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. Ellen Ivity, R. Psych
Dr. Ellen Ivity is a registered psychologist specializing in evidence-based assessment, consultation, and treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD and AD/HD, anxiety disorders, OCD, and depression. She has several years of experience working with and advocating for children and adults presenting with complex and severe challenging behaviours. Dr. Ivity provides a client-centered approach to counselling integrating several psychotherapeutic modalities including Family Systems therapy, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness practices.
Dr. Andrea Araujo, R. Psych
Andrea Araujo, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC. Her training includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and her thesis work on trauma treatment for sexual abuse was published in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (2008). Her doctoral work at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goias in Brazil (PUC-Goias) focused on the acculturation process and life satisfaction in immigrants, and was published as a book in 2018. At ABLE, Dr. Andrea provides a variety of psychological assessments, psychotherapy and treatment planning for children, youth and adults. Areas of assessment include ADHD, Autism, intellectual disability and learning disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. Dr. Andrea utilizes evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Internal Family Systems, and encourages and supports the development of each client's potentials and weaknesses into strengths. Dr. Araujo works in the West Vancouver and Richmond ABLE locations both in person, and online.
Dr. Sandy Dhami
Dr. Sandy Dhami is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a PhD in general psychology with a focus in childhood attachment, Master’s in Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree. At ABLE she provides evidence-based assessment and counseling for a variety of developmental, learning, behavioural, and emotional difficulties. She has worked within the school system for over 10 years both as a teacher and as a counsellor. In the school system her focus has been supporting children with anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, executive functioning difficulties and learning disorders while using methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment Theory, Play Therapy, and Sand Play Therapy. Further, she facilitated a Social Emotional Program for children from preschool to grade four; within this program she was able to teach children about mindfulness, conflict resolution, self-esteem and various social skills. Dr. Dhami is nearly finished her required residency hours in order to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC and is currently supervised by Dr. Rick Miners.
Dr. Jennifer Bach, RCC
Dr. Jennifer Bach has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She specialises in counselling children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PTSD, adjustment disorder, attention and behavioural challenges, difficulties with emotion regulation, and learning disabilities. Moreover, Dr. Bach has extensive experience conducting psychotherapy with children with ASD and also works with parents of children with ASD. She provides counselling using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. Dr. Bach as well provides assessment services for children and teens for ADHD, learning disorders, giftedness and beginning in October 2019 will conduct Autism assessments for toddlers, children and teens. Furthermore, she has an international research background having conducted research in Canada, South Africa, England and U.S.A. in areas of focus in Positive Psychology, contemplation and meditation on compassion aimed at increasing psychological well-being in adolescents, cross-cultural research on depression, PTSD, and exposure to violence among adolescents, and trauma activism and AIDS. Dr. Bach has three published research journal articles. Additionally, she provides mental health research support to community planning initiatives working closely with First Nations communities across Canada.
Sonja Saqui, M. A
Sonja Saqui is a psychologist intern working under the supervision of Dr. Glen Davies. She is a Doctoral Candidate in the School & Applied Child Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research focuses on how to enhance anxiety coping skills in children with intellectual disabilities. Sonja has a background in supporting children, youth, and their families in school and private practice settings. She provides comprehensive assessments, including psychoeducational, ADHD, and autism assessments. She provides evidence-based therapy to children, youth, and families who are seeking to alleviate emotional, behavioural, and mental health concerns. Sonja believes in supporting clients in meeting their goals by carefully considering their constellation of strengths, needs and individual circumstances. As a mother, herself, Sonja believes in working alongside families and strives to establish a high degree of care and rapport when providing psychological services.
Melissa Lazo, MA
Melissa is a Ph.D. student in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Glen Davies and Dr. Todd Mason. Melissa has worked in multiple settings such as schools, private practice, and community health which have given her the skills to support children, adolescents, and young adults of diverse backgrounds and needs. Her research focuses on student-teacher relationships among female students on the autism spectrum, as well as mental health and well-being in schools for students on the autism spectrum. Melissa provides comprehensive assessments including psychoeducational assessments to better understand the client's strengths and difficulties as well as to develop recommendations that will support their independence, development, and success in school and in daily life. Melissa also provides evidence-based therapy to youth seeking support for emotional, behavioural, and mental health challenges and helps guide them to develop strategies to overcome these difficulties. She uses different modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused practices to provide compassionate, proactive, and responsive care
Cheryl (Hoi Ting) Wan, M.A.
Cheryl is currently a doctoral student in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a psychology intern who provides psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Glen Davies and Dr. Todd Mason. Her assessment practice includes providing comprehensive assessments related to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, Autism assessment, and ADHD assessment. She also provides evidence-based therapy to school-aged child and youth, children with ASD, and families with socio-emotional, behavioural, and mental health concerns. As a first-generation immigrant and bilingual (Chinese: Mandarin and Cantonese, English) practitioner, she is particularly compassionate in supporting new immigrant family. Her research interest focuses on understanding the experiences and challenges of first-generation/new immigrant parents with children with special needs in Canadian schools