Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes, R. Psych

Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes - Registered Psychologist #2242
Associate: Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes, R. Psych

Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes is an expertly skilled assessment clinician, who also offers therapeutic counselling and consultation for a range of unique needs. She has over 12 years of clinical experience in supporting parents, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children and young adults, including home-school families and parents/school staff of children in alternative educational facilities (such as day-treatment or psychiatric residential programs). Dr. Michelle also has over 15 years of clinical collaboration with educators, mental health clinicians, physicians, psychiatrists, and other health professionals.

In her assessment services, Dr. Michelle strives to provide a comprehensive and informative "story of the whole child," and specific recommendations for the future. Her assessment reports share a detailed understanding of a child’s history, and how they best think, learn, feel, and relate to others. Dr. Michelle’s assessment services include complex psycho-educational assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments for children 6 years of age and older (consistent with BCAAN standards), psychological assessments for specific childhood referrals, Community-Living and transition plan assessments, and Post-Secondary Psycho-educational assessments. Dr. Michelle’s assessment and consultation expertise includes children (and their families) who are struggling with: (1) Concurrent school and mental health challenges, (2) Unidentified learning difficulties (including giftedness) that have been mislabeled as behavioural problems, (3) Executive Function, self-regulation & organizational challenges, (4) Complex attention, processing or memory challenges, (5) Developmental delay and intellectual disabilities, (6) Neurodevelopmental Disorders (including Autism and non-verbal learning disabilities), (7) Medical conditions (including premature birth or low-birthweight), and (8) Differentiation between English Language learning vs. learning disabilities.

In her consultation and counseling services, Dr. Michelle flexibly matches a range of therapeutic approaches to the needs and preferences of children and their families. She has a broad range of training in many well-known parent consultation models and programs, including attachment, play, cognitive-behavioural, and family-systems approaches. Her primary consultation and counseling services relate to: (1) Concurrent mental health and school problems (including school refusal and school or test-anxiety), (2) ADHD, Executive Functions, and Self-Regulation, (3) Selective Mutism & Anxiety, (4) Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours / Behaviours (BFRBs), including Trichotillomania (hair-pulling), Excoriation or Dermatillomania (Skin-Picking), and other body-focused habits (e.g., nailing-biting), (5) Behaviour supports for children and youth with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and (6) Toilet-Training, Bed-Wetting and Soiling (including Enuresis and Encopresis).

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 Pediatrics and Clinical Psychology Outpatient], and a Tier 3 school for children with behavioural, emotional and conduct challenges. Her other training and employment experiences include provincial and state tertiary child health facilities (e.g., the BC Children’s Hospital Department of Psychology, St. Boniface Anxiety Disorders outpatient clinic), community-based child and youth mental health services, and multiple school districts (e.g., Vancouver and West Vancouver School Boards). Dr. Michelle also has been a post-secondary instructor for both undergraduate and graduate courses on general psychology, the assessment and definition of learning difficulties, and cognitive assessment at UBC and Norwich University.