Dr. Shehreen Latif, C. Psych.

I am a Clinical Psychologist and I have many years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. I obtained by Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Young people in today’s world face many complex challenges and stressors. I know a lot about the unique challenges for young people today, and many of those challenges are extremely consequential going forward in life, in finding one’s direction and place. How we deal with and come to terms with experiences such as bullying and cyber bullying, academic pressures, parental expectations, body-image issues, stress-related disorders, and teenage social dynamics, sets us up for later success or ongoing complications.

Coupled with these challenges are pressures to have sex, to drink alcohol, and to try substances. These stressors are sensitive, scary, and overwhelming topics, and as a result it can sometimes be difficult or embarrassing for young people to communicate with their families, teachers, or other supports about such topics. We can so easily slip into practicing keeping it all to ourselves and getting better at suffering in silence. At these times, it may be helpful to sit down with a therapist to look at how to navigate these problems. This is the work I do. I specialize in providing emotional support paired with a collaborative approach with youth and families to understand and clarify how to work with behaviour problems, adjustment disorders, and relationship difficulties. My goal is to help clients develop and maintain and enrich a balanced, well-rounded sense of self.

I also have expertise in psychological evaluations and psychoeducational feedback for children, adolescents, and college students with learning disabilities, attentional difficulties and anxiety about school and studies. Academic pressures and their expression are as individual and debilitating as any other stress may be, leading prompt identification and assistance to be of vital importance. While it can be daunting to participate in an evaluation, it can also be an eye-opening experience, learning about strengths and weaknesses, creating effective interventions, and setting new, exciting and achievable goals for the future. Upon completing the evaluation, I always take all the time needed for everyone to discuss and understand present the results, to look at wise next steps, and understand ways in which we can capitalize on an individual’s strengths.

This work is an opportunity to take a closer look at ongoing difficult challenges and patterns that you seem to be “stuck” in. In my practice, I work with children, adolescents, families, and young adults who feel that it is time and essential to make some critical changes in their life, to understand and face fears and challenges, instead of being controlled by them, and to build closer relationships with their friends and family. I am committed to support this exciting work as you aspire to make changes in your view of yourself, your life, and your relationships. If you have any questions or if you would like to speak with me about a possible referral or about your own interests in therapy, please give me a call (705-742-3120).

Lastly and further regarding my training, my doctoral research primarily focused on anxiety disorders within a child, adolescent, and college student population. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital, primarily working on an inpatient psychiatric unit. I have extensive experience with diagnostic evaluations and evidence-based treatment within multiple settings, including at a therapeutic day school, psychiatric inpatient hospital, as well as several community outpatient and private practice settings.