Ms. Andrea Hamel, Therapist
Andrea Hamel is a psychotherapist currently completing the requirements to be a registered psychologist. She specializes in the treatment of children and youth, aged four to nineteen, with a variety of emotional or behavioural difficulties. Her specialties include anxiety disorders (including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and phobias), perfectionism, school anxiety/avoidance, depression, body image problems, disordered eating, self-esteem issues, behavioural problems, bladder/bowel issues, and chronic pain. She also works directly with parents who are struggling to manage their child’s behaviour problems, who wish to learn more effective discipline/parenting strategies, or who want to create a more harmonious relationship with their child/teen.
Ms. Hamel’s approach is evidence-based and incorporates aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and positive parenting strategies. She works hard to create a safe and comfortable environment for her clients, and takes great care to ensure they are satisfied with her approach. She works with individuals from all walks of life, regardless of ethnicity, culture, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation.
In addition to therapy, Ms. Hamel also specializes in the assessment of a variety of childhood psychological disorders. Examples of assessment questions may include learning disorders, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, giftedness, anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders. Based on her assessment, Ms. Hamel provides recommendations for the best ways that parents and teachers can support children in their academic, social, and emotional development.
Ms. Hamel received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University, with specialization in child psychology, and is near completion of her doctoral degree. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with the University of Manitoba where she gained extensive experience working with children and youth with psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, eating disorders, behavior problems), developmental/cognitive disorders (e.g., intellectual disability, autism, learning problems), and medical problems (e.g., bladder/bowel problems, chronic pain, adjustment to illness, medical phobias, bereavement). She has also trained locally at BC Children’s Hospital, the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, and Child and Youth Mental Health. Ms. Hamel’s research focuses on the prevention of eating disorders in female adolescents.