Meet our team2022-05-19T16:28:45-04:00

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Tina Balazovjech, M.A., CSP

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Tina Balazovjech obtained her Bachelor’s in Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University and Master’s in Arts in Child Study from Concordia University. She successfully completed a board level certification for the profession of psychometry. As a Board Certified Specialists in Psychometry, Tina demonstrates the knowledge and experience needed to administer and score psychometric measures. Over the past 20 years Tina has worked with children in a variety of settings, including at the early childhood, elementary and high school levels.

Her easy going and friendly approach allows her to quickly develop a rapport with individuals of all ages and abilities. Tina currently provides clinical support to the therapists at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre and is involved in psycho-educational and psychological assessments with children, adolescents and adults. Tina also has a passion for yoga, meditation  and believes strongly in the mind body connection. She worked as a yoga instructor for over 10 years and continues to be dedicated to her own practice.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Arielle Ben-Zaken, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services

Arielle Ben-Zaken received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University, and her Master’s of Social Work degree from McGill University. Arielle is a member, in good standing, with the Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). Arielle has over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents.

She is passionate about mental health in youth, as well as supporting her clients as they work through challenges they may be experiencing. Arielle specializes in issues associated with general anxiety, school related anxiety, peer relationships, body image, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and depressive symptoms.

By establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, Arielle works to create a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. In doing so, Arielle is also able to empower her clients along their journey of self-discovery.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Tracy Braunstein

Tracy Braunstein, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant

Child Services

Tracy Braunstein has been a certified pediatric sleep consultant since 2012. She works with families worldwide, helping them achieve the sleep they need . Working with all ages, from prenatal to adolescent, Tracy has the knowledge, tools and passion for proper sleep and helps tired parents everywhere solve their families sleep problems.She genuinely believes that healthy sleep is a pillar of optimal health and wellbeing. Tracy is here to help you with sleep solutions that will fit in with your family’s parenting philosophies and beliefs.

Tracy is a wife and a proud mother of two young boys. Her first-hand experience as a mother dealing with her own family sleep issues, led her onto the career path she’s now on. Sleep is such an important and integral part of a child’s development, which is the driving force behind Tracy’s work. 

Certified with the Family Sleep Institute and The International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC), Tracy has the experience needed to transform the sleep of your family. She has numerous other continuing education credits in pediatric sleep , as well as specialized education in other areas that commonly affect sleep including Post Partum Depression (PPD) ADHD and GERD (reflux in babies)  . 

Tracy is regularly called upon as a sleep expert for media appearances and has been featured on CBC Radio, Global Montreal Morning News, Montreal Breakfast Television, Today’s Parent Magazine, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Oh Baby Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, Piccolo Universe and various other blogs & articles.

  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Sleep Training
  • Parental Support
  • Stress and Anxiety related to sleep
  • Family Wellbeing
  • Children’s Wellbeing

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Christina

Christina Benedetti, MSW, PSW, MFT, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services

Christina Benedetti is a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. She has a post Masters degree in couple and family therapy. Over the past 20 years, Christina has worked with many people struggling with a variety of issues including: relationship and communication difficulties, depression/anxiety, sexual problems, symptoms related to trauma and loss, workplace and parenting struggles. She strives on providing a safe, caring environment for clients to explore complex and often very painful issues in a contained, constructive manner.

Together with her clients she aims to develop goals and examine problematic patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving. Christina aspires to help clients move from feelings of helplessness to a sense of competency.  Christina offers feedback to promote new patterns of communication and tools to reduce stress and anxiety.

Christina completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work at Mcgill University. She is a certified Marital and Family therapist and is a member of the Ordre Professionel des Travailleurs Sociaux de Quebec and the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

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Stephanie Brookman, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Adult Services

Stephanie Brookman is a licensed psychotherapist and social worker who has worked in both the public and private sector for the past 20 years. She has experience working with individuals struggling with depression/anxiety, relationship difficulties, self-confidence, work-related burnout, infertility, post-partum depression/anxiety as well as parenting-related issues. Stephanie strives to offer a warm, nurturing environment whereby her clients can safely explore their feelings, thought patterns and behaviours.

Her primary focus is to accompany her clients on their journey of self-discovery, growth and development. Stephanie uses approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy as well as Mindful Self-Compassion to empower her clients and help them develop the necessary tools to make positive changes and achieve their goals.

Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University as well as her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University.  Stephanie has post-master’s training in the field of marital and family therapy and is a member of the OPTSTCFQ as well as the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec.  

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Melanie Caron

Melanie Caron, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services

Melanie is a clinical social worker dedicated to helping people deepen their connection with themselves and their lives. She believes that we all possess the power to regain our vitality and heal our past traumas. She has worked in the public sector for 10+ years having worked in child, youth and adult mental health, and with families who have experienced trauma, bereavement and loss and postpartum issues. Melanie is passionate about working with adults and young adults suffering from issues of anxiety/depression, parenting related issues, infertility, postpartum depression, self esteem, bereavement, and work related burnout.

She works to create a nurturing environment where clients feel safe to do their inner work, and learn to relate to their mind and body from a more accepting place. Her empathy, energy and sense of humour help put clients at ease. She draws from a wide range of different therapies such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy, family systems theory, and somatic experiencing. She is also a strong believer in combining therapy with other stress management techniques, such as body movement, yoga, and meditation. 

Melanie completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work at Mcgill University and is a member in good standing with the Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux de Québec. She is also pursuing a psychotherapy permit with the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ).

She is fluent in French and English

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Malina Cipriano

Malina Cipriano, B.A., Master’s Student Intern

Teen & Adult Services

Malina completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Concordia University and is in the process of completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Malina first joined the West Island Therapy & Wellness Centre in 2016 and served as a Mental Health Clinical Coordinator on our administration team. She also has many years of experience working with children and adolescents of various ages as a dance teacher.

