Meet the Team
Azalea Child Psychology Services is a small, but mighty practice. Choosing a psychologist is
can be a challenging task - you're deciding upon expertise, personal fit, amongst other things! Trust that both Dr. Jen and Dr. Katrina are open, flexible, and willing to discuss your thoughts about what you're looking for in attempt to optimize the best fit for your child and family.
Dr. Jen and Dr. Katrina each work part-time, balancing our hours to ensure
adequate availability to meet the needs of your family.
Dr. Jen Ference-Belhomme
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Owner & Clinic Manager
I obtained my BA (Hons.) in psychology at the University of Calgary in 2008. In 2010, I was admitted into the MSc Clinical Psychology program (also at UofC), and then later, my PhD, which I completed in 2018. Throughout graduate school, my research was focused on identifying early symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder in infants and toddlers. During my training, I worked in a variety of clinical settings around Calgary, including community mental health, hospitals, group homes, and forensics. In 2017, I completed my pre-doctoral clinical residency at the Alberta Children's Hospital, where I worked with children, youth, and families with a variety of mental health concerns, as well as co-occurring medical conditions.
From my training and experience, I have become proficient in in the assessment of children and youth in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, learning disabilities, and giftedness. I am well versed in the 'gold standard' assessment instruments for ASD (ages 2 to 16 years), having received training from the developers of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) at The Centre for Autism and the Developing Brain in New York. I also received in depth supervised practice using the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) at the Developmental Clinic at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Throughout my graduate training and well into my career, I have been committed to providing evidence-based services to my clients, that are individually tailored to meet unique needs.
My areas of therapeutic practice include anxiety and mood challenges, sleep difficulties, low self-esteem, parent-child relationship difficulties, and emotion regulation issues. My approach to treatment is always individualized and based on the specific needs of each child/youth I am working with; however, I most commonly use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and attachment-based interventions. I have ample experience working with children with neurodevelopmental differences in a therapeutic context.
Dr. Katrina McDougall
Registered Clinical Psychologist
I completed my graduate training at Washington State University and obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2022. My pre-doctoral residency was in an integrated health care system in Pennsylvania, where I provided services to underserved and minority populations. I also obtained my MSc from Washington State University in 2019 and my BA (Hons.) from the University of Calgary in 2015. I have received extensive training in providing evidence-based therapy and assessment services across the lifespan and in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health, primary care, hospitals, and schools. Some of my specialty areas include working with children experiencing acute distress, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and of course, working with their parents.
I am passionate about providing high quality, evidence-based services to youth and their families, and I'm looking forward to working collaboratively with you to meet your goals.
Bachelor of Arts student
I am a student attending Mount Royal University pursuing my BA in psychology who is passionate about studying how our minds influence human behaviors. I have had the privilege of working in group care settings which has given me field experience in supporting a wide range of families and individuals. I am looking forward to connecting with children, youth and families to help support them in their journeys.