Servicing Port Perry, the Durham region and surrounding areas

Our Team

Helen Daymond is a registered psychologist and founder of ACCESS psychology. Helen, along with her multi-disciplinary team of professionals interact with all of their clients, to ensure they attend to each of their individual needs, while also making them feel at home. They work together to provide multiple therapy services to meet the many needs of their children, youth & families at one convenient location.

Psychologist: Helen Daymond, B.Ed., M.Sc., C. Psych.

Psychologist: Helen Daymond, B.Ed., M.Sc., C. Psych.

After obtaining undergraduate degrees in psychology and education, Helen earned her M.Sc. in Counselling and Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary. She then completed specialized training in Child Therapy at The Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in Calgary, Alberta. Helen has acquired extensive experience providing psychological assessments and treatment to children, youth and families in various settings including schools, children’s mental health agencies and private practice settings.

Her experience with a wide range of behavioural, social-emotional and developmental issues includes helping children and youth learn strategies to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, build self-esteem and develop social skills. It also includes providing psychoeducational, behavioural and social-emotional assessments to identify and address learning, attention and/or behavioural problems that interfere with school success.

At ACCESS, Helen conducts psychoeducational and social-emotional assessments. She also provides treatment to address a variety of mental health concerns that her young clients present with. Helen consults and coordinates with other team members as they work together to best meet the unique needs of each individual child/teen they treat.

Administrative Assistant: Lauren Patton, B.A. (Honours) Psychology

Administrative Assistant: Lauren Patton, B.A. (Honours) Psychology

Lauren is the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you contact us here at ACCESS. She works diligently to ensure that the day- to -day administrative operations of the practice run smoothly. Lauren graduated with her Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University. She has a wealth of experience working with children and adolescents, including those with various learning and behavioural challenges. Lauren is passionate about the work we do to help our young people and their families to reach their goals and she is always more than happy to answer questions or provide more detailed information about our services. Lauren currently resides in Whitby, ON where she is actively involved with several local community groups and committees.

Speech-Language Pathologist: Brenda McGuckin, B.Ed., M.H.Sc., SLP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist: Brenda McGuckin, B.Ed., M.H.Sc., SLP(C)

Having practised as a clinician for 33 years, Brenda has had experience with communication disorders arising from a variety of causes. Treatment sessions are one on one and goals are set to improve each client’s communication skills specific to their needs.

Most of us take our ability to communicate for granted. It is estimated that between 10 to 20% of children have difficulty developing speech and language skills. Speech and language pathologists facilitate the development of oral communication which is necessary for children to acquire reading and writing skills. Frustration is often observed in children who have difficulty speaking and understanding and can result in behavioral challenges.

Psychometrist: Anishka Green, M.A. Psychology

Psychometrist: Anishka Green, M.A. Psychology

Anishka Greene obtained her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Prior to this, she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from McMaster University. Anishka has extensive experience conducting diagnostic, psycho-educational, and social-emotional assessments for young children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with a variety of difficulties. She has worked in both hospital and private practice settings.

 At ACCESS Psychology, Anishka specializes in diagnostic assessments of children and adolescents with attentional, developmental and learning issues. She brings to our team a passion for uncovering the missing pieces that block our young clients from achieving their true potential. She also highlights personal strengths and characteristics, which together help us to understand each individual as a whole.

Dietitian/Nutritional Therapist: Lori Short-Zamudio, BAS.c, RD

Dietitian/Nutritional Therapist: Lori Short-Zamudio, BAS.c, RD

Here at ACCESS we focus on a holistic approach to healthy minds and bodies!​ We believe in the basics of healthy eating, proper nutrition and exercise as key contributors to overall physical and mental well-being. What, when and how much we eat directly effects our moods and emotions as well as our energy levels and overall behaviour.

Lori brings many years of experience in pediatric nutrition to our ACCESS team.

Her areas of expertise include:  body image/eating disorders, picky eating; including sensory/texture issues, feeding issues, gastrointestinal difficulties, Type I & Type 2 diabetes, as well as general nutritional counseling.

From toddlers to teens, Lori addresses a variety of eating issues. She provides an introduction of foods to picky eaters. She also works with children who have sensory sensitivities to foods with certain textures, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, Lori focuses on body image and healthy eating, utilizing techniques such as mindfulness and intuitive eating. This is based on Set Point Theory which suggests there is a certain weight range each of us are naturally programmed to weigh and our bodies tend to fight to maintain that particular weight. Lori is very passionate about her work with teens, as well as the growing number of children at younger and younger ages developing issues around weight and body image.

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Weight-loss and the Holiday Season

SUBMITTED ON: January 23, 2015

Over the holidays I had multiple family members or friends comment to me about my weight. Four separate individuals asked me if I had lost weight which struck me as odd considering I was a blond last Christmas and a brunette this one. That’s a ... read more