Misty Mountains

Kayla's Story

Child Therapist
Registered Psychologist

My mental health journey started in childhood when I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Constant worry,
physical discomfort, rumination, a constant need for order was exhausting and debilitating to say the least! The
therapeutic support I received then and on going from childhood was life changing and it was from my own
personal experience that I shifted paths from medicine to psychology. I became a registered provisional psychologist to give back and to
support others in their own mental health journey.


My approach to therapy is integrative, meaning that I pull form a variety of therapeutic approaches depending on
the clients needs and goals. I work from a trauma-informed lens and incorporate many evidence-based treatments
into my practice.


Outside my clinical practice, you will find me investing my time in travel, my two pups, and in teaching dance!

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Areas of Practice

Populations

  • Children

  • Adolescents

Presenting Concerns

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depression

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Gender identity issues

  • Anger

  • Relationship concerns

  • Family change

  • Social/Behavioural Concerns

Education and Credentials

Professional Membership

Kayla is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.


Master of Counselling

Kayla graduated from Yorkville University in 2017 with a Master of Counselling degree. 


Kayla recognizes that ongoing training is a vital piece of her professional development and has a plan to continue
developing her professional skills in the areas of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), play therapy, and in gaining
certification with World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Post-Graduate Training

  • Emergency First Aide & CPR Level C/AED

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

  • Aboriginal Awareness Training

  • Suicide Awareness Training

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Violent Threat Risk Assessment Level 1 & 2

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Adaptive Information Processing

Mental Health Experience

Prior to taking on the role of a psychologist, Kayla worked for the Edmonton Catholic and Elk Island Catholic School system as behavioural therapist and assessment psychologist respectively. Under these roles Kayla provided behavioural interventions for students who demonstrated challenging, social, and emotional behaviours within
their classroom environments. Kayla also gained experience with administration of psycho-educational assessments to diagnose children with learning disabilities, mental/emotional disorders, and/or neurodevelopment disorders.


For the past two years, Kayla has been providing psychological services to children, adolescence, and adults. Under
this scope, Kayla has experience implementing the modalities of cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused,
adaptive information processing, and exposure therapy, alongside teaching emotional regulation, emotional
literacy, and problem solving to children and their parents.