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About Dr. Gagnon Psychotherapist and Coach
Education and Academic Credentials
Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology.Florida Atlantic University, May 2012Dissertation: “Bullying in Schools: The Role of Empathy, Temperament, and Emotion RegulationGPA: 3.9
M.A. in Psychology with specialty in Child DevelopmentFlorida Atlantic University, August 2007Thesis: “Infant Temperament, Heart Rate, and the Development of Empathy”
Masters Degree in Mental Health CounselingNova Southeastern University, December 2001Internship: Atlantic Shores Hospital, Fort LauderdaleGPA: 4.0
B.A. in Criminal Justice, Minor in PsychologyFlorida Atlantic University, December 1995GPA: 3.4
Certificate in Emergency Medical TechnologyBroward Community College, December 1995GPA: 4.0
Licenses and Certifications
Volunteer crisis counselor for Women in Distress
Dr. Gagnon began her counseling career about 15 years ago as a volunteer crisis counselor for Women in Distress, a domestic violence prevention and intervention agency.
She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (psychotherapist) in the State of Florida and is Board Certified in Professional Counseling.
CAP and DOT-SAP
Dr. Gagnon is also a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) and a Substance Abuse Professional (DOT-SAP).
Her professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychotherapy Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dr. Gagnon is an approved clinical Qualified Supervisor for registered interns in Florida.
Developmental Psychophysiology Lab
Criminal Justice Lab
Workshops Developed and/or Presented
Through her affiliation with Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Chantal has conducted research, published and/or given presentations in the areas of postpartum depression, emotional regulation, empathy, child development, psychophysiology and neural development.
Additionally, she teaches workshops and classes on topics such as:
Therapy Sessions with Dr. Chantal
However, despite her extensive education background and professional training, Dr. Chantal is a down-to-earth individual who both lives and understands the human experience and struggles of daily life. She is warm, friendly, and easy to talk to.
Session with her feel like sitting down with an old friend who takes the time to know and understand you, who can give you a fresh perspective on your situation, and some solid, reliable advice and guidance that can immediately help you begin to improve the quality of your life.
Dr. Gagnon has worked with a broad range of individuals from successful professionals, to high-school students, to homeless individuals, and jail inmates.
She has extensive expertise in a variety of areas, including
- substance abuse and other addictions
- grief and loss
- relationship and marital difficulties
- divorce and life transitions
- adolescent behavior problems
- parenting issues
- eating disorders
- personality disorders
- abuse and trauma
- adjustment difficulties.
Does Going to Therapy Mean I'm Crazy or Mentally Ill?
Sometimes, when new patients come to see me, they're afraid that seeking therapy or counseling, or "professional help" means that something it deeply wrong with them and that the therapist might see them as some kind of freak.
Well, if that's true, I'm right there with you! I went to therapy for the first time when I was nineteen years old, thought I was some kind of female superhero because I was a U.S. Army soldier, but had just experienced a sexual assault. I was very concerned with making sure the therapist knew I wasn't some sort of weak victim, incapable of continuing my job as a domestic violence crisis hotline counselor.
What I learned in the years since then (too many years...let's not mention age LOL), is that ALL of us struggle with issues related to emotional and mental wellness at some point in our lives. Trying to go it alone is not always the smartest, more efficient route. Think about it: every great athlete has a coach, right? Why would you mind be any different. It needs coaching and training just like your body.
Why Therapy / Counseling?
Sometimes, life can get a little overwhelming. Whether it's stress at work, problems at home, or you just haven't been feeling like yourself, counseling can help. Counseling can help you cope with and resolve many different kinds of problems. Counseling can also help you learn about yourself, help you make difficult decisions, and improve your quality of life and overall health. In fact, studies show that up to 87% of people who participate in psychotherapy feel improvement as a result. And the Mayo Clinic reports that psychotherapy is an effective treatment for many issues, but unfortunately no enough people choose to utilize counseling and miss out on the potential benefits.
Dr. Gagnon is also a successful career coach and workshop presenter, helping individuals take their lives to the next level of success, be it a promotion a work, building their own business, and achieve their personal goals.
Our Office Philosophy
Deciding to work with someone to improve your life is a very important and private decision. By committing to this process you are choosing to make an investment in yourself, your health, and your well-being. We admire that wisdom and courage, and believe that you deserve the most personalized service and best quality of care available. That is our commitment to you.
Our office is located in Plantation, FL and is conveniently located 2 minutes from I-595, near Broward Mall.