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.
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. Lana Dépatie, PhD., C.Psych.
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. Erin Eadie, PhD., C.Psych.
Dr. Erin Eadie, C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. She received her education and training at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, and The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Dr. Eadie provides assessment and therapy services to adolescents, adults, and families, and consultation to community partners. She uses evidence-based therapy to treat a range of mental health concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD and other trauma-related concerns, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, personality disorders, and adjustment to health-related conditions. Dr. Eadie has training and experience in trauma-focused therapies, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-based approaches. She addresses mental health concerns from a strengths-based perspective and takes a collaborative, client-centred approach to therapy. She strives to work with clients to build a treatment plan based on individual needs and values.
Outside of Change Clinic, Dr. Eadie works as a Psychologist in the SCAN Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also conducts and publishes research on the impact of interpersonal trauma on mental and physical health.
Dr. Brooke Halpert, PhD., C.Psych.
Dr. Brooke Halpert, PhD., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre and Vanier Children’s Services. She also trained at The Hospital for Sick Children, The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, and the Toronto District School Board. She works with clients who are struggling to cope with a variety of challenges including eating disorders, chronic pain, and adjustment to medical conditions. She also supports clients coping with learning challenges, anxiety and depression, and issues related to grief and bereavement. She relies on evidence-based practices to guide her work and uses creative methods to meet unique client needs. She has published in scientific journals and presented at international conferences. Her main research focus relates to the early parent-child relationship and children’s development.
Dr. Lisa Lipschitz, PhD., C.Psych.
Dr. Lisa Lipschitz, PhD., C.Psych. is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Lipschitz received her education and training at the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba in health and clinical psychology. She currently works at the University Health Network in Altum Health in a multi-disciplinary chronic pain program.
Dr. Lipschitz received pre-doctoral training with adults and couples in several clinics at the University Health Network, a university counselling centre, and an adult outpatient mental health clinic.
Dr. Lipschitz specializes in the evidence based assessment and treatment of adults and couples. Her clinical areas of experience are eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and stress management. She also provides psychotherapy related to health issues such as sexual rehabilitation, couple's intimacy, treatment decision making, pain management, and coping with chronic illness and cancer (including prostate and testicular). She has training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, mindfulness, and Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples and uses an integrative, collaborative, client-centered approach.
Dr. Rika Tanaka, PhD., C.Psych.
Dr. Tanaka is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Cardiac eHealth and Behavioural Cardiology Research Unit at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University; and she completed her Internship in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.
Dr. Tanaka’s expertise in Health Psychology focuses on providing psychotherapy and supportive counseling services to patients who are coping with a wide variety of chronic health conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, and congenital heart disease. Her current research focuses on the development of evidence-based clinical content and tools for a web-based counseling platform in preventive cardiology.
Dr. Tanaka also provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, chronic illness, stress, and trauma."
Dr. Sarah Lyons,
PhD., C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)
Sarah Lyons is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto. She has over 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults and couples. Sarah is an integrative therapist with expertise in cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic psychotherapies, as well as a background in mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness meditation. Sarah has special interest in anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, couples therapy, career counselling, trauma and stress related to chronic or life-threatening illnesses, health psychology and relationship counselling. Sarah's practice is LGBTQ-positive.
Sarah completed her Master’s degree at the University of Toronto in 2010. She is expected to complete her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2016.
Sarah has co-facilitated groups focused on individuals recovering from addiction and depression. She provided psychotherapy and addiction counselling with individuals with HIV/AIDS at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic, under the Patient Support Program. Sarah has received additional training at Toronto East General Hospital and North York General Hospital, in Outpatient Psychology and Inpatient Psychiatric settings. Sarah spent 3 years at St. Michael’s Hospital as a cognitive behavioural therapist working with individuals with HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, she has extensive experience with psychological assessments, as well as psycho-vocational assessments.
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.
Anika Gentile, M.A. (PhD. Candidate)
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, M.A.
Ana holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and is completing the final stages of her Doctoral Degree at York University. As part of her doctoral training, she is also pursuing 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.
Natalie Stratton, M.A.
Natalie attained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson University (2014) and is currently completing the final stages of her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the same institute.
Natalie provides individuals and couples with the insight and skills needed to better manage a wide range of difficulties, such as relationship issues, sexual dysfunction, infertility, chronic illness, depression, and anxiety as well as life events, including pregnancy and issues surrounding sexual orientation. Natalie fosters a warm, empathetic, and accepting therapeutic environment for her clients and works with them to identify treatment goals and a personalized treatment plan. Her clinical practice is guided by evidence-based treatment approaches, such as cognitive behavioural, dialectical behavioural, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.
Natalie has completed clinical training at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (University Health Network), Women’s Health Concerns Clinic and Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton), Department of Family and Community Medicine (St. Michael’s Hospital) as well as the HIV Prevention Lab and Sleep and Depression Lab (Ryerson University). Furthermore, Natalie’s research focuses on identifying factors that impact the sexual functioning of gay, bi, and queer men.
In order to keep up to date with current research and practice in psychology, Natalie is an active member of the International Academy of Sex Research, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
Meaghan Ferguson, M.A.
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.
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