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Dr. Tali (Tatyana) Shenfield is an expert in the areas of school psychology and child clinical psychology. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto and is licensed as a Psychologist by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Shenfield is accredited by the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association . She has several publications in scientific journals and is a frequent presenter at international conferences and symposia. Dr. Shenfield lectured at the University of Toronto and worked as a child psychologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto District School Board, York Catholic District School Board, and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, providing clinical and psychoeducational services to a wide range of clients. She is the Clinical Director of our center and provides supervision and oversight to other psychologists and psychotherapists. Dr. Shenfield is fluent in English and Russian.

Anat Elbaum, MA is an experienced therapist who has worked in various mental health public and private agencies in Canada and abroad. She is currently employed at The George Hull Centre for Children and Families in Etobicoke as a senior clinician. Ms. Elbaum has 23 years of experience treating men, women, children, adolescents, couples and families. Her areas of specialization include treating sexual, physical and emotional trauma, separation divorce and blended families, marital and family conflicts, anxiety, depression, school related challenges and selective mutism. She has helped people who experienced adjustments to major life events like immigration and grief, difficulties in parent/child relations, parenting challenging children and other issues. Ms. Elbaum is a versatile clinician who draws on several therapeutic approaches such as Family and Marriage Therapy, Attachment Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Short Term Therapy, Art and Play Therapy, Therapeutic Cards. She brings the clients to change with respect, warmth and empathy. Ms. Elbaum is a registered clinical family and marriage therapist licensed to work in the province of Ontario (AAMFT and OAMFT). She holds the title of Adjunct Lecturer at The faculty of Social Work at The University of Toronto. Ms. Elbaum is fluent in English and Hebrew.

Abraham Nehmad, MA is an experienced psychotherapist who has worked extensively in various Mental Health agencies and in his private practice in Canada and abroad. He has 22 years of experience treating individuals, couples, families, adolescences and children. His areas of expertise include stress management, anxiety, depression, grief, marital conflict, separation and divorce, blended families, parenting challenging children, ADHD, school-related issues, and communication between parents and their adolescent children. Mr. Nehmad draws on different therapeutic approaches in his work including systemic, narrative and psycho-dynamic treatments. He has strong clinical skills in brief and focused therapy, combining good sense of humor with deep and respectful emotional therapeutic interventions. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and he holds the title of Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Work at The University of Toronto. Mr. Nehmad is currently employed as a senior clinician and supervisor at the George Hull Centre in Etobicoke ON. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has a good command of Hebrew.

Dr. Olivia Chu Yau is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario as a Psychologist under Supervised Practice. She is our psycho-educational consultant who conducts assessments for giftedness, learning disabilities, and ADHD. She has completed her MA and PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Windsor. She has conducted cognitive, psychoeducational, neuropsychological, and socio-emotional assessments in hospitals, universities, private practices, and rehabilitation institutes. She has also done therapy and intervention work in various clinical settings. Her past placements have been at The Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Baycrest, The Hospital for Sick Children, The University of Michigan, The Detroit Medical Centre, and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She has presented her research at The International Neuropsychological Society, The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and The American Psychological Association. In addition to English, she is also fluent in Cantonese.

Marina Heifetz, MA conducts psycho-educational assessments and therapy for children and adolescents in our clinic. She holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently working on her PhD in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. She has conducted cognitive, academic, and socio-emotional assessments, as well as intervention work in various clinical settings, including Markham Stouffville Hospital, Alvin Buckwold Multidisciplinary Clinic, and Surrey Place. To complement her clinical training, she is engaged in various research projects, with her main interests being in adolescent romantic relationships, families, and mental health. She is a frequent presenter at international and local conferences and symposia. In addition to English, she is also fluent in Russian.

Mariya Kochetkova, MA holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from York University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has conducted cognitive, academic, psychoeducational and socio-emotional assessments as well as therapy work in various settings including the York Catholic District School Board and Regesh Family Child Services. Mariya draws from a number of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, and Art Therapy in her clinical work with children and adolescents. Mariya is dedicated to providing clinical and psychoeducational services to children, adolescents, and their families. She has expertise in assessment of learning difficulties and teaching learning strategies to children and adolescents. Mariya is fluent in English and Russian.

Maria Restivo, PhD Candidate, conducts psycho-educational assessments for giftedness in our clinic. She holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor degree in both Psychology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at McMaster University. She has conducted cognitive, neuropsychological, and clinical assessments in hospitals, academic institutions and private practices. She has worked with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, The Hospital for Sick Children, and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health previously. She is currently engaged in several research projects, with her main interests lying in the interactions between mental and physical health, and cognitive impairment. She has presented her research at The Canadian Psychological Association, The American Psychiatric Association, and The Society for Biological Psychiatry.

Christine Jubian, BA is our psychological assistant. She is the first person you will meet when you contact our office. She will be happy to answer your questions, arrange appointments, and to assist you in any other way. Christine is a recent graduate of University of Toronto with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She plans to continue her studies in either law or clinical psychology. Christine is fluent in both English and Armenian.

Alexandra (Ally) Tan, BA is our office secretary, she will welcome you and help make you feel comfortable. Ally will answer your phone calls, schedule your appointments and respond to any questions or concerns that you may have. Currently an undergraduate student at York University, Ally is working towards a Bachelor of Honours in Social Work with a Minor in Psychology. She plans to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work once she has completed her internship. Ally enjoys working with us as it gives her exposure to the counselling profession, and she is especially interested in working with children and youth. She is active as a volunteer in a number of initiatives, and she hopes to continue developing new skills that will allow her to make a difference in the community.



Our Associates

Dr. Earnest Light, C.Psych, is a licensed psychologist in the province of Ontario. His formal training in psychology was in Russia, where he obtained a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Petersburg State University and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the St. Petersburg Psychoneurological Institute. Dr. Light worked as a Clinical Psychologist in several mental health facilities. He was a Clinical Director of a crisis unit for adolescents where he worked with victims of sexual abuse. Dr. Light has worked as a Psychologist in mental health institutions in Canada since 1997. He has conducted his private practice since 2001. His research and practical skills are recognized internationally. Dr. Light was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco and the State University of New York in Geneseo. His professional articles are published in Russian and North American psychological journals. Dr. Light's main interests lie in implementing therapeutic techniques of various modalities to a wide spectrum of life experience. He works with symptoms of anxiety, depression as well as posttraumatic stress, bereavement, feelings associated with life-limiting illnesses, family and sexual difficulties, and problems associated with adolescent development. Dr. Light works with adults, couples, families, and adolescents. His office is located in Thornhill, Ontario.





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We Service:
Richmond Hill
North York
North Toronto
York Region
Psychological Assessment Services:
Full Psychological Assessments
Psycho-Educational Assessments
Gifted Assessments / IQ Testing
Socio-Emotional Assessments
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) Assessments
Assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorders incl. Asperger's Syndrome
Career Assessment incl. Assessments of Aptitude, Personality and Interests
Psychological Therapy for children and adults with:
Anxiety and depression
Learning disabilities
High functioning Autism
Asperger syndrome
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD)
Anger and stress issues
Obsessions and compulsions
Other Services:
COGMED working memory training
Personalized Career Counseling
Marriage/Couples Counseling
Family Therapy
Counselling for adolescents
Play Therapy for young children
Educational Seminars for parents
Seminars for University Students
Consultations to School boards
Professional Training

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