AJ provides psychological services (i.e., assessment and treatment) to children and youth suffering from a wide range of mental health difficulties. She has particular interest in anxiety and mood disorders, emotion dysregulation, behavioural difficulties, self-harm, and low self-esteem. AJ also conducts psycho-educational assessments for children and youth to assess for ADHD and Specific Learning Disorders.
AJ uses an integrated approach to meet her clients’ needs. She is well versed in a number of therapy models including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), as well as experiential and interpersonal approaches. Her warmth, compassion, and sense of humour help her create strong, trusting relationships with her clients.
AJ recently completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario with rotations in Neuropsychology, Health, Family Therapy, and DBT. Her clinical training profile also includes work in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, community-based mental health centres, university clinics, and private practice. AJ is also active in the research community and has a special interest in assessing educational outcomes for children in care (e.g., foster care) as well as program evaluation. She has presented her research at several international and national conferences and has several peer-reviewed publications.
AJ received her BA (Honours in Psychology) and her MSc (Neuroscience) from Queens University. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa and will be entering supervised practice under the supervision of Dr. Julie Desjardins, C. Psych.
Dr. Hickey is currently on maternity leave.