Olivia is a doctoral candidate in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at Western University. She holds a Master’s degree in Child Studies from Concordia University. Olivia has over six years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families across a wide range of settings including schools and community mental health agencies. She completed her clinical practica at the Child and Youth Development Clinic and the Mary J. Wright Center for Research and Education at Western University, the Thames Valley District School Board and the Child and Parent Resource Institute in Ontario.
Olivia will be joining the ULTRA Health Services team,in October 2021, following the completion of her doctoral internship at the Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University. She has expertise in conducting psychological assessments and making evidence-based recommendations for neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities (reading, writing, mathematics) and intellectual disabilities; as well as emotional, behavioural and mental health issues in children and adolescents.
Olivia provides therapy to children and adolescents struggling with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, executive functioning difficulties, emotional regulation difficulties, ADHD, trauma, and social and behavioural difficulties. She also provides parenting support for parents of children and adolescents; including collaborative problem solving and emotion coaching. These strategies canhelp parents struggling to support their children with mental health, behavioural, and social issues. Olivia believes in a strengths-based, collaborative approach to working with children, adolescents and their families. She has training in evidenced-based therapeutic modalities including brief solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). Olivia also integrates mindfulness and socio-emotional learning into her work with clients. Olivia strongly believes in setting therapeutic goals in collaboration with each client and their family to support their needs and ensure therapy benefits each child, adolescent and/or family. Olivia values the importance of relationships in the therapeutic process and within the family.
Olivia believes in strengthening the child/adolescent and family as a whole through the development of strategies and mobilization of resources within the family and their community.