Dr. Balmer is a registered psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in the assessment/treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of hospital and community social service settings. She treats individuals for a wide variety of psychological challenges and has a particular interest in anxiety disorders.
Dr. Balmer’s areas of specialization include treating children, adolescents, and adults who are living with a life-threatening illness or trauma victims who have suffered the death of a loved one through accident, suicide, or murder. Further, she consults with and/or assesses/treats mental health professionals, legal/court appointed representatives, individuals supporting victims of crime, medical/emergency service personnel, front-line workers, and others who have been exposed to trauma in the workplace.
Drawing primarily on a cognitive/behavioural therapy background, Dr. Balmer incorporates art, games, and play into her treatment of children. She has published articles on childhood and adolescent bereavement and has lectured and facilitated training workshops in Canada, the U.S., South America, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Balmer is an invited member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement and a consulting psychologist to the Toronto Police Service, the Peel Regional Police, and to the pilot recruitment programmes at Air Canada and Jazz Aviation LP.
Articles by Dr. Leslie Balmer
Evaluating Suicide Risk in Adolescents
According to Canadian statistics, the incidence of suicide attempts among adolescents may be as high as 8% (Simeon, 1989).
Identifying Bereaved Children At-Risk in the School System
When a child experiences the death of a parent or sibling, family life, as once known, comes to a dramatic and oftenfrightening halt. Bereaved children…
Did You Know? Anxiety Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence
Did you know that anxiety is the most prevalent psychiatric disorder diagnosed in children and adolescents?