Malina specializes in issues related to anxiety, depression, school-related anxiety, performance anxiety, peer relationships, self-esteem, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. Her primary focus is to establish a strong therapeutic relationship in a safe, nurturing, and non-judgemental space to support her clients on their journey to self-discovery and growth as they work through difficult challenges. Her approaches used in the therapeutic setting consist of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy as well as Mindful Self-Compassion to help empower her clients to gain the necessary tools to make positive changes in their lives.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Remi Cloutier

Rémi Cloutier, MSW

Child, Teen & Adult Services 

Rémi Cloutier holds a Bachelor of Social Work (2008) and a Graduate Diploma in Gerontology (2014), both from the University of Sherbrooke. In 2022, he obtained a master’s degree in social administration (with a concentration in public health) from the Université de Montréal. In the near future, he will begin studies at the University of Edinburgh in International Health Policy, in order to measure the impacts of different health systems.

At the beginning of his career and for many years, Rémi Cloutier specialized in intervention with seniors living at home (incapacity, risk management, psychosocial follow-up with caregivers). Initially a social worker, he then held positions in clinical supervision and management. Passionate, he is a professional who feels a constant need to learn and to adapt his interventions to the best evidence. In recent years, he has been keen to broaden his experience, offering clinical follow-up to adolescents as well as adults.

Rémi has the ability to quickly create a bond with the people he meets. He is honest and respectful, knowing that the person being followed is the one who has the expertise to choose the most significant changes to implement in his or her life. He is a real listener, while also offering some relevant feedback and advice. His main goal: that the person being followed feels understood and accompanied through the difficulties experienced.

On a personal level, he loves meditation, physical exercise and discovering new cultures. He is always in search of learning and evolution.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Carly Coxford, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child & Teen Services

Carly is a clinical social worker with over 15 yearsexperience working with children, teens and their families. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Human Relations at Concordia University and her Masters degree in Social Work at McGill University

Carly is caring and nonjudgmental, and uses a collaborative approach when engaging with her clients in an effort to make them feel safe and comfortable to open up, share and work together to improve their current situations

Her areas of focus include: Behavioral problems; School difficulties; Peer relations; Self Esteem; Anger; Anxiety, Depression; Selfharm thoughts/behaviors; Substance abuse, LGBTQ+ (i.e. questioning sexual identity or orientation), and Trauma. Additionally, Carly has expertise in working with families to improve ParentChild relations, Attachment, and Communication, as well as appropriate boundaries, discipline and structure

Carly believes in the importance of being adaptive and choosing therapeutic methods on a casebycase basis depending on the needs of the individual client; pulling from various models such as cognitive behavior therapy, emotionfocused therapy, strengths based and problemsolving therapy

Carly is a member in good standing with the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ)

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Lois Cummings

Lois Cumming, Certified Professional & Personal Coach

Adult Services

Lois is an Associate Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coaching Federation. She has extensive experience supporting the development of individuals and teams within a global organization. For over 30 years Lois has coached, mentored and supported individuals to realize their dreams and goals. Through Virtual sessions she provides the safe space for any individual who wants to explore their deepest desires and greatest challenges. She cherishes the courage and humanity in all her clients as they strive in their work for more meaningful and impactful lives.

Her experience is in the area of career progression, personal growth and life balance. She works with young professionals, business owners, individuals experiencing shifts in life direction and students.

Her objective is to encourage the deep exploration required to bring about impactful, lasting change.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Thalia Dabda

Thalia Dabda, ICF-Certified Life Coach

Teen & Adult Services

Thalia is an ICF-Certified Life Coach with nearly two decades of experience working with teens and young adults. She pursued her innate love for education as a tutor in multiple high schools shortly after completing her Bachelor of Commerce at McGill. She eventually founded her business, Study Buddy Tutoring, in 2012 and pursued it full-time, while also hiring and training tutors along the way. Though fond of teaching math, what she found most rewarding was the meaningful connection she formed with her students. She honed her skills in interpreting body language and energy and tailoring motivational strategies to each student’s specific needs. She understood their academic success was strongly tied to their mental and emotional health.

Thalia fosters a sense of belonging and purpose at a time when the pandemic has had a particularly negative impact on teens and young adults, leaving them feeling disconnected and uninspired. Drawing on concepts from positive psychology and mindfulness, she offers concrete tools for managing anxiety, as well as organizational hacks and routines that support mental well-being. Her sense of humour and nonjudgmental approach to coaching promotes an environment in which her clients feel understood, discover their own path, and establish their independence in a creative and engaging way.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Unyque Daniel, BSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services 

Unyque Daniel is a licensed social worker and therapist, devoted to helping people deepen their relationship with themselves, by helping them explore their innermost thoughts and feelings and navigate challenging life circumstances. She holds up a mirror to the patterns that she sees, makes connections that sometimes her clients can’t see because they’re too close to them, reflects her observations to them, and together they are looked at as a team.

The team aspect is important, as she views therapy as a collaborative process. Unyque uses an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens, meaning she is sensitive to how trauma, culture, race, sexuality, gender, and other identities may impact the experiences of her clients. Her style is straightforward and empathetic; she is a good listener and strives to understand her clients. She has experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, and grief.

Unyque is a member, in good standing, with the Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (2020) from McGill University, and is currently completing her Master of Social Work at McGill.

On a personal level, Unyque is an avid reader and book collector, she enjoys practicing Kemetic yoga and meditation, as well as writing poetry.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Andrea Davidson

Andrea Davidson, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child & Teen Services 

Andrea Davidson has over 13 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. Andrea has particular expertise in areas associated with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, peer relations, parenting challenges, body image, self-esteem, physical abuse, complex trauma, conjugal violence and crisis intervention.

Andrea is passionate about taking a client-centered approach that is flexible and accommodating to her client’s needs while remaining solution focused. Andrea strives to create a warm and non-judgmental environment where children and adolescents can express themselves freely and feel at ease.

Andrea received a Bachelor’s degree in Humanistic Studies from McGill University, a Bachelor’s of Law degree from Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University. Andrea is a member in good standing with the Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) and the Barreau du Quebec.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Stefanie Demberg, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services 

Stefanie is a clinical social worker and a licensed member of the Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et Therapeutes Conjugaux et Familiaux du Quebec. She has a Masters degree from McGill University and over a decade of experience working in public health. Stefanie has experience working with persons with disabilities of all ages, and can assist both adults and children in navigating life challenges that result in stress/anxiety/ and an inability to cope.

