Jolene BialikI am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#3712). I have experience working in both a clinical and community-based setting and have worked in Children’s Mental Health with Alberta Health Services for 14 years.
I have a master’s degree from the University of Alberta in Educational Psychology with specialization in learning, development, and assessment. I have a strong interest in clinical, educational, and developmental psychology.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents and families and am passionate about using psychoeducation, connected parenting, and building on strengths and resiliency. I believe in using a warm integrative holistic approach that is attachment and strength based. I have specialized training in a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches and modalities of therapy including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and advanced training in Play Therapy and Sand Play. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato. I believe in using a playful nondirective approach in working with children. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for children and adolescents to help them feel listened to and understood. I think it is equally important to work with the parents and caregivers and to be sensitive and listen to the needs of the family. I strive to listen, understand and empathize, with both the child and the caregiver, to find creative ways to work through difficult feelings, build insight and become more connected.
Over the past few years, I have become more interested in learning more about trauma and attachment and have recently trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I am passionate about the work I do and look forward to working with you and your child.