Dr. Andrew Matthew, PhD., C.Psych. is Co-Director of Change Clinic. He is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and received his education and training at McGill University and the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. Dr. Matthew is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the Department of Urology, and the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In all, he has over 20 years of experience working as a clinician and researcher in conducting psychological treatment.
As a Health Psychologist, Dr. Matthew uses his knowledge and expertise to improve the emotional wellbeing of individuals, couples, and families confronting the challenges of serious (e.g. cancer) or chronic illness (e.g. Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)). His current research and clinical focus is on medical treatment decision-making, optimal survivorship, sexual rehabilitation, couple's intimacy, and quality of life.
As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Matthew provides assessment and treatment for couples/marital conflict and for individuals suffering trauma, grief and bereavement, depression, anxiety. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), addictions, and sexual dysfunction.
As Co-Director of Change Clinic, Dr. Matthew is dedicated to providing exemplary psychological care to his clients and their families.
Dr. Margus Heinmaa, PhD., C.Psych. is Co-Director of Change Clinic. He is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and received his education and training at the University of Toronto, University of Helsinki, and University of Guelph. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and has over 20 years of experience working as a clinician and researcher with adults, adolescents, and children suffering from eating disorders, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and personality disorders.
He received his predoctoral training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Toronto General Hospital (UHN), and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), where he is currently a Clinical Psychologist in the Departments of Psychology & Psychiatry.
Dr. Heinmaa has published in the areas of eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. His current research interests include: motivation and treatment resistance, predictors of treatment outcome, revisions to DSM5 diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa and other eating-related disorders, and schema therapy/schema mode treatment of maladaptive patterns of thinking, feeling and behavior in adolescents and young adults.
Psychologists & Psychotherapists
Dr. Norma D’Agostino PhD., C.Psych
Dr. Norma D’Agostino, PhD., C.Pscyh is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is a Staff Psychologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and the ELLICSR Health, Wellness, and Survivorship Centre. She is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists in Ontario.
Dr. D’Agostino has over 10 years of professional experience in pediatric and adult psychosocial oncology. Her clinical work and research focuses on young adults with cancer, including long-term survivors of childhood cancer. The goals of her work are to create developmentally appropriate psycho-social resources for adolescent and young adults with cancer, optimizing the transition process of emerging adulthood, and exploring how the illness experience in early life influences psychosocial adjustment and development across the life-span. As a member of the Change Clinic, Dr. D’Agostino uses her knowledge and experience to improve the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families touched by serious illness. She also has experience in palliative care, grief and bereavement, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Cynthia Shih
Cynthia holds a Master's Degree in Clinical-Developmental Psychology and is completing the final stages of her Doctoral degree at York University. She currently works at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in the SCAN and Eating Disorders programs, where she most recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship. She completed her internship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She has also previously received clinical training in other community agencies and private practices within the GTA.
Cynthia has experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults who are coping with mental health struggles related to anxiety, depression, suicidality and self-harm, trauma, eating disorders, chronic health conditions, relationship and family difficulties, and other general life stressors. She has worked with a diverse range of clients, including members of the LGBTQ communities, and is committed to providing culturally-sensitive and empathic care. Cynthia's practice recognizes that there are social, cultural, and systemic factors that contribute to the psychotherapy process.
Her clinical practice integrates evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapies, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), psychodynamic, attachment, and family systems approaches.
Dr. Lianne Trachtenberg
Dr. Lianne Trachtenberg is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and her predoctoral internship at the University Health Network (UHN) with rotations at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital. Recently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UHN to enhance her clinical and research skills with individuals diagnosed and treated for cancer. She brings a breadth of experience, having worked in a number of diverse and well-respected hospitals, universities, and private practice settings.
Dr. Trachtenberg works with adults who experience a range of mental health concerns including anxiety and mood difficulties, low self-esteem, body image distress, disordered eating, grief and loss, as well as relationship issues. She also has a special interest in providing therapy to individuals experiencing challenges in adjusting to and coping with chronic illnesses including cancer.
Dr. Trachtenberg believes in providing evidence-based treatment tailored to her clients’ unique needs. She has a compassionate and caring attitude that focuses on building upon her clients’ strengths, while empowering them to make meaningful change. Dr. Trachtenberg draws from a variety of evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT). Currently, Dr. Trachtenberg works as a Research Psychologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the Department of Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Trachtenberg is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Ontario Psychological Association, Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology.
Kathryn Curtis, PhD, C.Psych., is a Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Transitional Pain Service at Toronto General Hospital. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at York University and her clinical residency training at the University Health Network, which included rotations at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehab, and Toronto Western Hospital. Prior to her residency, she received training at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Ryerson University Counselling Centre and the York University Psychology Clinic.
