His theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral; however, he also incorporates emotionally-focused and interpersonal theories into his practice. Dr. Zahradnik believes that the ultimate purpose of therapy is to help the individual improve his or her quality of life and, as such, he works collaboratively with his clients to help them set, reach, and maintain their goals. Dr. Zahradnik works with his clients to achieve meaningful change by helping them explore how feelings, thoughts, and behaviours interact with each other, and how changes in one area can often lead to changes in others.
Dr. Zahradnik obtained an Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University in Toronto, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University. He completed his pre-doctoral residency in Clinical Psychology at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. He has been awarded several provincial scholarships throughout his training including scholarships from both the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, and the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (Canadian Institutes of Health Research). His graduate research primarily involved partnering with a First Nations community to understand the relation between exposure to violence, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, depressive symptoms, resilience, and alcohol misuse in school attending adolescents. He has published his research in a variety of journals and has presented his findings at regional, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Zahradnik’s training has included clinical experience with adolescent and adult populations in civilian, forensic, and military hospitals. During his extensive and broad training, Dr. Zahradnik gained experience in psychoeducation and cognitive assessment, comprehensive assessment for the purpose of pensions, behavior management, neuropsychology, individual therapy, inpatient assessment and treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, and eating disorders. As part of Dr. Zahradnik’s graduate research, he was actively involved in community-based Knowledge Translation activities. These efforts involved presenting the results of his research to the various groups in the community that he partnered with (e.g., school staff, mental health professionals, and the community boards of both Education and Health) as well as giving psychoeducation-based workshops to interested students. He also organized training opportunities for community service providers in the areas of both mental health and resilience.
In support of the profession, Dr. Zahradnik maintains memberships in each of the national, provincial, and local psychological associations. These associations encourage the scientific pursuit of greater understanding of human behaviour and the better provision of quality health care to the public. Dr. Zahradnik continues his professional development through regular lectures, workshops, conferences, and keeping current with the scientific and clinical literature.