Stefanie uses an eclectic approach to best meet her client’s needs and often employs techniques from cognitive behavior therapy and narrative therapy to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals. She firmly believes in harnessing the power of a person’s own resilience and encouraging a person’s ability to understand the influence of their choices. She can assist clients who are experiencing challenges with anxiety, relationships, parenting, and self-esteem, in addition to supporting families post-diagnosis with techniques to navigate the private and public healthcare systems.  Stefanie is also knowledgeable regarding the various protective supervision regimes in Quebec and can evaluate whether a protective regime would be an appropriate avenue in order to ensure a person’s wellbeing.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Michael Di Giovanni, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services 

Michael received his undergraduate degree in Social work from McGill University (2014) and his masters in social work from Université de Montréal. He is also a licenced clinical social worker with the Order of Social Workers, Family and Marriage Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ). He has over 10 years of experience working with individuals and families in the public sector.

Starting off his career in geriatrics, Michael specialized in risk management and adapted care living with seniors while providing social interventions with their families. In recent years, he has expanded his clinical experience in addictions. He provides individual and group
treatment to teenagers and adults struggling with drugs, alcohol, cyber- use gambling along with supportive treatment to their concerned family members.

Michael has the capacity to identify clients underlying issues quickly so that solutions can provided and healing can begin. His clinical approaches consist of CBT, DBT, humanistic, solutions focused mindfulness and strengths based. More specifically, he is a firm believer that problematic behavior is tied to our deepest unmet needs and limiting beliefs. Therefore, in order to make long-lasting changes, the work must done at the subconscious level.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Tyler Dockendorff, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services 

Tyler is a clinical social worker and registered member of the Order of Social Workers, Family and Marriage Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ). He completed a bachelor’s in biology and sociology respectively, as well as a Masters of Social Work at McGill. He has experience working with men struggling with violent emotions and behaviour, as well as an assortment of other issues.

His therapeutic interests include depression, anger, anxiety, domestic violence, as well as communication issues and life-changes.

His approach uses the Needs ABC model as well as Motivational Interviewing in order to help clients contextualize and appreciate their problem behaviours, while finding more fulfilling ways to meet their needs.

Tyler is firmly invested in his own personal therapy process and knows how hard it can be to begin one’s own journey. As such, he strives to create an environment where people can feel safe and contained, and where they can ultimately leave feeling understood. If you are currently ‘in the pit’ and feeling like there is no way out, he would invite you to reach out. You do not have to do this alone.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Dr. Jamie Marie Duggan

Dr. Jamie Marie Duggan, Ph.D.

Child & Teen Services

Dr. Jamie Duggan is a graduate from the School of Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. Her clinical and research interests include emotion regulation, body image, self-harm, anxiety and depression, learning disabilities, and ADHD in both elementary-aged children and adolescents. Dr. Duggan completed her clinical internship and practicum at the Day/Evening Hospital at the Jewish General Hospital, a treatment centre for children with psychological, cognitive, behavioural, and family problems.

She completed her combined Master’s and Doctoral degree in Education at McGill Unversity and her Bachelor’s degree in Honors Psychology at Concordia University. She has also presented at numerous national conferences and published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychiatry Research, and School Mental Health. Dr. Duggan is also a member in good standing with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. Dr. Duggan is also a certified yoga teacher and incorporates her love for the mind-body connection and wellness into her therapeutic approach.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Jennifer Dupuis, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child & Teen Services

Jennifer is a clinical social worker with almost 15 years of experience in the helping profession. She is passionate about helping people overcome challenges and become agents of change in their own lives. Her lived experience, down-to-earth nature, non-judgemental approach and use of humour, when appropriate, allows her to connect with people of all ages and establish a collaborative working relationship, to empower each individual to achieve their goals and identify skills and tools that will be useful in all spheres of their lives.

Jennifer’s expertise centers around working with children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and families addressing topics that include anxiety and depression, school challenges, behavioural issues, peer and family relationships, decision-making, self-esteem, self-discovery, complex trauma, youth protection and life transitions. Jennifer is also trained and experienced in crisis intervention. She uses an eclectic approach that is tailored to the needs of the individual, with incorporated elements of cognitive behavioural, emotion focused, strength based, solution focused approaches and her practice is culturally responsive.

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University and is a member of the Order of Social Workers, Family and Marriage Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ).

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Alexandra Elharrar

Alexandra Elharrar

Administration

Alexandra Elharrar is a member of the administrative team at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre. She has completed her D.E.C at John Abbott College. She is currently studying her Bachelor’s in Social Work at McGill University.  Alexandra is a creative, sensitive, nurturing and organized individual who uses all of her strengths in helping our clients feel safe and understood.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Gina Glidden, PhD, PSW, SCC

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Gina Glidden, PhD, PSW, SCC Gina Glidden is a professional social worker and special care counselor with over 25 combined years of work experience. She works with young adults, adults, and seniors; individually, in couple relationships, or in groups. With her clients, Gina provides support, guidance, and emotional accompaniment related to loss and grief; sadness, depression and anxiety; relationships and communication; transitioning into adulthood; adjustment to new life circumstances; and post-diagnostic parenting support.

Gina recognizes that asking for help is not easy, and she strives to provide gentle support so that her clients can experience their journey through change as meaningfully as possible

Gina completed her PhD in social work (2019) at McGill University and a postdoctoral fellowship through the University of Calgary where her research focused on the help-seeking of mothers and fathers of children with neurodisabilities, and on the provision of post-diagnostic support. She also received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in social work at McGill University, and a DEC in Special Care Counselling at Champlain Regional College. Gina is a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ).

In her free time, Gina loves to read, garden, and go on walks with her husband, and she has recently begun learning to play the cello.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Laura Gilbert

Laura Gilbert, MFT

Teen & Adult Services

Laura Gilbert is a licensed MFT and ADHD Coach. She has a MA in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Literature. She has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of psychotherapy and is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Literature Online.

Over the years, Laura has worked with adults, adolescents, couples and families with particular expertise in areas associated with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Addictions, Grief, Stress Management, Relationships as well as Cognitive-Behaviuor Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. She also has specialized training with children and has worked in schools addressing such issues as Asperger Syndrome, ADHD as well as social, emotional and behavioural issues.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Lynne Goldberg, Meditation Coach

Adult Services

Lynne Goldberg was named one of the top meditation coaches in North America by Forbes Magazine. She is the founder of the meditation lifestyle app, Breethe, which has nearly 10,000,000 users in over 90 countries Thru the app and in person, Lynne has helped people learn to meditate and find calm in their lives with her simple style and soothing voice.

