Like all Shift Psychologists, Kayla is trained in the Shift Protocol, which is the highly effective blending of two well-researched approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Bi-Lateral Stimulation (BLS). She has experience working with adults, children and adolescents.

THE BASICS

What is your name/nicknames?

My name is Kayla.

What do you do at Shift?

I work at Shift’s Edmonton South location as a Registered Provisional Psychologist.

What are your academic credentials?

I completed my Bachelor of Arts with an Honors in Psychology from MacEwan University and I completed my Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.

Do you have any pets?

Yes I do! I have a black cat named “nugget” and a dog name “Luna”. I am grateful for their love and affection everyday!

Specialty Populations/Issues:

My specialty areas include helping individuals, particularly children/adolescents, heal from trauma [e.g. past sexual abuse, neglect, cultural genocide]. I also help individuals with issues related to self-esteem/self-concept, emotional regulation, addiction, self-harm and coping with grief/Loss.

THE RANDOM

What is your favourite food?

Banana chocolate chip pancakes and bacon smothered in maple syrup.

What is a skill you are working on currently?

I am currently working on improving my strength and form with weight lifting. I decided to try weight lifting because I am not a very “bodily aware” person, and I tend to be pretty accident prone. But now I am slowly gaining an awareness of my body and I don’t spill as much coffee on myself each morning! So I am pretty happy about that progress so far!

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends in nature. I also enjoy taking Luna for puppy play-dates, listening to TED talks/podcasts, and reading true crime novels while relaxing in a bubble bath.

What is your dream car?

I would like to rock a 67 Mustang.

What is your go-to for a good laugh?

Watching Seinfield and battling it out with friends and family to be the champion in Mario Kart.