Courtney Haskins, M.ED., REGISTERED Psychotherapist
The assessment process can be an interesting, challenging, and rewarding journey. Together, we can identify the source of your child’s academic difficulties and discover how they learn best. We can clarify and validate your experience of mental health challenges to gain further direction and opportunities for support. It is helpful to recognize an individual’s strengths and needs, and to understand how they manifest in daily living at school, work, home, and in the community. It is even more helpful when this information is communicated in a manner that individuals, parents, and teachers can understand. Through my many years of experience working with individuals and families, I strive to make the assessment process enjoyable, stimulating, comprehensible, and validating. You are welcomed into to a judgement-free zone where, together, we can continue your journey into wellness, understanding, and future success.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
I began my post-secondary career by completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at Carleton University. During this time, I gained invaluable life experiences by participating in a student exchange to Melbourne, Australia, where I completed courses at Monash University. While working abroad at a private psychology practice, I quickly learned that counselling and mental health was where I wanted to specialize.
After returning to Ottawa, I completed my Masters of Education in Educational Counselling at the University of Ottawa, and became a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Shortly after, I moved to Pembroke, Ontario to work as a Child and Family Therapist through the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families. After 5 rewarding years engaging in individual (child and youth) and family counselling, I discovered a love for testing and assessment. Through the training, support and guidance from Dr. Len Gignac and Alisha Henson, I began to hone in on this passion.
I then accepted a position as a Psycho-Educational Consultant with a school board in Ottawa, where I continue to work currently. Completing Psychoeducational and Psychodiagnostic Assessments for the school board has allowed me to gain extensive experience working with a large population of children varying in age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and cognitive and academic ability. It has also provided me with a great understanding of the school system and the important role of assessment. I currently reside in both Ottawa and Pembroke, which allows me the opportunity to balance my love of working for the school board and working privately.
I am grateful to continue to practice under the supervision of Dr. Gignac and Alisha Henson. I look forward to meeting you and your family, in hopes of providing clarity and direction through assessment.