Director for Rocky Mountain Psychological Services
Cassandra White, M.Sc., R.Psych.
Cassandra brings more than 15 years experience of working with children and families to the RMPS group and is also the owner of Calgary Child Psychology Group. Her expertise in the areas of assessment and treatment of the Autism spectrum and ADHD are highlighted as areas of strength that Cassandra brings to Rocky Mountain Psychological Services. Cassandra has extensive knowledge and experience in working with complex learning issues for both children and adults and has been providing specialized assessments, treatment and consultation for schools, families and individuals.
In addition to her experience in assessment and treatment of learning disabilities and giftedness, Cassandra has training and expertise in Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy. She has worked extensively with children and their families regarding treatment of anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and emotion regulation using play-based and expressive interventions. Cassandra is also a clinical supervisor who provides supervision and consultation to other practitioners specializing in working with children.
Cassandra’s experience and knowledge is not only academic; she is the mother of four children. Her experience of being a parent of four children makes her a very practical and realistic therapist. She understands the demands of parenting and does not rely on “book knowledge” or recommendations that appear unattainable for parents. She prides herself in understanding both the needs of the parents and the child. She looks for ways to enhance family functioning so that parents can feel competent and successful in their difficult jobs of raising children with a variety of complex needs.
RMPS Office Administrator
I believe that therapy is an opportunity for individuals of all ages to experience growth. When working with children, adolescents, or families, I focus on how people are experiencing success in their lives, and concentrate on mutually agreed upon goals to promote well being and positive changes. I draw primarily from Person-centered approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-focused therapy in my work with children, adolescents and adults, and have a specialized focus on conducting Play Therapy with children and families.
In my work, I recognize that we are all part of various systems, which can include family, school, community, and culture. I believe that it is important that the caregivers are a part of the therapeutic process from beginning to end. Initially, I meet with the caregiver(s) to learn about the strengths and challenges that are present in the child’s life and establish potential goals to support change. I encourage caregivers to remain involved throughout the therapeutic process, and strive to provide a balance of psychoeducation, strategies, and emotional support that parallels my work with the child. The child can expect a warm and safe environment to explore their own experiences, make sense of the world around, and to gain skills and tools to better manage their day to day life outside of the counselling office. I also provide social/emotional assessments to support treatment planning.
- Play Therapy
- Attachment Parenting
- Filial Play Therapy (Parent-Child Relationship Therapy)
- Behavioral Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Identity Issues
- Relationship Issues
Rachela is dedicated to helping individuals in the commitment towards health and wellness and focuses specifically on issues related to trauma, sexual abuse, abuse and neglect, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress, anger, health concerns, grief/loss, positive self-growth and development, spirituality, and positive living. Rachela helps children, youth, and families. Throughout her studies Rachela has been interested in diverse forms of healing and alternative approaches to self-growth and development in order to best assist her clients.
Kayla utilizes child-centered therapy, narrative therapy, and cognitive-behavioural therapy approaches in working with children, adolescents, and their families. Kayla respects children and adolescents, and values their tendencies toward healing and growth. She is a strong believer in holism and recognizes that many factors and systems will influence, and be influenced by, the child.
Kayla has several years of experience in working with children and adolescents, including working within multidisciplinary teams such as Family Services for Children with Disabilities (FSCD). She has provided developmental, behavioural, and therapeutic services to individuals 3-17 years of age with a range of presenting problems. Kayla has experience in working with children diagnosed with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism and Asperger’s, Cerebral Palsy, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Within the therapeutic setting, her areas of specialization include a variety of issues related to:
- Interpersonal Issues & Social Skills
- Emotional and Self-Regulation, including Aggression & Anger Management
- Loss and Life Transitions, including Separation or Divorce
- Body Image
- Stress, Anxiety
- Sadness, Depression
- Positive Self-growth
- Positive Embodiment
She brings an extensive knowledge of working with child, youth and families within an educational setting. Chrissy looks to understand both the biological aspects of behaviour as well as the social, emotional, and environmental presentation. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behavioural therapy, Child-centered approaches, Solution focused therapy, trauma informed practice, as well as play therapy in her practice. She also uses brain development, trauma informed practice, bio-feedback and is currently developing additional skills in neuro-feedback. She has additional training in Bio-Feedback (Heart Math), Suicide Intervention (ASIST), Threat Assessment (Level 1,2,&3), Crisis Incident Stress Management, None Violent Crisis Intervention, and Child Trauma (NMT).
Chrissy has a special interest in the teenage years and has worked with children experiencing:
- ADHD diagnosis
- Autism spectrum diagnosis
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Self-regulation issues
- Sexual identity, healthy sexual development
Amanda has a background in behaviour therapy, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Amanda has experience providing in home consultation to families with children with a range of presenting concerns and diagnosis. In particular, she has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Cognitive Delays, and Acquired Brain Injury, in order to build functional skills, reduce maladaptive behaviours, or introduce communication systems to families. Through this, Amanda has worked within multidisciplinary teams such as Family Services for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD).
In addition to providing support and therapy to children and their families, Amanda also believes that many individuals benefit from an understanding of cognitive strengths and weaknesses in order to achieve success. She has conducted a variety of psychoeducational assessments with children ranging from age 3 into adulthood in order to identify how individuals function within the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural domains. She believes that with this understanding, that families and schools can be fully equipped to support children to becoming their greatest versions of themselves and achieve success.