Dr. Melissa Stern is a licensed psychologist who has been working with children, adolescents, and young adults, and families for over 10 years. She is a graduate of the McGill School/Applied Child Psychology program where her research focused on adolescents’ and young adults’ emotional regulation and self-harm. She has experience working in various clinical settings such as in private practice, hospital outpatient clinics as well as the McGill University Assessment Clinic.
Notably, Melissa received extensive training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute’s Child and Adolescent Depressive Disorders Clinic. Furthermore, she is the first DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ in Quebec, and she is one of a select number of mental health professionals trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for Children (DBT-C) in Canada. Melissa’s specialized training permits her to provide therapy to individuals with a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, as well as suicidal thoughts and behaviours. This approach provides a better understanding of her client’s difficulties and equips them with the tools they need to manage their emotions, improve their well-being and build a life worth living.
Furthermore, her authentic, empathetic, and non-judgmental approach allows for all of her clients to feel comfortable in therapy. Melissa is bilingual and can respond to client requests for therapy and/or assessment in French and English.
Jennifer Sidel is an OPQ licensed Psychotherapist (L’Ordre des psychologues du Quebec) and a certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She has been working with adults and children both individually and in groups for over 12 years. She graduated with a Masters in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa and has extensive post-masters training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and trauma-informed psychotherapy. Her diverse experience includes working in clinical settings, community organizations as well as private practice where she has provided individual and group therapy. Jennifer co-created and facilitated numerous support groups for survivors of trauma as well as for those suffering from generalized anxiety and depression. Her diverse clinical experience has allowed her to gain valuable experience, knowledge, and sensitivity towards people of varied socioeconomic statuses, cultural communities, and the LGBTQ community.
Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Jennifer draws upon methods and skills from various treatment modalities to tailor her approach to each person’s unique needs and personality.
Jennifer’s genuine care, empathy and authenticity are paramount in her treatment. She believes wholeheartedly that the relationship she cultivates with her clients is a crucial element to successful therapy.
Damyan Edwards is a clinical psychologist offering individual, couples, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from numerous psychological conditions, including depression, anxiety, past trauma, anger management, and work-life stressors. He also specializes in psycho-diagnostic and psycho-educational assessments for a variety of presenting problems, including personality, anxiety, and mood disorders, childhood disorders (intellectual and learning disabilities) and behavioral and attentional difficulties (ADHD).
Damyan adopts a client-centered approach by helping the client feel empowered and supported while providing them with the tools to achieve their therapeutic goals. He provides clients with a safe, warm, and open space to help them identify self-destructive patterns and pave the path to a life with a greater sense of meaning and positive fulfillment.
Mx. Payton Bernett (pronouns they/them) is a PhD candidate through the McGill University Counselling Psychology program. Under the supervision of Dr. Dennis C. Wendt, Payton is currently pursuing qualitative and mixed methods social justice research regarding the experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals facing substance difficulties, as well as the experiences of inclusion and belonging of Indigenous students in post-secondary education.
Payton’s kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental approach supports clients to achieve their therapeutic goals in a healing and trauma-informed setting. Their commitment to their clients’ well-being and inner expertise guides their approach when working with both one-on-one and in group settings.
Finally, Payton does their best to understand the broader contexts that may influence the difficulties that clients are experiencing, including systematic oppression and discrimination. Payton is part of the Pride Therapy Network of Montreal and is committed to acting as an ally and advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ folks, BIPoC individuals, and those with disabilities.
Megha Nagar is a PhD candidate from the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. As a senior-level doctoral student, Megha is well-trained to provide psycho-educational assessments for children with academic, behavioural, and social difficulties. In addition, Megha has specialized training, approved by both The Beck Institute of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and the DBT®-Linehan Board of Certification, to provide therapeutic services to children and adolescents. Specifically, those who are struggling with anxiety, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma. Although Megha’s clinical practice primarily draws from third-wave therapeutic approaches (cognitive/dialectical behaviour therapy), she uses a variety of evidence-based treatments that are specific to her client’s needs and developmental level (e.g., child-centered play therapy, mindfulness-based approaches). Megha strives to establish a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She works collaboratively with young clients, and their parents, to facilitate an active role in treatment and foster a sense of client empowerment. Megha is a registered student member of L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ).
Rebecca Fox is a psychological associate working towards obtaining her Psychotherapy permit. She holds a Masters degree (MSc) in Psychology from the University of Roehampton and a BA in Psychology from Concordia University. She has had extensive post-masters training in Psychodynamic Therapy but has also been trained in Mindfulness, Systemic Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
Rebecca has five years of experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with a range of difficulties. Rebecca is continuing her training with the Argyle Institute and at Grey Zone. She is passionate about helping others and believes in having a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients.
Rebecca works with both adolescents and adults, treating disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and anger problems. Rebecca’s main area of expertise is Social Anxiety and she is passionate about helping individuals overcome their social phobias so that they can continue to live meaningful lives with the relationships and friendships they wish to make and maintain.
Rebecca likes to collaborate with her clients, build trust, and provide a safe space for her clients to tell their stories and explore ways to overcome their difficulties together.
