Dr. Michelle Lohnes (formally Dr. Michelle Bell) graduated from the University of Guelph in 1998 with her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology and is a practicing Registered Psychologist. She has been registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and practicing in private practice since the year 2000 in the areas of Clinical and School Psychology.
Dr. Lohnes' primary areas of work include both assessment and treatment. Dr. Lohnes provides comprehensive psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults for the assessment of Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and behavioural difficulties, anxiety based disorders (GAD, OCD, Social Anxiety), depression and stress reactions (PTSD), and personality functioning. Dr. Lohnes also completes assessment for treatment and disability based assessments.
In the area of psychological treatment, Dr. Lohnes' primary focus at this time is working with adults whose primary concerns relate to anxiety, grief, relationship distress, workplace stress, and trauma, as well as for building healthy attachment and interpersonal connection and fostering self-understanding, self-compassion, and coping. She is also interested in supporting individuals who work in the mental health or medical fields in caregiving roles to build resilience and to prevent burn out and compassion fatigue. In individual therapy she works from an integrated approach which is client centred and draws from a variety of theoretical orientations including attachment and trauma based models, interpersonal and dynamic focussed therapies, Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Dr. Lohnes also provides marital/couples therapy to strengthen communication and intimacy in relationships. She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, as well as training in Emotion Focussed Therapy and attachment/trauma based models.
Dr. Lohnes works with children, adolescents, and their families primarily in a supervisory role with her clinicians/interns for issues related to anxiety, depression, emotion regulation and behavioural concerns, interpersonal relationships, and parenting. Therapy is both client centred and family focussed drawing from CBT, DBT, EFT, and attachment and family systems models.