Dr. Dawn McBride, owner of Dawn Psychological Services, Corp.
Registered Psychologist (clinical) since 2003 & Tenured Associate Professor (20+ years teaching)
Academic & Clinical Expertise: Canadian Professional Ethics, Complex Trauma, & Challenging Cases
USA Trained In: EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Structural Dissociation, & Transactional Analysis
Clinical & Academic Expertise
Ethics & Related Legal Issues - with a special interest in constructing and teaching a new procedure for seeking consent (relational, staged informed consent); designing efficient documentation practices to maximize client privacy; and exploring the harm and prevention of dual relationships, particularly those in counsellor training programs.
Family Violence - assessment & treatment (includes victims, witnesses, and perpetrators) - I have worked in women's shelters, offered many psychoeducational and process-based groups for those who lives have been impacted by family violence, and I was an outreach coordinator for many years.
Multicultural Counselling - with an interest in Arab and Muslim issues and studying ways to adapt Western therapeutic approaches to be more culturally sensitive.
Professional Development - design and offer training programs to enable staff to offer high quality care.
Online Learning - with a strong focus on building a sense of community online and managing discussions forums that keep students engaged in the online process.
Trauma Psychology - creation of a theoretical treatment model; special interest in the assessment and treatment of DID, complex PTSD, self-harm behaviours, medical trauma, and the impact of working with trauma (e.g. vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue).
Clinical & Counselling Psychology (NOTE: The following are the areas I specialize in when helping clients)
- emotional regulation issues (e.g., experience intense emotions that may result in you hurting yourself, loved ones, and/or others),
stress - in life & conflict (e.g., family and/or work conflict; illness & pain, including phantom pain; job loss; car accidents; fire loss; grief pain; betrayal; family violence; care-giving duties; burnout/exhaustion; lack of assertiveness; conflict management),
personal development (e.g., address "Who am I?" in a variety of ways; premarital assessments for church & couple growth. I welcome therapists/healers who want to expand their self-awareness by learning about their countertransference triggers and how to be "more present" with clients),
performance issues (e.g., giving a presentation, writing an exam [e.g., EPPP], enhancing a sport performance),
phobias & fears (e.g., dentist anxiety, blood & needle fears, fear of flying & driving), and
mental health concerns (e.g., PTSD, borderline trait issues and personality issues, OCD, bi-polar, DID & NOS, dissociation, chronic suicidal thoughts/urges). *For those wanting to reduce an active addiction to chemicals or alcohol, I am able to serve as a secondary therapist.
My Therapeutic Approaches
(to offer to clients, as well as to provide training and/or guidance)
Preferred Treatment Modalities: Psychodynamic and ego-state therapies with a focus on emotional regulation and attachment repair - Transactional Analysis including integrating Personality Adaptation Personality into our work (as I am a trainer for this very useful personality measure), Structural Dissociation with and without using EMDR; Gestalt/processed based therapies integrating creative expressive arts; Group counselling with an emphasis on process work (for all ages); EMDR; Neurological approaches to promote nervous system regulation (e.g., Somatic Experiencing & attachment-based EMDR work including emotionally focused therapy - I completed a 4 day externship -Sue Johnson's work).
Additional treatment areas of high competency: Child and play-based therapies, Narrative therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), crisis and single session therapy, Adlerian-based positive discipline (classroom management & parenting strategies), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy(DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapies (SFT).
For a brief description of the above approaches described, please go to the Counselling page - see question #3