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 skill development in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since graduation, she has gained extensive and diverse assessment and intervention experience in schools and private practice settings. Laura is in the process of registering with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychological Associate and currently works under the supervision of a registered psychologist. 

 

Laura specializes in the comprehensive psychological assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD, Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities) and other areas that affect learning and daily functioning (e.g., anxiety, executive functioning, memory, emotion regulation). Laura works from a neurodiverse perspective, recognizing everyone’s unique strengths and areas of difference. She utilizes a strengths-based approach in her work; she 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 ASD and/or Intellectual Disabilities within the school context providing mental health support. Laura flexibly draws upon evidenced-based modalities, primarily drawing from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) to meet her clients’ individual needs. 

 

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

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LAURA MCCARTHY, M.Sc.

Clinical Associate