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Laura completed her Master’s degree at the University of Calgary in School & Applied Child Psychology in 2017. During her Master’s training, Laura’s research focused on social development in adolescents with Autism. Since graduation, she has gained extensive and diverse assessment and intervention experience in schools and private practice settings. Laura is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Laura works part-time at the Kitchener Psychology Centre, completing comprehensive psychological assessments of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism) and other areas that affect learning and daily functioning (e.g., anxiety, executive functioning, memory, emotion regulation). Laura also provides therapy to children and adolescents, flexibly drawing upon evidenced-based modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to meet her clients’ individual needs. Laura works from a neurodiversity perspective, recognizing everyone’s unique strengths and areas of difference. She utilizes a strengths-based approach in her work and believes it is important to identify and draw upon the strengths of her clients and their families.

Laura also works part-time at the Upper Grand District School Board as a Specialized Mental Health Interventionist, working specifically with students with Autism and/or Intellectual Disabilities within the school context providing mental health intervention and consultation.

Laura lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her partner and labradoodle. Together, they love exploring coffee shops, restaurants, and hiking trails in the area.


LAURA MCCARTHY, M.Sc., C.Psych. Assoc.
Clinical Associate

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