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.
Dr. Patricia Delmore-Ko is a licensed psychologist who has over 13 years of experience working with children and adolescents in public school boards (i.e., TDSB and YCDSB). She completed her doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Waterloo where she specialized in both Developmental and Educational psychology. Her current interests focus on the reasons underlying children's academic struggles, such as learning disabilities, giftedness, poor motivation, anxiety, developmental disability, etc. Dr. Delmore-Ko has first-hand knowledge regarding the complexities of the Ministry of Education's requirements for identification, and resources that are available for students with special needs (e.g., writing aids, assistive technology, I.E.P.). She can provide suggestions regarding specific teaching techniques, classroom accommodations and modifications, and recommendations specific to the student's learning profile. Behavioural challenges such as A.D.H.D. and Oppositional Defiant Disorder are areas of particular interest to Dr. Delmore-Ko. Dr. Delmore-Ko is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario. She is currently employed by the York Catholic District School Board as a co-coordinator of the program for gifted students. At our clinic, she supervises psycho-educational assessments.
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.
Mariya Kochetkova, M.Psy (Clin.) 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.
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.
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 psychological assistant. Ally will answer your phone calls, schedule your appointments and respond to any questions or concerns that you may have. She is a recent graduate of York University with a Honours Bachelor 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.
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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