Laura Casey Foss
About Laura Casey Foss
Laura is a registered psychologist who completed her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology in 2006. She has experience in a variety of settings, from residential care, a school for children with special needs, a forensic remand centre, and the public health system. After living away for many years, she returned to her home in Western Newfoundland in 2011 to be near her family.
Laura works with both children and adults to focus on a variety of developmental and mental health challenges. She offers psychological counseling to adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and other life stressors. She also offers intervention and comprehensive assessment services to preschoolers and children for anxiety, behavioural challenges, early developmental trauma, and developmental needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, learning disorders, ADHD and more.
A life-long learner, Laura places high priority on continuing her professional education. Her emphasis in recent years has been on interoceptive awareness and using a mind-body approach to conditions. She is also a certified yoga teacher and has recently completed Trauma Centre – Trauma Sensitive Yoga training in Massachusetts.
Laura is the Western & Labrador Director for the Association of Psychology Newfoundland and Labrador. She has also served on a volunteer basis for a variety of non-profit organizations such as the Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the fasdNL Support Network. She continues to lend her time and expertise to local fundraising and advocacy efforts through donation-based yoga classes and other endeavors.
Assessment Services (See Here)
Intervention is offered for behavioural challenges, anxiety, family stress (e.g., separation and divorce), and adverse experiences in the early developmental period (e.g., developmental trauma, attachment disruption such as in the case of adoptions or foster care). Intervention includes parent and child education, play, cognitive-behavioural techniques, and the development of emotional coping-skills.
Play-based intervention is also offered for children with special developmental needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, or other global developmental delays.
Interoceptive awareness, which is the ability to perceive the body’s internal signals (e.g., hunger, temperature, muscle tension, etc.) has been shown to play a key role in many challenges including anxiety, behavioural concerns, and even autism. As such, interoceptive training through play, movement, relaxation, and yoga are also often incorporated into intervention.
Parents, caregivers (such as daycare providers), and even school personnel can be involved in the therapeutic process to ensure holistic, wrap-around supports to meet your child’s needs in every environment.
Adolescent & Adult Services
Counseling services are offered for a variety of needs including anxiety and depression, stress, grief, trauma, and other life-stressors. Intervention incorporates cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal skills training, and development of coping skills. An integral part of intervention involves the mind-body connection and interoceptive awareness. Intervention often focuses on learning mindfulness techniques, movement, and other relaxation strategies that have been shown to increase interoceptive awareness and skill.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Consultation
School-age children and families benefit from consultation with a psychologist to determine appropriate behavioural and social programming for both home and school. Consultation is available in clinic, in-home, or in the school setting and will provide recommendations to a child’s existing team. These recommendations are targeted to a child’s current needs and can help children reach their full academic and social potential.
For clients who live out of town or who have difficulty traveling, telepsychology is available.