Our Team – Psychologists & Therapists

Dr. Marla McGregor, C. Psych, Co-director

Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist

Dr. Marla McGregor is a registered Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She currently works in private practice providing both assessment and treatment services in the areas of counselling, clinical and rehabilitation psychology.

Dr. McGregor has a broad base of training and experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, anger and stress management. She also has extensive experience assessing and treating individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents and are struggling with issues such as chronic pain, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other interpersonal problems.

Dr. McGregor has also recently undergone extensive training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), an empirically validated and best practice approach for trauma and stress. She also works with individuals who are on short or long disability from their place of employment, working with insurance companies and human resources to help facilitate a successful and sustainable return to work.

Read Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist Dr. Marla McGregor‘s full bio and services.

Dr. Marla McGregor works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Maria Antoniou, C.Psych, Co-director

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Maria Antoniou is a registered Clinical Psychologist working in private practice providing both assessment and treatment services in the areas of counselling and clinical psychology. Dr. Antoniou has a breadth of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Antoniou has a special interest in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders.

Read Clinical and Counselling Psychologist Dr. Maria Antoniou‘s full bio and services.

Dr. Maria Antoniou works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Jenn Deffendall, C.Psych., Director of Clinical Services - Oakville & Hamilton

Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist

Dr. Jenn Deffendall is a registered Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida.  She currently works in private practice providing comprehensive assessment and treatment services in the areas of clinical and rehabilitation psychology.  Dr. Deffendall has extensive training and experience working with a range of problems including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, health-related issues including chronic pain, and addictions (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and other substances). She primarily works within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework, with the ability to integrate elements of specialized treatments such as; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), as needed to ensure treatment is effective.

Read Psychologist Dr. Jenn Deffendall‘s full bio and services.

Dr. Jenn Deffendall works out of the Oakville Location

Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn Headshot - Clinical Psychologist and Director of Clinical Services at The Therapy Centre in Toronto

Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn, C.Psych., Director of Clinical Services - Toronto

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn received her PhD in psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She completed her predoctoral residency training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Mood and Anxiety Program. Her areas of interest and expertise include diagnostic assessment and the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She has a particular interest in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Panic Disorder.

Dr. Abrahamsohn has extensive experience and training in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in a variety of settings. At the Therapy Centre, Dr. Abrahamsohn provides individual CBT treatment for adults (18+) presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, social anxiety and shyness, relationship difficulties, self-esteem and stress management issues.

Dr. Abrahamsohn works from a collaborative, client-centred framework in developing treatment plans.  She endeavours to build a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients that then forms the basis of their work together.

She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT) and the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Abrahamsohn is also CACBT-ACTCC Certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Dr. Rixi Abrahamsohn works out of the Toronto Location.

Marlene Almeida - Registered Social Worker at The Therapy Centre Oakville - Hamilton

Marlene Almeida, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Marlene Almeida is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto specializing in mental health. Currently she works in private practice supporting individuals (ages 16+) who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, low-self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal issues, and relationship issues. Marlene has a special interest in supporting Transitional Age Youth and post-secondary students navigating life transitions.

Marlene has worked in the mental health field for over 8 years in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health centres, schools and residential programs. This has allowed Marlene to develop a deep and broad understanding of how mental health challenges impact individuals in all areas of their lives.

Marlene utilizes a variety of evidence- based therapeutic approaches tailored to the individual needs of her clients. She has training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Trauma Informed Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches.

Marlene is passionate about taking a collaborative and person-centred approach in therapy. She works with clients to build on existing strengths while also sharing new skills and practical coping strategies to improve well-being. She enjoys providing a safe space that is warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental. Clients find Marlene relatable and easy to talk to.

Marlene is a Registered Social Worker and is in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Marlene Almeida works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Ambreen Basria

Dr. Ambreen Basria, C.Psych. (Supervised Practice) ON LEAVE UNTIL FALL 2021

Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

ON LEAVE UNTIL FALL 2021

Dr. Ambreen Basria is a Psychologist that completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counselling from Loma Linda University in California in 2011. She completed her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine in 2014.

At The Therapy Centre she provides assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, families, and adults.

