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Registered Clinical Counsellor

MA, BEd, BA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP)
ADHD-Certified Educator (ADHD-CE)

Institute of Neurodiversity Board Member

Greater Victoria School District Accessibility Advisory Member
 

She/Her


Mary works with teens ages 14-18, and parents/caregivers.


Tuesdays 12:00pm-6:30pm

Wednesdays 1:00pm-6:00pm

Areas of Proficiency:

  • Supporting ADHD teens and their caregivers

  • Supporting those who have been diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and their caregivers

  • Teens experiencing challenges at School

  • Parentinging support 

  • Supporting those who self-identify as having challenges with substance use 

MARY KLOVANCE

Mary is the owner and clinical director of The Neurodiversity Family Centre and has lived experience as a person with ADHD, is the daughter of an AuADHD parent and is a parent to a neurodiverse child. 

 

Mary focuses on helping clients build their capacity (feeling good) and ability (strategies) in order to increase their capability in reaching the goals they have set for themselves. Drawing on her experience and education, she employs the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model (CPS Model) to engage with clients, aiming to uncover unmet needs, lagging skills, and unsolved problems. Mary's primary objective is to understand and validate each client's experiences, learn what their personal goals are and guide them in identifying strategies and solutions which utilize their unique strengths and abilities. Her approach is not only client-centered and trauma informed, but also seeks to address the underlying issues contributing to perceived challenges, such as those brought on by societal expectations and demands. 

Mary has worked for over 12 years as a school counsellor and for over five years with youth-at-risk for Victoria's Youth Empowerment Society at the teen drop in centre, youth Detox and youth shelter. Recently Mary was asked to join the Institute of Neurodiversity as a board member to represent Education for the new Canadian chapter and is on the Greater Victoria School District Accessibility Advisory Group. She is also a local public speaker on the topic of parenting neurodivergent youth and was featured in "Calming the ADHD Family: ADHD brain hacks for a calm, confident, connected family", Matters of the Mind Public Presentation on Parenting Youth with ADHD for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a guest on Therapy Talks Podcast and on CBC news. 

Additional Specialized Training:

  • Oppositional, Defiant & Disruptive Behaviors in Kids: Non-Medication Strategies for the Classroom, Clinic & Home (PESI)

  • Suicide & Self-Harm: Stopping the Pain (PESI)

  • Neurodiversity-Affirming, Ethical Trauma Therapy (Therapist Neurodiversity Collective)

  • Do’s & Don’ts of Therapy with Neurodivergent Clients: A Trauma Informed Somatic Approach (Nyck Walsh, The Leading Edge)

  • Two Day Advanced Collaborative & Problem Solving Training with Dr. Ross Greene 

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