Precilia Hanan is a Psychology PhD candidate at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, specializing in a cognitive-behavioral approach with young children and teens. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at McGill University and has gained valuable experience through her academic career, training her both as a researcher and practitioner in the field. Moreover, Precilia has worked in various research laboratories, clinical settings, school settings, community organizations, as well as private practice.
Hence, Precilia is also a specialized education technician for the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) where she has worked with teenagers who presented various behavioral and cognitive difficulties. Precilia believes that being able to empathize, understand and build a strong foundation with her clients are key to successful therapy. Finally, she firmly believes that we can all, with no exception, grow to become the best version of ourselves with the appropriate support and guidance
Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Specialization Psychology (Concordia University), a master’s degree in Educational Psychology (McGill University), and a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (McGill University). Amanda is a member in good standing with the ordre des conseillers et conseilleres d’orientation du Quebec (OCCOQ).
She is trained and supervised in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based interventions. Amanda’s ultimate passion is to empower, advocate for, and assist individuals in need by creating a warm and supportive therapeutic environment.
Amanda works primarily with adolescents (17+) and adults experiencing difficulties with life transitions, emotional regulation, academics/career, interpersonal relationships, executive functioning weaknesses, personality disorders, depression, and anxiety.
Lisa-Marie Giorgio is a doctoral student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University and a registered student member of the L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ) supervised by Dr. Melissa Stern. She is well-trained in conducting psychoeducational assessments for students struggling with attention, learning, and behavior.
Lisa-Marie works individually with children, teens, and young adults experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, relationships, behaviour, and emotional regulation. When consulting with parents, she provides a supportive, non-judgmental, and educational experience to help find workable solutions to everyday challenges.
Within her practice, Lisa-Marie values cultural sensitivity, authenticity, compassion, and creativity. She strives to create a space where individuals can feel safe, understood, and build skills for a better life. Her approach primarily involves elements of dialectal and cognitive behavioural therapies.
Maria Brown is a doctoral student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. Her doctoral research is focused on evaluating factors that impact children’s treatment in a day hospital program at the Jewish General Hospital.
Maria has received extensive training on assessments (e.g., ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, socio-emotional difficulties). She also has years of experience working with children with neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., Autism, ADHD) and their families in school and private settings, providing support with social and daily living skills, behavioral challenges, and emotion regulation difficulties.
Maria has conducted clinical work at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, Summit School, and the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic. Her clinical interests include neurodevelopmental, anxiety, and personality disorders as well as suicidality and trauma. She is passionate about building a strong, collaborative relationship with her clients and their families. She draws upon a variety of evidence-based approaches that are tailored towards her clients’ goals.
Outside of the office, Maria enjoys reality television, reading, and practicing.
Stephanie is a doctoral student in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University. Since 2017, she has gained extensive experience in research and clinical settings with children, adolescents, and young adults. She previously worked as a behaviour therapist providing early intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or behavioural challenges. She is also currently completing a year-long practicum at the McGill University Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic and at Summit School in Montréal. She has experience applying mindfulness-based
Taylor McNulty is a Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University and is a member in good standing with the OTSTCFQ. Some of the most important knowledge can be found by reading our own story. Taylor is passionate about supporting people in their journey to better understand themselves in an effort to bring their values, thoughts and behaviours into alignment. She strives to create a warm environment which fosters feelings of self-acceptance and compassion. Interventions are made in collaboration with clients based on their needs and objectives. She has an interest in Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Applied Behaviour Change for Needs Acquisition and Mindfulness while consistently placing an emphasis on client’s strengths and ability for self-determination. She has worked in both the public and private sectors with individuals of all ages, families and groups working through challenges including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, interpersonal violence, anger management and addictions.
Lindsay Weisbloom is a high school resource teacher with over 15 years of experience working with students with various special needs such as ADHD, learning difficulties, speech and language disorders and autism. She has her B.Ed in Elementary Education and a M. Ed in Inclusive Education from McGill University. She has worked in both elementary and high school settings supporting students in reading, reading comprehension, written expression, math, social skills and executive functioning skills. She has also worked as an administrator in the high school setting and has vast knowledge of the English public school system. She takes a child-centered approach in her practice and works with the students at their own individual level.
Mariella Carroga is a registered Occupational Therapist with 20 years experience working both in private, acute care hospital setting and CLSC home care. Mariella graduated with a B.Sc in Occupational Therapy from Jönköping University in Sweden, and went on to complete her equivalent studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Mariella also have completed extensive continuing education training in the area of mental health. As an occupational therapist, she is passionate about helping our adult population with their mental health and wellness by finding sustainable solutions to support their ability to return to work or stay at work. In Occupational Therapy you will learn skills and strategies to not only do your day-to-day activities but also create a better work life balance.
Robin Glance is a registered dietitian with over 12 years of clinical experience. She has a private practice where she works with clients of all ages to help improve food habits as well as clients’ relationships with food. Robin takes a non-diet approach to counseling and does not believe in strict rules or deprivation.
Robin has appeared on Global, Breakfast Television, CJAD and CBC Radio as a nutritional expert.
Dena is the administrative assistant at the Grey Zone Psychology & Wellness Center. Dena’s role is to assist not only the psychologists, but each individual patient. She is often the first person to be in contact with our patient. She can provide them with information, answer their questions and help them to set up appointments. Her goal is to ensure that everyone has a prompt, efficient and pleasant experience, not only when dealing with her, but when dealing with the centre.