She is passionate about giving people tools to find peace of mind and purpose. Lynne is a frequent speaker at corporate events, and has been featured in media outlets such as ABC, People Magazine, Self Magazine, MSN, In Style, Cosmopolitan, and Women’s Day. Lynne runs international retreats, coaches privately, and offers workshops in schools and hospitals to help bring the benefits of meditation to people everywhere. Her grounded simple style is infused with humor, and is designed to put people at ease and give them practical tools to enhance their lives.

lynnegoldbergmeditation.com

Taylor Goodleaf, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Taylor is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) clinical social worker and registered member of the Order of Social Workers, Family and Marriage Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ). She completed her Master of Social Work degree in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency at the University of Toronto, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations from Concordia University and her professional technical D.E.C. in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention from John Abbott College. Taylor will soon be entering McGill University to study in the joint degree program of Bachelor of Civil Law/Juris Doctor.
Taylor has nearly 10 years of culminated experience working with folks who are experiencing houselessness/homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, elder abuse, incarceration, mental health and addiction issues, Youth Protection issues, crisis intervention and other long-term health issues. Taylor works from a trauma-informed lens and uses a harm-reduction approach with an emphasis on intergenerational trauma and cultural safety.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Thérèse Gsell, MSW, PSW

Adult & Family Services

Therese Gsell has over 11 years of counseling experience with families, couples and adults who struggle with relationship issues, behavioral issues, crisis, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and systemic violence.

Fluent in French, English and Spanish, she uses mainly cross-cultural, systemic, and solution-focused approaches in her work.

 

Thérèse is appreciated by her clients for her deep sense of empathy-for understanding situations from their perspectives, and for helping them discover resources within themselves to overcome difficulties.

 She has been working with couples for the past 5 years and is fascinated by the unique dynamics and sets of solutions that arise from the creativity of each couple in each context.

 Inspired by her experience with indigenous communities, Thérèse dedicated her Masters to developing an innovative and culturally safe approach to help people who experience trauma within a context of systemic racism and violence.

Thérèse completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Concordia University and a Masters of Social Work at Université de Montréal.

She is a licensed social worker, and a good standing member of the Order of Social Workers, Family, and Marriage Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ).

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Sherri Gutberg

Sherri Gutberg, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Sherri Gutberg is a graduate from McGill University where she obtained her bachelor and master of social work. She has close to 20 years experience working in the public sector and has particular experience in working with children, teens, individuals, couples and families affected by ADHD, school anxiety, low confidence, autism, intellectual disabilities, generalized anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, stress management, relationship issues and life changes.

Sherri uses an emotionally focused approach to therapy, believing that each person is unique, bringing their own personality, experience, and perceptions into therapy. Therefore, her approach is holistic and client-centered. She aims to be very flexible and open minded, providing a safe environment for clients to share their stories. She works together with clients, helping them regain their strengths and empowering them on their journey to recovery and healing.

Sherri provides both short term and long term therapy.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Jennifer Haydock

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Jennifer Haydock is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She received a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Concordia University. Her professional experience as a bilingual counselling intern, mental health specialist, intake counsellor, and academic youth mentor has shaped her into the helping therapist she is today.

Through deep listening, empathy, and curiosity, Jennifer intends to collaborate with her clients to help them understand how they have the capacity to tap into their unique potential to ultimately support their biopsychosocial health and well-being. She offers a safe therapeutic space for individuals to express and explore their intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns related to anxiety and panic, depression, effective communication, grief, identity, life transitions, relationships, and trauma. She integrates the theoretical approaches of acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and mindfulness in her practice. 

Jennifer is passionate about being in service to others so they can pave a path to manifest their deepest and wildest dreams. As a lifelong learner, she is fascinated by the healing bridge possible between science and spirituality to help create a world that values collaboration, community, inclusivity, and diversity. Her warm, empowering attitude is driven by the dedication she has to help her clients cultivate kindness, compassion, honesty, hope, and gratitude as they navigate the ebb and flow of life.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Erika Infantino

Erika Infantino, B.A.

Assessment Team Member

Erika Infantino is a member of the assessment team at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology with a minor in Multidisciplinary Studies in Science at Concordia University. Currently, she is completing her Master’s degree in the School of Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University.

Erika has many years of experience working with both regular stream and special needs students. Her clinical and research interests include the impact of peer relations, making evidence-based research accessible to the public, and the role of IEPS in schools. At the end of her studies, Erika will become a licensed school psychologist, working with youth in both schools and private settings.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Mollie Lawrence, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Mollie Lawrence is a clinical social worker who has over ten years of experience working with children and over the last 7 years, she has worked with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in both the public and community sectors, including youth protection. Mollie has particular expertise in areas associated with a broad range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and psychosis.

She also has expertise in parent-child relationships, attachment, peer relations, body image and self-esteem, behavioral issues, complex trauma, conjugal violence and crisis intervention. Mollie has a passion for working with people and being able to connect and listen to them. Mollie strives to offer a warm, non judgmental and supportive therapeutic environment, whereby children, adolescents and their families can feel comfortable to express themselves with ease. She believes strongly in empowering her clients by using a strengths based approach, while also working with a systems theory by keeping her clients at the core. Mollie also frequently draws from various different therapeutic modalities such as play, cognitive-behavioral, solutions focused and emotion-focused therapies, in order to best accommodate her clients needs.

Mollie obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Social Work from McGill University, and is a member in good standing with the Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux et des Thérapeutes Conjugaux et Familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ).

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Olivia Lazimbat

Olivia Lazimbat

Intern 

Olivia Lazimbat currently serves as an intern at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre. She is currently a psychology undergraduate student at Concordia University. In the last few years, she has worked with children in many different settings. Initially, Olivia worked as a coordinator at a day camp for high-risk children, Syrian refugees and children with autism in the West Island community.
Since then, she has been a research assistant at a Concordia University laboratory which focuses on improving the quality of learning for children with learning disabilities. She has gone all across Montreal to conduct research in elementary schools and test children on their academic abilities while working at this lab. She also assists in research at another laboratory at Concordia University which focuses on the developmental trajectories of infants and children at risk for developmental problems and psychopathology. Olivia is very dedicated to working with children and is working on completing her undergraduate degree and continuing her education in psychology in graduate school.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Dr. Fallyn Leibovitch

Dr. Fallyn Leibovitch, Ph.D.

