Amy Patterson

B.Ch.St., B.A., M.C.,

Child and Family Counsellor

Amy Patterson B.Ch.St., B.A., M.C., Child and Family Counsellor | McAtee Psychology | Calgary

I have been working with children and families for the past 11 years in various capacities within child/youth development, schools, recreation, childcare, group homes, and early intervention settings. To name a few, I have fulfilled the roles of a youth development worker, a behaviour therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a special needs assistant for children with Mild/Moderate funding, Family Support for Children with Disabilities, and Program Unit Funding.  Much of my work experience has been with children and families impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders, trauma, and behavioural issues.

The overall goal of my approach to counselling is to facilitate the learning of prosocial behaviours, increase clients’ awareness of their strengths, and empower sustainable change outside of therapy. I consider the psychological, developmental, and situational factors that can impact individuals in order to implement the appropriate interventions.

Child and Family Counsellor

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Children & Teens

Teens & Library

11 years experience working with children and youth with the following issues:

  • Behavioural concerns

    • aggression, sexual behaviour, risk-taking/self-harm

  • Youth justice system involvement

  • Self-esteem, social skills, anxiety

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), and others

Parent and Caregiver Consultation & Strategies

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  • Certified Early Childhood Educator (Level 3 - formally child development supervisor)

  • Former workshop facilitator for children who have siblings with special needs 

  • Extensive training in developmental milestones (0-18 yrs), common childhood diagnoses, and behaviour management strategies

  • Navigating local support resources, funding, and school programs

  • Family Dynamics 

  • Adoption, blended families, caregiver and sibling support

Adults - Individual Counselling

Adult Students
  • 4 years experience working with victims of domestic violence/intimate partner

  • Previous experience co-facilitating group counselling for suicide bereavement 

  • Able to provide support regarding ADHD in adulthood, trauma, mood disorders, and grief and loss

  • With adults, I approach counselling through a trauma-informed lens. I use cognitive behaviour therapy strategies, acceptance and mindfulness techniques, and psychoeducation.