Dr. Basria has a wide range of interests from working with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relational issues, developmental disorders, adjustment disorders, stress, low self-esteem, and parenting challenges.  She has worked with LGBTQ populations, and has specialized knowledge working with individuals identifying as trans or non-binary.

Dr. Basria works from a solution focused, humanistic approach to therapy. She uses principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to help clients find relatable and applicable interventions to use in their day-to-day life.

Dr. Basria also has a therapy dog that can provide support during sessions to anyone that requests the presence of her therapy dog. Her dog, Bella, has been certified as a Canine Good Citizen. She has previously provided therapeutic support to children, adolescents, and adults at an inpatient facility. She is great for providing support during difficult sessions and for teaching social skills as needed. To schedule a session with Bella, please discuss this further with Dr. Basria to arrange for her presence in your sessions.

Dr. Basria’s previous work experiences include both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked in school, community mental health and correctional facility settings.

Dr. Basria works at the Oakville Location.

Julie Barasevic, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Julie Barasevic is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) with a clinical focus. Currently she works in private practice supporting individuals, couples, and families through various life challenges. She counsels children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

Julie has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trauma Therapy (EMDR), which has extensive research in successively supporting people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Julie has also trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples and has great interest in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for individuals. She works with a variety of life concerns, such as mood disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues. In addition, Julie is a Mindfulness-Based counsellor, and teaches coping strategies and mindful living. Julie has trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Additionally, she is a Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner (NLP) with over 10 years of experience.

Previously, Julie counselled in private practice in Oakville and worked alongside a multidisciplinary team with a holistic focus. She was also a medical social worker providing community care in Hamilton.

Julie is compassionate, non-judgmental and her therapeutic approach is client-centred. She offers a supportive, safe environment so clients feel comfortable being their authentic self. She feels honoured working alongside her clients, witnessing their lives unfold into new beginnings.

Julie is a Registered Social Worker and is part of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Julie Barasevic works at the Oakville Location and Hamilton Location.

Kyla Baird, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Therapist

Kyla Baird, M.A., is a Ph.D Candidate who works with children, adolescents and families and has a breadth of experience in comprehensive psychological assessments, individual, group and family-based therapies.

She has interests and experience in working with children and youth with anxiety disorders and mood disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), self-esteem difficulties, Eating Disorders and behaviour problems. Kyla incorporates elements of interpersonal therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in treatment. She has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders and uses Family-Based Therapy as the primary intervention.

Read Clinical Therapist Kyla Baird‘s full bio and services.

Kyla Baird works at the Oakville Location.

Souha Bawab, M.A. Psych. Associate

Psychological Associate

Souha Bawab has a master’s degree in psychology and over 8 years of experience providing therapy.

Souha has extensive training in short-term psychodynamic therapy and also heavily relies on behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, and experiential interventions in her work. Souha is passionate about helping people with mood and anxiety symptoms, relationship issues, problems resulting from loss or traumatic experiences, addictions, and self-defeating behaviours.

Souha believes that the engine to every therapy is the client’s goals. Using a warm and collaborative approach, Souha works with her clients to help them uncover what is getting in the way of achieving their goals.

Souha has worked in a hospital setting for general mental health, and residential and outpatient settings treating mental health and addictions via individual and group psychotherapy. Souha has co-authored several publications in scientific journals and taught a course at the university level.

Psychological Associate Souha Bawab works at the Oakville Location.

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Tammy Benwell, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Tammy Benwell is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) with a clinical focus. Tammy was previously a medical social worker providing mental health support in an acute mental health hospital. Currently she works in private practice supporting individuals, couples, and families through various life challenges. She treats adolescents, adults and seniors.

She engages in a variety of therapeutic modalities best suited to each unique client. She has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trauma Therapy (EMDR). She has recently completed an Intensive Sex Therapy course through the University of Guelph and is interested in the following aspects of sex therapy; aging sexuality, porn use, sexuality after loss/traumatic events and sex & dating after separation/divorce. Tammy works with a variety of life concerns, such as anxiety, depression, stress, grief, trauma, self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues.

Tammy believes in fostering a collaborative, therapeutic relationship within which clients are best able to direct their own care. She embraces an eclectic therapeutic orientation in her practice, tailoring interventions to meet the client’s individualized needs. Tammy’s philosophy is best described as one which helps clients understand their role and their ability to achieve their desired happiness.

