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 both the Oakville Location and the Hamilton 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 both the Oakville Location and the Hamilton Location.

Dr. Ambreen Basria

Dr. Ambreen Basria, Psy.D

Clinical Therapist

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 CBT and 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

Clinical 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 (EMDR) Trauma Therapy, 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 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 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 both the Oakville Location and the 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, self-esteem difficulties, Eating Disorders and behaviour problems. Kyla incorporates elements of interpersonal therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy 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 (Supervised Practice)

Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice)

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 (Supervised Practice) Souha Bawab works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Melanie Cochrane, C. Psych (Supervised Practice)

Clinical and Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Melanie Cochrane, C. Psych (Supervised Practice) 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, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive processing therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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 and Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) 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

Dr. Ilana Davine, C.Psych.

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Ilana Davine is a psychologist who completed her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) at the Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. At The Therapy Centre, she provides assessment and treatment services to both adolescents and adults.  Dr. Davine’s clinical experiences and interests involve treating individuals presenting with a variety of concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, issues with self-esteem, self-harm behaviours, as well as LGBTQ+ mental health and issues related to sexual and gender identity. Dr. Davine completed her doctoral dissertation in the area of addictions and has specialized training in treating individuals with substance use disorders.

Read Psychologist Dr. Ilana Davine‘s full bio and services.

Dr. Ilana Davine works at both the Oakville Location and the Hamilton Location

Dr. Jenn Deffendall, C.Psych

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

Laura Demoe, MSW, RSW, CSAT

Clinical Social Worker

Laura Demoe is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)and is part of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).  She currently works in private practice providing couple and individual therapy services. Laura Demoe has completed extensive training in couple therapy, specifically Emotion-Focused Therapy model. Laura has completed additional Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) training specific to treating couples who have experienced an affair or betrayal (Attachment Injury Repair Model). She completed her Master thesis in couple’s therapy and what prevents couples from seeking help earlier.

Laura also has a passion for working with individuals, specifically around relationship issues & trauma. Laura has completed additional training in trauma therapy technique Eye-Movement Desensitization (EMDR), utilized to treat PTSD. She also has extensive training in treatment of sexual addiction (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist), she works primarily with partner’s and couples struggling with this issue.

Read Clinical Social Worker, Laura Demoe‘s full bio & Services.

Laura Demoe works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Mary Lees, C.Psych

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Mary Lees is a registered Clinical Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. She completed her early training in London, Ontario at University Hospital, London Psychiatric Hospital, Victoria Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Psychiatric Research Institute

From 1994-2015, Dr. Lees was a staff psychologist at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, where she worked in Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health, Maternal/Child Care, Child and Adolescent Services, the Anxiety Disorders Program, and the Eating Disorders Program. She has particular expertise in the area of anxiety disorders and eating disorders and worked in Credit Valley Hospital’s adult outpatient and intensive, Inpatient and Day Hospital Eating Disorders Programs from 2001-2015. Dr. Lees has extensive experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but has also had training in other therapeutic models, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She also offers services in the areas of stress management, work adjustment, mood disorders, relationship issues and behavioural issues.

Read Clinical Psychologist Dr. Mary Lees‘ full bio and services.

Dr. Mary Lees works at the Oakville Location.

Dr. Frida Marshi Nasser, C.Psych (Supervised Practice)

Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Frida Marshi Nasser is a psychologist who completed her first Master of Science degree with a major in Applied Educational Psychology and a concentration in School Counseling (M.A.) at Bouve’ College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She completed her second Master of Arts in Social Science (M.A.) in Clinical and Educational Psychology and her Doctorate (Ph.D.) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, University of Haifa, Israel.

She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and currently completing her supervised practice in the areas of Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology.

Dr. Marshi Nasser works within a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy approach, and incorporates Developmental Psychotherapy, Play Psychotherapy, Dyadic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in treatment. She also provides therapeutic work with parents as well as counseling and guidance.

Dr. Marshi Nasser has interest and a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of problems such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, developmental disorders, chronic stress, self esteem difficulties, behaviour problems, interpersonal and relational issues, school and learning issues, parenting, and many other issues.

Read Clinical & Rehabiliation Psychologist (Supervised Practice) Dr. Frida Marshi Nasser‘s full bio and services.

Dr. Frida Marshi Nasser works at the Oakville Location.

Catherine Morris, M.S.W, R.S.W.

Clinical Social Worker

Catherine Morris is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University.

Catherine currently works in private practice with children, adolescents, adults and families. She supports clients with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, and emotion dysregulation. She also helps clients to address relationship struggles, with a focus on post-separation co-parenting. Catherine has trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness.

Catherine is experienced with individual and group therapy, and has worked extensively providing brief therapy and crisis intervention to children, youth and families. She completed a clinical internship in Joseph Brant Hospital’s mental health program and has worked in community practice settings. Catherine brings a holistic approach to her practice, supporting clients with their emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and relational well-being.

Clinical Social Worker Catherine Morris works at the Oakville Location.

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

Dr. Simrat Kaur Padda, C.Psych

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist

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

Dr. Laura Smith, C. Psych

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura Smith is a Clinical Psychologist who received a combined MA and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. She currently works in private practice providing both assessment and treatment services to children, youth, adults, and families. Dr. Smith has a special interest in working with parents of children experiencing behavioural and social-emotional difficulties, as well as working with individuals and families struggling with interpersonal problems and issues related to depression, anxiety, phobias, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more. Dr. Smith’s practice is also heavily focused on conducting assessments for individuals questioning or updating assessments for learning disorders, ADHD, giftedness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and psychodiagnostic evaluations.

Dr. Laura Smith works at both the Oakville Location and the Hamilton Location

Dr. Susan Sprokay, Psy.D (Supervised Practice)

Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

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 techniques to best support positive changes in her clients’ lives.

Read Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice)Dr. Susan Sprokay‘s full bio and services.

Dr. Susan Sprokay works out of the Oakville Location

Juliette Tilbury, MSW, RSW

Clinical 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.