Dr. Valoo, Psychologist



SERVICES

Dr. Valoo offers individual psychotherapy, couples psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and psychological assessments to individuals eighteen years and older. Dr. Valoo’s emphasis of practice is in the assessment and treatment of emotional and cognitive difficulties with adults. A psychological assessment provides important information about your social, emotional, behavioural, and/or cognitive functioning and may entail clinical interview/s, questionnaires, tests, and observations. A comprehensive cognitive assessment involves an investigation of your intellectual functioning, academic skills, memory, attention, and executive functions and includes a clinical interview/s, testing, scoring, analysis, interpretation, report writing, and feedback. The assessment information is presented in a written psychological report. Treatment services address a range of issues including trauma, chronic pain, acculturation, anxiety, bereavement, childbirth, childhood abuse, ethnicity and culture, disabilities, depression, employment-related stress, ethnicity, grief, interpersonal relationships, intimacy, loss, parenting, pregnancy, stress, personality disorders, and psychiatric issues. Dr. Valoo also provides supervision and consultation to trainees in mental health.


APPROACH

Evidence-based assessments and treatments, current empirical research findings, and guidelines and laws set up by professional and regulatory organizations govern Dr. Valoo’s practice. An effective therapeutic relationship is a collaborative experience between client/s and therapist that is marked by openness, honesty and a commitment to change. Dr. Valoo’s role is to facilitate the process as you seek to make changes that you feel are important to your functioning. She supports and encourages change in a safe and confidential therapeutic atmosphere by using an experiential treatment approach that encompasses cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, emotion focused therapy, gestalt therapy, redecision therapy, transactional analyses, and imago relationship therapy. Dr. Valoo attends to the uniqueness of your experiences and the cultural context within which this uniqueness emerges. She endorses a strong emphasis on cultural sensitivity in the practice of psychology and attends to the complexities associated with issues of difference, diversity, cultural identity, sexual orientation, and the social-political-cultural context in which psychological problems arise.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Dr. Valoo is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Clinical Psychologist and is duly qualified to practice clinical psychology. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling from Gallaudet University, Washington DC and a Master’s degree and a Ph. D. degree in Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.
She provides psychological services at Markham Psychologists. She served as Contract Faculty in the Department of Psychology at York University from 2008-2018. Dr. Valoo is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, the Ontario Psychological Association, and the Canadian Psychological Association. She is a Clinical member of The Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy and Imago Canada International, and she holds a certificate in Parent-Infant Mental Health. As a psychologist, the Canadian Psychological Association Code of Ethics and the Professional Standards of the College of Psychologists in Ontario governs her practice. She has provided psychological services in academic and private practice settings for over 10 years.


ABOUT

Dr. Valoo was born in South Africa. She began her career as a teacher of deaf students in South Africa. She provided mental health services in academic and social service settings in South Africa, Canada, and the United States, prior to obtaining her doctorate degree in psychology. Dr. Valoo is passionate about lifelong learning, personal growth, and work-life balance. She enjoys physical/outdoor activities and travel with her family, friends, and pet dog.


CONTACT

For more information or to arrange an appointment with Dr. Valoo, please call: (905) 472-9658 Ext 250; or (905) 472-9658 Ext 204; or 647-885-4458; or send an email message to drvaloo@rogers.com. The Intake Coordinator will promptly respond to your request.
 




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