Dr. Michelle Presniak
Dr. Presniak graduated with her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and has 10 years of experience supervising therapists. The populations she supervises are individuals, across the child, adolescent and adult ages.
The supervision model she uses is developmental in nature, meaning she sees each supervisee as growing and developing and works to help them reach their clinical goals, maximize strengths, grow areas of weaknesses, and develop confidence and autonomy in their practice. Dr. Presniak has worked for 10 years in the areas of trauma (police, military), rehabilitation (workplace injury), health (chronic illness), eating disorders and personality disorders. She believes all therapy models have a common goal of helping an individual reach emotional awareness and health.
Although trained in specific modalities, such as trauma focused therapies (prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy), schema therapy, emotion focused therapy, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioural, she finds a strong therapist is able to develop a conceptualization of their clients and choose treatment modalities and methods that are a correct fit.
Choices and techniques don’t always work the way we hope, and the value of a conceptualization is that it helps us understand what-to-do-when and if it doesn’t work, re-evaluate our methods and conceptualization to facilitate their growth. We are always learning as therapists and Dr. Presniak enjoys helping others in this growth.