Kirsten completed her undergraduate education at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she attained her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minors in Women’s Studies and Anthropology. She then completed an Ontario College Graduate Certificate through Algonquin College in Autism and Behaviour Sciences. She gained experience in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) within the Simcoe County District School Board, Endless PossABILITIES, IBI Behavioural Services, and On Solid Ground, Inc. Here, Kirsten worked with children, youth, and adults with a minimum diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
Following her passion for Psychology, Kirsten began studying Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School in 2018, working towards a Master of Psychology and Certificate in Trauma Psychotherapy. She is currently researching the stigmatization of mental illness for her major research project at Adler.
Kirsten began her first clinical psychology internship at Pine River Institute. Pine River Institute is a holistic, residential treatment centre for adolescents and young adults struggling with addiction, mental health, behavioural, and interpersonal relationships. Here, she spent over 450 hours working closely with a group of female students.
Kirsten has now joined Central Ontario Psychology to continue her clinical psychology internship for graduation. She is involved in supporting adolescents and adults with varying mental health concerns in both assessment and therapeutic domains from an eclectic framework. Her interests include trauma, psychopathology, personality, psychological assessment, gender, sexuality, and looking at the biological, psychological, and sociological influences of mental health.
Upon completion of her studies, Kirsten plans to register with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She provides services under the supervision of Dr. Douglas and Dr. Mitchell. For more information about supervised psychological services, please click here.