All CITC Associates provide services to clients as independent contractors to CITC
Dr. Carolina McBride is the founder and Director of the Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapy Centre, which has been in operation since 2003. She completed her PhD in 1999 from the University of Ottawa, and received most of her clinical training at the Toronto General Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She worked at CAMH from 2000 until 2014 in the Interpersonal Therapy Clinic and was the Director of the Internship Program in Clinical Psychology from 2006 to 2009. Dr. McBride is active in teaching and has been an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, as well as an adjunct professor at Ryerson University, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. McBride has several peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, and during her time at CAMH was involved in various government funded research grants examining personality, attachment and depression. Dr. McBride is a certified clinician in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. She is also certified as a Heart-Math practitioner, a biofeedback approach to help improve wellbeing and increase resilience to stress. Dr. McBride is a licensed member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She is a certified diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapists as well as a member of the International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapists.
Dr. Lorena Hsu completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She has received clinical training at the University of British Columbia Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, as well as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Psychological Trauma Program. Dr. Hsu’s primary theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioural therapy, although she often draws from various other therapy modalities, including mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, schema therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy, in order to suit individual client needs. Dr. Hsu has provided therapy to adults in both individual and group settings. Her primary areas of treatment include anxiety disorders and related issues, depression, trauma, stress management and adjustment issues, life transitions, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, sleep issues, and chronic pain. She has taught CBT workshops to allied health professionals and internationally trained therapists. Dr. Hsu is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA). Dr. Hsu provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Jamal Lake completed his Psy.D. (Doctorate of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) in 2011 following an undergraduate degree (Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) from the University of Guelph. His clinical training was across a variety of settings in Brisbane including the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland District School Board, and psychology clinics within the University of Queensland. Since completing his training, Dr. Lake has been working with children, adolescents, and adults across private practice and hospital settings. He primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach but integrates other evidence-based techniques into his treatment. Dr. Lake currently assesses and treats adolescents and adults who present with depression and anxiety issues, workplace or school stress, sleep issues, ADHD, chronic pain, PTSD, relationship/family difficulties, substance abuse and learning disabilities. He uses a holistic, collaborative approach tailored to each client to help them effectively cope with their struggles, achieve their treatment goals, and improve their overall quality of life. Dr. Lake is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Lake provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Leah Enns received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (CPA and APA accredited) from Concordia University in 2014 and C.Psych in 2015. Prior to her move to Toronto, she was a clinical psychologist and assistant professor with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba, where she also completed her residency. In this position, Dr. Enns was a psychologist at the FASD Centre and worked on a multi-disciplinary team that specializes in the diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, worked with children, adolescents, parents, and families in the child and adolescent outpatient services at the Health Sciences Centre, and held a private practice. During this time, she also began a research program at the FASD Centre and has several peer-reviewed papers in academic journals regarding the diagnostic assessment of FASD. With respect to her practice with CITC, Dr. Enns’ approach includes an integration of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as an incorporation of strategies from Mindfulness, Collaborative Problem-Solving, and Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) orientations as appropriate. Dr. Enns enjoys working collaboratively with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and/or families on issues concerning anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness, behaviour problems, stress management, chronic pain, enuresis/encopresis, feeding difficulties, and sleep. She also administers psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments for questions regarding cognitive, learning, and attention difficulties. Dr. Enns is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Ontario (CPO) and Psychological Association of Manitoba (PAM), and is affiliated with several professional associations. Dr. Enns provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Niki Fitzgerald completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor, where she also earned her Master’s degree. She trained in both Canada and the United States, including the State University of New York – Upstate Medical University, Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, as well as various organizations in the Windsor area. She has worked at the Psychological Trauma Program/Work, Stress, and Health program since 2006 where she is involved in assessment, treatment, and supervision of students and interns. Dr. Fitzgerald has worked in a number of therapeutic orientations, including cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and experiential. She is a certified diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is actively involved in her professional association as she sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Fitzgerald is a licensed member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), and a member of various professional organizations including the Canadian, American, and Ontario Psychological Associations, (CPA, APA, and OPA), as well at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Fitzgerald’s primary areas of clinical interest are depression and anxiety and understanding the patterns that maintain these problems in living. Dr. Fitzgerald provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Daya completed her PhD in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is experienced in both assessment and treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Inter/intra-personal Difficulties. She completed her Psychology Residency with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Adult Mental Health and Addictions Program and the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Prior to that she worked in a variety of treatment sites (i.e. community, private practice, hospital: outpatient and residential). This includes specific training in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre. Her treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Dr. Daya's approach is kind, empathic and client-centered, and grounded in developing an effective and tailored treatment plan. Dr. Daya provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Diana is a therapist who is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), where she also earned her Master’s degree. Her research, which has been SSHRC-funded throughout her graduate career, focuses on distress regulation, social relationships, as well as the use of digitally-mediated methods of communication. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in August 2020 at the University of Manitoba’s department of Clinical Health Psychology. Throughout her graduate training and residency, she has worked with adults and older adults who were experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma-related stressors, and health-related issues. She has numerous experiences co-facilitating group therapy across a variety of concerns. She primarily uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with her clients, but also incorporates elements of other evidence-based frameworks, as is appropriate. She also has extensive training in providing comprehensive cognitive assessments. Diana fosters a warm, open, and nonjudgmental space for clients to share their experiences and work towards their goals. She currently practices under the supervision of registered psychologists. Diana provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Aaron is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Sleep Technologist with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He studied Psychology at Trent University and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree. Aaron then spent two years in the Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he specialized in the relationship of Sleep to Learning and Memory. He developed the Evolution Sleep insomnia program in 2013 and specializes in helping people who suffer from behavioural sleep issues.
His approach to insomnia utilizes techniques found in cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia (cbt-i). These techniques have shown to be successful in improving behavioural sleep issues. Aaron also has experience with the wide range of sleep disorders, and is often asked to speak at public events offering his insight into the world of sleep. Aaron provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Jessica Dere completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She received clinical training in a number of settings in Montreal, including St. Mary’s Hospital Centre. She completed her internship in Calgary, working at the Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre and Foothills Medical Centre. Dr. Dere has received training in assessment and intervention with adolescents and adults, and has experience providing individual, group, and couples therapy. Her primary theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She also integrates other evidence-based practices into her work, including mindfulness, relaxation methods, and schema therapy. She has worked with individuals experiencing a variety of mental health difficulties, including major depression, anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder) and significant life stress. Dr. Dere holds a faculty position as Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), where she teaches courses in psychology and mental health studies. She is also a faculty member in the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, based at UTSC, where she provides clinical supervision to clinical psychology graduate students. Her research expertise is in the area of culture and mental health, and she has published a number of academic papers in this area. She is particularly interested in understanding cultural variations in how emotional distress is experienced and expressed to others. This cultural focus also deeply informs her clinical practice, and contributes to the client-centered approach that guides her work with all clients. Dr. Dere provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Ashley Palandra completed her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Previously, she completed master’s degrees from New York University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Palandra has trained in community mental health, student counselling, and hospital-based settings in both Canada and the US. She completed her master’s-level internship at the Centre for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City, and completed her doctoral-level APA/CPA accredited internship at the University of Manitoba’s Student Counselling Centre. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health within the Integrated Care Pathway program for clients struggling with depression and alcohol use challenges. In addition to her work in private practice, Dr. Palandra currently works at Health and Wellness at the University of Toronto. Dr. Palandra works with adults in both individual and group therapy. In her clinical practice, she is particularly interested in women’s mental health, eating disorders and body image issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief, as well as relational and identity-related issues. Drawing from a variety of theoretical/counselling approaches, Dr. Palandra works collaboratively with clients to develop treatment goals and a plan to address their unique needs. Dr. Palandra provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Lynn is a therapist currently working on her M.Psy. in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School. She works with adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, and interpersonal issues from an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) framework. She also provides career counselling for students and working adults. Prior to being a therapist, Lynn was a full-time Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Ivey Business School at Western University for 7 years, where her research and teaching focused on cross-cultural and global leadership. Currently, she continues to teach part-time and runs a global internship program in the Master’s program at Ivey. Lynn obtained her Hon. BSc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto—Trinity College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland—College Park. Lynn spent her developmental years living in Japan, the U.S., Canada, and Belgium, and brings a multi-cultural perspective to therapy. Lynn provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Daniel is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. Over the last 8 years, he has treated individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, major life changes, interpersonal conflict, low self-esteem, body image concerns, problematic hair pulling, and systemic oppression/discrimination. He practices from a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy—whatever best suits the person he’s working with. Daniel is currently completing his doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and his research focuses on evaluating psychotherapy training methods. He is practicing under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
Dana is a Master of Psychology candidate. She is also an Occupational Therapist (OT) with over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1995. She brings her extensive experience working in mental health OT to her work as a psychotherapist to provide therapy that is client-centred and focused on helping her clients reach their optimal functioning. Dana has trained and worked at Mount Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Sunnybrook Hospital. She has treated individuals with a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, as well as individuals dealing with significant life stressors, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and major life transitions. Dana has extensive experience working with people coping with significant medical conditions, such as cancer and strokes. She has provided therapy to caregivers of people with dementia, and has training providing care for adults with challenging behaviours due to dementia. Her treatment approaches include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Lauren Greenwood is committed to providing a safe and therapeutic environment for her clients to foster growth and change in healthy, meaningful ways. She believes that genuine connection, collaboration, and a focus on strengths-based approaches are essential for building authentic and therapeutic relationships with clients.
In her clinical work, Lauren provides therapy and assessment services to adolescents and adults experiencing a diverse range of mental health concerns including, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), borderline personality disorder (BPD), and PTSD. Lauren practices from a trauma-informed lens, which is enacted through transparent therapy practices including shared goal setting, treatment planning, and conversations regarding clients’ perceptions of progress. Using an integrative approach, Lauren draws from several evidence-based therapies including, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy, which are tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each client. She also brings laughter and joy into the therapy space to encourage clients to access the full range of their emotional experiences. Lauren’s therapeutic style is warm, compassionate and affirming, and she provides culturally sensitive services in an environment that is respectful, anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory.
Lauren received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and has nearly completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler Graduate Professional School. She completed her clinical training at the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre for severe OCD at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, and at the Cognitive and Interpersonal Therapy Centre. Lauren provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Glendon Rayworth completed his Doctor of Psychology degree in New York City at New York University, graduating in 2000. Following that, he returned north, providing a wide range of clinical services to clients of all ages in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Since arriving in Toronto in 2003, Dr. Rayworth has divided his services between the Toronto District School Board, various clinical settings, and various volunteer organizations, including the Dorothy Ley Hospice and L'Arche. His latest clinical assignment involved a supervisory position at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where he treated adolescents and young adults wrestling with complex mental illnesses and addictions. Dr. Rayworth is trained in cognitive-behaviour therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy. He is qualified to treat a broad range of problems implicating mood, behaviour, or identity. He has a special interest in integrating psychology and spirituality. Dr. Rayworth provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Dessy Marinova is a clinical and school psychologist who obtained her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sofia University. Dr. Dessy has trained and worked at the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health, Sick Kids Hospital, and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Dr. Dessy has extensive clinical experience with children, adolescents, and adults who present with mood and anxiety issues, learning disabilities, and ADHD. She has also treated individuals who have significant difficulties coping with major life stresses, developmental transitions, as well as with relationship challenges, and family conflict. At CITC, Dr. Dessy provides psychological assessments, psychotherapy as well as parent consultations. The client population includes children, teens, adults, and parents. Dr. Dessy utilizes integrative and individualized treatment drawing from evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural, interpersonal, solution-focused, psychodynamic, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She employs a holistic approach to help her clients identify and accept their vulnerabilities, improve their emotion regulation, nurture their strengths, improve the quality of their relationships, their ability to cope with life stresses, as well as to optimize their overall psychological functioning. Dr. Dessy is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Dessy provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Aleksandra is a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She completed her clinical training and holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from OISE at University of Toronto (2019). She also completed her scientific research training specializing in the neurobiology of mood disorders and holds a Master of Science (2003) and a Doctorate degree in Neuroscience (2007) from McGill University. Her psychotherapy training at Women’s College Hospital focused on the treatment of adults with trauma. At CITC, Aleksandra is guided by research and uses evidence-based therapies in her clinical practice, drawing largely on cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, mindfulness and solution-focused approaches. She works primarily with adults in individual therapy and her main clinical areas are depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, life transitions and relationship difficulties. She speaks English, French and Serbian. Aleksandra offers an empathic, compassionate and safe space in which she collaboratively explores feelings, thoughts and behaviours with clients, and helps them learn, grow and feel motivated to work towards their therapy goals. She respects the inner resilience and lived experience that each person brings, and strives to cultivate an empowering and positive therapeutic relationship. Aleksandra currently practices under the supervision of registered psychologists. Aleksandra provides psychotherapy services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Maria is a psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. Her primary area of expertise lies within individual and group therapy for adults and adolescents using the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model. Using the CBT model, Maria specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety. She also treats individuals with depression and those coping with adverse life experiences. Stress and bullying are prevalent issues for adolescents, requiring specialized support to help them cope. Maria can provide this support for your child. For 10 years, Maria was a teacher working in the elementary and secondary school levels. Her experiences vary in both the public and private education systems. Maria went on to receive her Principal’s Qualifications from the OISE Institute at the University of Toronto. Her combined experience and credentials has provided valuable insight and resources for adolescents and their parents. Maria provides psychotherapy services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Ms. Armita Hosseini is a Psychological Associate (supervised practice) with a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from University of Western Ontario (2013) and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University (2015). Throughout her clinical training, she has worked for publicly funded mental health agencies including Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, East Metro Youth Services, Aisling Child and Family Discoveries Centre and has been involved in private practice working with various mental health difficulties and populations. Currently, she conducts psycho-educational and psychological assessments to children, adolescents and adults with learning, attentional or mood difficulties. In the past, she has assessed individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle or industrial accidents.
Armita is warm, compassionate and highly collaborative in her approach to treatment. She takes an integrative approach to treatment and is specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Therapy begins with a thorough psychological assessment to understand your life and the context of your concerns as well as develop the most effective and tailored treatment plan. Armita maintains a focus on the core concerns that impede your goals. She is sensitive and gentle in her approach and focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship. Currently, she is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a psychological associate under supervised practice. Her psychology services are covered by most insurance companies. Armita provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.
Dr. Ameeta Dudani is a Clinical and School Psychologist as well as a mindfulness and yoga teacher/consultant. Dr. Dudani completed her doctorate studies at York University in Clinical-Developmental Psychology (2015), and specializes in providing community-based mental health services to youth and their families, including immigrant families and First Nations communities. She has worked in various settings including school-based, private practice, community mental health and a nonprofit social service agency. Most recently she has worked as a Clinical Psychologist at Victoria Child and Youth Mental Health (British Columbia) and as a School Psychologist at the York Catholic District School Board. Dr. Dudani practices from a strengths-based and culturally sensitive framework that honors the inherent wisdom within each child and family. Although she frequently draws upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, she integrates other evidence-based approaches (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Emotion Focused Family Therapy) as appropriate to the needs of the client. As a mind-body practitioner, mindfulness and neuroscience informs all her work, and she has developed mindfulness-based therapeutic groups for adolescents and their parents. Dr. Dudani is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. At CITC, Dr. Dudani provides therapeutic services to children and adolescents, parent consultation, and psychoeducational/psychodiagnostic assessments. Services are provided in English, Hindi and Urdu. In addition to her work at CITC, she works as a Psychologist at an inner city Family Health Team, teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation, and provides mindfulness training and consulting to health professionals. Dr. Dudani provides Psychological services to CITC clients as an independent contractor to CITC.