Laura Paret, PhD
Laura Paret, PhD, is a child and adolescent clinical psychologist providing diagnostic assessment and treatment for a variety of difficulties that affect youth including mood, anxiety, and behavioral issues. She also specializes in the application of medical psychology for management of pediatric headache and functional neurological symptoms. Dr. Paret orients children, teens, and their families to the therapeutic process, working collaboratively with clients to develop treatment plans that will effect positive changes in their lives. She helps clients to achieve their goals by utilizing evidence-based practices including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness and parent coaching interventions.
Dr. Paret completed the Vancouver Coastal/Fraser Psychology Residency Program, accruing intensive experience in community-based child and youth mental health services. In addition, she pursued an externship at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, working with adolescents with eating disorders in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. At Alberta Children’s Hospital she worked as a pediatric psychologist managing the mental health needs of children and adolescents with neurological or functional neurological disorders. She has also served as a consultant across multiple school boards.
Dr. Paret received a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, and graduated with her Doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Guelph. Her primary research has focused on the impact of psychosocial factors on stress responses (e.g., cardiac reactivity) in children and adolescents. Dr. Paret was also a visiting researcher at the Stanford University Psychophysiology Laboratory and has received a number of awards and distinctions for her research.