Alisha Henson, CCC, M.A., Ph.D. (Candidate)
Today's society can be difficult to navigate and can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed. Together, we will explore new skills and strategies for confronting and overcoming these hardships. In a supportive environment we will work on managing problematic behaviours and emotions, as well as addressing social and family communication. I am passionate about working collaboratively with individuals and families to overcome their challenges and with the goal of instilling hope, reducing stress, and increasing well-being. Through assessment of mental and/or academic difficulties, we will develop a more concrete understanding of the presenting struggles and create an evidence-based intervention plan to help you reach your goals. I am trained in several modalities of intervention and predominantly focus on increasing empowerment and helping you live your best life.
Education and Experience
Before embarking on a degree in psychology, I studied at the renowned Randolph College for the Performing Arts and worked as an Assistant Director in the Toronto Film industry. I took my passion for understanding human motivations, interactions, and how individuals react to crisis into my undergraduate honours degree in psychology at Trent University. At Trent, I focused on human development and attachment relationships. I then acquired a Master's degree from Concordia University where I studied Drama Therapy and completed internships with the Montreal Association for the Blind Philip E Layton School and Montreal's Jewish General Hospital's school-based day treatment program. My MA thesis project focused on attachment relationship between single mother's and their children with extensive behavioural and emotional concerns.
Following my Master's degree, I work predominately with children and families at the Phoenix Centre. I worked as a therapist in the local high schools, in the main office, and in the day treatment classroom. I also became a youth engagement facilitator for the Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health. I have since spent the last six years working towards my Ph.D. in Psychology at McGill University where I completed internships at Concordia University and Agence Ometz. At Concordia, I worked with students from various cultural backgrounds and individuals with diverse gender identifications and sexual orientations. At Ometz, I worked with children, youth, and adults; individually, with families and with couples. The focus of my Ph.D. dissertation research is on engaging youth mental health consumers in the refinement of a self-compassion program for decreasing mental health symptoms and increasing well-being in peers.
Four years ago, I returned to Renfrew County to be supervised by Dr. Len Gignac while I complete my degree. Under the guidance of Dr. Gignac I work with children, youth, and adults, individually and with families who present with a variety of concerns (such as anxiety, depression, workplace concerns, life transitions, family conflict, and behavioural issues).