Dr. Bénédicte Blain’s main areas of practice include individual therapy for anxiety and depression, parental coaching, behaviour management, and assessments. She welcomes children, adolescents and adults who speak either English or French. Dr. Blain’s approach to therapy is collaborative and she uses a variety of evidence-based treatments tailored to the client’s objectives such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
As for assessment, Dr. Blain specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities (dyslexia and dyscalculia), specific language impairment, Tourette syndrome, developmental coordination disorder and nonverbal learning disorders. She helps clients better understand their strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions to facilitate their academic learning. Depending on the needs of the person, she may recommend classroom accommodations such as additional time for tests or a laptop with correction software. She is also able to identify emotional (anxiety and depression) and behavioral disorders and suggest strategies to address them.
Her doctoral dissertation focuses on communication skills (pragmatics) and regulation of new and complex behaviors (executive functions) of children aged 4 years old and the relationship between the two. Her research led to publications, including a book chapter on child language development in childcare setting and a scientific article on the role of executive functions in the development of communication.
Dr. Blain holds a doctorate in both research (Ph.D.) and clinical neuropsychology from Université du Québec à Montréal and is currently registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.