Vickie is a licensed psychologist, member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ), who graduated from the research and intervention program at the Université de Montréal. Vickie has worked at Mindspace since 2018 and she is part of the Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration Program. Vickie uses an integrative therapeutic approach, and offers a level of intervention that meets the needs and objectives of clients.
Vickie’s thesis focused on internalizing disorders and their risk factors from the prenatal period to adulthood. One of the main objective of this project concerned the functioning of the neural circuitry of fear using functional magnetic resonance imaging with an Inuit population in Nunavik highly exposed to environmental contaminants. She worked as an intern in psychology in 2018-2019 in Child Psychiatry at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. She studied the neuropsychology of internalizing disorders during development at the Sainte-Justine Hospital for 5 years, as well as REM sleep and dreams at Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Montreal for 3 years. She also worked as a counselor for 3 years with a homeless clientele with severe mental health and / or physical disorders.
During her previous years of clinical training, Vickie worked with clients with anxiety or mood disorders, adjustment disorders, simple or complex post-traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorders, borderline personality and various externalizing disorders (e.g., ADHD, oppositional disorder, anger management). During her clinical training, she was trained in cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches. She is a certified facilitator of mindfulness-based interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She also has expertise in play therapy with children and adolescents. Vickie is an internationally certified yoga teacher, which she uses to enrich her therapeutic tools and to offer a caring conscious presence to help you move towards a more meaningful and fulfilling life.