Tammy is a Registered Social Worker and is in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Tammy Benwell works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Melanie Cochrane, C. Psych.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Psychologist

Dr. Melanie Cochrane, C. Psych is a Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologist of Ontario with practice areas in Clinical Psychology (with children, adolescents and adults) and Neuropsychology (with adults and seniors). She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Victoria.

She currently works in private practice providing both assessment and treatment services in the areas of clinical psychology and neuropsychology.

Dr. Cochrane is experienced in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment issues, stress management, and self-esteem. She provides individual therapy using a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy, and cognitive processing therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Cochrane’s professional background includes diverse training and clinical experience in both psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment at Baycrest Health Centre, West Park Healthcare Centre, Victoria General Hospital, Saanich Child and Youth Mental Health, Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Cochrane provides a warm and empathic approach to clinical care. She is interested in helping her clients find meaning and engage in their lives in a purposeful way. Dr. Cochrane feels great privilege in being able to join her clients on their unique journey toward healing and wellness.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Psychologist Dr. Melanie Cochrane works at the Oakville Location.

Mary Cook, M.Ed., RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Mary Cook received her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. Mary offers strategies from both the Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) models with a goal to helping her clients achieve their goals and regain a sense of well-being and balance in their lives.

She enjoys working with all ages, helping children, adolescents and adults develop effective strategies to manage a variety of difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship and work stress, general stress management, self-esteem issues as well as grief and loss. In addition to individual counselling, Mary also has extensive training and experience with Couples Therapy.

Read Psychotherapist Mary Cook‘s full bio and services.

Mary Cook works out of the Oakville Location

Alcina Coutinho, Psychometrist

Alcina Coutinho, M.Sc.

Psychometrist

Alcina has a Master’s degree in Psychology with a focus on Behavioural Neuroscience from McMaster University. In addition, she has completed graduate coursework to register with the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board and is currently completing coursework to register with College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists and/or Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals.

Alcina currently works in private practice under the supervision of a clinical psychologist conducting assessments for children with developmental concerns such as learning disorders, ADHD, giftedness, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Alcina has more than 9 years experience working as a psychometrist with ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, conducting diagnostic, psychoeducational, and behavioural assessments for children with ASD and other developmental concerns. She has worked on an inter-professional team of developmental pediatricians, clinical psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behaviour therapists, providing a holistic approach to assessment and treatment of children.

Alcina also has several years of experience as a Senior Therapist with Autism Services at ErinoakKids, Trillium Health Centre, and McMaster Children’s Hospital. She used her training in Applied Behaviour Analysis to conduct behavioural assessments, write treatment plans, and provide family-focused coaching to parents and caregivers. She also conducted workshops and consulted with school boards in the Halton and Peel regions through the Connections for Student program

Alcina Coutinho works out of the Oakville Location.

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Nicole Daniel, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Nicole Daniel is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW), and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She has a Master of Social Work degree from York University, and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor.

Nicole currently works at Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital) and in private practice with children, adolescents, and families. Nicole has over 10 years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy. She has strong clinical skills to address a variety of mental health concerns including mood and anxiety disorders, emotion regulation, suicidality, self-harm, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, self-esteem, and interpersonal issues. Nicole has extensive training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI) approaches.

Nicole’s professional background includes positions at Trillium Health Partners, Kinark Child and Family Services, and York Support Services Network.

A collaborative person-centered approach and warm environment is provided by Nicole to assist individuals and families in reaching improved health and well-being.

Nicole Daniel works at the Oakville Location.

Samantha Daskaluk - Clinical Therapist at The Therapy Centre in Oakville and Hamilton

Samantha Daskaluk, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Therapist

Samantha Daskaluk obtained her M.A. in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor, where she is currently completing her Ph.D. Her research focuses on young women’s experiences with cyber sexual and dating aggression and how it impacts their mental health and relationships. Sam provides assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, and parents.

Before joining The Therapy Centre, Sam obtained training in a variety of settings: a university clinic, a community mental health center, private practices, a school board, and outpatient hospital services. She has extensive training in psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessments. With respect to therapy, she was trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and child-focused therapies, and has experience with Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Sam works with children and adolescents who are experiencing a variety of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion dysregulation, OCD, ADHD, aggression, body image issues, and others.

