Alanna Israeloff, M.A.
Alanna completed her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Counseling from McGill University. Since 1993, in addition to her private practice, Alanna has worked as a psychologist for Employee Assistance programs, community organizations, private schools, as well as public school boards.
Services include therapy for adults, adolescents and children. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, self-harm, substance misuse, childhood/adolescent behavioral challenges, social/emotional difficulties, divorce, trauma, cultural adjustment, and LGBTQ issues. Therapy is short term, 10-12 weeks at a time, focused on specific goals such as emotional adjustment following a traumatic event, increased self-esteem, peer conflict resolution skills, parent/child boundaries, anxiety reduction, mood and motivation improvement among others. Follow-up sessions after termination of therapy are encouraged to ensure that progress is continuing and to determine if further treatment is required.
Alanna uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy which combines elements from different types of therapies in order to facilitate client change, insight, and ultimately symptom reduction. Therapy modalities include Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). When working with children and adolescents, Alanna encourages a systemic approach which involves the collaboration and participation of all relevant family members in the treatment process.A systems perspective permits one to see how a difficulty in a child’s life affects the other components of the family system, which in turn affects the child. Activity based therapy is frequently used during treatment with children, which includes age appropriate games, art activities, and role plays. Guided imagery, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises are also incorporated into the therapy process in order to encourage awareness of how thoughts and physical body sensations contribute to emotional reactions.