Dr. Vero Menard

[Psy.D., Psychologist]

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Who am I?
I am a human person, understanding and attentive. My adaptability and my integrative approach guide me, in non-judgment and reception, to assess and treat patients who experience certain sufferings, dysfunctions or fundamental questioning. I believe in human potential, in the ability that everyone has to optimize it and, in their ability to resolve their conflicts and suffering. I work in collaboration with my patients, both with children, adolescents and with adults. I aim to give them back the power to act on their lives, to make them independent and to give them hope.

During my doctorate degree cursus (studies and clinical internships), I specialized with adolescents and adults with Personality Disorders, those who have experienced trauma (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) as well as those who have problems with their anxiety, depression, and attachment or relationship difficulties.

I also accept the evaluation mandates for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Intellectual Delay, Giftedness or other neurodevelopmental or anxiety disorders. I am trained to conduct the appropriate tests (which we have at the Clinique de Psychologie des Laurentides) leading to the issuance of the psychological diagnosis and the writing of detailed reports, containing recommendations for intervention in the multiple environments of the child.
Approach
I'm using the Schema Therapy approach, from Dr. Jeffrey Young. In this integrative approach, we consider the person's past experiences (traumas, parental attitudes), as well as their temperament which made it possible to forge unsuitable early patterns. These arise in childhood, as an adaptation to an inadequate environment, or in the face of unmet emotional needs. However, as an adult, facing other people and in other situations, they are no longer suitable. We therefore work, in therapy, to repair unmet emotional needs, reduce the impact of these patterns on our suffering and relationships with others, and finally adopt behaviors more oriented towards our current values and desires. Emotional, relational, cognitive and behavioral techniques are then used.
Patients
Neurodeveloppemental disorders assessments for child, teenagers and adults (4 years old to 99)
Assessments and psychotherapy for traumas, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship problems with Schema Therapy approach.