Alicja holds an Honours MSc Clinical Psychology (cum laude) from Leiden University, a pre-MSc
certificate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Groningen, a BA in Psychology from York University, and a Diploma in Social Service Work from Sheridan College. Her clinical training is focused on the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of trauma in adolescents and adults, including traumatic bereavement.
Alicja's approach is heavily routed in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, as well as empowering her clients with knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to fully understand their afflictions and be equal partners with her in the treatment process. This includes a strong understanding of biological and neuropsychological aspects, and how small behavioral changes can aid in some swift treatment outcomes.
When working with her clients, Alicja draws on several psychotherapeutic modalities for treatment, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); third-wave CBT techniques such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness; and Emotion-focused Therapy. She understands that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to psychotherapy and welcomes her clients to advocate for what they need from the therapeutic environment.
In addition to her work at Dr.Laidlaw & Associates, Alicja has recently completed a certificate in Death, Dying, and Bereavement from Wilfred Laurier University, as well as her EMDRIA-approved basic training for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and volunteers her time as a community counselor at A Better Tent City in Kitchener, ON.