At the Change Clinic, Dr. Curtis uses an empathic, client-centered, and values-based approach to best address the unique concerns and needs of each client. She draws from a variety of evidence-based approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion-based Therapies, and Schema Therapy. She provides treatment to individuals experiencing a range of mental health concerns, such as difficulties with mood and bipolar, anxiety, interpersonal concerns, and stress. She also provides support to individuals who experience challenges in adjusting to and coping with chronic or life-threatening health conditions, such as persistent complex pain and cancer. As well, she supports couples who are facing relationship tension, conflict, and intimacy concerns. Dr. Curtis has published her research on the evaluation of yoga and mindfulness interventions for individuals with chronic pain and limited mobility in scientific, peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
Dr. Lana Dépatie
Currently on Leave
Dr. Lana Dépatie, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her education at McGill University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychiatry and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her predoctoral residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital where she primarily trained in the area of child maltreatment. She currently works with children, adolescents and adults. She has assisted clients struggling with various difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma and grief/bereavement. In her practice, she primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Dépatie’s research interests thus far have focused on the biological basis of mental illnesses and she has published in the areas of schizophrenia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She provides services in French and English.
Dr. Marysia Lazinski
Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Marysia Lazinski is a licensed Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario who works with adults, young adults, adolescents, children, parents and families.
She completed her Ph.D. through the University of Victoria’s CPA-accredited Clinical Lifespan Psychology program, and she holds a Master’s in Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Her research has focused on promoting children’s resilience and coping with family conflict and divorce. She has received pre- and post-doctoral training at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) / Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and, most recently, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), as well as various community mental health and psychology practices across BC and Ontario. Dr. Lazinski has a passion for helping clients with mental health struggles such as depression, suicidality and self-harm, anxiety, trouble coping with traumatic experiences, disordered eating, relationship and family problems, as well as general life stressors and transitions. Depending on the problem, Dr. Lazinski can help a client individually, work with the entire family (or some of its members), or simply provide training and support to the caregiver(s) of a child.
Dr. Lazinski’s approach is collaborative and individualized, though her main focus is always developing a strong therapeutic relationship as the foundation for change and growth. She draws from evidence-based treatments including, family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Dr. Lazinski also has extensive experience providing psychological assessments (including, psychodiagnostic, psychoeducational, developmental and psychovocational assessments).
Anika Petrella, M.A., is a Clinical Counsellor at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the Department of Surgical Oncology (University Health Network) and a PhD student at the University of Toronto. Anika’s clinical work focuses on providing survivorship counselling to patients, partners, and families. Specifically, Anika has provided counselling services in the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic, and through the Genito-Urinary Psychosocial Support Service. Anika’s research interests have focused on survivorship issues faced by patients (and their partners) who have been diagnosed with urological cancers, including treatment decision-making, sexual health, physical wellness, and the effect cancer has on couples.
As a Clinical Counsellor at Change Clinic Anika provides assessment and treatment for individuals and couples with a focus on the emotional wellbeing of cancer patients and their families. This includes managing diagnosis, treatment decision making, survivorship, sexual rehabilitation, couples intimacy, quality of life, and grief and bereavement.
Ana Bilanovic, Ph.D., C.Psych., is a Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In addition to her work at Change Clinic, Ana is a Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre. Ana completed her Doctoral Degree at York University and as part of her doctoral training she also obtained a Health Psychology Diploma. Ana completed her pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital where she trained within the Heart Institute, Psychology Consultation Service for Inpatients, and the Eating Disorders Program. Prior to her residency, Ana received clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and York University Psychology Clinic. Through her training Ana has worked with individuals, couples, and groups. Since 2009, she has trained and worked at Princess Margaret Hospital in caring for the psychosocial needs of individuals and couples affected by cancer. She is a core staff member of the Princess Margaret Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic and provides training to graduate students.
With a client-centered approach, Ana offers therapy services for adults (individuals and couples). Ana’s approach to therapy is compassionate, empathic, and collaborative. She utilizes the integration of evidence-based therapy approaches to help clients address a range of mental health concerns including mood and anxiety, trauma, coping with challenges and stressors which arise with serious illness, relationship difficulties, as well as other issues which impact upon emotional well-being.