Sam focuses on building a safe and warm atmosphere for clients using empathy, collaboration, and genuine positive regard. She values the inclusion of parents in treatment.

Samantha Daskaluk works at the Oakville Location and the Hamilton Location.

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Aditi Gulati, M.A., C.Psych. (Interim Autonomous Practice)

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Aditi Gulati, M.A. C. Psych., is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with practice areas in Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology. Aditi is also a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta. In addition, Aditi is a Registered Psychotherapist in autonomous good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Aditi Gulati has a Master’s degree in Psychology and is very passionate about providing client-centered therapy using evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Aditi has over 8 years of experience in performing psychotherapy, psychological assessment & counselling with adults, couples and youth in hospital settings, residential and outpatient settings treating mental health and addictions via individual psychotherapy. Aditi has worked in various mental health and addictions centers such as CMHA, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and Hope Place Centers.

Aditi is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu and has worked extensively with refugees and new immigrants who are exposed to trauma. She has provided domestic violence counselling to court mandated clients. Aditi has worked with clients struggling with substance use from both an abstinence & harm reduction model to help them in their recovery. Aditi has also extensively worked with families helping them cope with their loved ones addiction issues. Aditi has special interest in supporting individuals with trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationship issues, substance use and self-esteem issues.

Aditi uses innovative therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Informed therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) to help her clients achieve their goals. She creates a safe environment for her clients and empowers her clients by helping them learn the skills to cope with difficult emotions.

Aditi Gulati works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Sarah Haller - Clinical Therapist - The Therapy Centre Oakville

Dr. Sarah Haller, C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Sarah Haller completed her PhD in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. She provides both assessment and treatment services to adults.

Sarah is experienced in the assessment and treatment of adults with mood and anxiety disorders, and has a special interest in eating disorders. Her approach to therapy integrates a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). In addition, Sarah makes use of the therapy relationship to help her clients identify patterns in their interactions with her that may also be occurring with others in their lives. Sarah has been teaching yoga for over a decade and is skilled in helping clients use their breath as a tool for calming the mind and body.

Sarah’s professional background includes training experiences in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs at Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital,  North York General Hospital, and Eastern Health, as well as university counselling, private practice, and community mental health settings.

Sarah is warm and empathic and holds a deep appreciation for the courage it can take to seek help and support. She brings to her sessions her mental health expertise and trust in her clients’ own wisdom of what changes they need to make in order to become their most authentic selves.

Dr. Sarah Haller works at the Oakville Location.

Amyna Kanji BA&Sc, GDip

Psychometrist

Amyna completed her combined Bachelor of Arts & Science in Psychology and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. She has also completed graduate coursework towards an MA in Clinical Psychology.

She has worked in various institutions including the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Jewish General Hospital Child Outpatient Psychiatry Department in Montreal.

Amyna has been trained on a multitude of assessment tools and has worked with culturally diverse patient populations of all ages.

Amyna currently works in private practice under the supervision of registered psychologists, conducting assessments for children with developmental concerns such as learning disorders and ADHD.

Amyna Kanji works at the Oakville Location.

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Melinda Krynen Hill, RP, MEd, MPH

Registered Psychotherapist

Melinda Krynen Hill is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). She received her Master’s in Education in Counseling Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE) and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alberta. Melinda currently works in private practice offering individual therapy services.

Melinda’s approach to therapy is holistic, strength-based and client-centered.

Her practice is informed by evidence-based models of care including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Interventions. Mindfulness is a cornerstone of Melinda’s psychotherapy approach and treatment. She has over eight years of training in Mindfulness Based Interventions. She has studied and facilitated Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) programs and is a trained facilitator of the Mindfulness Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM) Program through the NeuroNova Centre for Mindful Solutions. Personally, she has been practicing Mindfulness Meditation for ten years.

Melinda has a special interest in rehabilitation and recovery from injury or health crisis. She has particular expertise working with chronic health concerns including chronic pain, complex health conditions (e.g. rare diseases, autoimmune), post-concussive syndrome and associated mental health concerns such as health anxiety, depression and adjustment difficulties. She also has experience working with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety, panic, stress, life transitions and relationship issues

Melinda Krynen Hill works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Mich Monette, C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Mich Monette completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Windsor. She provides both assessment and treatment services to adults.

