Our Team

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MELISSA STERN, Ph.D.

Psychologist & Co-Director

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.

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JENNIFER SIDEL, M.Ed.

Psychotherapist & Co-Director

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. 

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DAMYAN EDWARDS, Ph.D.


Psychologist

Payton Bernett Psychology Student Therapy DBT

PAYTON BERNETT, M.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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Megha Nagar, m.a.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Rebecca Fox Psychological Associate DBT Montreal therapy psychology

REBECCA FOX, M.Sc.

Psychological
Associate

Precilia Hanan Psychology Therapy Montreal DBT anxiety depression

Precilia Hanan, B.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Lisa Marie Giorgio Psychological Associate DBT children therapy psychology

LISA-MARIE GIORGIO, M.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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Samantha scholes, M.a.

Ph.D. STUDENT,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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Maria Brown, M.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Audrey

AUDREY KERN, M.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Sophie

SOPHIE SYDORIAK, R.N., B.A.

M.A. COUNSELLING STUDENT,
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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Stephanie Zito, M.Ed.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOMETRICIAN

Erika Gentile Psychological Associate Montreal Psychology

ERIKA GENTILE, B.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
PSYCHOMETRICIAN

Myriam Lecousy Grey Zone DBT Montreal Coordinator

MYRIAM LECOUSY, B.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE,
DBT PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Christina Opolko MSW Clinical Social Worker Therapy

CHRISTINA OPOLKO, MSW

CLINICAL
SOCIAL WORKER

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Taylor McNulty, MSW

CLINICAL
SOCIAL WORKER

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AMANDA PANICONI,
M.Ed., M.A.

COUNSELLOR

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GABRIELLA D'ONOFRIO,
M.ED.

COUNSELLOR

FANNY BARRET COUNSELLOR PSYCHOLOGY THERAPY anxiety depression

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M.A.

COUNSELLOR

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ALEX KREISSL,
M.ED

COUNSELLOR

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NICOLE WITHERS,
M.ED

COUNSELLOR

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LINDSAY WEISBLOOM, M.Ed.

LEARNING
SPECIALIST

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ROBIN GLANCE,
P.Dt.

Nutritionist

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Mariella Osterlin-Carroga, B.Sc.

Occupational Therapist

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HEIDI BARRER

Clinic
Administrative Assistant

Damyan Edwards

Ph.D., PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

PAYTON BERNETT, M.A. (THEY/THEM/THEIRS)

Ph.D. CANDIDATE, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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, M.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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, M.Sc.

Psychological Associate

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, B.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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

LISA-MARIE GIORGIO, M.A.

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

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.

SAMANTHA SCHOLES, M.A.

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Samantha Scholes is a master’s student at McGill in the School/Applied Child Psychology program and will begin her PhD in Fall 2021. Throughout her academic career, she has gained extensive experience in both a research and clinical setting. Samantha has previously worked in various child development laboratories, conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children both with and without special needs. Additionally, she is completing a year-long practicum at the McGill University Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic, and is providing assessments for children with special needs at École Le Sommet. Samantha has also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Samantha aims to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment, where she can work collaboratively with clients throughout all of her sessions.

AUDREY KERN, M.A.

Ph.D. CANDIDATE, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Audrey Kern (pronouns she/her) is completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Langevin, her doctoral project seeks to understand factors that prevent cycles of maltreatment within families.

Audrey has experience administering psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children and youth with various concerns and conditions. She has additionally worked therapeutically with adolescents and young adults with histories of trauma and violence.

Audrey’s approach is warm, collaborative, and non-judgemental. She works to understand her client’s concerns in a trauma-informed and culturally competent manner.

SOPHIE SYDORIAK R.N., B.A

M.A. COUNSELLING STUDENT, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE

Sophie is a Master’s student in the Counselling Psychology program at McGill University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Psychology from the University of Montreal. As a clinical nurse for over five (5) years, she has extensive clinical experience with a diverse adult psychiatric population (e.g., anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc.). In addition, Sophie attended several trainings to provide clinical interventions adapted to the therapeutic needs of her clients. In particular, she is trained in the application of Reconsolidation Therapy (Brunet Method) for individuals with PTSD.

Sophie places great importance on creating an empathetic therapeutic environment conducive to self-acceptance and behavioural change in her clients. She aspires to specialize her clinical interventions in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). 

STEPHANIE ZITO, M.ED

Ph.D. CANDIDATE, PSYCHOMETRICIAN

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 interventions in schools (e.g., elementary, secondary school, and university) for students with diverse needs. Her doctoral research focuses on mindfulness-based programs for students with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ASD, ADHD). Stephanie aims to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and collaborative approach in each session.

ERIKA GENTILE, B.A

PSYCHOMETRICIAN

Erika is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at McGill University, with an added specialization in neuropsychology. Erika has and continues to receive extensive, multidisciplinary training in both psychotherapy and neuropsychological services from various different sites, including the McGill Student Wellness Hub, the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Allan Memorial Institute, and the Montreal General Hospital. Her clinical experience acquired during training thus far is varied and includes using evidence-based approaches to work with adolescents and adults on a variety of presenting concerns (anxiety, depression, grief, interpersonal problems). She also has many years of experience in neuropsychological testing, including assessments of neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders.

