Dorrie Koscielnuk, M.Ed. R.Psych.
Like a fingerprint, every child is unique in the way they think, learn, and behave.
I have worked with children and adolescents for many years, and was always intrigued by the children that ‘marched to their own beat’. I wanted to march to their beat too, hear them, and understand them. This was what pushed my dreams of becoming a psychologist into reality. My journey began soon after I completed my bachelor’s degree. I began working with children who were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I helped devise plans that would improve the child’s functioning as well as the family’s ability to cope with challenges. I learned very quickly that despite having the same diagnosis, every child with Autism was unique. I decided to return to the UofA to complete my graduate degree. My studies were focused in Special Education, with a specific interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
During my graduate studies, I worked as a psychometrist in private practice and at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. This was the cornerstone to my training as a clinician specialized in assessment and diagnostics. I worked with patients from all populations including geriatrics with dementia, adults and children with brain injuries, and children who presented with a wide variety of learning and social emotional challenges. Once registered as a psychologist, I began working on complex diagnostic assessment clinics, assessing children and adolescents with a variety of complicated needs.
My private practice focuses on working with children and adolescents. I provide assessments to address a variety of diagnostic questions, and I also provide treatment and family support for associated challenges. I spend a lot of time in classrooms, working with children and their teachers. I am passionate and enthusiastic about my work, and I always look forward to marching to a common beat with children and their family.
I am married to a very kind and supportive husband. We are the proud parents of twins and spend most of the winter in arenas, cheering on our children during their hockey and ringette games. As a family, we like to get out camping every chance we can, and in the winter my husband and I like to go to the gym together to stay active and connected.