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
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
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
Miranda’s approach to therapy is integrative, she practices predominantly from a Synergetic Play Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy approach that emphasizes children and adolescents’ propensity toward growth in the therapeutic process, while also incorporating Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ACT, and Family Systems interventions to meet the unique needs of the children, youth, and families she sees.
Miranda has extensive experience working within trauma-informed models to help children and adolescents through their experiences of trauma and any associated high-risk behaviours and significant emotional dysregulation. Her practice has since evolved to provide psychological services to children, youth, and families with a range of presenting problems.
Miranda believes that each individual has a unique experience of their challenges, and endeavors to understand this experience beyond diagnostic labels and criteria. Broadly speaking however, Miranda specializes in treatment with children and youth in the following areas:
- Anxiety (social anxiety, separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, specific phobias)
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Grief and loss
- Behavioural regulation challenges
- Interpersonal challenges
- Divorce and separation and/or transition-related challenges
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder
She has expertise in many areas of psychology. In addition to initial training in neuropsychological assessment, she has expertise in attention and memory, neurological injury (e.g., concussion, brain injury), intellectual disability, developmental trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, addictions and mood disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression).
April has worked in many capacities and settings over the years including hospital, rehabilitation and school settings, as well as in the community and has also worked as an Executive Director for the Southern Alberta Brain Injury Society. She has also worked with parents and families for Family Justice services as a Mediator and as a Clinician for 10 years. She has also taught courses, given seminars or presented locally as well as internationally. She can be heard on the CBC Alberta@noon show as a guest speaker, addressing topics related to relationships and families.
To add to the repertoire of skills she can offer to clients, and because of her strong interest in neuropsychotherapy, she continues formal training in wearable technologies, biofeedback and other more comprehensive neurotherapies involving neurostimulation and neurofeedback.
Nicole has spent almost 15 years focusing on supporting families and young children to navigate difficulties that arise due to developmental delays, autism, behavioural issues, trauma, grief/loss, separations, emotional regulation, and anxiety. Nicole has experience working in clinical settings, shelters, schools, and within homes to provide therapy and support. In addition, Nicole places value in a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to understanding a child’s difficulties and welcomes consultation with teachers, paediatricians, and any other professionals involved in a child’s care.
With deep compassion for children, Nicole has built her practice around therapeutic modalities which are strength based, rooted in attachment theory, are trauma-informed, and aim to extend that same compassion to a child’s parents and caregivers. In her integrative practice, Nicole will draw on play-based therapies such as Child-centered play therapy, Synergetic play therapy, Narrative Therapy, Expressive Arts therapies, Mindfulness practice, and Theraplay, for which Nicole is currently completing certification in. Theraplay is a family and relationship-based therapy which can promote a stronger bond between caregiver and child, as well as, cooperation, emotional regulation, self-esteem, and resilience for children. Get playful parents, you will most likely be part of the therapy at some point!
Jenny is passionate about working with children and families and has done so for over ten years in school, clinical, and shelter settings. After obtaining her master’s degree in counseling psychology, Jenny worked for several years in school-based mental health, where she was instrumental in the development of play-based mental health programs for children with special needs, and where she developed a mindfulness-based program for children aimed at promoting mental health awareness in the classroom. Today Jenny practices from a developmental, trauma-informed perspective, using integrative play therapy, mindfulness approaches, parent-child attachment-based play, and other experiential modalities to help children and adolescents explore their emotions, experiences, and identities within a safe and trusting therapeutic environment. Jenny has a special fondness for adolescents, and other areas of specialization for her include:
- LGBTQ2S+ youth
- Gender identify, including gender-curious and gender-creative children and youth
- Emotional regulation
- Sensory integration
- Family change and conflict
- School-related difficulties, both emotional/behavioral and academic