Child & Teen Services

Dr. Leibovitch is a graduate of the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University and she is a member in good standing of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. She has over 7 years of extensive experience in the Montreal hospital system, including both inpatient and outpatient child/adolescent psychiatry departments at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Her main areas of specialty are the assessment of autism spectrum disorder and conducting therapy with adolescents experiencing a variety of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, and eating disorders.

When conducting assessments, Dr. Leibovitch aims to provide insight and help individuals and families understand the difficulties experienced at home and/or school, to provide a diagnosis if relevant, and to guide them toward appropriate and helpful resources. In therapy, Dr. Leibovitch aims to create a safe and non-judgmental space for teenagers to express themselves, understand and work on the issues they struggle with in their daily lives, as well as provide support, coping skills, and hope. While her approach is grounded in empirically validated therapeutic techniques (e.g., cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy), she tailors her sessions to the needs and personality of the individual.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Deborah-Levy

Deborah Levy, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Deborah has over 13 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She specializes in areas associated with anxiety, peer relationships, sibling relationships, parent-child relationships, couples and family relationships, physical abuse, sexual abuse, conjugal violence and children with special needs.

Deborah has a passion for working with people and being able to really connect and listen to them in a comfortable and safe environment.

Deborah has clinical experience in the spheres of individual and family therapy, youth protection and working with special needs children and their families.  All of her past experiences have contributed to her ability to work with a systems theory and solution-focused approach, while keeping her client at the core.

Deborah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work from McGill University.  She is certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from McGill. Deborah is a member in good standing of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Ilana Lichtman

Ilana Lichtman, OCCOQ

Adult Services

Ilana is a registered counsellor with the Order des Conseillers et Conseillères d”Orientation du Quebec (OCCOQ). She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Honours Psychology from Concordia University and recently graduated with a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Ilana’s graduate clinical experience surrounds working with university students coping with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, self-esteem, and relational issues from a cognitive-behavioural lens.

Additionally, Ilana works as a school counsellor at a private elementary school in Montreal where she provides emotional support and counselling for school-aged children.

Ilana strives to provide a safe and collaborative therapeutic space for her clients so that they can feel comfortable exploring difficult emotions, thoughts or feelings. Through empathy and trust, she works to accompany her clients on their journey towards self-understanding and positive change.
EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Jaclyn Mestel

Jaclyn Mestel, MSW

Adult Services

Jaclyn Mestel is a member of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. Jaclyn has been a part of the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre for over 10 years. She has developed an expertise in working with young adults and truly enjoys accompanying her clients on their journeys of self-discovery.

Jaclyn enjoys working with people to determine their goals for therapy and how she can best support them. Jaclyn has over 10 years of private practice experience and 5 years’ experience working in high schools as both a guidance counselor and a group worker. She has experience in the areas of anxiety, depression, life transitions and more. Jaclyn believes that the relationship between the therapist and client is very valuable to help the client understand how they manage relationships outside of therapy. She likes to use the therapeutic relationship to help the client feel safe and understood and hopes that she can help the client transfer this acceptance and vulnerability into their lives.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Jodie-Ann Muckler

Jodie-Ann Muckler, SCC, BSW, t.s.

Adult Services

Jodie-Ann (they/them) is a registered social worker, special care counsellor, educator, and community organizer. They hold a Bachelor of Social Work (2020) and are currently completing their Master of Social Work, both from McGill University.

They operate from a humanistic, strengths-based, and trauma-informed lens, with a deep commitment to anti-oppressive practice. 

They fundamentally believe that every person has the capacity to heal themselves, and they are honoured to have the opportunity to support and bear witness to that process of growth. In their work with clients, they aim to create a space that is both safe and brave, where clients can fully be themselves and explore difficult issues and experiences.

Over the last nine years, they have developed a diverse background of professional experiences with youth as well as with adults, in addressing mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and emotional regulation. They also have a particular expertise working with marginalized communities such as those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and/or racialized. Much of their experience is in trauma work, where they have mainly focused on supporting survivors of sexual, conjugal, and family violence. They also have experience working in harm reduction with people who use substances, either recreationally or medicinally.

On their free time, they enjoy reading, practicing yoga and meditation, as well as playing with their two cats.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Michael Naoufal, B.A.

Assessment Team Member

Michael is a member of the assessment team at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Behavioural Sciences and Sociology at McGill. Michael is currently completing his Master’s degree in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University.

Michael has many years of experience working with children in a variety of research, educational, and clinical settings. For his Master’s research project, he is developing a brief and targeted intervention aimed at promoting and increasing parental self-efficacy. Through this intervention, Michael hopes to help parents gain confidence in their abilities and strengthen children and families’ well-being. At the end of his studies, Michael will become a licensed school psychologist, working with youth in both schools and clinical settings.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Tanya van Niekerk

Tanya van Niekerk, MA, RP

Adult Services

Tanya van Niekerk is a qualifying registered psychotherapist. She has master’s degrees in both counselling psychology and research psychology. She has a special interest in postnatal depression, pre and post natal attachment and aspects related to loss and grief. She has experience in addictions and trauma support work and served on the Riebeek Valley Trauma Centre’s managing committee that operated in underprivileged communities in South Africa. Tanya is a life-long learner and continuously invests in ongoing training and formal supervision.

While she leans heavily towards working within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework, she also believes in the importance of being flexible and using other evidence-based therapies to meet every client’s individual needs.

Tanya appreciates the strength it takes to reach out for help and has a deep respect for the brave and courageous people who do so. She believes therapy provides an opportunity to pinpoint the emotional pain that we have so effectively hidden away from ourselves. She offers a non-judgemental and empathetic space, where she encourages clients to explore and grow collaboratively. Tanya currently provides group therapy at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre.

Tanya is a member of the CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) as well as the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association).

