LINA BARKAS, M.A., C. PSYCH. ASSOC.
Lina Barkas received her Masters in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. She is a licensed psychological associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with a focus on school psychology with children and adolescents. Over the years, she has worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and at The Hospital for Sick Children in the Child Development Clinic, Autism Research Unit and oncology department.
Since 2009, she has worked at the Toronto District School Board as a psychoeducational consultant, providing comprehensive assessments to evaluate students’ strengths and weaknesses in thinking, reasoning and learning. Her forte includes identifying learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, giftedness, attentional difficulties (including ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as providing evidence-based strategies and recommendations to help students achieve their learning potential.
ANNA BOWERS, MA, Ph.D. candidate
Anna Bowers is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) in School and Clinical Child Psychology. She previously received her M.A. from the University of British Columbia in School Psychology. Anna’s focus is on clinical psychology with children, youth, and families. Her approach integrates techniques from play, creative, cognitive-behavioural, and dialectical behaviour therapies. She received clinical training in a variety of settings, including Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health, the York Region District School Board, and private practice. Anna is completing her doctoral research at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the treatment retention of youth with substance use and mental health disorders. She has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.
KELSIE HERNANDEZ, MA, RP, RMFT
Kelsie Hernandez earned her MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2006. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (with the CRPO) and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT). Also, Kelsie is certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Infant Massage.
Kelsie completed her education, training, and first ten years of clinical experience with children and families in the inner cities of Los Angeles, California, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children suffering from severe emotional and behavioral challenges as a consequence of early trauma.
After moving to Toronto in 2014, Kelsie serves as the Family and Systems Specialist on an inter-disciplinary assessment team, providing comprehensive trauma- and attachment-informed, relationship-based family assessment with some of Ontario’s most complex children and families.
Kelsie strongly believes that when children and their families feel unconditionally loved and deeply connected to their shared story, they experience a feeling of both belonging to one another and being inextricably bound together. Perhaps we can all best achieve this through briefly stepping back to our past together, in a humble and brave attempt, to help change our present and make it richer.
JENNIFER KAPLER, MA, C.PSYCH.
Jennifer Kapler is a member with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, with a specialization in both school and clinical psychology working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She received her Bachelors (B.Sc.) and Masters (M.A.) in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. In 2004, Jennifer became registered as a psychologist in Alberta where she was employed as a child and family psychologist at Woods Homes, Calgary Counselling Centre, and the Calgary Board of Education. In 2009, Jennifer moved to Toronto and worked for the Toronto District School Board. As a school psychologist, Jennifer is responsible for conducting psychoeducational assessments, providing consultation to school staff, delivering professional development courses, as well as providing counselling and support to individuals, families, and groups.
Jennifer has extensive experience working with at risk youth, children with mood and behaviour disorders, families, and individual adults. Her therapy style draws on techniques from emotion-focused, narrative, solution focused, play, and cognitive behavioural therapies. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors in determining therapeutic outcome and thus strives to achieve a warm, open, and collaborative environment with each client.
DR. Sylvia Kemenoff-vitiello, PH.D., C.PSYCH.
Dr. Sylvia Kemenoff-Vitiello is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, practicing with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. When working with clients, she applies a variety of systemic family therapy models, as well as a combination of psychodynamic, narrative, and dialectical approaches, adapted to meet each client’s unique presentation and pathway to change.
Dr. Kemenoff-Vitiello completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Since obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Kemenoff-Vitiello has practiced as a licensed psychologist for over 25 years providing assessment and psychotherapy services in inpatient, residential, community and school settings. For the past 15 years, Dr. Kemenoff-Vitiello was the Director of Psychological Services at Youthdale Treatment Centres providing direct services to clients, teaching family therapy seminars, and supervising psychologist trainees.
Dr. Kemenoff-Vitiello has worked with youth and their families presenting with a variety of mental health disorders (e.g. mood, anxiety, OCD, conduct, complex trauma, ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, psychosis, and emerging personality disorders), associated learning needs (e.g. Learning Disabilities, underachievement and school avoidance), as well as emotional-behavioural struggles (e.g. self-harm, suicidality, rage outbursts, peer difficulties and social withdrawal). Also, Dr. Kemenoff-Vitiello has worked with adults, couples, and families seeking to address more relational or life challenges (e.g., changes in family structure, developmental crises, familial/couple relational conflicts) interfering with their sought-after quality of life.
Dr. Kemenoff-Vitiello’s many years of experience working collaboratively with clients has strengthened her belief in the resilience of the human spirit, the healing power of interpersonal relationships, as well as the uniqueness of the needs and strengths of each individual, couple, and family who have sought her support.
Elyse Reim, MA, PhD candidate
Elyse Reim is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis Program. Her focus is on children, adolescents and families. Elyse has received clinical training in a variety of settings, including The Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Youthdale Treatment Centres, The Centre For Addiction and Mental Health, as well as private practice. Since 2015, Elyse has worked at the TDSB as a psychoeducational consultant, providing comprehensive assessments for children and adolescents and consultation to a variety of school professionals. Her approach to treatment uses the therapeutic process and relationship to foster growth, while integrating cognitive-behavioural, dialectical-behavioural, psychodynamic and supportive therapy.
