A Psychologist Can Help

Dr. O’Connor, a Toronto psychologist, offers consultations, psychological assessments and school neuropsychological evaluations. Her services increase understanding of adolescent or child problems, and lead to evidence based interventions to promote positive outcomes in children.

When you work with Dr. O’Connor you have access to the expertise and advice of an experienced professional. Dr. O'Connor has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families, and the helping professionals who work with them.

Dr. O'Connor offers a unique set of services. She holds a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition, she holds holds specialty designation in clinical psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Dr. O'Connor's knowledge and expertise in school neuropsychology and clinical psychology lies at the core of her work with children, adolescents and young adults. This perspective informs the assessment, consultation and treatment services she offers.  

Dr. O'Connor also applies her expertise in school neuropsychology and clinical psychology to the trauma (acute and complex), and the attachment based issues, that are often at issue across a range of childhood problems. These include learning problems, as well as concerns around social, emotional and behavioral issues. 

Areas of  practice with the Ontario College of Psychologists include Clinical Psychology, School Psychology and Counseling.

Guiding Principles and Values

  • Early & Timely Intervention: Although symptoms of serious child problems are often evident early on, other adolescent or child problems, such as traumatic and other acquired brain injuries can surface later. Child or adolescent problems, whether they show up early, or at a later stage, can benefit from timely intervention and support. The earlier we intervene when problems arise the greater the likelihood of preventing problems from escalating and becoming more difficult to reverse and/or deal with.

  • An Assessment Is Part of the Intervention: An assessment helps "get beneath the surface" to reveal what lies "at the root" of the child problem that concerns you. This includes its nature and extent, and what is contributing to and/or maintaining it. The assessment, whether it comprises a clinical consultation, psychological assessment or a school neuropsychological evaluation, leads to evidence based interventions to help you help the children, adolescents and young adults you care about and work with.

  • One Size Doesn't Fit All: Each child or adolescent presents with problems that are unique to his or her particular circumstance. Multiple and interacting factors that differ in each child contribute to the concerns he or she exhibits. Understanding the problem, and its unique presentation in each child, points to the kind of interventions that are most likely to be effective for that child. Interventions work best when they are tailored to the child's individual needs and circumstance.

Dr. O’Connor’s Approach

Dr. O'Connor, a licensed psychologist, provides psychological services to increase understanding of child problems, and how to help. Through her work as a psychologist she helps parents and children move beyond the problem and what’s wrong. She explores "what’s working” and the strengths and positives that are also frequently there. She encourages parents and helping professionals to harness the positives and “what works” and use these to develop practical, effective and evidence based interventions to help address child and adolescent problems. 

Dr. O'Connor encourages the enhancement of healthier coping strategies in children and increased psychological well-being and competence. Her services help you promote positive outcomes in the children and adolescents you care about and work with.

How Can A Psychologist Help?

Dr. O'Connor, a Toronto psychologist, can help. She has  extensive experience working with children and their families. She has the expertise and training to help you, help the children you care about and work with. Through her work as a licensed psychologist, she has worked with thousands of children, their families and the professionals who work with them. She offers evidence based interventions to help with child problems. Her services are tailored to the child's individual needs and concerns.

In addition, through her training in school neuropsychology, Dr. O'Connor integrates an understanding of the neurobiological bases of childhood learning, emotional, social and behavior problems. This neuropsychological focus increases understanding of the child problems that concern you, whether these include learning and behavioral concerns, and/or social and emotional issues.

Within this neurobiological context Dr. O'Connor also incorporates attachment and/or trauma concerns when these are at issue for a child or adolescent.

Now that you have found out more about Dr. O’ Connor and how she works, learn more about her  services and products, and how they can help. 

Dr. O'Connor is the author of “I CAN BE ME", a helping book for children of Drug Addicted and Alcoholic Parents.

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