Psychotherapy for youth and families in Westmount, QC
Dr. 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 (Psychiatry Department, Montreal Children’s Hospital – Mc Gill) and also followed the Argyle Institute post-graduate program for three years. I have worked in a pediatric hospital setting for 20 years and was involved with various medical wards as well as psychiatry. A bilingual private practice for youth and families was started in 1995.
As a clinical psychologist, my goal is to listen attentively to your concerns, analyze various contextual aspects, and collaboratively delineate working goals. While we cannot change difficult situations from the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in order to experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I rely on an integrated combination of techniques that target beliefs, feelings and actions, through individual, parental, or family consultations. I am an active therapist who focuses on the here and now, as well as an understanding of how our past experiences can shape our current functioning. A cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic framework generally guides my individual work, while systemic and behavioural 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 and teens.