Shalaka is a doctoral candidate in psychology at McGill University. She has a variety of assessment, therapeutic and research experiences, including through the McGill clinic, the Jewish General Hospital, the ADHD clinic and the Eating Disorders clinic at the Douglas Mental Health Institute, inpatient psychiatry at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and with ULTRA Health Services. Her research examines factors affecting therapeutic motivation in children and adolescents, and she currently holds a doctoral research scholarship from Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé. She is currently completing her clinical internship under Child and Youth Mental Health Services in British Columbia and will be returning to Montreal in September 2017.
At ULTRA-Health Services, Shalaka provides services in both English and French, for families with children ages 0-19. She is experienced in testing for cognitive difficulties, learning disabilities, and ADHD, as well as clinical diagnostic assessments. Her therapeutic approach is built on evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy; she also draws techniques from modalities such as motivational interviewing and narrative therapy. Shalaka believes that it is essential to understand each individual within the context of their experiences, their family, and their culture; her approach is flexible in order to tailor therapeutic services to the needs and preferences of her client. She strongly believes in empowering families by promoting their resilience, knowledge, and self-efficacy. She works with children/adolescents as well as parents, for a variety of presenting issues including anxiety-related disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, cognitive and developmental disabilities, and trauma.