Child and Family Therapist
Registered Social Worker (reg. 819995, Canada)
Hong Kong Social Worker Registration Board Candidate
Katie has a Bachelors and a Masters in Social Work obtained at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Katie has 9 years of experience working as a Child and Family Therapist at a Canadian accredited children’s mental health agency, providing clinical support to children and families who have social, emotional and/or behavioural needs. Katie works with all ages, with parents and toddlers, school aged children, adolescents and young adults.
In Canada, Katie was part of a mental health walk-in clinic team where children and adolescents drop in for therapy sessions. Children walk-in with a wide range of needs, such as, fear, depression, loneliness, anxiety, worries, school issues, bullying, peer conflicts, low self-esteem, self harm and thoughts of suicide. Katie has supported many children and youth who have experience trauma, such as a death of a family member, car accidents, physical or/and sexual abuse.
Katie is known for her warm and empathetic approach by being fully present, actively listening, and in tune to things you might not notice. Katie works from a client-centred (your goals, not her agenda), non-judgmental stance and has a quick ability to be in tune with you and/ or your child’s needs. Katie has expertise in attachment theory and trauma-informed practice. Whether you have a diagnosis or not, sometimes one or a few sessions with a therapist can help you through a difficult time and understanding the confusing and conflicting emotions and behaviours that are happening.
Katie practices in Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy as well a Narrative Therapy. Narrative therapy views the problem as separate from the person. Katie will work collaboratively with you and/or your child to explore the story to uncover the problem, its impact and meaning. She will guide you to finding unique solutions to reduce the control that the problem has to you or your child’s life.
Katie is a strong believer of a healthy family = healthy child and loves working collaboratively with parents. She has experience presenting several parent workshops on child attunement, attachment and managing big behaviours and feelings we do not understand.
Katie studied American Sign Language in University and is a fluent signer for over 10 years. She has worked with many children and youth with hearing loss, who identify as d/Deaf and hard of hearing. She works with children who have a cochlear implant(s), use BAHA or FM systems or use American Sign Language. Katie is an expert in consulting with schools on how to support the needs of a child with hearing loss.
Since Katie works with children who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing, Katie uses a lot of art in the therapy work. Katie has experience with running Art therapy groups for children to develop self regulation and expressive skills.
Languages: Cantonese, English and American Sign Language
List of Katie’s Professional Developments
|Advanced Family Interventions in Play (18 hours)||Canadian Association for Play Therapy||2019|
|Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level A||Red Cross||From 2020|
|2019 Level 2: Summer Narrative Therapy Intensive (27 hours)||The Narrative Therapy centre of Toronto||2019|
|Level 2 – Responding to Trauma Intensive (21 hours)||The Narrative Therapy centre of Toronto||2019|
|Advance Clinical Trauma Training (56 hours)||Radius Child & Youth Services Training Institute||2018|
|Dialectical Behaviour Therapy: 5 Day Skills Group Training (35 hours)||Elisha Van Harte, MSW, RSW Canada||2018|
|Trauma Awareness Training (Tier 2) (16 hours)||Halton Prevention & Intervention Committee||2018|
|ASIST: Applied Suicide Interventions Skills Training||LivingWorks||2016|
|Treating Disruptive Behavior Problems in Play Therapy Setting (12 hours)||Canadian Association for Play Therapy||2016|
|One week Summer Intensive: Taking Narrative Ideas into your everyday practices (27 hours)||The Narrative Therapy centre of Toronto||2015|
|safeTALK: suicide alertness for everyone||LivingWorks||2014|
|Questions, questions, questions, a practice day to exercise your skills 6 hours||Hincks-Dellcrest Centre-Gail Appeal Institute||2014|
|Second Annual Mental Health Deafness: A multi-Disciplinary Approach conference||LEAD, King’s College of Western University, Ontario||2014|
|Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training||Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program||2010|