Dr. Glen Davies, R. Psych.
Dr. Glen Davies is a Registered Psychologist and Director of ABLE Developmental Clinic. Specializing in clinical child psychology, he provides assessment, counselling and consulting services for a broad range of child, youth, and family difficulties. To read more click here.
Susan Matthews, R. Psych.
Susan Matthews is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in the assessment of and treatment for children and youth. She has extensive training in assessment for learning disabilities, giftedness and high ability assessment, assessment of autism, along with the assessment of attention deficit disorders. She has a particular interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approaches for anxiety in children and youth. Prior to beginning private practice in 2007, she was employed as a District Psychologist for two large school boards in the Vancouver area. Susan continues to offer collaboration with school teams. She is a field supervisor for graduate students in School Psychology. See Susan’s website: susanmatthews.ca.
Dr. Kristen McFee, R. Psych.
Kristen McFee obtained her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University (Toronto, ON). She has worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 10 years, as a senior behaviour interventionist, developing university mentorship programs, in teaching consultation and diagnosis, and parent behavioural training. She provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for children and youth with a variety of developmental, learning, attention, behavioural, and emotional challenges. Her primary approaches to treatment include CBT, collaborative problem solving, and family systems. Dr. McFee strives to help families better understand their child’s unique strengths and needs and to develop strategies that support child development and family life.
Dr. Roberta Heaven, R. Psych.
Dr. Heaven is a Registered Psychologist specializing in clinical child psychology. Dr. Heaven utilizes evidenced-based techniques to provide assessment, intervention and program planning services for children and youth, up to 19 years and their families, who may be experiencing developmental, learning, behavioural or emotional challenges. Dr. Heaven emphasizes a child’s unique pattern of individual strengths to enable them to strive to achieve their own potential while supporting areas of challenge.
Erin Moon completed her doctoral training at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS). She is a Registered Psychologist specializing in child and youth clinical psychology. Dr. Moon provides evidence-based assessment and therapy for children and youth with anxiety, depression, and behavioural challenges. She has expertise in helping young people cope with a wide range of medical conditions and has a particular interest in the management of pediatric pain. Dr. Moon provides cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, behavioural parent training, and consultation to schools and healthcare professionals. She takes a family-centered approach, which involves working with parents to understand their child’s unique strengths and challenges and helping families reach their goals.
Dr. Suresh Rajendran
Suresh obtained his doctorate in educational psychology from the United States. He has nearly seven years of experience in delivering psychotherapy for mental health conditions such as anxiety, OCD, trauma and challenging behaviours like impulsivity, aggression, defiance, school refusal and overuse of screen/video games. He provides assessments and practical recommendations for children and adolescents who are experiencing learning and behaviour difficulties at school and home. Before moving with his family to BC in 2015, Suresh held various clinical positions for one of the largest mental health service provider (Behavioral Health Network Inc.) in Massachusetts for seven years. Suresh uses integrated evidence-based psychotherapy models to tailor treatment to individual needs.
Jessica Moore, MA (currently on maternity leave)
Jessica completed her Master of Arts at UBC and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Behavior Science from McGill. Trained in School Psychology, she specializes in assessment, intervention and program planning for children and adolescents experiencing learning, attention and behavioural difficulties.
Dr. Claire Winson-Jones, R. Psych.
Claire Winson-Jones is a registered psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Her focus is on the rights of clients and families and their needs to take a strength-based approach to treatment. Psychological assessments focus on the integration of personality, cognitive abilities, and vocational interests allowing young adults to achieve their education and career aspirations. The diagnostic assessment also includes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and specific learning disorders. Claire has worked with diverse populations including individuals diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria, individuals with a history of trauma, and individuals with high-risk behaviours. Her focus includes treatment for a variety of psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, intellectual disabilities, ASD and a variety of behavioural disorders. Intervention approaches are informed by both the evidence-based literature and the client’s personal characteristics to include relational therapies, cognitive behavioural therapies, mindfulness and social skill
Dr. Rashmeen Nirmal, R. Psych
Dr. Rashmeen Nirmal is a Registered Psychologist specializing in the comprehensive assessment of toddlers, children, teens, and young adults who are experiencing developmental, behavioural, educational, and social and emotional challenges. Her areas of expertise include autism spectrum disorders, specific learning disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, giftedness, executive functioning difficulties, and children with complex genetic syndromes. Dr. Nirmal is also passionate about supporting teens and young adults in their transition to adulthood including consultation and psychoeducational assessments for postsecondary students and eligibility assessments for Community Living BC (CLBC) services.
Dr. Nirmal completed her Masters and Ph.D. in School Psychology at The University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, at UBC and a certified PEERS® provider. In addition to her position at ABLE, Dr. Nirmal is a staff psychologist at BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill Health Centre, and has previously worked in school-based and community mental health settings, including the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) and Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMH). She has presented on a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders both nationally and internationally. Dr. Nirmal is passionate about bridging scientific research evidence to her clinical practice. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Mari Swingle
Dr. Mari Swingle works with a wide range of ailments; her specialties lie in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Transition & Displacement (e.g., divorce & blended families), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(s) and Addiction. She is further well known for her work with children and families experiencing Behavioral and Learning Difficulties including but not limited to, Defiance and Conduct Disorders, ADHD, Dyslexia, Processing, Written Output, and Speech Disorders. Within this, a key orientation she holds is focus on missed learning phases as opposed to learning disabilities. Dr. Mari Swingle also works with the dynamics that frequently arise in families with a child experiencing Learning and/or Emotional / Behavioral Challenges including Parental Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Couple/Parental Dynamics and Conflict. This includes Individual Parental Counseling, Family Counseling, Play Therapy and Couples Therapy. Dr. Mari Swingle is also an active clinical researcher; her primary focus is on the effects of screen based technologies on social, emotional and cognitive development; the brain, behavior and society at large. She has authored several papers and a book (i-Minds) on the topic and was a recipient of a 2015 FAABS Early Career Impact Award for her ‘major research contributions to the sciences or mind, brain and behavior’. She lectures locally and internationally to both public and professional audiences. Dr. Mari Swingle holds an MA from UBC in Education, an MA and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding University, Santa Barbara, US, and practices under RCC designation. She is in the process of registering with the College of Psychologists of BC.
