Our Caring Therapists & Psychologists In Toronto & York Region
Caring one on one in person, telephone and Skype counselling, group therapy & workshops.
NANCY AMIRKHANIAN, M.A., R.P.
Ms. Amirkhanian received her bachelors degree from York University in 2005 and went on to complete her masters in counselling psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Ms. Amirkhanian also obtained a diploma as an Addictions Case Worker from McMaster University. She is also a member of CACCF and the College for Registered Psychotherapists. Her psychotherapeutic approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy and training in dialectical behavioural therapy. She has 10 years of experience as a rehabilitation consultant working with individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents, including those who have suffered catastrophic injuries. The focus of her interest has been specifically on the rehabilitation of individuals with traumatic brain injuries and mental health diagnosis and / or addictions.
Ms. Amirkhanian carried out a study, in collaboration with Dr. Nussbaum at Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences, which investigated the benefits of computerized cognitive retraining within a forensic setting. She continues to engage in research at Ontario Shores in the area of dementia and neuroplasticity.
Previous work experience also includes background knowledge in working with a variety of issues, such as depression / anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, anger management, learning disabilities, behaviour modification, ADD, ADHD, ASD and psychotic disorders. In the past, Ms. Amirkhanian has also carried out seminars addressing issues related to the geriatric population and taught addictions counselling courses at the post-secondary level. Ms Amirkhanian completed a one-year contract position at The Centre For Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) in the complex mental illness program CBT services. In this role she conducted assessments with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Ms Amirkhanian also provided individual and group-based treatment, specifically CBT for psychosis. She is currently enrolled at Fielding Graduate University in the clinical psychology doctoral program.
LAURA LEONG, Ph.D., C. Psych
Dr. Leong is fully registered in clinical and forensic psychology with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in 2013 with a major in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Statistics. Dr. Leong completed her pre-doctoral internship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, where she completed clinical and forensic rotations in medium and minimum security inpatient units, and in the DC Superior Court. She also has inpatient hospital experience at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby and the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Michigan.
In the community, Dr. Leong has provided psychotherapy and assessments to a diverse range of clients for a variety of referral questions. She has specialized training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Her research focuses on chronic pain, romantic relationships, and the importance of empathic feelings and communication. Dr. Leong has also taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate lectures and seminars.
Currently, Dr. Leong is able to provide psychotherapy and comprehensive psychological assessments to adult clients with a wide range of clinical and forensic issues, including depression, anxiety, alcohol/substance use, stress, personality disorders, criminality, and more. Her therapeutic techniques are integrative, and her main focus is on building a warm, trusting, and strong therapeutic alliance with all of her clients.
MEHDI LOTFALIZADEH, M.Sc., C.Psych.
Mehdi Lotfalizadeh (M.Sc., C.Psych.) provides psychological assessment and intervention services to psychologically troubled and emotionally challenged clients, as well as clients suffering from severe and chronic pain. He uses effective techniques of Cognitive-Behavior therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy, Mindfulness, and Short-Term Therapy to help his clients. Other areas of his practice include Personality, Intelligence and Cognitive Assessment.
He is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and has provided psychological services in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill, and Thornhill. He is also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and has continued his professional development throughout his career. Mehdi is experienced and uses diverse techniques and approaches with clients for a specified period of time to achieve realistic goals identified with the client. He speaks English and Farsi (Persian).
Mehdi worked as a clinical psychologist in Iran till 2000. His practice included providing psychological services including assessment, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy with emotional disorders including anxiety and depression, parenting and behavioral management workshops for parents. He also worked as an instructor in several universities in Iran, completed several research projects and presented at many conferences.
Mehdi received his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Iran Medical Sciences University in 1991.
KELLY-LEE MANSI, R.P., CHRL, PCC
Ms. Mansi received her Combined Honours Bachelor Degree from McMaster University in 1999 and went on to complete graduate level training in Holistic Psychotherapy from Transformational Arts College in Toronto. She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, the Human Professionals Association and International Coach Federation. She has specialized training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Brief Therapy, Family Systems, Transpersonal Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Somatic Attachment and Trauma Resolution, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy and Regression.
Prior to her Psychotherapy Career, Ms. Mansi held executive, board positions and is an Executive Coach who has coached and mentored individuals from executive to board level globally at major Fortune 500 companies in numerous industries. Within her community Ms. Mansi serves on numerous Boards.
Ms. Mansi has worked in a Private Practice setting for over 5 years where she provided services to individuals, couples and families focusing on a variety of issues, such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, grief and trauma, hoarding, addiction, eating disorders, anger management, learning disabilities, behaviour modification, ADD, ADHD and psychotic disorders. Currently, Ms. Mansi works as a Psychotherapist and Addictions Counsellor at Turning Point Detox in Hamilton, Ontario where she treats clients with dual diagnoses of substance abuse and mental health disorders and provides group and family therapy. Ms. Mansi also facilitates workshops and seminars on mental health and wellness to Corporate and Educational Institutions.
