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I am a Clinical Psychologist based on the East side of Toronto, in the vibrant neighbourhood of Leslieville.

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I am a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Ontario Psychologists. I completed my undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Sydney, Australia. I have worked as a clinical psychologist both in Australia and Canada, and internationally with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Throughout my career I have worked in a number of different settings, ranging from community mental health, to hospital based care, and private mental health care. I have extensive experience helping clients overcome challenges with anxiety, mood disorders (such as depression and bi-polar), post traumatic stress, grief and eating issues. I address substance use, self-esteem and emotional regulation (e.g. anger), and factors affecting interpersonal relationships. I have a special interest in humanitarian aid work, and provide support to field workers pre and post assignment. I am comfortable in working with clients from diverse walks of life, across lifestyles, gender, sexual orientation, culture and race. I am currently accepting individual clients aged 16 years and over.

In our therapeutic relationship, I provide a safe space for honest self exploration. Our confidential sessions involve an integrative approach to mental health, addressing psychological, social and biological factors. I draw from a number of disciplines to tailor client care, including Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Narrative, Schema and Interpersonal (relationship) approaches. Skills such as mindfulness and attention training may also be used.

I am a member of the Psychologists Association of Ontario and serve as a reviewer for the journal ‘Intervention’, for professionals who work in areas of armed conflict. I balance my clinical time with running the PsychoSocial Care Unit (PSCU) for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Canada.

I am engaged in ongoing education and have completed further training in Critical Incident debriefing, global health challenges and overcoming concurrent mental health and substance misuse concerns.

In December 2017 I undertook training in ‘Emotion Focused Therapy’ (EFT) for couples with Les Greenberg. To learn more about EFT, please visit:


I am an EMDR trained clinician. In November 2017 and February 2018 I completed Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). In February 2020 I completed an Advanced EMDR training in Treating First-Responders
and Military with EMDR Therapy.
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