Cavelle Chai-Hong-Delfosse holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, who has studied and worked at various prestigious Caribbean clinics and academic institutions. While attending The University of the West Indies (UWI), she conducted research focused on social support and families with children who had developmental difficulties and were seeking medical support from the Mt Hope Pediatric Development Outpatient Clinic, Trinidad W.I. She is a member of The Jamaican Psychological Society (JAMPSYCH), registered with The Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) and licensed with Cayman Islands Council for Professions Allied with Medicine(CPAM).
She possesses extensive clinical training and experience working in multicultural and multiethnic environments. She specializes in working with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum and their families with focus on understanding autism and any additional mental health challenges that may be present. This includes social communication difficulties, stress and anxiety, sensory issues and supporting families. She is trained and certified in conducting diagnostic evaluations including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R).
Her skill set includes specialized assessments such as Neurodevelopmental assessments (e.g., autism spectrum conditions - ASC), Trauma Informed Mental Health assessments and Harmful Sexual Behaviour risk assessments. She also offers individual therapy, systemic family therapy, parent support, and clinical group intervention programs. She is a certified provider for The Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior – UCLA’s PEERS® program. This includes social skills group training targeting children, adolescents and young adults with ASC, Neurodevelopmental conditions, and other social skills challenges.
Cavelle is trained in a variety of clinical and classroom assessment tools for both children and adults, and therapeutic approaches such as - Theraplay® attachment based play therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Person Centered Therapy (PCT) and Psychoanalytic Therapy. Her expertise includes the treatment of mental health difficulties including but not limited to anxiety, depression, harmful sexual behaviours, suicide ideation, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attachment difficulties.
Cavelle’s clinical interest and training is in working with all forms of diversity, be it neurodiversity, gender and sexual diversity or cultural diversity, and the impact of that on mental health. She is also experienced in adapting her work for persons with neurodevelopmental conditions and/or lower cognitive functioning. Cavelle is working towards her certificate in complex trauma and dissociative disorders from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSSTD) as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training.
Cavelle is an ASL & TTSL Sign Language user and is the proud parent to a child with a hearing impairment. She uses her personal experiences and clinical knowledge to better understand her clients and their families’ challenges. Her voluntary work and clinical interest in diversity of any kind has led her to volunteering at various children’s residential homes and with the North Central Regional Health Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (NCRHA-TT) to help raise mental health awareness and provide treatment services to vulnerable and at-risk persons.
Cavelle is passionate and committed to her work and this is seen through her empathic interactions with her clients. She is an advocate for the voiceless and her work is focused on the inclusion and integration of minority groups to ensure that they are given fair and equal opportunities. Her treatment approach takes a holistic view by working with the family as a unit and recognizing the uniqueness of every individual and family working with her clients’ best interests in mind.