Laura Cavanagh-Sattin photo portrait


Laura Cavanagh Sattin is the founder of Smart Steps Psychological Services. She has worked in the field of psychological services for 14 years. She has extensive experience in clinical practice with various special populations, including individuals who have experienced trauma, children with ADHD, and teens in foster care. One primary area of her practice has been with individuals with autism and their families. She has been trained in traditional applied behaviour analysis (ABA)-therapy techniques by staff from the Lovaas Institute, and in errorless ABA therapy by Princeton Child Development Institute staff. She has provided direct therapy to individuals with autism, and has consulted to ABA therapy programs and to families.

Laura is passionate about her clinical work. She has provided effective therapeutic support to individuals working through a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, and trauma. She strongly believes that each of us already holds the answers we are searching for, and therapy gives us the key to unlock those solutions and to find the right pathways for our lives. Her positive and supportive approach makes her an effective and trusted therapist.

Laura has provided consultative support to families and professional organizations. She has consulted to foster families accepting high-needs children, professionals supporting exceptional clients, and families facing a variety of challenges to their harmony and functioning. Some of the issues Laura has dealt with in her consultative work include school refusal, behavioural difficulties, and anger management.

Laura has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, and her work is supported by a clinical psychologist. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. She is an adjunct faculty member teaching Psychology at Seneca College.

Before embarking on her career as a clinician, Laura trained as a teacher and taught primary school. She is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers. This gives her special insight into some of the challenges students face within the school system. When not at work, Laura can be found spending time with her husband and two young children.