Dr. Shelly O’Connor is a Psychologist (College of Psychologists of B.C. Registration #1178) registered to practice independently in the province of British Columbia. She has been conducting a successful private practice in the West Shore area for 17 years. By virtue of a wide range of educational and professional experiences Dr. O’Connor has a dual specialty in clinical psychology (e.g., therapy, psychological disorders) and psychological/neuropsychological assessment.
Qualifications related to therapy:
Following a Bachelor’s degree (1st Class Honours) at the University of Victoria, Dr. O’Connor received her Masters Degree from the Clinical Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University and her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. Both programs are American Psychological Association (APA) and Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited. This accreditation indicates that the institution is carefully monitored by these bodies to ensure the highest standard of educational and professional experiences during training. As a Registered Psychologist Dr. O’Connor also must be actively engaged in ongoing educational and professional upgrading experiences to ensure an updated knowledge base.
Qualifications related to assessments:
Dr. O’Connor specialized in the area of neuropsychology for two additional years at the doctoral level. This advanced training prepared her to conduct comprehensive Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological Assessments. Relevant professional experiences have included:
Conducting court-ordered forensic assessments of youth for 15 years at Forensic Psychiatric Services
Internship rotations at Victoria General Hospital in pediatrics and at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health (pediatrics). The latter placement focussed on pediatric psychological assessments.
Employment as a Pediatric Psychologist at Victoria General Hospital for two years.
Publication in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.
Completion of over 1200 Psychoeducational and Neuropsychological assessments on a contract basis for School Boards and Independent Schools in the Victoria area, and at the request of Pediatricians and Family Doctors.
Dr. O’Connor has been qualified as an expert witness in the area of Neuropsychology by the Supreme Court of B.C.
A word of advice: When choosing a Psychologist, you may wish to ask about qualifications. One important consideration is whether they have graduated from an American Psychological Association and Canadian Psychological Association accredited institution. This indicates that the program has met the rigorous requirements enforced by APA and CPA, and the individual has been exposed to a broad range of educational and professional experiences prior to graduation. Another important consideration is whether they are a Registered Psychologist, as many extended health benefits insurers will only cover therapy services conducted by a Registered Psychologist.
(Note that Psychological services conducted by a Registered Psychologist can also be claimed as a health care expense on your income tax.)