MYRIAM LECOUSY, B.A.

dbt program coordinator

Myriam Lecousy is a PhD candidate in Clinical and Community Psychology at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She specializes in suicide prevention programs and interventions for children and youth. Prior to her doctoral studies, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Child and Youth Work at Concordia University, where she was trained to provide psycho-educational assessment and specialized treatment plans to children and youth.

 

Myriam has gained expertise in the field by working in clinical, community and governmental organization, in the hope of helping those in needs both at the individual and systemic level. She has gained experience working with various clientele, such as marginalized youth, 2SLGBTQ+ population and at-risk individuals, while specializing in crisis intervention and working towards changing policies for better access to mental health care in Canada. She believes in a holistic and collaborative approach, and empowers her clientele to take an active role in their treatment.

 

CHRISTINA OPOLKO, M.A., MSW

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Christina Opolko (MA, MSW) is a licensed clinical social worker and creative arts therapist in Montreal, Canada. Since 2016, she has held a private practice focusing on trauma, identity, burnout and life transitions for people of all ages. Her experience spans work with individuals, groups, institutions. A session with Christina may take the form of check-in, a deeper exploration into a certain skill or element that resonates with you, then debriefing about the experience. As a clinician, researcher and person, she values social justice and advocacy, especially during these unprecedented times. Fun facts: She is a twin, loves her doodle dog named Oscar, and relaxes by belting out songs during solo kitchen dance parties. Favorite quote: “A bird sitting on a tree branch is not afraid of falling should the branch break because their trust is not on the branch, but in their own wings.”

TAYLOR MCNULTY, MSW​

CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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.

AMANDA PANICONI, M.Ed., M.A.

counsellor

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.

GABRIELLA D'ONOFRIO, M.ED.

COUNSELLOR

Gabriella is a recent graduate of a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is a registered member of the Order of Counsellors of Quebec (OCCOQ). Her clinical experience acquired during her graduate internship in private practice includes working with children and adolescents on several presenting concerns such as anxiety, depression, OCD, grief and interpersonal problems. Gabriella will also simultaneously be working as a Personal Counsellor at the Sacred Heart School of Montreal for the 2021-2022 academic year, guiding young adolescent girls. Additionally, Gabriella is a Texting Supervisor at the Kids Help Phone Crisis Text Line, supporting youth in crisis across Canada. As a counsellor, Gabriella takes a collaborative and empathic approach, drawing from many evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance-commitment therapy. Gabriella strives to provide a safe and accepting environment which fosters self-exploration, growth and change.

FANNY BARRET, M.A.

COUNSELLOR

Fanny Barret (she/her) is a psychological associate working towards obtaining her Psychotherapy permit. She holds a Masters degree (MA) in Counselling Psychology from McGill University and a BA in Applied Psychology from Bishop’s University.

Fanny recently completed a year-long internship providing counselling services to cancer patients and their caregivers. She had previously completed an internship with university students, and went on to work as a high school counsellor, providing mental health and career counselling to adolescents from 12 to 17 years old. She worked with a variety of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, fear of dying, survivor’s guilt, relationship issues (with partners, parents, and friends) substance abuse, and gender and sexuality issues.

Fanny believes that the bond between a client and their therapist is one of the main factors of therapeutic change and her focus is on building trust and providing a safe space within the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship. She believes clients have an innate capacity for change within them, and she would like to be able to work with clients collaboratively to help them find the tools to navigate through and enrich their life. Fanny has a strong interest in Mindfulness, Client-Centered therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and she is getting training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is fully bilingual in French and English.

ALEX KREISSL, M.ED

COUNSELLOR

Alex is a graduate of a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He is a registered member of the Order of Counsellors of Quebec (OCCOQ). His clinical experience accumulated over the course of the past few years, in both an educational setting and private practice, includes working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, motivation and trauma. Within his work, Alex takes a collaborative and empathetic approach in order to make you feel safe and supported while working towards your goals. Drawing from many evidence-based practices, such as humanistic, cognitive, psychodynamic and third-wave theories, Alex tailors his approach in order that it may be the best fit for you. You can expect to work in an environment that fosters self-exploration, acceptance, growth and change.

NICOLE WITHERS, M.ED

COUNSELLOR

Nicole uses a holistic, person-centred and empathetic approach to provide clinical counselling to children, young people, and their families. A registered Clinical Social Worker, Nicole holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University, and a Master’s of Social Work from McGill University. She has received specific training in Cognitive Behaviour and Play Therapy approaches from Laurier University and the Canadian Association of Play Therapy.

 

She engages folks from a lens of empowerment, collaboration, and resilience. She is focused on providing counselling to help children, adolescents, and families in areas specific to: stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm, divorce/separation, behavioural difficulties, 2SLGBTQIA+, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, traumatic experiences, and more.

 

Throughout Nicole’s professional experiences in working with children and young people, she has learned that compassion, hope, gratitude, awareness, and reflection are key to counselling, and thus in understanding and working alongside people.

LINDSAY WEISBLOOM, M.Ed.

Learning Specialist

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. 


ROBIN GLANCE, P.Dt.

Nutritionist

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.

Mariella Osterlin-Carroga, B.Sc.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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.

dENA engarhos

Clinic Administrator

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.