Dr. Laura Smith , C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Every child, adolescent, adult, and family experiences challenges at various times in their lives that they have difficulty navigating through. Many times, we struggle to find the right type of support to assist us through these difficult times. I value the opportunity to become part of your personal growth journey and provide you the quality of care and support that you deserve. I look forward to working alongside you to learn what your needs are and how I can help support them.

I provide services to children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties and presentations, including: adjustment difficulties, behavioural problems, interpersonal and relationship problems, family conflict, learning and intellectual disabilities, giftedness, low self-esteem, self-harm, mood, and anxiety disorders. I have also received additional clinical training in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy for children with a trauma history (e.g, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse).

When working with clients, I make every effort to deliver the highest quality of assessment and treatment services in the presence of a safe, nurturing and supportive therapeutic environment. I have extensive experience in providing psychoeducational assessments for learning disabilities, ADHD, giftedness, and autism spectrum disorder. My assessment experience also caters to psychodiagnostic assessments for clients struggling with mood, adjustment, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal difficulties. With respect to treatment, I prefer a collaborative approach with each client to ensure that treatment goals align with their individual needs. In order to accomplish these goals, I use evidence-based therapeutic approaches to ensure that every client is provided with the highest quality of services. My therapeutic approach can be considered integrative, as I bring together various theories and interventions that best meet each client’s needs throughout our work together. As needs change, interventions will likely change with them. Based on the client and their presenting needs, I draw heavily upon cognitive-behavioural models of treatment (e.g., CBT, ACT), as well as treatment approaches based on attachment theory, mindfulness approaches, experiential therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing techniques.

In terms of education, I completed an Honours B.A. in Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. I then completed a combined M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Throughout my graduate training, I worked extensively with children, adolescents and their families, and adults. This included training rotations in classroom-based treatment programs, an outpatient program for youth at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Children’s Aid Society, and the Centre for Psychological Services and Research at the University of Ottawa. Throughout my pre-doctoral residency, I worked for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, providing assessment and therapy services to many high-risk children and adolescents. Amidst my academic career, I published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, contributed to a chapter in the Child Development textbook used for second-year university students, and presented at a national conference.

I am currently completing my supervised practice year under the supervision of Dr. James Brazeau, C.Psych. I am also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, with a focus on maintaining up-to-date knowledge related to all professional activities.