For as long as I can remember, I have always had a natural curiosity about the differences inherent in people’s personalities, interaction styles, and behaviour patterns. My insight into the nature of individuals’ problems, along with my genuine concern for others’ well-being, is what served as the major indication that the field of psychology is a strong fit for me. I am a warm, compassionate, and sensitive person. I bring true enthusiasm and motivation toward helping clients meet life’s challenges to create meaningful and satisfying change in their life. I strive to provide a counselling and assessment environment where clients can feel comfortable and at ease.
My practice focuses exclusively on the psychological development and well-being of young individuals: toddlers, children, adolescents and young adults. I have had specialized training and experience providing play therapy and/or counselling to toddlers and children (2-11 years of age). As well, I have experience providing individual counselling to latency aged children, adolescents and young adults (12-21 years of age) in both a university and high school setting. I provided counselling to young clients who presented with a large variety of mental health concerns including: anxiety, depression, body image difficulties, suicidal ideation, and relational problems.
Throughout my graduate education at McGill University I developed my assessment and clinical skills, and further developed my insight into others’ behaviour. I recently completed the intensive one year-long Clinical Extern Training Program in Narrative Therapy through the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre at the University of Toronto. As a result of this well-respected and long-established training program, I have significantly expanded my knowledge and stretched my skills in providing respectful, collaborative, and strength-based therapy with children and families. As well, such training has helped to energize and inspire therapeutic conversations in a different way, which often times has resulted in briefer duration of therapy.
My professional competence is not limited to treatment. I also have experience providing psychoeducational assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults for attention, learning difficulties, language problems, behavioural concerns, and giftedness. As such, I have a joint interest in providing individual counselling as well as providing psychoeducational and clinical assessments to children and young adults.
All too often, people lose sight of their strengths. With a consistent focus on “what is wrong with what I have and who I am”, people become distanced from their positive self-regard. Therefore, in counselling I believe it is highly important to bring in positive elements to foster hope and empower clients as they embark upon their journey toward self-acceptance. As social beings, we have a basic need for belonging and relating to others, and as such, are very affected by the relationships we have with others, particularly our partners and primary caregivers. In counselling, I strive to help clients recognize their strengths and meet their unmet relational needs to re-establish emotional connection with significant others in their life.
Whether you are a younger student in elementary school, or an older student entering college, university, or trying to access a graduate program, a psychoeducational assessment can help to meet your scholastic goals. I provide practical and useful recommendations in my assessment reports for parents, students, and school personnel. Accordingly, I am able to provide my clients with a number of strategies to help them to overcome their difficulties in attention, learning, and/or behaviour to enjoy greater academic and vocational success.
My clinical practice at TPS is supervised by Jancy King M.Ed., C. Psych. Assoc., a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. As such, all or most of your fees may be covered by your workplace benefits. If you are interested in working with me, please call our clinic, Toronto Psychological Services at 416-531-0727 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with me.