Francess Tassone, Registered Psychologist

Background

I completed a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree in Psychology in 2010 and subsequently obtained a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology in 2013 from the University of Alberta. My training and experience includes both counselling and assessment with youth and adults. I have found that having knowledge in both areas enriches my ability to identify, understand, and treat some difficulties, especially those relating to attention, learning, and behaviour in the classroom.

I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, correctional facilities, schools, and public mental health. No matter where I’ve been or who I’ve worked with, I have seen that we all have the same desire to be understood and supported. My goal is to give each of my clients that experience.

Counselling

Sometimes we just feel stuck with a problem or hit a rough patch. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a psychologist and help people through these times. I feel very privileged to be trusted with people’s most private feelings and thoughts, and strive to help others better understand themselves and their mental health needs.

I work with children, teens and their families, as well as adults individually.

Whoever I am working with, I work in an organized fashion, first gathering information, identifying goals, and creating a plan to meet them. During treatment, I focus on creating a solid foundation of knowledge related to the issue(s), and incorporate a variety of strategies including solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), attachment, emotion-focused, and mindfulness.

I aim for everyone to leave therapy feeling confident in their skills to manage their mental health. Additionally, I focus on increasing feelings of self-compassion and normalcy, as I find most people come to therapy feeling embarrassed and self-critical about the difficulties they or their family are facing.

Areas of Client Challenge May Include

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Self-harm
  • Emotional Regulation (Including Anger-Management)
  • Parenting Challenges (Including Parent-Child Relationship, Discipline)
  • ADHD and Learning Disorders
  • Challenges with Behaviour at Home or at School
  • Relationship Conflicts

Assessment

I work with families to understand a child or teenager’s current cognitive, learning, behavioural, social, and emotional needs. I have completed assessments both in schools and private practice.

Areas of Client Challenge May Include

  • Cognition/IQ
  • Learning
  • Attention/Hyperactivity
  • Behaviour
  • Mental Health (Including Social Anxiety, Test Anxiety, Depression)
  • Social Skills