Erica Thomson, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist
As a registered psychologist and former teacher, Ms. Erica Thomson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice. She holds a Master’s of Education, and her research on gifted adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is earning her a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Her research was awarded a prestigious national scholarship. Though originally from Saskatchewan, her love of the East Coast lifestyle brings her to Nova Scotia at every opportunity.
Ms. Thomson believes in a person-centered approach. Warm and kind, she connects with her clients. By first building a trusting relationship, she sees the person behind the diagnosis. With trust and compassion, she encourages her clients to share their stories and struggles with her. She then engages her expertise to help clients achieve new levels of self-understanding. Ms. Thomson celebrates neurodiversity and, through diagnosis, seeks to give her clients the tools they need to create the fulfilling life they want and deserve.
Ms. Thomson specializes in identifying thoughts and behaviours that might be holding her clients back from achieving their goals, whether at school, work, or in their relationships. She understands how frustrating it is to be working hard, but not seeing results. She gets how overwhelming it is to be stuck when you have many things to do and assignments to complete. She knows a thorough assessment is often a first step toward learning to prioritize, organize, plan, and become more efficient.
While it impacts home-life as well, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) difficulties often present a particular problem at school. Trouble staying still, focusing, and controlling impulsive behaviours are all symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that can hinder a student’s learning. Who better to understand academic or classroom struggles than a former teacher? Ms. Thomson assesses attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as other school-related issues like developmental delays, disability, executive functioning challenges, intellectual disabilities and learning disorders. She also assesses giftedness, understanding that lack of intellectual stimulation can lead to many of the same difficulties.
Ms. Thomson also helps clients whose emotional and mental wellbeing is suffering. Addiction and depression can take over all areas of life, affecting mood, relationships, and behaviour. If her clients are not feeling like themselves, Ms. Thomson is there. She acts as a guide, walking beside her clients as she assesses them and recommends treatments. Friends and loved ones are great supports, but sometimes you need an expert to lead the way.
Ms. Thomson is very experienced in working with teens and children. She has provided assessments, interventions, and consultations since 2017. She has worked for school divisions and knows how to meet the needs of students from kindergarten through grade twelve. She has also worked as a lecturer at a university (teaching graduate-level neuropsychology) and knows how to meet the assessment needs of adults. Ms. Thomson helps her clients lead happier, healthier lives no matter their age or concerns.
At CRUX, Ms. Thomson provides assessments to children (5 to 11 years of age), adolescents (12 to 18 years of age) and adults (19 years of age or older) both in-person and online through easy-to-use technologies like Zoom.
Ms. Thomson is a licensed psychologist registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (courtesy register) and Saskatchewan College of Psychologists. Psychologists who are fully registered in other Canadian jurisdictions (such as Saskatchewan) can provide online services to residents of other provinces. Ms. Thomson works with clients from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. For a copy of Ms. Thomson’s CV, click here.