I know it can be difficult to make an appointment and walk through the doors of a therapist's office. I strive to create a warm & safe therapy experience, and I think the client-therapist relationship is an important part of change.
I also believe all people are creative, and I'm passionate about helping people connect to this part of themselves, in both talk and/or art therapy formats.
Feel free to contact me or book a free phone consultation if you have further questions about my approach.
Attachment + Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Individual + Group Therapy
Areas of Interest
Burnout + Compassion Fatigue
Later Stage Addictions Recovery
Adoption + Attachment
Infertility + Miscarriage
Anxiety + Worry
Grief + Loss
Psychologist, Pediatric Palliative Care, Stollery Hospital (2019-Present)
Co-Facilitator, Neighbours Art Hive, The Neighbour Centre (2019-Present)
Psychologist & Art Therapist: Private Practice (2019)
Community-Based & EAP Counsellor, The Family Centre (2015 - 2018)
Clinical Addictions Counsellor, Maple Ridge Treatment Centre (2014 - 2015)
Facilitator, Community Art Therapy Group, Cordova House, (2012-2014)
Art Therapist/Counsellor (Intern), Strathcona Elementary School, (2012-2013)
Addictions Counsellor, Harbour Light Treatment Centre (2011 - 2012)
Addictions Counsellor, Henwood Treatment Centre (2007 - 2010)
Research Assistant, University of Lethbridge (2005-2006)
Addictions Counsellor (Intern), Poundmaker's Lodge (2006)
Addictions Counsellor (Intern), Henwood Treatment Centre (2005)
Master of Counselling: Art Therapy, Athabasca University (2014)
Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (2014)
Bachelor of Health Sciences: Addictions Counselling, University of Lethbridge (2007)
Certificate in Treatment of Trauma using Play Therapy Skills & Techniques, Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (2020)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Techniques for Attachment and Trauma (2019)
Certificate in Play Therapy Skills, Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (2018)
Brain Story Certification, Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (2017)
Indigenous Cross-Cultural Training, The Family Centre (2017)
Certificate of Creativity Coaching, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching (2010)
Art Classes in Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Composition, Textile & Fibre Printing and Dyeing, Weaving (2006 - 2014)
Registrations + Professional Memberships
Registered Psychologist (#5146), College of Alberta Psychologists
Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Canadian Art Therapy Association
Professional Member, Psychologists Association of Alberta
Publications + Projects
McLachlan, C. (2017). Art Therapy Caves: Linking Community Art to a Therapeutic Space. Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, 30, (1).
Huggable Lamp Post. Deep Freeze Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, 2017. Fibre sculpture. Collaboration with artist Jessica Culling.
Mix and Match Sound Installation. New Music Edmonton: See You in September or Something, 2016. Interactive cassette tape/field recordings installation. Solo project.
The Listening Cave. Kaleido Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, 2016. Interactive sculpture and sound art installation. Solo project.