MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
I provide empirically-supported intervention for children, adolescents, and their families experiencing challenges in the following areas:
Anxiety (such as separation anxiety, selective mutism, phobias, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, agoraphobia, panic disorder, perfectionism)
Hair-pulling, skin picking, and other body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRB)
Behaviour difficulty (e.g., ADHD, non-compliance, aggression)
Learning/school difficulties (e.g., executive function weaknesses, academic difficulty, learning disabilities, giftedness)
Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, among other strategies, I use graded exposure to help youth manage anxiety and exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD. For behaviour problems, I often conduct a Functional Behaviour Assessment(FBA)and develop an intervention plan based on the findings. In addition, I assist schools in developing Individual Education Plans (IEP) and interventions to best support students experiencing a range of difficulties at school.
HOW TO GET HELP?
Initial inquiry: Please complete the online form (contact link) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and a brief description of your concerns.
Scheduling a session/waitlist: I will reply to your email within two business days, and indicate whether the services I offer seem to be appropriate for your or your child's needs. Subsequently, depending on my availability, we will schedule an initial assessment session, or your child's name will be placed on my waitlist. The approximate waiting time will be provided then.
Initial assessment session: On this initial assessment session, I will meet with one or both parents/guardians and, if appropriate, with your child, for 50 to 70 minutes to gather information about your child’s developmental history, current areas of concern, your child’s/family’s strengths, and the strategies that have worked and not worked in the past.
Based on this initial assessment, if we determine that the services I offer are appropriate for your child, we will discuss your and your child's treatment goals and schedule future sessions. Additionally, I may ask you and/or your child to complete some questionnaires to help me better understand the current areas of concern.
If we deem that I am not the best fit for your child, I will provide you with a list of resources and names of professionals who will better address your child's needs. Please note that the initial assessment session does not guarantee long-term services.
Next sessions: In most cases, I meet with one or both parents/guardians and the child/youth in the following appointments. The structure of the session may vary according to your child’s needs. For example, I may only have your child present for the first half of the appointment and then ask the parent(s)/guardian(s) to join the second half. Or I may have a consultation session with only the parent(s)/guardian(s).
Duration: Sessions usually have a duration of 50 minutes and are scheduled once per week.
Number of sessions: The number of sessions will depend on the type and severity of the problem.
Setting: As part of the intervention, I may conduct some sessions at your home, at your child’s school, or in the community, as needed. I may also meet with your child’s school to provide tips on how to best support your child.
Payment: As this is a private service, the fee associated with it must be paid at the end of each session by cash, cheque, or electronic transfer. Credit cards are not accepted at this time. The fee for a 50-minute session is $200, which is currently in accordance with the College of Psychologists of BC. You may be able to bill your extended health plan for psychological services. Please consult your provider for details and note that psychological fees not covered by insurance are a tax-deductible medical expense.