Mich is experienced in the assessment and treatment of adults with mood and anxiety disorders and has a special interest in chronic pain and medically complex cases. Her approach to therapy integrates a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), along with individually tailored interventions targeted at increasing daily and interpersonal functioning.

Mich’s professional background includes training experiences in inpatient and outpatient settings at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Hamilton General Hospital and Regional Rehabilitation Centre, McMaster University Medical Centre, and Windsor Regional Hospital. She has also worked in university assessment clinics, private practice, and community mental health settings.

Mich is supportive and empathetic and tries to work collaboratively with clients to empower them to achieve their treatment goals and take steps to making lasting behaviour changes that will improve their overall quality of life and well-being.

Dr. Mich Monette works at the Hamilton location.

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Dr. Nadine Mourad, C. Psych (Starting July 2021)

Clinical, Educational and Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Nadine Mourad is a registered Clinical Psychologist with experience in educational and clinical psychology. She has worked in private and school settings, evaluating and treating children and adolescents with Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sleep disorders, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression. Dr. Mourad also provides counselling services for families in English, French and Arabic. She has a special interest in the evaluation and counselling of children, adolescents and young adults with Autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Mourad also has experience working with immigrant populations as well as indigenous groups in urban settings.

Dr. Nadine Mourad works at the Oakville Location. (Starting in July 2021)

Katarina O'Donnell, M.C., C.Psych

Psychologist

Katarina O’Donnell is a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. She currently works in private practice providing treatment services to adults. Katarina’s professional background includes a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. In the past, Katarina has worked with young adults in a university counselling centre and adults of various ages in family physician clinics.

Katarina works within a framework that incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT). Katarina has worked with adults to resolve concerns including depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, emotional regulation, and life transitions.

Read Psychologist Katarina O’Donnell‘s full bio and services.

Katarina O’Donnell works out of the Oakville Location

Wajma Omer Psychotherapist - The Therapy Centre in Oakville

Wajma Omer, MSc. Psych., RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Wajma Omer is a Registered Psychotherapist and holds an MSc. in Mental Health Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Wajma has over 15 years’ experience in providing psychotherapy and mental health support to adults, youth, and families, addressing issues such as stress management, ADHD, emotional difficulties, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, relationship difficulties, parenting, and family conflict.

Wajma is passionate about using a holistic and client-centred approach in establishing therapeutic alliance with her clients to support them in developing solutions and coping strategies to manage their emotional well-being.  Her main framework includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI). She also has extensive training in Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST).  Aside from her private practice, Wajma has been working at an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto for over 14 years providing individual and family therapy as well as psycho-educational support groups for parents and youth.

Previously she has also worked as an addiction counsellor at an ethno-specific mental health agency providing addiction counselling to youth using a harm reduction approach.  Wajma also provides therapy and psychoeducation in Dari for those clients seeking language specific support.

Wajma is in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Wajma Omer works out of the Oakville Location.

Dr. Simrat Kaur Padda, C.Psych

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist - ON LEAVE UNTIL FALL 2021

Dr. Padda is only leave until Fall 2021.

Dr. Padda is a registered Psychologist who received her Master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Toronto, and her Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine California.  Dr. Padda currently works in private practice, providing assessment and counselling services to adolescents and adults.

Dr. Padda’s clinical experience and areas of interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, relational issues, academic-related anxiety, and inter-generational conflict.  Dr. Padda has worked extensively with individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents, as well as WSIB.

Dr. Padda takes an integrative approach to therapy, tailoring treatment to the needs and dispositions of her clients.  Her main framework includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness training, with elements of motivational interviewing, cognitive processing for trauma, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) integrated as required.

Dr. Padda has a breadth of experience working in outpatient care.  She has worked at the York University Counselling Centre, has provided psychological services on reservations within the rural town of Burns Lakes, BC, has worked with youth in the foster care system, provided in-depth assessment and therapy at a community clinic in Oakland, California, and was the leading therapist at a high school in northern California.  More recently, Dr. Padda has been working in private practice providing assessment and treatment to individuals with a wide range of issues.

