Dr. Carla LeHouillier, Registered Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist, licensed to practice child psychology in British Columbia. For over a decade, I have been providing psychological services to children and their families. I specialize in providing comprehensive learning and developmental assessments for preschoolers, children, teens and young adults. I assess children and youth for learning disorders, developmental delays, ADHD, or mental health concerns like anxiety. I also provide counselling to children and their families, including individual therapy and parenting support or consultation.
I completed a PhD in School Psychology from the University of British Columbia, with advanced training and expertise in early childhood development and assessment practices. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in public school settings, Child and Youth Mental Health offices through the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and private psychology practices.
I enjoy working with families from diverse backgrounds. I bring enthusiasm, patience and positive energy when working with children of all ages, with a specialty in the early childhood years. I believe in the importance of relationship and attachment, and that it's never too late for learning, growth and improving connections. I use a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches in my work with children and their caregivers, with a primary focus on those that are strength based and family centred. I welcome opportunities to consult with educators and other professionals in best supporting a child or adolescent's developmental needs, both during or after the assessment process, and when providing therapeutic support to families.
When I'm not working, you can find me spending time with my family, enjoying all of what beautiful BC has to offer, going for a run with friends, or browsing the local markets.
Kathryn Gardiner, Registered Clinical Counsellor
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who combines my skill as a teacher with my passion as a counsellor to create a safe space for working closely with families impacted by a wide variety of emotional health challenges.
With a foundation in attachment-based therapy, I believe in the importance of working not only with children, but in tandem with parents and caregivers, drawing on their unique position as experts on their own child. Blending compassion and empathy with psycho-education, goal setting and tailored strategies, my primary focus is working collaboratively to foster increased wellbeing in children and a sense of connectedness within the family.
I received my Masters of Education (Counselling) from City University of Seattle and am a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
In my spare time, I love nothing more than adventuring in our own backyard here in the Lower Mainland, connecting with family and friends (four-legged furry ones included), running, rolling out my mat for a yoga session and baking.
Kirsten Quistberg, M.Sc., Assessment Clinician
I am a doctoral candidate who specializes in providing comprehensive cognitive, learning, and developmental assessment of preschoolers, children, youth, and young adults. I have experience assessing young people for developmental delays, learning disorders, ADHD, and other mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression.
I completed my master’s degree and am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria with a specialization in Lifespan Development. I am in my final year of graduate training and am completing my doctoral residency at BC Children’s Hospital.
I am passionate about working with young people and their families to promote mental health and wellbeing. I believe that the first step to making change is understanding, which is one of the many reasons I find psychological assessment work so rewarding. I offer a strength-based approach to my assessments, while identifying unique, and specific areas of challenges for each client. I aim to provide clients and their families with practical recommendations to meet their goals.
In my free time, I love spending time outdoors: running the woods with my dog, snowboarding, and (learning to) sail! I also enjoy cooking, baking, and watching (bad) romantic comedies.
Vanessa Tombolini, PsyD Practicum Student, Registered Clinical Counsellor
I am a fourth-year doctoral student studying Clinical Psychology at Adler University and a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I am passionate about mental health and wellness, especially during the early stages of life. Throughout my clinical training, I have gained experience in completing psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments for youth and adults. I have assessed individuals for learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, ADHD, as well as mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.
I have worked with children and youth in a variety of settings, including therapeutic recreation and outdoor camping experiences, as well as in afterschool and evening programming. I have gained valuable research experience working with youth by evaluating an in-school program for emotional regulation skills, as well as evaluating the impacts of an exposure-based video game on anxiety reduction.
I enjoy connecting with families from different cultures and supporting them in strengthening connections with their children, throughout the course of an assessment and beyond. I take a client-centered approach to my work, encouraging collaboration and fostering knowledge.
When I’m not working, I enjoy baking, reading, hiking, yoga, meditation, watching Netflix, as well as spending time with my partner and dog.