Registered Provisional Psychologist
**Andrea is currently full, however, she is taking clients on a case by case basis. She is happy to connect with you to explore your needs**
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a specialization in School and Applied Child psychology from the University of Calgary. She is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with training and experience in psycho-educational assessments and intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments and intervention, social skills interventions and holds certifications in Program for the Enrichment and Education of Relational Skills (PEERS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Crisis Intervention. In addition to private practice, Andrea has experience working as a school psychologist for elementary students with complex needs. She currently works as a child psychologist in an early intervention program and provides mental health services to a rural community in healthcare and educational settings. Additionally, Andrea is the clinical coordinator/facilitator of the PEERS program for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Calgary. Outside of work, she loves hiking, snowshoeing, barre classes and spending time with family and friends.
Areas of Interest and Knowledge
Andrea is passionate about working with children and teens who are experiencing learning, behavioural, and mental health challenges. She has over 5 years of experience working in both homes and schools providing intervention for children with developmental disabilities. Her training in school and child psychology has provided her with a strong understanding of child development and strategies to promote academic achievement, positive behaviour and mental health. Additionally, after working as a case coordinator in domestic violence where she provided crisis intervention and facilitated healthy relationship programming, Andrea developed a special interest in supporting children and teens who are experiencing interpersonal difficulties (e.g., unhealthy relationships, bullying, difficulties with peers, family conflict).
Andrea’s area of specialty includes supporting children with neuro-developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, school concerns, emotional regulation, anxiety disorders, social skills and friendship training, interpersonal relationships, positive behaviour support and building coping skills.
Beliefs and Values
Andrea believes strongly in the importance of relationship-based practice and prioritizes developing a supportive, collaborative, and understanding approach with her clients. She operates from a strength-based perspective where she recognizes that all clients have important strengths that can be built upon to foster positive change and resilience. Depending on client need, Andrea draws upon evidence-based therapeutic approaches and developmentally appropriate practice to best support the client’s unique needs and presentation.
Please note: Andrea works with children (age 7 – 18). She can provide online or telephone counselling when appropriate for the circumstance.