Laura Fontil


Laura Fontil is a doctoral candidate in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. She has completed her clinical training at the McGill Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic, Summit School, and the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital and has experience working with children, youth, and families with a variety of strengths and challenges. More specifically, Laura has provided assessment, therapeutic, and family-based services for children and youth struggling with socio-emotional and behavioural difficulties (e.g., anxiety, anger management, oppositional behaviour), learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and intellectual disabilities. Formally trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, Laura also integrates mindfulness-based techniques, elements of motivational interviewing, and takes on a systemic, strength-based approach in her treatment of children and families. Her research on the transition to school for children with difficulties underscores the value and importance of tailoring practices to individual needs and the need for collaboration between key stakeholders in a child’s life. She aims to use her knowledge and evidence-based practices to support children, youth, and families in their successful integration to school and our greater community.

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