Dr. Ian Shulman

the story

About me

I am is a clinical psychologist with a long history of experience working in the field of anxiety and trauma. I have been in private practice in Oakville, Ontario since the early 2000s and a dedicated volunteer with Badge of Life Canada since 2018.

Overview And Experience


Honored To Be Part Of Badge Of Life Canada

Years ago, as a young psychologist, a clinical supervisor asked me what I did best, what my favourite thing to do was. I said I most enjoyed working with any person who could have a really good conversation with me because I could do my best work when I had that. All these years later, I still work best that way. So if we work together, expect to have meaningful and thought-provoking conversations.

As a cognitive-behaviour therapist, my philosophy is that people can change by changing how they think and what they do. So, we’ll begin with ‘the big picture,’ looking to see what works and what doesn’t. From there, we can get down into the weeds, mastering behaviours and skills needed to make the kinds of changes required to improve life and functioning. Helping adult clients overcome anxiety, fear and trauma is my favourite area of work, but I also really enjoy working with couples who want to improve their communication, intimacy and relationship. Generally speaking, I feel my work is useful when it helps people get out of their own ways and feel good in their lives.


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.