Dr. Sandra McKenzie
My past clinical experiences include a broad scope of psychological service–i.e. assessment, treatment, consultation, supervision, research–at a number of different settings, including London Health Sciences Centre, Grand River Hospital, University of Waterloo Psychology Clinic, and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.
I began working in private practice in the London community in 1999, and I founded our practice in 2005. Private practice has been the ideal workplace for me. The private practice setting affords psychologists the rare opportunity to work with individuals of all ages, to offer a range of treatment modalities, and to address a wide array of presenting issues and concerns. Working in private practice has allowed me to hone a clinical approach that is both broad in its scope and person-specific in its focus. I find my clinical work to be highly fulfilling, and I spend the majority of my time working directly with patients.
I also devote a portion of my work time to the supervision and mentoring of psychologists who have completed their clinical training and attained their doctorate, and who are preparing to become registered for autonomous practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. My practice partner and I select these psychologists carefully and, once registered, it is typical for them to stay on at McKenzie Zayed as colleagues. This mentoring process is mutually beneficial to the clinicians in our practice. Supervisees have the opportunity to work alongside a more experienced and seasoned professional psychologist. In turn, they bring to our practice their fresh thinking, sharp minds, and unique talents and skills. I believe that this positive interplay among the psychologists in our practice enhances our patient care.