychotherapy through The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (formerly the General Practice Psychotherapy Association) and the Satir Institute of the Pacific. She is currently seeing adults, by referral from their family physician, for individual psychotherapy.
In my years as a family physician delivering comprehensive care I witnessed many recurring illnesses that were based in the mind rather than the body. I knew that treating the body was just providing a short-lived solution. In my current practice, I focus on the mind-body connection and help people suffering from mood and anxiety disorders. As well I treat those suffering from the long-term effects of trauma and childhood attachment disorders so they can regain a sense of control over their overall health and sense of well-being.
My goal is to help people reach their full potential as they attempt to cope in an increasingly challenging and complex world.
Family doctors may refer patients directly to my office via fax or email. Referrals must include a description of the current problem as well as a brief summary of the past history and a list of current medications (if any). Prospective patients will be contacted by phone and then be sent an online questionnaire to be completed and returned prior to their first appointment. At the conclusion of therapy, a discharge letter will be sent to the family doctor. This letter will describe any changes that have occurred and will highlight areas the patient intends to focus on in continuing their personal growth.