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Stephanie O'Coin

Stephanie O’Coin, RPN, Mental Health Coach

Teen & Adult Services

Stephanie O’Coin has ten years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and their families. She engages a compassionate and non-judgemental approach to coaching, being respectful of her client’s distinctive journeys and life experiences. Stephanie provides a safe and nurturing space for clients to reflect and move forward while empowering them to challenge some of the fears and perceptions that may be hindering their progress,

Stephanie is trained in several approaches to coaching and therapy including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing. Stephanie shapes her approach to best fit her client’s needs.

Stephanie specializes in issues associated with disordered eating and eating disorders. She has five years of in-patient experience as a primary support, and is fully aligned with the principles of weight neutrality in eating disorder care and the reality that the severity of an eating disorder, or disordered eating, is not always related to body size or weight. Stephanie also works with issues associated with anxiety, life transitions and depression.

Stephanie is a registered member of the College of Nurses of Ontario, Registered Practical Nurses of Ontario and the Canadian Nurses Association.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Ashley Orloff, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services

Ashley Orloff is a passionate clinical social worker who offers a warm, open, and supportive therapeutic environment. Her experience includes working with individuals for issues surrounding anxiety, depression, relationship, life changes/transitions, self-compassion, communication, and bereavement. Ashley firmly believes in a person’s inner wisdom, and as such, her primary approach is one that is strength-based.

She also frequently draws from cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness-based, and emotion-focused therapies in order to best suit your individual needs.

Over the last six years, Ashley has worked with adults and teens in the public sector as both a practitioner and clinical supervisor. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree of Social Work from McGill University, and is a member in good standing with the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ).

A little more about Ashley: She is a self-proclaimed podcast enthusiast, loves to read, meditates daily, and knows one too many facts about outer space.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Sierra Pecsi

Sierra Pecsi, M.Ed., CCC

Child & Teen Services

Sierra Pecsi is doctoral student in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with several years of experience working with children and teens in a variety of settings. Sierra’s doctoral research will be examining the long-term effects of COVID-19 on youth anxiety and the factors that contribute to post-pandemic mental health outcomes. The goal of her research is to make research more practical and useful for clinicians.

Sierra’s clinical interests focus on helping children and teens overcome challenges associated with depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, stress, bullying, and relationships. She is dedicated to working with youth and their families to establish rapport and build healthy, and meaningful relationships.

Sierra uses a collaborative approach to suit the needs of her clients incorporating aspects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy and Play Therapy.

Sierra received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University and her Master’s in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and is excited to be working toward her doctoral degree. Sierra has worked as a university career counsellor and co-facilitated parenting groups that focused on developing a positive and strong relationship between parent and child. Sierra is also a former dancer and dance teacher and enjoys learning about her clients’ interests and hobbies.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Meagan Reinish

Bianca Pungartnik, MSc, OCCOQ, CCC

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Bianca is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical counsellor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling at The State University of New York.

She has over seven years of professional experience as a clinical mental health & crisis counsellor working with a diverse client group struggling with a wide range of difficulties including behavioural problems, emotional regulation, reactive attachment disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conversion disorder, as well as relationship difficulties.

Bianca focuses on a broad range of child, adolescent and family treatment techniques and modalities to restore functional stability in the home and community environment. Her integrative approach is client-directed, and involves a combination of various methods and principles tailored to each client’s needs, while honouring their individualism. She is also a trained EMDR therapist.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Meagan Reinish, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Meagan is a clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience in both the private and public sector. Her primary goal is to help alleviate distress, and improve quality of life, while striving to teach the client to better manage difficult emotions. Meagan is passionate about the creation of a safe, collaborative and validating therapeutic environment. She empowers and teaches the client to develop the skills to approach various adversities and challenges in a healthier way and guides them along a journey of personal growth. Her approach is warm and nurturing; she offers a supportive space for the client to share their thoughts and feelings.
She specializes in working with individuals and families struggling with anxiety; depression; trauma; grief/bereavement; life transitions; burnout; relational difficulties; substance use issues; gender dysphoria; behavioural issues; and special needs. Meagan takes a client-centred and integrative approach, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and more. She draws upon different methods guided by the client’s presenting symptoms. Meagan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work from McGill University. She is a member in good standing with the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ). She is clinically trained to conduct both psychosocial assessments and social functioning evaluations. She is fluent in English and French.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Emily Riley

Emily Riley, Mental Performance Consultant

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Emily is a Mental Performance Consultant and member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. She helps athletes reach their goals by optimizing their performance and well-being. Whether or not you’re an athlete, Emily can help you develop the mental skills and techniques that elite athletes use so you can be the best version of yourself.
She can help you find your individualized path towards reaching your goals, finding joy in your endeavours and surpassing your perceived limits by optimizing your well-being, setting goals, improving confidence, enhancing motivation, regulating emotions, managing pressure, creating a positive inner dialogue, visualizing, practicing mindfulness, moving past mental blocks, connecting to your values, optimizing your habits and routines, building team cohesion, enhancing recovery, improving resilience and more.
As a member of the Quebec women’s curling team with 7 national championship appearances including a Canadian junior silver medal and a Canadian mixed bronze medal, Emily’s ongoing Olympic pursuit has given her a lot of experience in the world of high performance. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa in Human Kinetics with a concentration in Intervention and Consultation focused on Sports Psychology. These tools are transferable to life and Emily finds great joy in helping people thrive through her strengths-based and person-centred approach. While she is on a mission to enhance the experiences of youth and female athletes, she loves to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds. She creates a warm environment where you can feel safe, heard, and free to go after your most ambitious goals.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Nataki Roberts

Nataki Roberts, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services

Nataki Roberts MSW, psw, has over 20 years experience working in mental health. Nataki works with couples, adults and adolescents experiencing relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder and burnout. Nataki offers a safe space where she works collaboratively with clients finding their inner strength and developing the necessary tools to address the issues they are struggling with.

Nataki helps individuals reach their therapeutic goals utilizing approaches such as systematic approach, solution focused therapy, and CBT techniques. Nataki offers both long term and solution focused therapy

Nataki also has extensive experience with individuals and their families from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, who have been affected by Autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities.

