This virtual information and Q&A session is intended for parents and caregivers of children or adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are interested in learning about anxiety and how it presents in individuals who are on the spectrum. The workshop will focus on increasing knowledge about anxiety and how it impacts one’s life, the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, identifying maladaptive and unhelpful thoughts, reducing avoidance of anxiety-provoking situations, and increasing coping skills. All sessions aim to teach practical skills for caregivers to use in everyday life to better support their child with anxiety.
Mariani and Associates
40 – 50 maximum participants
Who is Eligible:
Intended for parents and caregivers of children or adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are interested in learning about
anxiety and how it presents in individuals who are on the spectrum.
2-hour information session, followed by 1 hour for questions and consultation
Dr. Price, a clinical psychologist at Mariani and Associates, has completed her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Alberta, and attained her M.A. in Applied Psychology and B.A. in Psychology from Laurentian University. She has also received specialized training in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. She completed a pre-doctoral residency in clinical psychology with children and adults with developmental disabilities at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto. Past training and clinical experiences include Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Parkland District School Board in Edmonton, St. Albert Public School Board in St. Albert, Counselling and Psychological Services at the University of Alberta, and in various private psychology practices in Sudbury and Edmonton. Dr. Price has particular interest and training in dual diagnosis and working with individuals with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Whereas she has competence working with individuals across the lifespan, her area of expertise involves working with infants, children, and adolescents with the following conditions:
Dr. Price is well-versed in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Play Therapy, Disability Counselling, and other modalities.
Ms. Renelli is a Master’s level clinical associate at Mariani and Associates. She participates in psychological assessments and provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults who experience the following:
Ms. Renelli has conducted research in the areas of eating disorders and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, and has presented her work at conferences, workshops and peer-reviewed journals. Prior to her Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology, Ms. Renelli completed a Master of Science Degree in Microbiology and has extensive research experience both locally and abroad. In addition to her educational experience, Ms. Renelli has also co-owned and coordinated a harm reduction addictions program for several addiction treatment clinics in Northern Ontario and has been actively involved in
the community, including volunteering at a school reading program, organizing a seniors’ healthcare program, and being involved in the governance of a local independent elementary school.
Ms. Annalie Pelot is currently completing her hours towards registration as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She practices under the direct supervision of Dr. Stephanie Price (for children and adolescents) and Dr. Matias Mariani (for adults). Ms. Pelot attained her M.A. in Applied Psychology (2018) and B.A. in Psychology (2016) from Laurentian University. She has experience conducting neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and psychological testing, and facilitating psychotherapy for various conditions, including neurodevelopmental disorders, mood disorders, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and stress-related and adjustment disorders. Ms. Pelot’s treatment modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. She may also employ Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and supportive counselling techniques in therapy.