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

Get To Know Amy

Amy Patterson
BChSt, BA, MC,
Registered Psychologist

Registered Psychologist

Alberta Psychologists - License No. 7256

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

For the past 11 years, I have been working with children and families in various capacities. Mainly, I have worked with children and families in relation to  neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, ASD, FASD) and/or impacted by trauma in various roles within child/youth development, schools, recreation, childcare, group homes, FCSD, and early intervention settings. To  best support my clients, I am trained in dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), FASD, female hormones and ADHD, behavior therapy, play-based interventions, child development and psychological assessments.

Overall, I have experience with a multitude of childhood diagnoses. I have expertise in those with behavioural challenges, and specialize in working with neurodivergent individuals across the lifespan. Outside of working with children and families, I have experience  working with adults regarding ADHD and Autism, intimate partner violence, trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, family life transitions, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss.

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

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Children & Teens

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

  • Behavioral concerns (defiance, aggression, sexual behaviour, risk taking)

  • Executive functioning 

  • Youth justice system involvement

  • Self-esteem, social skills, self-criticism 

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Sibling dynamics

  • Children under 5

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

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

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  • DBT for adolescents (tools- not full DBT training)

  • FASD training

  • Females, Hormones & ADHD

  • Extensive training in  child development, neurodevelopmental disorders, behaviour therapy, play-based interventions

  • Psychological Assessment of Children During COVID-19

  • Childhood Trauma Workshop with Dr. Bruce Perry-Youth Trauma: Picking up the pieces

  • Supporting Sexually and Gender Diverse Individuals and Communities

  • General Mental Health Training: Anxiety, Depression, Suicide, Crisis, Self-regulation

Adults - Individual Counselling
  • 4 years of 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

  • Neurodivergent individuals (ADHD, Autism) - self diagnosed, suspected, or diagnosed 

  • Trauma (developmental trauma, domestic violence, dating violence)

  • Changing family dynamics

  • Supporting a significant other or family member with mental health concerns 

  • PTSD

  • Greif and loss

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