Dr. Padda recognizes the strength and bravery therapy entails, and ensures to provide her clients with a safe and collaborative environment.  There is always an emphasis on building and fostering a supportive therapeutic relationship, which is the foundation that most effectively allows for personal growth.

Dr. Padda provides assessment and therapy in Punjabi and English.

Dr. Padda is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

Dr. Padda works out of the Oakville Location

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Alexandra Podgorska, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Alexandra Podgorska is a Registered Psychotherapist who received her Master’s degree from Yorkville University in Counselling Psychology. Alexandra currently works in private practice providing services to individuals ages 12 and over. Her areas of focus include trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, coping skills, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, and stress. Alexandra takes on an eclectic approach to therapy by taking into consideration a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create an ideal treatment plan to address one’s specific needs.

Alexandra uses techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and a Client-Centered Approach. She also has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trauma Therapy (EMDR) as well as Brain Spotting, a focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms.

Alexandra is a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP).

Alexandra Podgorska works at the Oakville Location.

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Allison Ross, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Allison Ross is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers. She received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from McMaster University. She has over 15 years experience working in community and hospital mental health services.

Allison has a specific interest in working with women during the perinatal period, who may also be struggling with anxiety, depression and/or the grief associated with miscarriage, pregnancy loss and infertility. Allison has specialized training approved by Postpartum Support International in Maternal Mental Health.

Allison provides a warm therapeutic space for individuals (16+) who are experiencing challenges with mood, anxiety, self -esteem, emotion regulation, stress or adjustment to a variety of life challenges and transitions. She also assists people who want to make changes to behaviours associated with eating disorder symptoms, impulsivity and substance use.

Within her collaborative approach, Allison draws on evidence-based treatments to develop a plan of intervention best suited to the needs of each individual. She has experience and training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Her practice is also informed by Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) .

Allison enjoys supporting others to build on their existing strengths and explore new ways of coping. She is an authentic and enthusiastic therapist and is honoured to partner with individuals as they journey towards improved emotional well-being.

Allison Ross works at the Oakville Location.

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Shankari Sharma

Clinical Therapist

Shankari Sharma has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and she has also completed three years of Ph.D. studies in Clinical Psychology. She is currently working toward registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Her areas of interest and proficiency include diagnostic assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, assertiveness, stress and burnout, anger management, and personality disorders. She has a particular interest in the treatment of PTSD, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, and the variety of individual and interpersonal sequelae of traumatic experiences.

Shankari has extensive training and specialization in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in a variety of settings. She also has the training and ability to integrate elements of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT), and the Gottman Method, as needed to ensure effective treatment.

At the Therapy Centre, Shankari provides individual and couple therapy for adults (18+). She continuously educates herself on LGBTQ2+ concerns, anti-racism efforts, indigenous issues in Canada, and immigration-related and refugee-related mental health concerns. She is dedicated to learning about the mental health needs of Ontario’s diverse communities and offering evidence-based assessment and treatment tailored to clients’ unique needs.

Shankari Sharma works at the Toronto Location.

Headshot of Alison Smethurst - Registered Social Worker at The Therapy Centre in Oakville

Alison Smethurst, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Alison Smethurst is a registered Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Ryerson University. Alison provides a genuine and empathetic approach while striving to create a safe space where individuals feel comfortable being their authentic self.  She currently works in private practice with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She also works at the Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Alison has training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).  Additionally, her training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) allow her to help individuals understand the impact of their emotional experiences and how they can support their own healing through emotion processing.

Alison has experience working with children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidality in her role at McMaster Children’s Hospital.  In addition, she works to support individuals, couples and families through a variety of challenges including life transitions, self esteem, workplace stress, grief and loss as well as interpersonal and relationship difficulties. Alison has a special interest in working with parents with children who experience social-emotional and/or behavioural challenges and is certified to run Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) workshops.

Alison is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Alison Smethurst works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Tara Smith, C.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Tara Smith is a registered Clinical Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She works with children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Smith completed her early training in Ottawa, Ontario at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She also previously worked in school settings. Dr. Smith’s professional background includes over 10 years of experience as a staff Psychologist at Trillium Health Partners (Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga) in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program.

