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- selective mutism
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- anxiety disorders
- disruptive or noncompliant behaviour problems
- emotional dysregulation (i.e., getting overwhelmed by emotions)
- feeling overwhelmed or discouraged
- being preoccupied by worry
- feeling persistently sad or angry
- struggling to manage big life changes (e.g., having children)
Dr. Erika Penner provides therapy to children, individuals, couples, and families. She also provides psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Penner treats children and adolescents who present with anxiety and behavioural difficulties, including
She also works with individuals for whom anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, or difficulties managing stress is making it difficult to achieve their goals or find peace in day-to-day life. Common complaints include
Finally, Dr. Penner works with couples and families navigating challenging circumstances such as divorce, blending families, or caring for a child with mental health or medical concerns, as well as with couples who would like to improve their romantic relationship.
Dr. Penner uses evidence-based, empirically validated treatments (i.e., treatments that have been shown to be effective in research studies). For mental health concerns, she uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); for couples’ relationship distress, she uses Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT); and for parenting support, she draws from well-validated parenting programs such as The Incredible Years, Triple P, and Parent-Child Interactional Therapy.
Her goal is to ensure that functioning is improved through these modalities and she focuses on treatment programs that allow recipients to continue to improve and maintain gains after treatment ends. Importantly, she appreciates the high level of distress that families may be experiencing when treatment is sought, and provides an environment that is warm and supportive (for individuals, parents and couples), and fun and approachable (for children and adolescents).
Dr. Penner also provides assessment services to children, adolescents and young adults who are having difficulty managing the academic or social demands of the school environment. Common referral questions include Learning Disorders, ADHD, Giftedness, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety, and Oppositional or Disruptive Behaviour Disorders. Assessments are designed to help families and school personnel better understand each child’s unique learning, emotional, and cognitive profile, and to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to succeed.
In additional to her work in the private sector, Dr. Penner is a staff psychologist at BC Children’s Hospital where she provides assessment and treatment services to families of children with chronic medical conditions. She is a Clinical Associate and Instructor at Simon Fraser University, supervising clinical psychology graduate students and teaching undergraduate-level courses. Finally, she is active within the research community as a Clinical Investigator with the Child and Family Research Institute.
Dr. Penner completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Simon Fraser University and her post-doctoral residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Prior to her current positions she worked in a variety of settings including Royal Columbian Hospital, Child and Youth Mental Health, Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services, and others. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, The International OCD Foundation, and the Selective Mutism Group - Child Anxiety Network.
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For further information, visit Erika Penner's website.