Registered Clinical Counsellors
Tyler Milley, MA, RCC
Tyler is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds both a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia. Tyler has over fifteen years experience working with children, youth, and families, and works collaboratively with clients to develop and attain their goals. His friendliness and relational style create a warm environment where individuals, couples, and families are safe to explore their thoughts, feeling, and behaviours. Tyler utilizes many of the proven methods found in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while maintaining a Family Systems perspective. This ensures that families and individuals are known within their context and that changes made by an individual are sustainable within a family structure. Tyler has spent a significant amount of time doing humanitarian work in various countries all over the world. This has created a love and respect for different cultures which he brings into his counselling. See Tyler’s website: tylermilley.com.
Sharon Selby, BEd, MA, RCC
Sharon is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has over 16 years experience working with children and youth from ages 3-20 years and their parents. Sharon also facilities psycho-educational groups for children with anxiety and self-empowerment concerns. She is a Certified Adlerian Parent Facilitator and in addition to CBT uses art and play therapy to help children and youth express their emotions. See Sharon’s website: sharonselby.com.
Bonnie Davis, MA, RCC (currently on maternity leave)
Bonnie Davis is a child and family counsellor with a Masters degree in counselling psychology and registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has a background in working with children and youth of all ages who face challenges in a variety of areas. Bonnie began working with children and youth with developmental disabilities in 2003 and has since expanded to focus on a wide range of mental health and behavioural concerns. Bonnie’s approach emphasizes interpersonal dynamics, including family connectedness, diversity within families and building on a child’s individual strengths. She has extensive experience working on-site in client’s homes, which allows for a unique perspective and relationship to develop.
Rachel Trask, BEd, MEd, RCC
Rachel is a counsellor who had over 10 years of experience providing support and guidance to children and their families. She completed a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and has a teacher’s certificate from Simon Fraser University. She has also worked as an Applied Behaviour Analysis therapist and elementary school teacher. Her approach to counselling draws on theories including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory and Positive Behaviour Support. When working with children, she primarily uses CBT, along with art and play therapy. She has gained experience and knowledge working with children and families in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, separation and divorce, anger management, social skills, ADHD and ASD. Rachel’s true passion lies in providing support and guidance to children, and their families, who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She does this by focusing on the child’s individual needs, and working with parents and caregivers to meet their goals.
Speech-Language Pathologists and Social Skills
Nicole Davies, MS, R.SLP(C)
Nicole received her Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Upon graduating she worked in elementary and junior high schools in Calgary, and with preschool-aged children during the summer months. She has experience with the assessment and treatment of articulation, phonology, language, fluency, literacy, and social communication challenges in children. Her particular area of interest includes working with children of all ages with delayed phonological development, literacy challenges, language delays and social communication deficits, including autism.
Jenny Sojat, MA, S-LP (C)
Jenny is a Registered Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in social communication. Jenny received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Jenny accepted a position in San Jose, CA at Teach Social, formerly known as Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Centre for Social Thinking. Jenny’s interests include working with social language, language disorders, and language delays with children of all ages. See Jenny’s website: jennysojat.com.
Haley Oxenham, MA, S-LP
Haley is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Master’s degree in Speech Sciences from UBC in 2006. After graduation, she worked in a variety of school settings and as a private practitioner. Haley has experience working with the preschool, school-aged, as well as young adult populations. She enjoys both the assessment and treatment processes in the areas of articulation, language development, literacy, and social communication.
Brianna Rosenberg, MA, SLP(C)
Brianna Rosenberg is a Registered Speech Language Pathologist. She received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Brianna completed her internship under the supervision of Jenny Sojat at the ABLE developmental clinic. She has experience working with preschool, school-aged, as well as adult populations. Her area of interests includes social communication, phonological development, articulation, and language development in children of all ages.
Crystal-Lee Clark, MA, BCBA
Crystal works as a social skills therapist under the supervision of Jenny Sojat. Crystal completed her M.A. in Autism Studies through the University of Kent in Canterbury in 2012 under the supervision of one of the UK’s leaders in social skills research, Julie Beadle-Brown. Her thesis focused on social skills therapies in educational environments, examining the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches and treatment packages. Most recently, in spring 2013, Crystal completed her BCBA certification with coursework from Pennsylvania State University and supervision under ABLE Clinic’s Katie Allen. Crystal has gained experience and training in Social Thinking groups under Jenny Sojat and Kathryn Theroux and has participated as a camp leader in their Summer Social Summer camp since 2010 and as a camp supervisor for them in 2013.
Andrea Sharpe, MS
Andrea is a Behaviour Consultant with over 20 years experience working with people with developmental disabilities and their families. She completed her Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Southampton in England. She has worked as an intern in programs providing Applied Behaviour Analysis both in the UK and in California, before returning to Vancouver in 2001. Since then, she has worked as a Consultant in BC, Alberta, and Yukon. Andrea has completed a mentorship at Michelle Garcia Winner’s clinic for Social Thinking®, and specializes in developing social skills with a wide range of children and youth. In addition, she works with children and their families to develop strategies for reducing anxiety. Andrea does a combination of individual, group, and consulting work. See her website: www.andreasharpeconsulting.ca