Dorrie Koscielnuk M.Ed. Registered Psychologist
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 those who ‘marched to their own beat.’ I want to march to their beat too. I want to hear them. Understand them. Understanding is what pushes me as a psychologist.
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. I continue to work at the Glenrose Hospital, but I now work as a psychologist, assessing and providing treatment for children and adolescents who present with a variety of complex needs. This includes patients with language, motor, and behavioural challenges that significantly affect their daily functioning and may otherwise impede traditional assessment.
My private practice focuses on working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families. I provide assessments to address a variety of diagnostic questions, and I also provide treatment and family support for associated challenges. I am passionate and enthusiastic about my work, and I always look forward to marching to a common beat with my patients and their family.
I am married to a very kind and supportive husband. We are the proud parents of 4 year-old twins. The first year was full of surprises (and exhausting), but now we feel grateful to have the experience of raising multiples. As a family, we like to get out camping every chance we can, and in the winter my husband and I attend fitness boot-camps together to stay active and connected.