Who We Work With

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You”

Dr. Seuss

Who We Work With

“A person’s a person, no matter how small” - Dr. Seuss

When working with children around age 5 and younger, Dr. Kincade may spend one or two brief sessions with a child to help lay the foundation for understanding some of the strategies that she may be helping parents to build. The bulk of the work with children under 5 will be done with the parents to help them develop and have confidence in implementing these strategies in daily life.

“When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” – Dr. Seuss

With older kids, ranging from about 6 to 12, Dr. Kincade typically spends more one-on-one time to help them understand the reasons for the strategies and then to work on building skills and strategies to make changes in their behaviour. Dr. Kincade works with children and their parents to help kids feel better about themselves and get them back to the business of being a kid…. Having FUN! She is always mindful in using age-appropriate therapeutic techniques and is able to use language that kids can relate to in fun and productive ways.

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

Teens today are living in a very complex and difficult world. Peer relationships can be harder than ever to navigate with the world of social media and texting at the constant finger tips of our teens. Dr. Kincade’s relaxed and easygoing manner helps her to develop excellent connections with teenagers. Although many teens may be initially reluctant to visit a psychologist, most tend to quickly relax after meeting Dr. Kincade and find an instant level of trust. Dr. Kincade will sometimes work for a period of time with a teen and then leave the door open for them to come back if new problems emerge. Parents are often surprised at how freely their teens ask to come back to “talk to Michelle” when they are facing new challenges.

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

Finding balance of young adults’ needs to build their independence and the changing needs for some adult support can be hard. Sometimes it is helpful for young adults to have a neutral person to discuss some of the concerns and challenges they may be facing at this important time of their lives. Whether related to decisions about furthering education, career goals, or managing relationships, young adults often appreciate the opportunity to discuss their ideas and thoughts with Dr. Kincade to get a new and unbiased perspective.

“If the seas were always calm, we would never build a better boat”

Having personal experience in parenting her own two children, Dr. Kincade enjoys working with parents and families to find more peace and harmony in their relationships at home. She offers coaching for parents to help them to develop solutions for behavioural challenges, such as temper tantrums, bed-time struggles and homework battles. She also often helps to mediate conflicts between parents and teens and creates another perspective from which to develop new ideas for solving old problems.