Dr. Smith has a breadth of experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, selective mutism, tic disorders, emotional dysregulation, adjustment difficulties, behavioural problems, self-esteem difficulties, and stress management. She has a special interest in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other related disorders (i.e. Trichotillomania) in children and adolescents. Dr. Smith has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but also has training in other therapeutic models, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Dr. Smith provides a warm, safe and supportive environment for all clients. She strongly believes in utilizing a collaborative approach that incorporates families in the treatment process.

Dr. Tara Smith is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Ontario Psychological Association.

Dr. Tara Smith works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Susan Sprokay, C.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Susan Sprokay is a clinical psychologist who completed her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. At The Therapy Centre, she provides assessment and treatment services to adults in the context of a genuine and compassionate therapist-client relationship.

Dr. Sprokay’s clinical experiences and interests involve treating individuals presenting with a variety of concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, adjusting to life changes, coping with grief and loss, and helping her clients increase their understanding of the way they engage with the world and with themselves. Dr. Sprokay draws on her training in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy techniques, incorporating humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to best support positive changes in her clients’ lives.

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Dr. Susan Sprokay works out of the Oakville Location

Becca Stein - Clinical Therapist at The Therapy Centre in Toronto

Becca Stein, M.A.

Clinical Therapist

Becca Stein has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and over 5 years of experience providing individual psychotherapy and diagnostic assessments. She is currently working toward registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She mainly works with adult clients in the community setting.

She has interest and experience working with both neurotypical and neurodiverse adults (i.e., those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity or autism spectrum disorders), with her primary focus of treatment being mood and anxiety disorders. She has also worked with clients on a wide range of other issues, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion regulation difficulties, problematic substance use and body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., trichotillomania).

Becca works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework, but often incorporates elements of other therapeutic modalities, such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She is also comfortable and experienced working in a less structured way to support clients through stressors, life transitions or areas of personal growth (e.g., gender transitioning, career changes, grief).

Becca believes that genuine and collaborative curiosity can lay a strong foundation for treatment success. Her approach has been described as warm and authentic, with a little bit of humour mixed in.

Becca Stein works at the Toronto Location.

Kerri Stone, M.S.c., R.P.

Registered Psychotherapist

Kerri Stone is a Registered Psychotherapist, having maintained registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario since 2016. Her integrated educational and career journey in the field of children’s mental health has spanned 20 years and includes a 3-year diploma program in Child & Youth Work, a 4-year BA in Psychology with specialization in Developmental Psychology, and a Master’s of Science degree in Pediatric Psychosocial Care. Prior to entering private practice, Kerri maintained a long-standing career with an accredited children’s mental health agency supporting children, parents, and families to achieve greater mental wellness. She has also held positions providing clinical services in youth residential programs as well as both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings.

Kerri shares specialized knowledge and experience in infant, child, and adolescent mental health and development. She is passionate about enhancing mental wellness by providing children, youth, parents, and families with support and strategies to maintain optimal family functioning and parent-child relationships. She has extensive experience treating anxiety and related disorders, emotion regulation challenges, depression, OCD, self-esteem, ADHD, relationship difficulties, self-harming behaviour and traumatic stress.

Kerri’s practice is informed by attachment, development, and trauma-based approaches. Her training and experience comprises the frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She also holds specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is in the final process of attaining certification at the national-level in this framework.

Kerri Stone brings special ability and attention to the enhancement of the therapeutic relationship implementing a collaborative, strengths-based approach while demonstrating empathy and compassion for all family members and their experiences.

Kerri Stone works at the Hamilton Location.

Juliette Tilbury, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Juliette Tilbury is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from York University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from The University of Waterloo.

Juliette currently works in private practice with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She provides support to clients experiencing life transitions, grief, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addictions, parenting, as well as school and behavioural issues. Juliette engages in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and a variety of other therapeutic modalities best suited to each unique client. Particular areas of focus have included: children’s mental health, treatment of self-harm behaviours, and crisis and suicide intervention.

Juliette is honoured to be supporting clients as they gain lifelong coping and problem-solving skills and develop mindfulness in their daily living. Providing a client-centred, inclusive, and safe experience is her first priority in practice.

Juliette Tilbury works at both the Oakville Location and the Hamilton Location.