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Credentials

Highlights

  • Registered Psychologist – College of Psychologists of Ontario
  • Doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology – University of Toronto
  • Psychoanalyst – Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis (TIP)
  • Psychoanalyst – Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP)
  • Member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (CPS)
  • Membership in the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA)
  • 25+ years of clinical experience

I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). I earned my Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from York University and received my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from the University of Toronto.  I also undertook 7 years of additional study and training in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, graduating from the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis (TIP), qualifying as a Psychoanalyst with the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). I have also graduated from the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP).

My experience includes several years working in private practice. My training includes assessment, psycho-diagnostics and psychotherapy at both Scarborough Centenary Hospital and Toronto East General Hospital. I also have extensive community health psychology experience providing therapeutic support and intervention to individuals and their families. My work with adolescents includes over 10 years public education experience with the Peel District School Board of Education working in both counselling and special education. My academic training incorporates specialized knowledge and experience in working with patients diagnosed with anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. 

Why See A Registered Psychologist?

A registered psychologist has extensive training requiring at minimum, 12 years of study. Registration as a psychologist in Ontario requires a doctorate degree in psychology from a recognized university, a 1 – 2 year supervised post-doctoral experience and passing a number of rigorous written and oral examinations.

Being a Registered Psychologist means that the general public can feel confident that the person they are seeing has extensive training, has met the requirements set out by the College of Psychologists, and has many years training working under supervision with individuals within their area of specialty. As highly trained, knowledgeable practitioners, registered psychologists invariably offer a greater breadth and depth of training and experience.

What is the Benefit of Seeing a Psychologist who is also a Psychoanalyst? 

Seeing a Psychologist who is also a Psychoanalyst means that the person you are seeing has years of substantial additional psychoanalytic training. The lens through which the Psychologist-psychoanalyst offers treatment begins with a deeper understanding of a person’s unconscious motivations underlying his or her behaviour. This approach to treatment can result in more substantial and long-lasting change as it is not simply a symptom-based intervention, but rather one that seeks to address the root causes of a person’s conflicts and difficulties. This highly individualized treatment approach offers patients the opportunity for greater insight and self-awareness and provides patients the opportunity to better understand their own personal ‘story’ and make sense of their lives.