Years in Practice

25 years +


Edmonton AB T6G0W6 - Canada



Additional Expertise

Parenting Coach, Psychotherapist

I Practice in

Multiple states/provinces, please inquire



I Believe

​In every adult there lurks a child - an eternal child, something that is becoming, is never completed, and calls for unceasing care, attention and education. That is the part of the human personality which wants to develop and become whole. ~ C.G. Jung

About Judith Pinto

I am a Registered Occupational Therapist (Alberta Licence #1015) and Sandplay Therapy Trainee (member of the Canadian Association of Sandplay Therapists), with extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), solution focused coaching (Erickson College), sensory processing, meditation, and executive functioning skills coaching.  My consultations, therapy sessions, and trainings integrate a rich understanding of neurodevelopment, sensory integration, attachment and polyvagal theory and their impacts on development, functioning and relationships throughout the lifespan.

I've worked with neurodiverse children, their parents and adults for almost three decades. Many have had developmental diagnoses (like ADHD, anxiety, Autism, learning disabilities, attachment disorders, develomental delays, FASD). Others have not. All have struggled wtih symptoms that caused distress, conflicts and confusion that made it difficult to get things done and feel good about themselves.

In that time, I've also raised my own "sensitive" child, been a committed guardian to a menagerie of furry and feathery babies, learned a great deal more about sensory, attachment and trauma-focused therapies, and worked through my own experiences of grief and loss. I have also had the privilege of journeying with hundreds of courageous families as they worked to heal and grow. The culmination of those experiences shape who I have become and how I see my role as a therapist - a companion, a witness and a fellow traveller on the scenic, winding trail that is life. I just happen to have a few extra tools in my backpack along with the collective perspectives, experiences and wisdom of all the the clients I have had the privilege of journeying with over the decades. This gives me a more detailed map of the terrain and allows me to be a better trail guide for those I serve.

My maps are based in neuroscience (sensory processing, polyvagal and neurodevelopmental theories) and psychological frames of reference (attachment, individuation and client-centered care).  I offer them in an integrated way, through therapeutic conversations, play and creative activities, with a deep respect and empathy for the unique histories, cultures, needs and perspectives that each individual brings. The focus of my practice with clients of any age, gender or ethnicity is to support them to make sense of their unique lived epxeriences and help them develop and follow their own maps towards healing, growth and loving connections.

In launching Kyokan Connections, I have expanded the focus of my work from a direct therapy practice to include online classes for parents to help them master key parenting skills to help kids learn to manage difficult emotions, problem solve and get on with doing what needs to be done on a daily basis.

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