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Heather Patterson

My name is Heather Patterson and I am a Doctoral Resident in Professional Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Student Wellness and Counselling Centre (SWCC) for the 2013-2014 year. I am also a candidate for the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program at Memorial, and a member of the inaugural cohort for this program. Beginning my post-secondary career with my Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Mount Saint Vincent University, I developed a love of psychology and continued on to graduate training with the Master’s program in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University. Working from an integrative perspective utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques and approaches, my clinical practice draws heavily from humanistic, psychodynamic, feminist, and interpersonal theories of psychotherapy. I have a particular interest in the areas of positive psychology as well as gender and human sexuality, especially as it relates to one’s interpersonal relationships and satisfaction in these relationships. I also have an ongoing interest in incorporating a mindfulness-based approach into my work with clients. The residency at Memorial University has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to hone my clinical skills as a developing psychologist, and grow as an individual. Above and beyond individual and group therapy opportunities,  the diversity of experiences afforded to me during residency (including the development and completion of a  qualitative research study, supervision and mentorship of doctoral students, individual and group supervision, engagement in outreach activities, provision of mentorship to MUN PsyD students, participation in committee work and interprofessional collaboration) have been both supportive and challenging; playing an  integral part of my growth over the past year. Following residency, I look forward to finishing my dissertation examining attachment and resilience within homeless and at-risk youth of Newfoundland, as well as returning home to start a part-time psychologist position with the Dalhousie University Counselling and Psychological Services Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.