Dr. Leora Kuttner
PhD: Clinical Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
MA: Clinical Psychology, University of South Africa
BA (Honours): Psychology, Witswatersrand University, South Africa
Children and teens have been the focus of my clinical work for 35 years. They delight me with their capacity to recover, learn and heal. My family–centred approach involves talking and working with parents and, when needed, siblings too.
My specialty is in pediatric pain management and disease-related concerns. I see children diagnosed with cancer, rheumatological or gastro-enterological diseases, as well as pain conditions such as migraines, headaches, and abdominal and muscular-skeletal pain in my practice. They are frequently referred by BC Children’s Hospital and pediatricians.
Children and teens generally enjoy coming to my practice as my approach is collaborative, with a strong educational and empowering component, enabling healing and recovery to be placed front and centre in our work. My approach is informed by the latest science. I use explanatory charts and a broad range of evidence-based treatments including self-hypnosis, acupressure, abdominal breathing, cognitive-behavioral methods and mind-body techniques. When needed I will work with the medical team, physiotherapists, and the school. I find that children do better when there is an integration of treatment and support systems.