Dr. Chiara Perico
Dr. Chiara Perico, PhD. is a clinician focused on working with children and adolescents. Consistent with an attachment-focused approach, Dr. Perico works with the family, providing consultation and parent support when needed in order to facilitate treatment and respect family dynamics. In order to provide tailored treatment for each diverse individual, Dr. Perico holds an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from treatment modalities including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness theories. Through these approaches, Dr. Perico has been able to help individuals with a multitude of concerns including: anxiety, depression, behavioural challenges, family conflicts, and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Perico specializes in complex trauma with youth, merging trauma-focused play therapy and EMDR to best help trauma processing.
Dr. Perico received her doctorate degree from McGill University. She has worked in a wide range of environments including schools, inpatient hospitals and clinics, in both Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Sand Story, Dr. Perico worked at an inpatient and outpatient hospital in the USA, providing treatment and psychological assessments to youth with severe trauma. As well, Dr. Perico has worked across several schools in the Montreal area and is well-versed in psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessments, on top of providing support in seeking services within the school system. In addition, Dr. Perico conducts Autism assessments using the gold standard instrument, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-II).
Dr. Perico is a client-centred clinician who has had the opportunity to work with individuals from many different cultures, holding vastly diverse backgrounds. She strongly believes in collaborative and meaningful relationships with her clients and their families, wherein everyone involved brings their own unique wisdom and knowledge. Dr. Perico is passionate about her work with children and adolescents and is committed to providing the highest standard of care.