RECE, BA, MA, RP (QUALIFYING)
After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies at Wilfred Laurier University and a two-year program in Early Childhood Education, Laurel completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Her Masters education focused on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and working with children, young adults, and their families. She enjoys and is committed to working with this demographic and strives to bring her clinical, educational, and vocational experiences into each unique counselling relationship. During her time at Child and Adolescent Services of Hamilton, she conducted in-depth clinical assessments and provided clinical evidence-based counselling and crisis intervention to children, adolescents, and their families. In addition, she facilitated groups on high conflict divorce, internet hygiene, and more.
Laurel embraces an integrative treatment philosophy grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dydadic Development, Solution-Focused Brief family and individual therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Laurel has a special interest in childhood anxiety, as well as cyberbullying and internet safety, and continues to partake in research and outreach initiatives to help provide psychoeducation on the nature, prevalence, prevention and treatment of cyberbullying.
Laurel is committed to fostering a collaborative and nonjudgmental environment for the children, young adults, and families she works with.
CONTINUED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Laurel continues to engage in supervised guidance to nurture clinical skills and uphold ethical responsibility. Clinical supervision fosters self reflection and provides case consultation to ensure that she is providing skillful and effective services to those she counsels. As someone who is passionate about lifelong learning, Laurel has completed training in Single Session Therapy, Art Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy and more, and she continues to engage in new training opportunities.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
- College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)