Geneviève LaRoche is a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a doctoral affiliate of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Sexology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her doctoral research is being conducted at the Institut de recherches et d’études féministes of UQAM and focuses on the social support mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder receive from the members of their social network.
Geneviève has numerous years of experience with children and their families, particularly children presenting behavioural issues and developmental disorders. She has also worked with teenagers and adults experiencing a range of difficulties such as self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Although Geneviève’s work draws mostly on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles, her approach is tailored to meet the needs and particularities of each of her clients. Geneviève’s therapeutic style is best described as warm and engaging. Through her work, she wishes to enable her clients to adopt a balanced lifestyle and live a life that is in harmony with their goals and values. Before joining our team, Geneviève received formal training at the Centre de Services Psychologiques of UQAM. She has also acquired experience working in a private cognitive behavioural clinic.
Geneviève is an advocate for the health and well-being of university students. She is the founder of The Happiness Legacy, an initiative that aims to empower university students to better manage their health and well-being. She spearheaded this project in order to share her knowledge and passion for student health with younger students who are starting their journey into academia and adulthood. By doing so, she hopes to broaden the conversation about well-being in the student community and offer tools and information to students wishing to better their health. Geneviève’s implication in The Happiness Legacy has allowed her to organize multiple activities for students, such as get-togethers between like-minded students, a hiking day and yoga classes on campus. Geneviève strongly believes in the importance of daily self-care behaviours, such as stress-management, getting sufficient sleep and exercising, and hopes to instil her passion for well-being into each student she reaches through her project.
In her spare time, Geneviève loves going on long walks, baking delicious treats for her loved ones, exercising with friends and spending quality time with her family members and two adorable bunnies. Geneviève is also an avid reader and podcast listener. Her favourite podcasts include Hidden Brain, Other People’s Problems and Mic Drop.