Psychologists

Dr. Glen Davies, R. Psych.

Director of ABLE Developmental Clinic, Inc. 

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Kristen McFee, R. Psych.

Dr. Kristen McFee obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University. She provides evidence-based (scientifically proven) treatments for children and youth with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention and behavioural challenges, and repetitive behaviours (e.g., tics, hair pulling). Approaches to treatment include cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT), parent training, collaborative problem solving, habit reversal, and comprehensive behavioural intervention for tics (CBIT). Dr. McFee has worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 15 years. She is passionate about the assessment and treatment of mental health within the context of autism. She is the program lead and supervisor of the 'Facing Your Fears' anxiety group for children and youth with autism at ABLE clinic. Dr. McFee's overarching goal is to help families better understand their child's unique strengths and needs, and to develop practical strategies that will support continued child development, family life, and community inclusion.

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.

Jessica Moore, MA

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 development.

Dr. Erin Moon, R. Psych.

Dr. 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.

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 K. 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 / interactive technologies on social, emotional and cognitive development; the brain, behavior, and society at large. She has authored several papers and a book (i-Minds: How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social Media are Changing our Brain, our Behavior, and the Evolution of our species) 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 has a strong media presence and 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. The second edition of her book i-Minds: How and Why Constant Connectivity is Rewiring Our Brains and What to do about it is due out in Spring 2019.

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