Pediatric Psychologist & Mental Health Specialist
Tammy is a Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Tammy also has a Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta and practiced as an elementary teacher in Edmonton before going on to complete her Masters degree in Psychology. Tammy is the founder and former Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres and the Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Child Psychology.
Tammy has been working in private practice for the past decade in Alberta, primarily with children and their families. She also supervises offer clinical supervision masters-level counselling students, and provisional psychologists. Tammy also has a big place in her heart for animals developed an animal-assisted therapy program that operates from her property called ‘Hooves of Hope Ranch’ and founded the Child-Centered Animal-Assisted Therapy Association.
Tammy approaches her clinical and educational work with parents and professionals with an attachment and neurobiological lens: all of her work is based on the neurology of the brain and how attachment is integral to adaptive functioning of both children and adults. As a child who endured much trauma in her past she speaks about her personal experiences with family substance abuse, domestic violence, and emotional abuse, and how the power of connection is integral to healing and overcoming adversity.
Tammy is passionate, empathic, and down to earth. Her no non-sense approach, woven with humor and personal narratives makes her relatable and her information about mental health, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma, and attachment easy to digest for the audience.
Anxiety has many faces, and in this presentation parents, caregivers, and professionals will learn about the psychological and physiological roots of anxiety, why it is on the rise in our children, and what to do to help children better manage it. Tammy’s approach is holistic* and strength-based-- focussing on what we as caretakers, parents, and professionals can do vs. stigmatizing children who are struggling. Various facets of the child’s environment will be explored that can contribute to a child’s emotional struggles.
Research and theory in the field of mental health, education, attachment, naturopathic medicine, and interpersonal neurobiology will be explored. Attendees will be given resources and direct tools to help their child, or the children they work with, overcome this emotional obstacle.
This presentation aims to inspire and educate caregivers to parent with intention and purpose. Parents will be empowered with the knowledge, understanding, and strategies that help a child’s brain grow in optimal ways and what environments foster neurological growth.
Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. Children with trauma can present significant challenges, and they often display patterns of behaviour that can strain the relationship between the child and those caring for them. This presentations explores the impact of trauma on neurological development and how this presents in children’s behaviours. The impact on the attachment system is also examined, as will the role of relationship in healing and growth. Attendees will walk away with concrete ways in which they can support the children in their lives and care for themselves.
This course aims to offer practical information to caregivers and professionals on why certain behaviours may be present, and how they can support their children in moving towards growth and healing.
Emotional regulation is a key component that supports our overall health and well-being. As our capacity to regulate our emotions increases, so does our ability to engage positively with all parts of our world. This had the impact of enhancing our ability to communicate our needs, limits, and boundaries in a clear and effective way. Strengthening a child’s emotional vocabulary and supporting them to develop emotional regulation skills is an important part of ensuring that our children are growing with the skills and knowledge they will need for healthy relationships at all stages of life.
This presentation aims to provide practical information for caregivers and professionals about the importance of self-regulation in both ourselves and the children we are supporting, as well as to focus on strategies that we can use with the children we are supporting to enhance their development of self-regulation skills.
Attachment is a fundamental human need; the desire to connect, belong, and to be seen drives nearly all human behavior. This presentation speaks to both the psychology and the science that underlies the principal of attachment. It inspires those who care for children to take intentional action that fosters both resiliency and healing in children through this powerful dance of connection.
, British Columbia