Dr. Melanie Freeman, C. Psych.

Melanie Freeman, Ph.D., C. Psych., is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is able to offer assessment, therapy and consultation services to children, adolescents and their families. 

Dr. Freeman completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor, followed by Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Guelph. 

Dr. Freeman has worked in the area of child psychology for over 15 years, working under the supervision of and learning from experienced registered psychologists until she completed her formal education. She continues to learn from her colleagues in all disciplines. Dr. Freeman was licensed as an independent practitioner in 2010. She has worked as a clinician at the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph, Waterloo Region District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Greater Essex County District School Board, Thames Valley Children's Centre (South West Region Autism Program for Preschoolers), Chatham-Kent Children's Services and Children's Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent. She has been employed as a teaching assistant and sessional instructor at the University of Guelph. Dr. Freeman's private practice is currently a part-time venture.

Dr. Freeman has worked with children and youth between 2 and 19 years of age. She has experience assessing and treating a number of client populations, including those affected by or managing Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), physical disabilities, hearing impairment, behavioural issues, anxiety and mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, complex and relational trauma, attachment concerns and parental separation/divorce. Dr. Freeman assisted in the organization of a pilot FASD Assessment Clinic in Chatham-Kent and held the position of Lead Psychologist on the diagnostic team. She is trained to offer the Incredible Years® Parenting Program, and her credentials also include registration as a Circle of Security Parent Facilitator and certification as a Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She strives to employ trauma and attachment-focused approaches in her practice when applicable. 

Here at Kaleidoscope Child and Family Care, Dr. Freeman provides psychological assessments for children and youth up to 21 years of age and accepts a limited number of child and adolescent clients for therapy. She is also available for consultation with parents and community partners.

Linda Shoebottom, B.A., RSW

Linda Shoebottom, B.A., RSW, is registered as a social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She offers services to children, adolescents, families and community groups, and has specialized expertise in serving children under 6 years of age.

Mrs. Shoebottom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo. Her concentration of courses was in social work and psychology.

Mrs. Shoebottom worked for 29 years in the field of child development and mental health at the Chatham-Kent Children's Services, working extensively with children with a variety of exceptionalities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, anxiety disorders and behavioural concerns. Mrs. Shoebottom  has also offered services to medically fragile children and their families.

Mrs. Shoebottom has training in Theraplay® techniques and is a Parent Educator in the COPEing with Toddler Behaviour program. She is also a Master Status Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainer® and a Registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitator, and is trained to offer the Incredible Years® Parenting Program. She has completed several courses of training in treating trauma and in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behaviour therapy and expressive arts techniques. Mrs. Shoebottom has provided information sessions on behaviour concerns and management strategies, bullying, preparation for school transitions, advocacy within the school system and various other topics. She has established solid working relationships with the Lambton-Kent District School Board, St. Clair Catholic District School Board and many community agencies.

Mrs. Shoebottom also brings her personal experience of raising and advocating for a child with exceptional needs. 

At Kaleidoscope, Mrs. Shoebottom offers individual and group counselling to children and adolescents between 2 and 19 years of age, as well as adults of all ages. She is available for consultation and for presentations within the community on a variety of topics.


Elyse Waddick, MSW, RSW

Please note that Ms. Waddick is accepting a limited number new clients at this time. Keep an eye on this space for any changes.

Elyse Waddick, MSW, RSW, is registered as a social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Ms. Waddick has specialized experience with children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18 years, but is available to provide a wide variety of individual and group services to children, adolescents and adults within our community.

Ms. Waddick graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Women's Studies, and later with a Master of Social Work from the same institution. She has worked as a counsellor within the Mental Health department at Chatham-Kent Children's Services since 2012 and has gained expertise in supporting children and adolescents through issues related to anger management, self-injury, anxiety, depression, separation/divorce, self-esteem, grief, peer conflict and bullying. Ms. Waddick is experience in and has utilized a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive behaviour, dialectical behaviour, narrative and solution-focused therapies.

Ms. Waddick has additionally participated in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), as well as the ASK workshop, which teaches skills used to assess for suicidal ideation in children. Ms. Waddick is trained to offer the Incredible Years® Parenting Program. She has also completed trauma assessment and treatment certificate programs. Ms. Waddick has created and facilitated a social skills group, specifically designed to meet the needs of her clients, and has developed strong working relationships with our local school boards and community agencies in order to support student transitions and to promote advocacy within these systems. 

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