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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.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Dr. Michele Foster

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.

Psychology

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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.

TPWG Genevieve Monaghan - Psychologist
Dr. Genevieve Monaghan, Ph.D., C.Psych
Psychologist

Dr. Genevieve Monaghan is a registered Clinical Psychologist who obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Ottawa in 2018. She works with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing a range of problems including difficulties with mood and anxiety, eating disorders and body image concerns, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and emotional dysregulation, among others.

Dr. Monaghan has received training across evidence-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and enhanced CBT for eating disorders (CBT-E), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT for PTSD), Solution-focused Family Therapy, among others.

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. 

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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.

(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.

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 - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - 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 - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Abby Kinnear
Abby Kinnear, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate
Clinical Therapist

Abby Kinnear is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Western University, where she also completed her Master’s degree. Abby’s research at Western focuses primarily on eating disorders, and she is passionate about treating eating disorders, difficulties in emotion regulation and distress intolerance.

Abby has experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills. She has also received training in exposure therapy for eating disorders and 10-session CBT for eating disorders (CBT-T). Abby aims to be warm and compassionate toward all clients and also firmly believes in Health at Every Size.

Social Work

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Courtney Watson

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.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Anna Francis

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.

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Rebecca Smith
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.

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Sari Goldman
Sari Goldman, M.S.W., R.S.W, Acc. FM.

Registered Social Worker

Sari Goldman is a Registered Social Worker and Accredited Family Mediator 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. Sari’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.

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Amanda Buckingham

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.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Michael Waxman
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.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Natasha Bowman

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.

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Gwenne Woodward

Gwenne Woodward, M.S.W., R.S.W.

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.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - 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 with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression and communication. She has also facilitated a myriad of groups on topics such as parenting, parenting through separation and divorce, communication in relationships, and issues involving family violence, and worked with children earlier in her career in both individual and group settings.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Nicole Schulz

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.

Physician
Danielle Battaglia, CYC, MSW.

Registered Social Worker

Danielle Battaglia is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Bachelors degree in Child and Youth Counselling from Ryerson University. Danielle works with adolescents and adults struggling with a range of mental health concerns including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, negative body image, emotion dysregulation, self-harm and suicidal behaviors. She also supports individuals and couples through major life transitions, pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety, adjusting to motherhood, parenting challenges, grief and loss.

Psychotherapy

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Rossella Galati

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.

 Rossella seeks to promote balance, whether focused on the individual or family. Rossella’s areas of practice include treatment for trauma, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, self-harming, substance abuse, grief, alcohol abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Shelly Dilawri

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

Registered Occupational Therapist

Shelly Dilawri is a Registered Occupational Therapist who has been practicing psychotherapy within the mental health field 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.

Shelly is trained to build programs and treatment to suit the individual through the lens of Cognitive and Dialectical Behaviour therapy. Using these core principles as the foundation for her approach, she has helped many climb over their mental barriers and reach recovery.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness Group - Natalie Rose Allen

Natalie Rose Allen, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist

Natalie Rose Allen completed her Master’s of Clinical and Counselling Psychology degree at the Adler Graduate Professional School, and is currently collecting her hours to register with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Natalie has worked in various settings, including private practice since 2011, providing psychological assessment and psychotherapy services to adults and adolescents.

Natalie trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) during a clinical practicum placement at a corrections facility, where she facilitated DBT skills groups for women diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. She has also delivered workshops to children and adolescents teaching skills for building healthy eating habits, body image and self-esteem.

Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Ainslie McLean
Ainslie McLean, M.A., RP, CCC
Registered Psychotherapist

Ainslie McLean is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Canadian Counselor with a Masters degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. She has over 10 years of experience providing therapy to adolescents, young adults and individuals who are pregnant, postpartum and parenting. Ainslie works with a variety of concerns including life transitions, identity, anxiety, depression, pregnancy and pregnancy loss, attachment, parenting, relationships, trauma, grief and loss.

Ainslie’s approach to therapy is collaborative and strengths-based. She integrates a variety of evidence-based practices tailored to meet the needs and goals of each client. Ainslie is trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment, and mindfulness-based approaches.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Sydney Scanlan

Sydney Scanlan, MA, RP (Q)

Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Sydney Scanlan received her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at The University of Western Ontario. Sydney is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Sydney developed a passion for providing psychotherapy to individuals with Eating Disorders while completing a clinical practicum placement at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Sydney has experience working in individual, family, and group therapy settings.

Dietetics

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Samantha Goren
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.

She spent the first 7 years of her career working as a Clinical Dietitian in the Eating Disorders Program at Toronto General Hospital. 

TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Melissa Kazan
Melissa Kazan, MSC, RD
Registered Dietitian & Sport Nutritionist

Melissa Kazan earned her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University. She then specialized in Sport Nutrition by completing the International Olympic Committee Sport Nutrition Diploma in 2014 and has since been active in the sport industry supporting high performance athletes as her core focus.

With over 9 years of nutrition counselling experience, working in fitness centers, medical clinics and sport institutes, Melissa has worked with athletes of all levels. 

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Jenah St-Jacques
Jenah St-Jacques, HBSc, RD

Registered Dietician

Jenah St-Jacques obtained her Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Western Ontario. She completed her practicum internship through the Northern Ontario Dietetic Internship Program (NODIP) in her hometown of Sudbury, Ontario.

Throughout the course of her career, Jenah has worked in various clinical settings and has experience working with clients of all ages including children and adolescents.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Paula Ng
Paula Ng, RD

Registered Dietician

Paula Ng is a Registered Dietitian with over 13 years of experience. She specializes in working with adults, adolescents and children with eating disorders and disordered eating patterns.

Paula graduated from the University of Toronto, studying psychology, and the University of Western Ontario, studying food and nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship at North York General Hospital, which included a rotation in the eating disorders program.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Trisha Wilson
Trisha Wilson, RD., CEDRD.

Registered Dietician

Trisha Wilson is a Registered Dietitian with 12 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and families. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of Eating Disorders. She obtained a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor before completing the two-year Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Wayne State University in
Detroit, MI.

Trisha is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and a member of Dietitians of Canada.

Admin

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Chante Bennett

Chanté Bennett

Office Administrator and Manager

Chanté 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. Chanté recently graduated from the Kinesiology program at York University and hopes to pursue a professional career as an Occupational Therapist.

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

TPWG Toronto Psychology and Wellness - Emily Coppa

Emily Coppa

Clinical Coordinator and Research Assistant

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.

Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Tina Vasilakos

Tina Vasilakos

Office Administrator and Intake Coordinator

Tina Vasilakos completed her Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University, followed by a post graduate diploma in HR Management from Fleming College.

Tina brings with her a wealth of administrative experience in various industries, with a focus on operations, employee training and development, and implementing HR initiatives to support employee mental health in the workplace. Prior to joining us, she was an inpatient resource and office manager at Youthdale Treatment Centres, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and youth with complex mental health challenges. In her spare time Tina enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and spending as much time as possible being active outdoors.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Serena Sgro
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.

TPWG - Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group - Jina Kim

Jina Kim

Clinic Volunteer

Jina Kim is in her 4th year of the Honours BSc in the Psychology program at Western University. Her research interests include the etiology of eating disorders, specifically the examination of socio-cultural and cultural risk factors of eating disorders. She is also interested in adopting a holistic approach to mental health. Through her experience at TPWG, she hopes to learn and develop her knowledge of DBT as well as other forms of psychotherapy. Jina plans to pursue a Masters in Occupational Therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, hiking, and traveling with friends and family.

Join Our Team - TPWG - Toronto Psychology and Wellness

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.