An in-depth interview with parents, to review relevant history and current concerns
Consultation with teachers to understand functioning at school
Parent and teacher questionnaires and rating scales
Review of any relevant developmental or educational documents
Formal testing of all relevant abilities; informal play-based activities; child interview
A feedback meeting to discuss assessment results, diagnoses, and recommendations
A comprehensive psychological assessment report explaining results and recommendations
A psychoeducational assessment explores your child's thinking, reasoning, processing, attention, and academic skills. The goal of this type of assessment is to better understand how your child learns and functions at school, and identify any underlying difficulties. Individualized recommendations for home and school will be provided to support moving forward.
A comprehensive psychological assessment explores not only your child's thinking and learning abilities, but also their social-emotional skills, mental health, and behaviour. The goal of this type of assessment is to better understand how your child learns, thinks, feels, and interacts with their environment, and identify any underlying difficulties. Individualized recommendations for home and school will be provided to support moving forward.
A developmental assessment explores your child's cognitive, social, and life skill development. The goal of this type of assessment is to better understand your child, and identify any intellectual differences or challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Individualized recommendations for home and school will be provided to support moving forward.
Parent consultation usually involves an in-depth interview and discussion with parents around a specific concern. The goal of a consultation is to gather information about your child in order to discuss their needs and how to move forward.
I provide psychotherapy to children and adolescents who are feeling stuck in some aspect of their lives. Many of the clients I work with are stressed, worried, anxious, sad, or angry, and are having some difficulty at home or school.
Psychotherapy begins with an in-depth interview with parents and engaging assessment activities children, in order to better understand the situation. Goal setting and planning are the next important steps in psychotherapy, followed by sessions with your child to further understand and support them in order to build skills and facilitate positive change. Parents are involved in sessions as needed throughout the course of psychotherapy.
When providing psychotherapy, my approach comes primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioural perspective (CBT), though I also use elements of Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, collaborative problem solving, play therapy, attachment theory, and motivational interviewing.
I provide parent workshops in the community on a variety of topics. Shorter talks introduce a topic and provide a few tips. Longer workshops provide a more in-depth look at a topic and offer opportunities for parents to develop their own knowledge and skills. Please check my events page for upcoming workshops.