Welcome to Storrie, Velikonja and Associates
Psychologists and Neuropsychologists in Burlington, Ontario
Dr. H. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C. Psych., ABDA, and Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C. Psych., are registered psychologists and founding partners of Storrie, Velikonja and Associates, a full-service psychological practice located in Burlington, Ontario.
Read more about Storrie, Velikonja and Associates in their Profiles in Success feature.
NEW: Watch "Connie's Recovery," a film detailing the impact of a catastrophic brain injury and one patient's complex recovery. Dr. Jane Storrie served as Associate Producer on the film, now viewable online.
What is a clinical psychologist?
According to the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), “Clinical psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically-based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development. Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy, although Clinical Psychologists also engage in research, teaching, consultation, forensic testimony, and program development and administration. A Psychhologist studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific viewpoint and applies this knowledge to help people understand, explain and change their behaviour”.
“Psychologists engage in research, practice and teaching across a wide range of topics having to do with how people think, feel and behave. Their work can involve individuals, groups, families and as well as larger organizations in government and industry”.
Psychologists have expertise in the following areas:
- mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias, etc.;
- neurological, genetic, psychological and social determinants of behaviour;
- brain injury and degenerative brain diseases;
- perception and management of pain;
- psychological factors and problems associated with physical conditions and disease (e.g. diabetes, heart disease, stroke);
- psychological factors and management of terminal illnesses such as cancer;
- cognitive functions such as learning, memory, problem-solving, intellectual ability and performance;
- work-related injuries, stress and trauma (including PTSD)
- developmental and behavioural abilities and problems across the lifespan;
- criminal behaviour, crime prevention, services for victims and perpetrators of criminal activity;
- addictions and substance use and abuse (e.g. smoking, alcohol, drugs);
- stress, anger and other aspects of lifestyle management;
- court consultations addressing the impact and role of psychological and cognitive factors in accidents and injury, parental capacity, and competence to manage one’s personal affairs;
- application of psychological factors and issues to work such as motivation, leadership, productivity, marketing, healthy workplaces, ergonomics;
- marital and family relationships and problems;
- psychological factors necessary to maintaining wellness and preventing disease;
- social and cultural behaviour and attitudes, the relationship between the individual and the many groups of which he or she is part (e.g. work, family, society); and
- the role and impact of psychological factors on performance at work, recreation and sport.
What is a neuropsychologist?
A neuropsychologist is a professional psychologist that studies and practices neuropsychology, the study of the relationship between the brain and spine (in other words, the central nervous system) and behaviour.
Neuropsychologists administer tests to help diagnose brain disorders that can cause problems with thinking, emotions, or behaviour.
Neuropsychologists also offer psychotherapy (a psychological treatment based on talking) to patients with brain damage. Psychotherapy helps a psychologist understand how a patient's condition can improve or worsen based on the patient’s environment or family.
Many neuropsychologists research the functioning of the brain by studying brain-damaged patients and comparing them to patients who have not suffered brain damage.
Some neuropsychologists also teach courses in colleges and universities about neuropsychology, intelligence testing, personality testing, or other topics.
Others often testify in court, using their knowledge of psychology to provide expert opinions or help with medico-legal issues.