Consultation services for youth and families in Westmount, QC
Constance Lalinec obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from Mc Gill University. Her doctoral and post-doctoral studies focused on the challenges that children (from toddlers to the teenage years) and their families may encounter. She specializes in the multimodal treament of behavioural, developmental, emotional and social problems in youth, as well as adaptation difficulties in adolescents in youg adults.
Services are provided in both French and English.
I completed my studies in clinical psychology at Mc Gill University. After obtaining a B.A, I was trained in applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) while working with autistic children in a residential treatment center for two years. Then, my doctoral research project examined the impact of a parent-implemented cognitive-behavioral intervention for toddlers with autistic spectrum disorders. Following this, I completed the three-year Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program (Montreal Children’s Hospital, Psychiatry Department – Mc Gill) and also followed the Argyle Institute post-graduate program for three years. I have worked in a pediatric hospital setting for over 30 years and was involved with various medical wards as well as psychiatry. A bilingual private practice for youth, adults and families was started in 1995.
The goal of a consultation is to attentively listen to your concerns, analyze various contextual aspects, and delineate working goals that will foster personal growth. The clinical work focuses on the here and now, while considering how past experiences shaped current functioning. I rely on an array of techniques that target beliefs, feelings and actions through individual or family consultations. My theoretical orientation is integrative and interactive. Thus, a cognitive-behavioral and humanist framework generally guides individual work, while systemic and behavior modification principles are used in parental and family interventions. In addition to, and in conjunction with these well-known intervention approaches, I also use art and play techniques with children.