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We are committed to developing and building upon your strengths, cultivating your resiliency, and empowering you to make the desired changes in your life.

Clinic Directors

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Dr. Nina Mafrici

Dr. Nina Mafrici, Ph.D., C.Psych

Clinic Co-Director, Psychologist

Dr. Nina Mafrici is a registered clinical psychologist who obtained her Doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. She works with adolescents and adults facing various mental health challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, prenatal and postpartum disorders, self-harming behaviour, interpersonal difficulties, emotional dysregulation, and personality disorders.

Dr. Michele Foster, Ph.D., C.Psych

Clinic Co-Director, Psychologist

Dr. Michele Foster is a registered clinical psychologist who received her Doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. She works with adolescents and adults experiencing mental health difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, self-harm, disordered eating, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and difficulty with personality functioning, relationships, and emotion regulation.

Our Team

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Samantha Goren, HBSC, RD

Registered Dietitian

Samantha Goren is a Registered Dietitian with over 10 years experience in the field of nutrition and Dietetics. Samantha counsels adults and young adults with eating disorders, emotional eating and healthy lifestyle eating. Samantha graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an HBSc in Food and Nutrition. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Courtney M. Watson, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Registered Social Worker
TPWG Outpatient Eating Disorder Program Lead

Courtney Watson is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario. She works with adolescents and adults struggling with a range of mental health difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety disorders (such as OCD, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic, phobias), trauma, disordered eating, relationship difficulties, lack of self-esteem and self confidence, perfectionism, major life transitions and loss.

Anna Francis, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Registered Social Worker,
TPWG Group Program Lead

Anna Francis is a Registered Social Worker with over ten years experience providing therapy to individuals and families. Anna provides evidence-based treatment to adolescents and adults with a variety of therapeutic needs including mood and anxiety disorders; trauma; self-harm and suicidal behaviours and emotional dysregulation.

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Dr. Danielle Kofler, Ph.D.

Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Danielle Kofler obtained her Ph.D. in the Clinical and Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto and is registered as a Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto. She works with adults and adolescents who present with mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, eating disorders, and interpersonal issues. Danielle’s therapeutic approach is integrative in nature and draws from a variety of modalities in order to best fit her client’s needs.

Sari Goldman, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Registered Social Worker

Sari Goldman is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York. Sari works with individuals, couples and families struggling with mental health, life transitions, marriage, parenthood, relational difficulties including communication, separation/divorce, trauma and loss. xSari’s approach to treatment focuses on self-determination and respect for the individual experience, acknowledging that the client is the expert in their own lives.

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Rebecca Smith, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Registered Social Worker,
TPWG Group Program Lead

Rebecca Smith is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work specializing in mental health from the University of Toronto. Rebecca works with adolescents and adults struggling with a wide variety of concerns including symptoms of anxiety and depression, emotion regulation concerns, self-injury, body image concerns, relationship concerns, and life transitions.

(On Leave)

Shira Yufe, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Therapist

Shira Yufe is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at York University, where she also received her Master’s Degree. She works with adolescents, adults, and couples who are seeking supports for mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, adaption to chronic illness, and pain management. Shira conducts comprehensive diagnostic assessments and provides evidence-based treatment recommendations.

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Rossella Galati, M.A., RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Rossella Galati is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Rossella received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, IL after completing her B.A. Honours degree in Psychology at York University. Rossella is an advocate for mental health. Her approach to care is personal, yet professional, and rooted in the fundamentals of trust, security and holistic well- being.

Michal Gilboa-Hermel, M.A.
Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice)

Michal Gilboa-Hermel is a Psychological Associate (supervised practice) with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and holds an M.A in clinical psychology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where she was also a registered clinical psychologist prior to her move to Toronto. She works with all age groups, from adolescents to the elderly, facing various mental health challenges including mood and anxiety disorders, prenatal and postpartum disorders, and others. 

Amanda Buckingham, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Registered Social Worker

Amanda Buckingham is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto. She works with individuals that are experiencing a range of mental health concerns, including borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, difficulties with confidence and low self-esteem, and dissociative identity disorder. She is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and is passionate about supporting people towards a life worth living.

Michael Waxman, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Registered Social Worker

Michael B. Waxman is a Registered Social Worker who received his Master’s Degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, and his Bachelors in Social Work at King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario. Michael focuses his practice on individuals in the LGBTQ2S+ Community of all genders. Michael also works with boys and men in all stages of life who are exploring their mental health. Michael has been in private practice for 12 years.

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Nicole Knon, M.A.

Psychological Associate (Supervised Practice)

Nicole Knon is a Psychological Associate in supervised practice, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her Master’s Degree in clinical psychology at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2011, where she worked as a Clinical Psychologist for 9 years in both private practice and within hospital settings before her move to Toronto. She worked with all age groups encountering various mental health challenges, such as mood disorders, adjustment disorders, trauma, substance use disorders, prenatal and postpartum disorders, interpersonal difficulties, self-harming behaviour, emotional dysregulation, and personality disorders.

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Gwenne Woodward

Gwenne Woodward

Registered Social Worker

Gwenne Woodward is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, after a career as a musician and Music Therapist. Over the course of many years, Gwenne has worked primarily in the Public Health system, both in mental health and addictions. For the past sixteen years, Gwenne has worked with clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder who experience anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression. She focuses on helping clients and their families find long-term and life-worth-living solutions rather than short-term crisis-generating behaviours.