Nataki received a masters degree in Social Work from McGill University and is a member of l’Ordre des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Lisa Rutledge

Lisa Rutledge, RD

Teen & Adult Services

Lisa Rutledge is a registered dietitan who has worked in both the public and private sector for the past 15 years. She is currently registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Order of Dietitians of Quebec and is a member of Dietitians of Canada.

Lisa graduated from McGill University in Nutritional Sciences and completed a dietetic internship at various institutions in Montreal, Quebec. Lisa is experienced working with both adults and teens in both individual counselling and group nutrition education.

She is dedicated to helping folx repair their relationship with food and body through a weight inclusive lens. Lisa works with clients who are seeking recovery from their eating disorder as well as those interested in adopting an intuitive eating approach.
Lisa specializes in nutritional support for eating disorder recovery and healing from disordered eating, the intuitive and mindful eating approaches to wellness as well as experience managing chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Tammy Frohlich-Salis, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Adult Services

Tammy Frohlich-Salis is a member in good standing of the Order of Social Workers of Quebec. Tammy has 25 years of counseling expertise in hospital settings, schools, and private practice. She specializes in the treatment of young adults and is known for her empathy, compassion, and sense of humour. Tammy connects well people, helps them to define therapy goals, and supports their journey of  change or acceptance.

Tammy is seasoned in the area of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, life transitions and loss. Tammy believes that when clients feel safe and understood, they can best use the counseling space to deepen their insight and expand their capacity to manage and cope with complicated feelings.

Tammy received her Bachelor’s in Social Work Degree from McGill University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from Boston University.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Farah Samkissoon

Farah Samkissoon, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Child, Teen, Adult Services

Farah Samkissoon is a licensed social worker who has worked in both the public and private sector. Farah received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work from McGill University. She has over ten years of expertise working with children and their families in child protected services and five years of expertise working with victims and perpetrators of conjugal violence.

Farah has in-depth experience working with individuals struggling with mental health concerns, parenting-related issues, complex trauma, attachment and behavioral issues. Farah aims to provide a safe, non-judgemental and warm space whereby her client’s can openly discuss their fears and concerns. She has a niche for making her client’s feel comfortable and strives to empower each of her clients.

Farah takes a client-centred and integrative approach, including cognitive behavioural therapy, play therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and strengths based therapy. She places emphasis of being culturally sensitive and utilizes an anti-oppressive framework with all her clients.

Farah is a member in good standing with the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ).

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Dr. David Sarfati, MD, FRCPC, Psychiatrist

Child, Teen, Adult Services

Dr. David Sarfati is a McGill University trained Psychiatrist with an expertise in occupational mental health and community psychiatry. He has an active multi-provincial outpatient practice with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders, and is affiliated with McMaster University as an assistant clinical professor.

Dr. Sarfati also performs clinical assessments with a focus on functional recovery for multiple high-quality providers in the occupational health field, and provides consulting services to one of Canada’s largest insurance providers.

In the past he has worked at a private hospital, primarily treating individuals with substance use disorder, PTSD, and personality disorders. Dr. Sarfati has published original scientific articles and textbook chapters in the field of depression and occupational psychiatry. He is licensed to practice in Ontario and Quebec and eligible to provide telemedicine services into New Brunswick. Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Tracy Satov

Tracy Satov, Registered Dietitian (RD), BA, MSc

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Tracy pursued her bachelor’s degree at McGill University and completed her masters in science at New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Tracy’s experience includes clinical settings such as the intensive care unit (surgical and other) as well as private practice. She also taught nutrition to college level students in New York city.
Tracy is licensed to practice in Quebec and New York state.

Tracy has been in practice for over 20 years and has made numerous appearances on Global TV as well as on CJAD talk radio. She has also been a contributing writer for the Suburban newspaper in Montreal and has been published in the Journal of Obesity Research. She is well recognized for her unique approach to dietary health and regards herself as the “everyday” dietitian. This approach entails teaching her clients to embrace healthy eating habits and achieving nutritional goals while continuing to enjoy life. Her clients regard her as engaging and charismatic with a positive approach to client care.
Areas of expertise:

  • Weight management
  • Digestive health including Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s/colitis, celiac disease, GERD;
  • Cardiovascular health (high blood pressure and high cholesterol);
  • Women’s health (hormonal imbalances;
  • Pre- and post-natal nutrition;
  • Diabetes management (pre-diabetes, gestational and type II);
  • Liver disease;
  • Geriatric nutrition;
  • Kidney health;
  • Menu planning;
  • Specialized diets (ie gluten free, dairy free, vegan, etc)

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Hamida Shahid, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Teen & Adult Services

Hamida is a clinical social worker accredited by the Order of Social Workers, Family, and Marriage Therapists of Quebec (OTSTCFQ), and pursuing a psychotherapy permit with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ). She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations at Concordia University and her Master’s degree in Social Work at McGill University. 

Hamida is continually inspired by the strength, determination, and resiliency she witnesses in individuals who strive to thrive despite adversity. 

She engages in an open, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach to ensure that her clients feel safe and empowered to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Hamida often includes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Culturally Sensitive Therapy along with Positive Psychology approaches in her work. She uses an eclectic intervention approach tailored to the unique needs of her clients to help them function to the best of their abilities and live meaningful lives. 

Hamida specializes in issues associated with anxiety, depression, stress management, anger management, self-esteem, career/education concerns, adjustments to life transitions, and family and relationship concerns. 

Individuals, couples, and families of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds are welcomed. 

Languages: English, French, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

James Shank

James Shank, BA, MSW

Child, Teen & Adult Services

James is a is an Addictions and Mental health specialist and therapist and an accredited member of the L’Association québécoise des thérapeutes naturels as a Naturotherapist . He completed his bachelor degrees in Human Environment and Applied Human Sciences with a specialization in Human Relations at Concordia University.

He also completed his Masters of Social Work degree at McGill University. He has experience working with individuals, groups, couples, and families in both hospital/Institutional and community settings for over 15 years. He works with populations from childhood to seniors. His therapeutic areas of focus include: Addictions/Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Severe and persistent mental health issues (bipolar, schizophrenia, personality disorders),Couples therapy, Relationship Issues, Holistic/Naturotherapy and LGBTQ+ Issues. His therapeutic approach is eclectic and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual client, including the following approaches: CBT, DBT, MI Psychodynamic, solution focused, mindfulness, strengths based, EFT, Systemic, narrative, transcultural, holistic, and Humanistic. James ensures non-judgemental and open sessions allowing clients to feel comfortable during sessions to express themselves authentically. He stresses a friendly and rapport building approach to therapy and feels privileged to be a part of the unique change process within individuals.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Yasmine Sikender

Yasmine Sikender, MSW, PSW, t.s.

