Dr. Illsley Hello, if you are reading this, it is likely you or someone you care about (perhaps your child or your spouse) is having difficulty. It may be possible that you or your loved one have been struggling for sometime, or that this is a newly emerging concern. Whatever the case, oftentimes a psychologist offer support and guidance during challenges and ultimately help you in infusing joy and satisfaction into your life and those you love.

Dr. Illsley has extensive experience working with both adults and children/adolescents and is currently a member of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC; #1598) and the BC Psychological Association. She received her BA with Honors in Psychology from Concordia University and her Master’s and PhD from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She further completed a clinical Post-Doctorate in Pediatric Psychology at Montreal Children’s Hospital and subsequently worked there for two more years carrying out developmental and feeding assessments on young children. During this time, Dr. Illsley was also employed as a faculty lecturer at McGill. Since 1995, she has worked privately with children and families and consulted at hospitals, schools and development centers.

01Presently, Dr. Illsley is in private practice in downtown Vancouver where she provides therapy to adults for early developmental issues, trauma, MVA, mood difficulties, chronic pain, stress and relationship issues, along with support to parents around child-related challenges. She also provides assessment and treatment to children and youth with behavioral difficulties and emotional disorders, developmental delays (including autism and is recommended by ACT-BC) and learning difficulties. Her therapy skills are multimodal and include various behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, dialectial-behavioral, attachment-based, self-regulation, family, play and art therapy techniques.

02Dr. Illsley is also well versed in numerous assessment/diagnostic techniques, including psycho-educational, developmental evaluation (e.g., Autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) and projective testing. Her research focuses on parent training and the treatment of children with behavior problems and she has published in professional journals and presented at national and international conferences. She is also regularly contacted by the media to offer her expertise around various psychological issues.

Are you struggling with any of these problems?

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Moodiness or depression
  • Chronic pain & physical complaints
  • Grief or loss
  • Trauma
  • Divorce or family conflict
  • Learning difficulties
  • Parenting challenges
  • Noncompliance and tantrumming
  • Slowed or atypical development (e.g., Autism)
  • Giftedness
  • Social difficulties and withdrawal
  • Inattention and/or hyperactivity
  • Feeding difficulties