About Us

Why is The Secure Child different?

The Secure Child was founded by Dr. Tamara Glen Soles, a psychologist specializing in early childhood, in order to support the social-emotional development of infants and children and to enhance their relationships with their loved ones. The Secure Child was conceived as a positive environment where any family could come for support. For some families, The Secure Child is a place to come and meet other parents and share experiences while for others, therapy services are sought to address more significant challenges. Whatever a family’s reason for coming to The Secure Child, all families are met by a warm and caring clinician who is dedicated to helping families feel supported and function at their best.  Our approach goes beyond “time-outs” and behavior charts and uses a strength-focused, relationship-based approach to work with families to better understand the needs of their child. We work with each family to determine what specific strategies are appropriate for them. Please call Dr. Soles for a free consultation to determine how The Secure Child could benefit your family.

Dr. Tamara Glen-Soles Bio

Dr. Glen-Soles is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. Dr. Soles then completed her Doctoral Degree in School and Applied Child Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In addition to her work at The Secure Child, Dr. Soles is a lecturer at McGill University and a researcher at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. Previously, Dr. Soles spent six years in Los Angeles, CA where she completed a clinical internship and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship specializing in Early Childhood Mental Health at the UCEDD Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). After completing her fellowship, Dr. Soles served as a supervising psychologist at CHLA and was then made the Clinical Director of Project ABC, an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health system of care funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA).

Dr. Soles has worked with families dealing with a wide range of issues including frequent crying, sleep challenges, behaviour or learning problems, anxiety, depression, attachment difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, foster placements, child abuse and trauma. Dr. Soles works from the perspective of attachment theory and incorporates the latest research related to the neurobiological bases of behaviour. She uses a strength-based approach to help each family determine what works for them. Evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and parent training models are incorporated to treat specific challenges such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, school refusal, and phobias. Dr. Soles has extensive experience working with families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and works closely with families to provide culturally sensitive services.

Dr. Soles is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, based on certification through the International Association for Infant Massage- Canada.

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