Adult Services

Yasmine Suzanne Sikender is a bilingual social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University. She works with adults experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions and loss/grief.  She provides a safe space for you to share your story with her.

She’ll explore the best tools to help you adapt to our ever-changing world, manage your symptoms and increase your well-being and resilience. While using an empathic and holistic approach, she can help you learn how to build on your strengths, manage your difficulties and find solutions.

Yasmine also creates and delivers webinars on mental health for both private companies and public organisations.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Ronna Sinclair

Ronna Sinclair, Special Care Counselor

Child, Teen & Adult Services

Ronna Sinclair is a Special Care Counselor with 25 years’ experience in the public sector. Her extensive career in the helping profession has allowed her to work with neuro-typical clientele and those with a diagnosis. She has practiced in daycares, schools, group homes, home environments and/or in the community. Her role as an SCC has allowed her to work with children, teenagers, young adults and with parents who have children with challenges.  She has extensive experience with variety of diagnoses:  ASD, ADD, ADHD, ODD, emotional, social and/or behavioral challenges. 

Ronna is skilled in the areas of prevention, adaptation, rehabilitation, emotional regulation and social integration.  She is hands-on, uses a behavioral approach, and will work with the client to develop concrete tools and strategies that work best for them. Tools, strategies and interventions will be individualized so they best match the clients personality, level of cognition, environment and needs. Ronna has had tremendous success in creating a “solution-based” focus and pairing that with helping the client generalize the tools to the environment where it is most needed.

Working with parents who struggle with a child who presents with difficult behavior is also an area that Ronna has expertise. It is not uncommon for parents of children with challenging behaviors to find themselves in a “survival mode “ state, and realize they need support to rework their approach, reactions and responses. Ronna has had success in working along side parents and together developing concrete tools and strategies to help them regain calm and consistency in the home.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Marie Soulier, Sexologist

Teen & Adult Services

Marie is a sexologist and member of the Ordre Professionnel des Sexologues du Québec. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in sexology from the Université du Québec à Montréal and offers counselling services.

In recent years, Marie has had the opportunity to work primarily with women and youth who have experienced problems related to domestic, sexual, relationship and family violence. She has also worked with clients who have relationship and sexual difficulties and has provided sexuality education to high school students. Marie is also particularly interested in issues affecting individuals from the LGBTQIA2+ community (especially with respect to gender identity and sexual orientation), body image issues, and single or shared sexual fulfillment.

Marie‘s practice is inspired by the feminist and intersectional approach and is based on empowerment and openness to diversity. She offers personalized and humane counselling sessions that are rooted in non-judgment, caring, listening and respect. Marie places particular importance on creating a bond of trust with her clients in order to work collaboratively and proactively with them.

The sessions can be held in French or in English and are intended for anyone who wishes to be accompanied and guided in their reflections that led them to consult.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

France Turcotte

France Turcotte B.Ed

Child & Teen Services

France Turcotte was an elementary school teacher for 35 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in preschool and elementary education. During her long career, she participated in the development of the French immersion program for Kindergarten and created a working document for students in Grade 3 called “L’Ouvre-boîte” for the Montreal Protestant School Board.

Mme. Turcotte is currently working as a French language tutor and assists in identifying learning difficulties in children. Her aim is to first develop self-esteem within her clients and then provides them with tools to help improve their academic performance and extend their interest in learning. Teaching children different facets of their intelligence so that they can flourish as a child and as a learner, is a teachers most exciting adventure. 

Let us teach them from the heart!

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Tarina Wagschal

Tarina Wagschal

Teen & Adult Services

Tarina Wagschal is a certified life strategist and executive coach who has worked over the last 18 years both in the private sector and with individuals. She has earned the reputation for a gold standard expert in life strategy and working with people to discover and live the best versions of their lives. Tarina has a direct and pragmatic communication style and is known for her ability to help people transform their lives and drive them towards deliberate successful action.

Tarina specializes in working with our clients who want to take their journey to the next level and have a plan that they are ready to put into action. Whether that be a young adult striving to find their career path, a professional who wants to build a successful side business, or a stay at home parent wanting a better work-family life balance. Tarina works with her clients to execute a master plan to achieve life goals.

Tarina received her Bachelor’s of Sociology and Human Relations at Concordia University. Tarina also holds numerous post university certifications related to individual/ team transformation. Tarina is an author of a # 1 international bestseller book and the co-author of an award-winning book written with the mental coach of Roger Federer.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Chrissy Weber

Chrissy Weber, MA, CCC

Teen & Adult Services

Chrissy Weber is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and former life coach. Chrissy has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults, and has a passion for helping individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, ADHD, postpartum depression, parental burnout, relationship difficulties and more. Chrissy is known for empowering and motivating her clients to push past their limitations in order to achieve their personal goals. She works with individuals and couples, as well as facilitating support groups and workshops.

While she knows that it can be hard to reach out for help and that therapy can sometimes be awkward, Chrissy prides herself on forming a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients, where they feel at ease to share. Using compassion, empathy and a little bit of humour, Chrissy helps her clients explore their current circumstances in a safe and supportive environment. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but uses a multitude of techniques to help meet her clients’ current needs.

Chrissy received her bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Concordia University and Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and is actively seeking a permit with the OPQ.

EMAIL: info@westislandtherapycentre.com

Emotional Support Dog

Theo

Emotional Support Dog

My name is Theo.  I am a three year old Bernese Mountain dog who is trained to be an emotional support dog.  I am extremely affectionate and gentle. I love running outside, playing tug of war,  taking long lazy naps in the sun but most of all, I love putting smiles on people’s faces.  I very much welcome a good belly rub and some cuddles so don’t hesitate to approach me! I may be big but i’m extremely loving and nurturing. I look forward to helping all kinds of people, both kids and adults, by putting them at ease, reducing their stress and bringing joy to their lives!

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