Val Almeida

I am a registered psychotherapist who provides services to children, adolescents, and adults. I believe in meeting my patients where they are at in their journey of growth and change which includes utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques. Forming and maintaining a therapeutic relationship is at the forefront of my approach. A strength-based perspective is consistently used to help patients flourish in every aspect of their life. Using a collaborative approach to care, I assist my patients in finding new ways to handle current life stressors. Together, we foster an environment that supports reflection, self-growth, and guidance to reach their goals.

Some therapeutic modalities I use are cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, psychodynamic, and humanistic. These approaches allow me to support individuals struggling with emotional regulation, coping skills, social skills, relationship issues, and self-esteem. At McKenzie Psychology, I provide treatment for children, adolescents, and adults under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Thornley and Dr. Sandra McKenzie.

I am a Yorkville University graduate with a master’s degree in counselling psychology. During my graduate studies, I completed a practicum at Toronto Neurofeedback and Psychotherapy Centre where I provided individual therapy to a wide range of patients. I also possess an advanced diploma in child and youth care from Humber College. I have volunteered as a helpline responder at Scarborough Distress Centre for over three years. My clinical experiences include working with children, adolescents, and adults with varied abilities to enhance their social communication and emotional regulation capacities.

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