MEET OUR TEAM
Tina Balazovjech, M.A.
Tina Balazovjech, the clinical assistant at the West Island Therapy Centre, has worked with children in a variety of settings, including at the early childhood and elementary school levels, for over 15 years. She has experience working with both regular stream and special needs students. She currently provides clinical support to the therapists at the West Island Therapy Centre. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Arts degree in Psychology from McGill University and Master’s in Arts in Child Study from Concordia University.
Christina Benedetti is a licensed psychotherapist and social worker. She has a post Masters degree in couple and family therapy.
Over the past 15 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.
Stephanie Brookman, MSW, PSW, t.s.
Stephanie Brookman is an individual, couple and family psychotherapist who has been working in the field for the past 1o years. Stephanie has worked in both the public and private health care sectors and has particular experience working with individuals and families affected by autism, intellectual disabilities as well as mental illness.
Stephanie received her Bachelor degree in psychology from McGill University and also obtained a Bachelor and Master’s degree in social work from McGill University. Stephanie has specific training in the field of marital and family therapy and is a member of the Ordre Professionel des Travailleurs Sociaux de Québec and the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. Stephanie uses an emotionally focused approach to therapy and offers short term and long term therapy to individuals, couples and families.
Malina Cipriano completed a summer internship and currently serves as administrator at the West Island Therapy Centre. She is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Concordia University. She has seven years of experience working with children of various ages as a dance teacher. She has also done volunteer work at John Abbott College assisting adults with special needs.
Dr. Jamie Marie Duggan, Ph.D.
Dr. Jamie Duggan is a graduate from the School of Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. Her clinical and research interests include psychological assessment, learning disabilities, social skill development, non-suicidal self-injury, body image, and emotion regulation difficulties in both 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 Doctoral and Master’s 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. She currently divides her time between the clinic and Vanguard Intercultural School, where she works part time as a school psychologist. Dr. Duggan is also a member in good standing with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec.
Gila Foomani M.Ed., Psy.D.(c)
Ms. Gila Foomani is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has more than 10 years of university level training in Psychology including a Bachelor degree from Concordia University and a Masters degree from McGill University. Her extensive clinical experience includes work with children, adolescents, and adults in schools and hospitals, namely Douglas Mental Health Institute, Montreal Children’s Hospital and Montreal General Hospital. At the West Island Therapy Centre, she is involved in doing psychoeducational assessments with children and adolescents.
Jessica Gottlieb MSW, t.s.
Jessica Gottlieb has 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families. She is passionate about empowering and motivating her clients to reach their fullest potential.
Jessica specializes in issues associated with depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, parenting challenges, attachment, behaviour, conjugal violence, abuse, complex trauma, suicidal ideation, and crisis intervention. Jessica also works with mothers dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety.
Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Concordia University and her Master’s of Social Work degree from McGill University. Jessica is a member in good standing with the Ordre Professionnel des Travailleurs Sociaux du Québec.
Deborah Levy, MSW, PSW
Deborah has over 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She specializes in areas associated with anxiety, peer relationships, sibling relationship, parent-child 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. Deborah is a member in good standing of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec.
Jaclyn Mestel, MSW
Jaclyn Mestel is an licensed psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of adolescents and young adults. She specializes in issues associated with anxiety, eating disorders and depression. Jaclyn received her bachelor degree in Social work from McGill University and her Masters degree in social work from University of Toronto. She has also had Post Masters training in both psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.
Jaclyn has worked as a high school guidance counselor and has lectured to parents and teenagers on a wide variety of mental health topics.
Amanda Sevy received her Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in psychology with a double minor in behavioural science and education. She has since returned to McGill University to complete her Master’s degree in counselling psychology. She has several years of experience serving and supporting the at-risk youth and young adults of the Montreal community through organizations such as Agence Ometz. Additionally, she has gained clinical experience volunteering at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Amanda is passionate about mental health and hopes to continue exploring her growing interest in administering therapy to help individuals reach their potential.
Jennifer Ovadia, MSW, BSW, t.s.
Jennifer has over 12 years of experience working with children, adults, families and couples and is passionate about making meaningful connections with her clients and assisting in their growth, evolution and goal achievement.
Jennifer's clinical experience is in the realm of individual, couple and family work with a particular specialization in couple & family dynamics including parenting issues, parent coaching, co-parenting, attachment and intervening with families within the context of separation & divorce. Jennifer's experience also allows her to work with a multifaceted clientele experiencing issues in the realms of Depression, anxiety & conjugal violence.
Jennifer completed Bachelors Degrees in both Psychology and Social Work and then also recevied her Masters Degree in Social Work from McGill University. Jennifer also completed training courses in Family Mediation from the Association de Mediation Familiale du Quebec. Jennifer is a member in good standing with the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des therapeutes conjugaux et familliaux du Quebec.
Selby Pecsi serves as the Clinic Coordinator at the West Island Therapy Centre. Selby works hard to ensure that the needs of all clients are well met and provides a warm and welcoming presence to the centre. She manages communication between clients and therapists while handling scheduling and correspondence. Selby recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Concordia University. While providing administrative support, she also manages the centre’s social media platforms and event planning. Selby has a lot of experience working with children in a variety of fields including teaching and choreographing dance and drama for the past 8 years.
Sierra Pecsi M.Ed., CCC
Sierra Pecsi is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with 8 years of experience working with children and teens in a variety of settings. Sierra is passionate about working with youth, and specializes in helping children and teens over 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 working towards obtaining her psychotherapy license. 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 currently divides her time between Montreal and Ottawa where she works at a university providing one-on-one career development support to students.
France Turcotte B.Ed.
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!
Christina Weber, B.A., CTACC
Chrissy Weber is a Certified Life Coach specializing in working with adolescents, young adults and families. She is also the founder of The Female Self-Esteem Movement, an organization dedicated to promoting confidence and self-esteem in women of all ages.
As a coach, Chrissy takes pride in empowering and motivating her clients to work towards pushing past their limitations in order to achieve their personal goals.
Chrissy earned her Bachelor of Human Relations from Concordia University and attained her coaching certification through the Coach Training Alliance. She has been actively coaching individuals and families for 5 years.
Elizabeth Wiener, B.Ed., B.A
Elizabeth Wiener has been working in the field of education for the last 15 years. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. Having begun her career as an elementary school teacher, Elizabeth has since worked with children from preschool through CEGEP.
With extensive experience working on a one-on-one basis with her students, Elizabeth combines her passion for teaching with her desire to assure each student’s success by fostering a partnership with the student, parents and teachers. She loves the challenge of finding creative ways to explain various concepts to her students. Elizabeth also specializes in time management, organizational and homework skills, as well as exam preparation.
Kim Wolfe, M.Ed.
Kim Wolfe is a licensed psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in counseling, Kim’s solution-focused approach is to empower & motivate her clients to take charge of their lives. Kim provides a caring and supportive environment. Her compassion and sensitivity allow her to be attuned to her client’s individual needs. In order to be the most effective, Kim’s interventions are tailored specifically to each client and incorporate clinically effective strategies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, talk-therapy, active listening, education, coaching, relaxation, visualization and mindfulness.
Kim’s passion is to help individuals attain their personal, academic and professional goals. She will embark on a journey with you to explore and discover what is important. She will then plan, design and develop objectives to help reach those goals.