Shannon Robinson, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Shannon Robinson received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2007. She is registered as a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also a professional member of the Ontario Psychological Association. In addition to her work in private practice, she worked for many years as the clinical team leader in the Borderline Personality Self-Regulation Clinic at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Previous positions include the York and Ryerson University Counselling Centres, Concurrent Disorders Service at CAMH, and NYGH Adult Mental Health Program. Dr. Robinson has trained and supervised Masters and Doctoral psychology graduates and other mental health professionals in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness. She has also co-authored a number of published psychological research studies and conference presentations exploring the comorbidity between eating and substance use disorders.
Dr. Robinson treats older adolescents (17 yrs. plus) and adults with a variety of presenting problems, including depression, stress/ anxiety, shyness /social anxiety, relationship difficulties, eating disorders (including chronic overeating, emotional eating, and weight management), body image concerns, perfectionism, procrastination and motivational problems, mild to moderate substance use, and personality disorders. Within a genuine and compassionate environment, her goal is to teach her clients to maintain a non-judgemental, accepting moment-by-moment awareness of their thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
ELENA SANJUAN, MA
Elena Sanjuan holds an M.A. in Human Development and Education, specializing in Special Education and Adaptive Instruction from the University of Toronto. She worked for 12 years with children with Autism providing behavioural intervention in home and school settings, as an Instructor Therapist, Program Supervisor and Site Director.
Elena also worked for 9 years at the Hospital for Sick Children as a Psychometrist for the Behavioural Teratology Research Program, as well as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Clinic. She is experienced with assessing a broad range of patients presenting with multiple co-morbidities and complex presenting profiles. In this role, Elena, alongside an inter-professional team, provided patients with comprehensive assessments to evaluate their areas of strength and need in thinking, reasoning and learning in order to provide diagnosis and recommendations for appropriate intervention.
jovana seat, MEd
Jovana Seat holds a Master of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto. She worked on various studies at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health examining child development and psychopathology in childhood and adolescence.
Jovana has assessed emotional, cognitive, and social functioning in children and youth using a variety of testing tools and methods. She has facilitated psychoeducational groups for immigrant children and parents who have experienced war trauma in their country of origin. In doing so, she has helped this population to overcome their experiences and achieve a better quality of life.
Throughout her work, Jovana has been able to establish a strong rapport with children and youth and empathize with their presenting conditions.
Dr. Diane Warling, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Diane Warling received her Ph.D. in 2001 in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Over the years, Dr. Warling has worked in a number of settings, including psychiatric hospitals (such as CAMH and Ontario Shores), community mental health agencies (such as Child and Adolescent Services in Hamilton, and Kinark Child and Family Services), as well as private practice. Dr. Warling has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of presenting problems, including: mood and anxiety disorders; anger and aggression difficulties; trouble with the law; substance use difficulties; trauma; grief and loss; attachment related issues; self-harm and suicidal behaviour; relationship difficulties; as well as family-related concerns (such as parenting issues). She has taught graduate-level courses (at the University of Toronto), as well as provided supervision to multiple psychology graduate students and psychologists in supervised practice. Moreover, Dr. Warling has provided training to diverse professionals in a range of topics (e.g., trauma and fire involvement) and various therapeutic approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing). Dr. Warling's approach to treatment is to 'meet the client where they are at' and integrate techniques from CBT, DBT, behavioural strategies, solution-focused and psychodynamic approaches. Dr. Warling is grateful for her clients who instil trust in her to help them with some of their most difficult
Dr. Pamela Wilansky, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Pamela Wilansky received her Ph.D. from York University in 2002. She is a licensed psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with a focus on clinical psychology in children, adolescents, and adults. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Psychiatry and Scientific Collaborator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Wilansky worked at CAMH from practicum student, intern, and psychometrist, to psychologist. Additionally, she was the Director of Practicum Training at CAMH from 2005 through 2009.
In 2010, Dr. Wilansky decided to work in hospital administration. First, she worked at Ontario Shores as the Manager and Professional Practice Lead for Psychology and then became the Research Planning Strategist in the Research and Academics Department. Later, Dr. Wilansky became the program manager of youth services at the Canadian Mental Health Association.
While maintaining a clinical practice, Dr. Wilansky was actively involved in research specializing in designing research protocols for assessing and treating mood and anxiety in children, youth and their families. She has over $1.5 million in research funding, 15 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 peer-reviewed presentations and symposia, media appearances, and a book chapter. Moreover, she has supervised numerous graduate students in clinical matters and research projects.
Pamela is most proud of her accomplishment of being the mother of 3 insightful children who teach her more about psychology than any course.
Dr. Hayley Wood, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Hayley Wood completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology in 2009. She is a licensed Clinical and School Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with a focus on clinical psychology in children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Wood undertook her clinical training in a variety of settings, including The Hospital for Sick Children, Integra Foundation, Youthdale Treatment Centres, Toronto District School Board, Durham District Catholic School Board and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Wood worked at the CAMH from 2007 to 2016 in a number of different positions in the Child, Youth and Family Program. She was a staff psychologist there from 2010 to 2016. Dr. Wood was the Director of the APA/CPA Accredited Internship Program in Clinical Psychology at CAMH from 2011 to 2015. She has supervised numerous graduate students undertaking clinical training. She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as a book chapter. Dr. Wood is experienced in treating mood and anxiety disorders, as well as autism spectrum disorders. She has specialized training and experience supporting children and youth with gender dysphoria. Dr. Wood's approach integrates techniques from cognitive-behavioural, behavioural, supportive, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic psychotherapies.