Dr. Charlie Menendez, C. Psych.

Charlie is registered as a Psychologist through the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He carried out graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, graduating with a Doctor of Education in Applied Psychology in 1996. While working at Surrey Place Centre he developed expertise in addressing trauma and attachment issues in individuals with developmental handicaps and other special needs. He also worked with young men with sexual behaviour problems, providing psychotherapy, consultation and assessment services, and co-leading a treatment group for adolescent sex offenders at the J.D. Griffin Centre.

Since coming to Peterborough in 1996 Charlie has developed a practice focusing on supporting high needs children and their families. Charlie takes a broad developmental and systemic approach in carrying out assessment, consultation and treatment with children, youth and special needs individuals of all ages. He has completed Level 2 training in EMDR, a well-researched treatment for trauma-related disorders, as well as the Hincks-Dellcrest and OISE/UT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Certificate course. He has also undertaken considerable training with respect to addressing early relational trauma and attachment issues in working with children, including advanced training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) with Dr. Daniel Hughes. Charlie uses a broad range of treatment strategies to address emotional and behavioural issues in children and youth, including anxiety, depression, and acting out behaviour. All interventions are carried out recognizing that children live in close connection with their caregivers, and almost always explicitly integrates caregivers into the treatment. Charlie has particular expertise in working with children and youth within the child welfare system who have significant behavioural and emotional problems relating to the impact of early relational trauma and disordered attachment, as well as in supporting complex adoptions.

As well as serving individual clients and their families, Charlie also provides consultation and training to a variety of organizations providing services to children, youth and families including local child welfare organizations, organizations supporting individuals with special needs, school boards, and family and staff-model residential service providers.