MEET OUR TEAM
Emotional Support Dog
My name is Theo. I am a 6-month-old Bernese Mountain dog who is currently being 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!
Tina Balazovjech, M.A.
Tina Balazovjech, the clinical assistant at the West Island Therapy and Wellness 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 and Wellness 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 and Wellness 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.
Alexandra is a creative, sensitive, nurturing and organized individual who uses all of her strengths in helping our clients feel safe and understood.
Gila Foomani M.Ed., Psy.D.(c)
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 and Wellness 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 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. Jessica also works with mothers dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety.
Deborah Levy MSW, PSW, t.s.
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. Deborah is a member in good standing of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec.
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.
Dr. Fallyn Leibovitch, Ph.D.
Child and 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.
Jaclyn Mestel, MSW
Jaclyn Mestel is a member of the Quebec Order of Social Workers and the Quebec Order of Psychologists. Jaclyn has been apart 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 uses different styles depending on what the client needs at the moment. She enjoys working with people to determine their goals for therapy and how she can best support them.
Jaclyn has 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 continues to grow as a professional by attending conferences and keeping up to date on research. She feels honoured to be a part of people’s lives at a time where they are needing guidance.
Sarine Moumdjian received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from McGill University, and she is currently part of the administrative team at the West Island Therapy and Wellness Centre. She has several years of experience as an administrative assistant to a team of paediatricians and medical specialists. She also has volunteer experience with youth at Batshaw and with immigration services at Le Pont. She hopes to return to school and complete a master’s degree in Social Work.
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-one career development support to students
Christina Puliatti graduated from McGIll University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Christina specializes with the English Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum, and has been working as a Secondary teacher at the Lester B Pearson School Board teaching Secondary I-V, since 2012. She also has experience working in a resource room setting with students with learning disabilities, anxiety, depression and various learning challenges. Christina is currently working as a specialized tutor; helping students to implement organizational structures, practice correct study habits based on each student’s learning style, how to effectively deal with test anxiety and reading/writing support.
She will help each student to develop an individualized plan to ensure academic success. Her main focus with her students is to always create a calm, inviting environment which enables students to thrive. Christina also has experience helping senior students prepare for final exams and explore future programs in Cegep and University.
Robyn Schreter, M.A.
Robyn Schreter is a Counsellor and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University. She is a member in good standing with the Ordre des Conseillers et Conseillères d’Orientation du Québec (OCCOQ). Robyn works primarily with children and adolescents and specializes in supporting clients with school related issues such as anxiety, social skill building, navigating friendships, anger management, and bullying. Robyn has spent much of her career working in a school setting (elementary and high school) and has seen students thrive and succeed as their emotional awareness grows. By creating a strong relationship of trust, Robyn helps her clients overcome challenges and feel understood. Robyn is committed to creating a warm and safe environment for her clients which is essential to her practice.
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.
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.
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.