Natasha Bowman - Toronto Psychology and Wellness

Natasha Bowman, M.S.W., R.S.W. 

Registered Social Worker

Natasha Bowman holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in mental health as well as an undergraduate degree in psychology from Queen’s University. She is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Natasha works with adults and young people on a wide variety of issues including addiction, anxiety, disordered eating, perfectionism, existential dread, self-esteem, identity, trauma, life transition, and self-harm.

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Shelly Dilawri, BSc., O.T. Reg (Ont).

Registered Occupational Therapist & Psychotherapist

Shelly Dilawri is a Registered Occupational Therapist and Psychotherapist who has been working in the mental health space for over 15 years. Her passion to help individuals going through various mental health issues, life changes, and postpartum adjustments has strengthened over the years. She is ignited by the challenges that come with helping those who need assistance to overcome challenges, feel empowered, and reach their full potential.

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Nicole Schulz, MSW., R.S.W.

Registered Social Worker

Nicole Schulz is a registered social worker who received her Master’s degree from the University of Toronto. She works with individuals living with diverse mental health concerns including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, emotional dysregulation and personality disorders, interpersonal and relationship challenges, life transitions, prenatal and postpartum disorders, difficulties with body image and self-esteem, eating disorders, and experiences of trauma and loss.
Nicole is rooted in trauma-informed, person-centred and anti-oppressive practice with an emphasis on tailoring her services to the unique needs of her clients. Her approach to treatment is integrative drawing on her training in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities.

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Alexis Silver, BASc., MPH, RD.

Registered Dietitian

Alexis Silver is a Registered Dietitian who received her Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health. During her Masters, Alexis interned at the University Health Network where she spent time working with clients in the inpatient Eating Disorders Program at Toronto General Hospital. Prior to this, Alexis completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University.
Before joining Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group, Alexis worked as part of an interdisciplinary team at Lakeridge Health Oshawa outpatient Eating Disorders Program. During this time, Alexis provided both individual nutrition counselling to adults and adolescents struggling with disordered eating, eating disorders, intuitive eating, and overall healthy lifestyle eating.

Jasmin Katz
Jasmin Katz, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Clinical Therapist

Jasmin Katz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical and Counselling Psychology program at the University of Toronto. She completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto as well as her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology at Queen’s University. Jasmin works with adults and adolescents living with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, academic/work-related stress, substance use, life transitions and relational issues.
Jasmin’s therapeutic approach is integrative and collaborative in nature; she draws from a variety of evidence-based modalities to best suit her clients’ needs.

TPWG - Virginia Tsekova
Virginia Tsekova, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Clinical Therapist

Virginia Tsekova is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson [X] University. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson [X] University. She works with individuals experiencing a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and emotion regulation and interpersonal difficulties.

Virginia primarily draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), to best meet her clients’ needs and goals. She recognizes the importance of creating an empathic and trusting relationship with her clients. As such, she strives to provide a warm, accepting, and compassionate environment.

TPWG - Janice Shaw
Janice Shaw, M.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Registered Social Worker

Janice Shaw is a registered Social Worker with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and a few years prior, her Masters of Arts from Queen’s University. During her career, she has worked primarily with individuals and couples and has facilitated a myriad of groups on topics such as parenting, parenting through separation and divorce, issues involving family violence, and has worked with children throughout her career both individually and in groups.

Janice practices from a strength based and nonjudgmental perspective. She uses a variety of modalities in her practice and which modality used will depend on what will best meet the client’s need at the time.
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Serena Sgro, B.A.

Clinic Volunteer

Serena Sgro recently graduated from the University of St. Andrews with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She plans to pursue a Masters in Counselling Psychology. Along with volunteering at TPWG, Serena volunteers at various rehab centres, and the Canada Suicide Prevention Service. Serena’s goal is to one day open a mental health clinic for young adults specializing in addiction recovery.

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Chante Bennett

Office Administrator and Manager

Chante Bennett is the Office Administrator and Manager at TPWG. She received her Honours B.A. in Kinesiology from York University and a diploma in Medical Office Administration from Seneca College. She comes with 5+ years of medical office administration experience having worked in several different clinics including the Endocrinology and Allergy Clinics at Sunnybrook Hospital, as well as the Teaching Clinic of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Chante recently graduated from the Kinesiology program at York University and hopes to pursue a professional career as an Occupational Therapist.

In her spare time, Chante enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and being physically active. With her calming and compassionate presence, Chante is the first point of contact for our clients on their journey of recovery.

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Emily Coppa

Intake and Client Coordinator

Emily Coppa recently completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Ryerson University. Emily aspires to get her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology to practice professionally as a Psychologist. She has volunteered for non-profit mental health organizations mentoring women with eating disorders and is an active supporter in recovery groups. She has volunteered for elderly and child care services and was a member at Ryerson University’s Student Wellness Advisory Group, where she coordinated projects for eating disorder awareness and advocacy.

In her studies, Emily takes a transdiagnostic, biopsychosocial, and dimensional approach to mental illnesses. Her current research interests include the psychophysiology of anorexia nervosa, specifically, it’s influence on the HPA axis, visual cortex, and the menstrual cycle.

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Join Our Team

Seeking health professionals with strong DBT and/or Eating Disorder experience

Join Our Team • If you are interested in joining our collaborative team and have strong DBT and/or Eating Disorder experience, please send a cover letter and an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae to intake@tpwg.ca or click the link below. At this time, a Master’s degree in psychology or social work is required.

We do not offer practicum placements at this time.