Harnisha is a Registered Psychologist who provides psychotherapy and psychological assessments to children, adolescents and adults. She enjoys working with individuals and groups, with couples and families to address a wide spectrum of presenting problems and clinical disorders. Harnisha has special proficiency in the assessment and treatment of childhood trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, bereavement and loss, self-esteem issues, and difficulties with communication, intimacy and conflict resolution within relationships.
Harnisha routinely conducts assessments for adults, adolescents and children that address psychoeducational needs such as learning and attention difficulties, developmental disabilities, giftedness and social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties. Harnisha also assesses clients for a wide range of mental health problems or clinical and personality disorders.
Harnisha offers consultative services to teachers and parents within the school board, to help provide educational interventions and strategies for children struggling with academic, social and emotional difficulties. Harnisha has also offered consultative services to fellow health professionals to assist in diagnosis, and development of appropriate treatment plans.
Her clinical training has included extensive exposure to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Brief Solution-Focused Therapy. Harnisha has also received extensive training in various play therapy approaches. Harnisha describes her psychological orientation as eclectic and strongly believes that the approach should be tailored to the needs of her clients.
More recently, Harnisha received intensive training in The Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model. designed to treat primary caregivers and their children who have previously been exposed to trauma. This treatment model also assists adult survivors of traumatic experience(s). This is a three phased, attachment-based, cognitive-behavioural method, which explores the maladaptive cognitive and behaviour patterns that develop in response to a traumatic experience, and which are transmitted from the caregiver to child.
Harnisha completed her Bachelor of Science Honours in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Harnisha has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings in South Africa, Toronto and Calgary, including hospital mental health programs and primary health care clinics. She has 15 years of experience in private practice. Harnisha has also received experience working in rural settlements, community and not-for-profit organizations and boards of education. Harnisha currently works in a school board and in her private practice.
She is a registered member in good standing with College of Alberta Psychologists and the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In support of the profession of psychology, Harnisha also maintains memberships in local and national Psychological Associations, namely, the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta and Canadian Psychological Association.
Self-referrals are welcomed, as well as referrals from doctors, schools and other professionals.
For further information, or to book an appointment, Harnisha can be contacted at Alma Psychological Services at 403-389-1810, firstname.lastname@example.org