Judy Alexander, RN Psychotherapist
Judy has 36 years of experience working with youth and families with various mental health struggles, on the Inpatient Mental Health unit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Her work has included skills building, crisis intervention, safety planning, individual and group treatment, and supportive psychotherapy.
Judy has training and experience using various therapeutic approaches, including Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and believes in tailoring her approach to her patients and what works best for them.
Judy is currently offering services for clients aged 13-18 years of age. Some areas of specific focus include treatment for depression, anxiety and stress management, self-esteem and identity development, self-care, gratitude, physical health goals, sleep hygiene, mindfulness training, coping skills development, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, communication skills development, and relaxation technique development. As a registered nurse, Judy is also able to monitor medication.
Judy is quite collaborative in her approach and believes that all of her patients deserve respect for their ideas, what they need, and what works best for them. Judy believes that all of her patients benefit greatly from the experience of a connected therapeutic relationship, which in turn helps them feel comfortable and safe about expressing their feelings and concerns. Genuine validation and allowing her patients to feel heard, understood, and less alone with their struggles are some of the ways that this is achieved.
Judy is a strong addition to the TCPS team and is a supportive, non-judgmental, respectful, solution focused, validating and compassionate provider. Her experience with youth over the years has kept her in touch with the common struggles of this age group and she has a talent for connecting with her patients. Judy is currently accepting new clients for virtual appointments.