Christie Byvelds

Social Worker

Christie is a registered social worker who is dedicated to providing children, youth, and young adults with compassionate, trauma-informed psychotherapy. Her areas of practice include anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, emotion regulation, behaviour management, giftedness, attachment, and trauma, including abuse and sexual assault. Additionally, she provides support to caregivers to improve the caregiver-child relationship and guide them in supporting their young people.

With a warm, compassionate, down-to-earth style, Christie works collaboratively with young people and their families. Her approach to therapy is grounded in the mind-body connection. She uses evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and psychosensory and mindfulness-based interventions. She incorporates art and playfulness into her work with children and youth and includes caregivers in the therapeutic process to ensure that new learning can be applied outside of therapy sessions. Christie strives to be an ally to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and applies an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens to her work

Christie holds a Master of Social Work degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Queen’s University. She is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Christie’s professional background includes various clinical positions at local hospitals, including at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) with the mental health and abuse and trauma teams. For the past ten years she has been teaching at the School of Social Work at Carleton University. In addition to her work at CAFCO, Christie continues to teach at Carleton and work at CHEO.