LISA TREPANIER, PhD, C.Psych
Dr. Trepanier is a licensed Psychologist. Her practice is in Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, both of which includes aspects of forensic and rehabilitation issues. Her past training has been extensive with a wide range of populations, including neurological, medical, and psychiatric. Her original training was through Toronto based teaching hospitals (University Health Network –Toronto Western Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) as well as York University’s Counselling Centre.
Dr. Trepanier worked full-time at St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital for 7 months, Lakeridge Health Oshawa (LHO) in Acute Care Medicine for 5 ½ years, and now works full time in private practice in Ajax, Ontario and currently assists the Clarington Physician Group out in Bowmanville, Ontario. She has extensive past experience with the assessment and treatment of sequelae from MVAs, from both the plaintiff and defense positions. She periodically clinically assists the Durham Regional Police and York Region Police Services. The majority of her work involves disability assessments and the clinical management of medical, neurological and psychiatric issues. Her PhD dissertation work examined the impact of neurosurgical interventions for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease on neurocognitive and emotional functioning. Her Post-doctoral work primarily focused on the HIV/AIDS and Concurrent Disorders (substance abusing mentally ill) populations.
She has worked on committees for WSIB to design evidence based programs of care for individuals with mild traumatic brain injuries as well as for stroke. She holds an academic appointment of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine – Psychiatry, Health & Disease/Psychosomatic Medicine Program. She has been on Contract Faculty at York University since 2007 where she periodically teaches a full forth year course in the Neuropsychology of Abnormal Behavior. She currently belongs to the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA). In June, 2011, she obtained certification in the American Medical Association Guides to Impairment Ratings through the American Board of Forensic Professionals. Dr. Trepanier was awarded Professional of the Year in 2012 for her extensive work and contributions to the field of Neuropsychology. More recently (May, 2015), she has become a registered member of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists (CHRSP; certificate 06432).
ZABRINA MOK, M.E.S., M.T.S., R.P. (Therapist)
Ms. Mok received her master's degrees from York University and University of Toronto in strategies and adult education, and pastoral theology respectively. She also received graduate level training in psychotherapy from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy in Toronto.
Ms. Mok has been working with a diverse demography on life transitions and mental health issues since 2007. She has experience in conducting individual and group therapy. Ms. Mok is also experienced in working with individuals of diverse ethnicities and faith traditions through a strength-based approach. Ms. Mok incorporates dynamic therapeutic modalities in her practice, such as narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness and interpersonal psychotherapy.
Ms. Mok has a warm and calming presence which encourages the building of excellent therapeutic alliances with clients from all walks of life. She is able to provide services in English, Cantonese and Mandarin to individuals and groups focusing on a wide range of life issues, including depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, pain and stress management, relational difficulties, communication strategies, eating disorders, trauma, life transitions and adjustment disorders.
CHARLOTTE KOVEN, M.A., R.P.
Charlotte Koven is a registered psychotherapist in private practice providing culturally sensitive counselling specializing in bereavement, trauma and loss. She uses an eclectic mix of therapeutic interventions and counselling modalities including Mindfulness Meditation, relaxation, expressive arts, visualization and interpersonal talk therapy to address anxiety and depressive disorders, develop coping skills, and design strategies the client can use independently.
Ms. Koven holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and certificates in Hospice and Palliative Care, Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Refugees, Spiritual/Pastoral Visitor, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, ASSIST: Suicide Intervention Skills, Bereavement Education and an advanced certificate in Grief and Trauma Counselling. Prior to establishing her counselling practice she worked in the field of education for many years, where she built meaningful relationships with numerous students and parents, and provided mentorship to several colleagues.
In addition to offering individual and family counselling Ms. Koven also facilitates support groups for Bereaved Families of Ontario, is a Hospice Visitor with Circle of Care and was a 4 year volunteer at Princess Margaret Hospital in the Healing Beyond the Body program.
YOLANDE CHANG, M.Ed., CCC (Therapist/ Psychometrist)
Ms. Chang received her Master's Degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. She is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). For the past three years, Ms. Chang has been working with individuals affected by a wide range of mental health illnesses as part of a partnership program in a hospital setting and community agency. Ms. Chang has also worked with a Violence Against Women program in community agencies where she addressed and treated depression, anxiety, stress and trauma-related symptoms.
Ms. Chang utilizes integrative approaches drawing from evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and solution-focused therapy. She also embraces cultural-sensitive and trauma-informed practices. Ms. Chang is passionate about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring a variety of life challenges. She creates a caring, supportive environment for individuals on their journey toward wellness and fulfillment. Ms. Chang practices in English and Mandarin.