Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes, R. Psych. (#2242)

Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes is an expertly skilled assessment clinician, who also offers consultation and therapeutic counselling for several areas of unique need. Dr. Michelle has over 15 years of clinical experience in working with parents, preschoolers, and school-aged children, as well as educators, mental health clinicians, physicians, psychiatrists, and other health professionals. She collaborates with parents, multi-disciplinary health professions, and educators from public schools, home-schooling programs, independent and private schools, and day-treatment or psychiatric residential programs.

In her assessments, Dr. Michelle strives to provide parents and teachers with “a holistic story and understanding” of your child.

Dr. Michelle offers:
  • Complex psycho-educational assessment (involving simultaneous school and mental health or behavioural needs)
  • Psycho-educational assessment of Learning Disabilities or Learning Disorders for reading, writing, math, non-verbal learning exceptionalities, or giftedness (including challenges that have been labeled as behavioural problems)
  • Diagnostic assessments of possible Autism Spectrum
  • Disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (ages 7 years and older, consistent with provincial ASD Victoria / BCAAN standards)
  • Assessment of ADHD, Executive Functions, self-regulation & organizational challenges
  • Complex assessment of needs related to cognitive processing, memory, developmental delays or intellectual disabilities Assessment of children with specific medical conditions (including premature birth or low-birthweight)
  • Mental health assessments related to ADHD or anxiety.

In her consultation and counselling practice, Dr. Michelle flexibly uses a range of therapeutic approaches to match the needs and preferences of clients, including emotion-focused family therapy, attachment and play therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and skills or behavioural training.

Her primary consultation and counselling services relate to:
  • ADHD, Executive Functions, and Self-Regulation
  • Toilet-Training, Bed-Wetting and Soiling (including Enuresis and Encopresis)
  • Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), including Trichotillomania (hair-pulling), Excoriation or Dermatillomania (Skin-Picking), and other habits (e.g., nailing-biting)
  • Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome (she is formally recognized by the Tourette Association of American as provider of CBIT)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Selective Mutism in preschool or elementary-aged children
  • Behaviour supports for children and youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Michelle’s professional credentials include a CPA-accredited PhD in School Psychology, and an APA/APPIC accredited internship at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine [Behavioural Paediatrics and Clinical Psychology Outpatient], and a Tier 3 school for children with behavioural, emotional and conduct challenges. Her prior employment experiences include provincial and state tertiary child health facilities (e.g., BC Children’s Hospital Neo-Natal Follow-Up and Child Inpatient Clinics, St. Boniface Anxiety Disorders outpatient clinic), BC Child and Youth Mental Health services, and multiple school districts. Dr. Michelle also has taught university courses at UBC and Norwich University in general psychology, and on the assessment and definition of learning difficulties and cognitive assessment.