We believe that every person, big or small, has the right to be respected, be understood, be heard, and be supported.

Founded by Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych., The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic offers support through parent consultation, Parenting 2.0 consultation and groups, counselling, psycho-educational assessments, autism assessments, learning programs and support, and workshops. We have a caring team of highly-skilled and approachable Registered Psychologists, Registered Clinical Counsellors, and other professionals who have expertise in supporting infants, children, young adults and parents.

Parent Consultation
Our clinicians provide parent consultation, seeing each parent as the true expert on their child. Parent consultation involves deeply understanding your child and yourself in order to make sense of challenging behaviors and other symptoms.
Parenting 2.0 Consultation 

Parenting 2.0 consultations involve 4 highly focused sessions that will allow parents and/or caregivers to individually apply the concepts of attachment, development, and consciousness to your parenting journey and the growth experiences of your child.

We have a team of highly skilled clinicians who are able to provide support to infants, children, adolescents, young adults, and parents.
Psychoeducational Assessments

Our registered psychologists have completed intensive and comprehensive assessment & counselling training. With this dual focus they are brilliantly positioned to bring a holistic lens to each psychoeducational assessment they complete.


We are proud to offer the opportunity to collaborate with parents, educators, childcare providers, early interventionists, mental health clinicians, and other professionals, community members, and “big people” in supporting children via the delivery of a variety of workshop topics.

Learning Programs & Support
Our support team is standing by to bring additional understanding to your child’s unique learning profile, and help you with planning programs and support following your child’s psychoeducational assessment.
Getting Started
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At The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic, we strive to create an environment of nurturing support. Our collective goal is to ensure each of our clients and families has their needs addressed skillfully and with compassion.

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe

Dr Vanessa Lapointe, R. Psych. (#1856) Clinic Founder

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting educator, and registered psychologist (British Columbia #1856) who has been supporting families and children for more than fifteen years. Dr. Vanessa is the author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up and Parenting Right From The Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler Years, regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organizations promoting emotional health and development. Dr. Vanessa oversees the amazing work we do here at The Wishing Star, continues to see clients clinically, and is integrally involved with the Parenting 2.0 consultations and groups within the clinic, alongside David Loyst. You can read more about Dr Vanessa’s clinical work here:

For more information about Dr. Vanessa, her best-selling books, media, speaking and everything else, please click on the button below:


David Loyst
Clinic Co-Director
Parent Consultant

Dr. Tim Johnston
Registered Psychologist (B.C. #2202

Dr. Erin van der Pauw
Registered Psychologist (B.C. #1804)

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Keli Johnston

Dr. Sukhjeevan Kaur Assessment Clinician

Dr. Diana Jahnsen
Assessment Clinician

Jenny Fang
Registered Clinical Counsellor


Rachel Maja
Assessment Clinician

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Coralee Curby
Assessment Clinician

Dr. Priya Sandhu
Assessment Clinician

Dr Vanessa Lapointe is a best-selling author of Discipline Without Damage: How To Get Your Kids To Behave Without Messing Them Up. Her newest book, Parenting Right From The Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in The Infant and Toddlers Years is available now! Learn more about Dr Vanessa’s books and how to order your copies via the link below!