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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. Chantelle 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. Chantelle each work part-time, balancing our hours to ensure

adequate availability to meet the needs of your family. Please note, Dr. Jen is currently taking a waitlist for therapy and assessment inquiries. Contact to be added. Dr. Chantelle is available to take new assessment inquiries.

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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.

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Dr. Chantelle Magel

Registered Clinical Psychologist

Psychology Associate

Like Dr. Jen, I completed all of my post-secondary studies at the University of Calgary. I obtained my BSc (Hons.) in psychology at the UofC in 2016 and went on to be admitted to their Clinical Psychology program, where I obtained my MSc in 2019 and my PhD in 2023. My graduate research focused on eating disorders, body image, and body perception. Throughout my training, I worked in a variety of clinical settings around Calgary doing assessment, intervention, and consultation with children, youth, and families with a variety of mental health concerns including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, and behavioural concerns.

In 2023, I completed my pre-doctoral clinical residency within the Saskatoon and Area Psychology Residency Program, where I received extensive training working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Developmental Disorder (IDD), and other developmental differences. During my time at the Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program in Saskatoon, I worked closely with developmental pediatricians, pediatric psychiatrists, and other clinical psychologists and was trained to administer the 'gold standard' assessment instrument for ASD (ages 2 and up), the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), as well as comprehensive developmental interviews. This training served to bridge the gap with my previous experience in child and adolescent mental health and allows me to provide evidence-based service to children, adolescents, and young adults with complex concerns.

​My training experiences have served to provide me with the skills necessary to provide assessments to individuals aged 2 years through young adulthood, in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, learning disabilities, and giftedness, as well as mental health diagnoses. I am pleased to offer comprehensive, evidence-based assessments that are tailored to each individual’s unique needs and serve to illuminate a path toward their full potential.

Jayden Clark

Bachelor of Arts student

Psychology Assistant

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.

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