Dr. Bramilee Dhayanandhan is a registered clinical psychologist providing assessment, consultation, and treatment to children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in the treatment of emotion dysregulation in children and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma aftermath (including developmental trauma and PTSD), externalizing difficulties (including oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), emerging personality disorders, attachment disturbances, and parent-child relational difficulties. She also specializes in the provision of family therapy, parent coaching and consultation for families experiencing relational ruptures stemming from communication difficulties. In addition, Dr. Dhayanandhan has extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational assessments of children and teens with learning, attention, and developmental exceptionalities.
Dr. Dhayanandhan’s practice is informed by evidence-based methods, with particular emphasis on dialectical-behavioural (DBT) and cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) modalities. As a practitioner, she strives to help create conditions where change is possible, by working with clients and their families to make meaning of their experiences, reduce painful emotions and problematic behaviours, learn and apply skillful behaviours, and cultivate acceptance and hope.
Dr. Dhayanandhan received her Doctoral Degree in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has worked in a range of hospital and community mental health settings including CAMH, Reach out Centre for Kids, Breaking the Cycle (Mothercraft), Sick Kids Hospital, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. Dr. Dhayanandhan currently also provides psychological services at Kinark Child and Family Services. She has co-authored several publications and presented her research on parent-child relationships, and predictors of resilience in families facing psychosocial adversity, at numerous national and international conferences. She has also been involved in mental health advocacy and community leadership, including serving eight years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association Durham. These experiences have been instrumental in forging Dr. Dhayanandhan’s stance as an empathic, attuned, non-judgmental practitioner.