Dr. Jessica M. McLachlan
Dr. Jessica McLachlan is a Registered Psychologist, with a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. Her federally funded graduate research focused on the relationship between mood and substance use. She is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. McLachlan is also credentialed through the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, a national organization that promotes research and training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment. Although CBT is her primary orientation, she has a growing interest in mindfulness-based interventions and draws upon strategies from other approaches when in line with the needs and interests of her clients.
Dr. McLachlan is fortunate to have had both a breadth and depth of experience, which includes individual and group work. She has extensive experience co-facilitating psychoeducational groups, sex offender treatment groups, as well as support groups for individuals with severe mental health concerns. Dr. McLachlan also has forensic experience. She has counselled incarcerated youth and adults and specialized in risk assessments for the Parole Board of Canada.
She offers individual treatment for adults with a range of concerns including, but not limited to, substance use and addiction (drug and alcohol), anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety), mood disorders (e.g., major depressive disorder), and health and lifestyle changes. She also offers stress and crisis management.
Dr. McLachlan is the lead developer and facilitator of the Substance Use and Addictions Treatment offered at Taylor Clark Psychological Services. This approach helps clients identify their treatment goals, build their motivation to change and ensures long-term success by offering individualized, evidence-based strategies to enhance skills, identify and manage triggers, and prevent relapse.
Dr. McLachlan is passionate about working with people. She believes in the importance of a respectful, supportive, and collaborative therapeutic relationship, as well as providing a tailored effective approach to treatment. She is currently accepting new clients and offers evening appointments.
How Jessica can help:
- Individual Therapy addressing Substance Use and Addiction (drug and alcohol)
- Individual Therapy to Overcome Anxiety and Depression
- Evening Appointments Available