Ana’s research focuses on the psychological impact of cancer and cardiac disease on patients and their loved ones. Her research has been presented at international conferences and she has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Bahar Haji received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Windsor in 2019. Bahar also holds a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology from University of Toronto and a Masters in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Psychology from York University. She completed her clinical training in various community mental health clinics, hospitals, private practices and university counselling centers in Ontario, Newfoundland, and Michigan, with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of a wide range of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, emotion regulation, learning disabilities and ADHD, chronic pain, and severe mental illness. At Change Clinic, Bahar provides a space where individuals and couples can safely express their painful thoughts, feelings, experiences and memories, and works collaboratively with them to develop more effective ways of responding to stress so that they can build a more satisfying life. Her clinical practice is informed by her training in a number of evidence based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) , Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Brief Psychodynamic Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Bahar's research is focused on better understanding the analytic and intuitive processes that impact how people come to change their personally meaningful beliefs. She has published in scientific journals in the areas of cognition, perception, severe mental illness, and addictions.
M.A. (PhD. Candidate)
Meaghan holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology (OISE/UofT) and is completing the final stages of her Doctoral Degree at York University. She also holds a Diploma in Health Psychology. Meaghan completed her pre-doctoral residency through University Health Network, receiving clinical training at Princess Margaret Hospital in Urology and Surgical Oncology, Toronto Western Hospital in the Bariatric Surgery program, Rumsey Site in the Brain Injury, Stroke and MS rehabilitation program, and Lyndhurst Centre in the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation program. Prior to her residency, Meaghan received clinical training at Toronto General Hospital in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, the York University Psychology Clinic (private practice), Correctional Services of Canada, and Fox Psychological Services (private practice). Meaghan is also a core staff member of the Princess Margaret Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic and also provides clinical training to graduate students. Through her training, Meaghan has worked with individuals, couples and groups. She is also competent in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Since 2008, Meaghan has worked in private practice providing both assessment and intervention for adults.
At Change Clinic, Meaghan works with individual adults and couples. Her approach to therapy is empathic and collaborative, and follows an integrative model of evidence-based therapies in order to provide the best suited approach for an individual’s needs. She follows this approach to help clients with various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, adjustment and coping difficulties, trauma, and stress and challenges related to health concerns.
Meaghan’s research focuses on the challenges of complex chronic care of patients with multiple co-morbid health conditions in the Canadian health care system. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at international and national conferences.
MA (PhD Candidate)
Phil holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, and is completing the final stages of his Doctoral Degree at the University of Toronto. He received clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; and the Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals. Through his clinical training, he has gained extensive experiences with evidence-based assessment and treatment for a wide range of mental health concerns.
Phil adopts an empathic, collaborative, and values-based approach to build strong therapeutic relationships with clients and promote personal growth and wellbeing. He draws from a variety of evidence-based therapies – including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and Motivational Interviewing – to help clients overcome obstacles and live a richer and more meaningful life. He helps clients address numerous presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, interpersonal issues, and difficulties coping with chronic health conditions.
Phil’s research focuses on the mechanisms and health outcomes of Mindfulness-Based Interventions, as well as the influence of beliefs and goals on emotion regulation. His research has been presented at international and national conferences, and he has published in the area of intervention science.
M.Sc. (PhD. Candidate)
Setareh holds a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from University of Calgary and is currently completing her Doctoral degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto.
Setareh has received clinical training at hospital and university settings including Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, Mount Royal University Student Counselling Services, and University of Calgary Student Success Centre. Through her training, she has provided assessment and therapy to young adults and adults dealing with a wide range of mental health concerns. She has also co-facilitated groups on mindfulness and anxiety management.
Setareh places a high value on building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients and takes an empathic and client-centred approach to her practice. She draws from evidence-based therapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy, humanistic-experiential therapies, schema therapy, and mindfulness interventions to best address each person’s needs and goals. She helps clients with a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictive behaviours, disordered eating, and relationship difficulties. She also supports individuals who experience challenges in adjusting to and coping with chronic illness and cancer. She is passionate about working with clients from diverse backgrounds and providing culturally sensitive and LGBTQ+ positive care.
Setareh’s research focuses on predictors of psychotherapy outcome including therapeutic relationship and empathy, as well as determinants of healthy development across the lifespan. Her research has been presented at international and national conferences and she has published in the area of health and adult development.
Dr. Jasmine Mahdy
* Currently on Leave *
Dr. Jasmine Mahdy completed her PhD in the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology program at the University of Guelph. She has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto, Ontario and an internship at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, specializing in child and adolescent clinical and health psychology. Dr. Mahdy has experience doing assessment and intervention with children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, behavioural challenges, emotion dysregulation, suicidality, self-harm, adjustment and coping with chronic illness/pain, eating disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and stress management. She has been trained in a number of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as: cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion-focused therapy, as well as attachment and psychodynamic approaches. Her research is in the area of nonsuicidal self-injury and is focused on reducing stigmatizing responses towards people who self-injure. In her work, Dr. Mahdy aims to take an open and empathic approach to understanding a person’s experiences so that an applicable and focused plan for treatment can be implemented.
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