Douglas Mental Health University Institute
My pre-doctoral internship was spent at the Eating Disorders Unit of the Douglas Psychiatric Hospital with Dr. Howard Steiger. Other clinical internships included those at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and the Mood Disorders Clinic also of the Douglas Hospital. I have 18 years of post-graduate experience in clinical psychology with adults in private practice.
International Society for Schema Therapy
I was introduced to Schema Therapy in 1999. In 2000, I participated in a workshop on Schema Therapy given by Dr. Pierre Cousineau, and attended a 2-day conference given by Dr. Jeffrey Young (Montreal, 2001). I began formal training in Schema Therapy when the first certification training program was offered in 2008 at the Schema Therapy Institute in New York city. I was trained by Dr. Jeffrey Young, the founder of Schema Therapy, and was supervised by two gifted and brilliant therapists, Travis Atkinson and Wendy Behary. I obtained my official certification in 2009. To date, I am one of only two officially certified Schema therapists in Canada (the other is Dr. Pierre Cousineau).
Schema Therapy is an expansion of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young in the mid-1980s. Schema Therapy integrates concepts and techniques from cognitive, behavioral, Gestalt, object relations, attachment, and psychoanalytic theories to form a unified theoretical approach to psychotherapy.
Broadly defined, maladaptive schemas are unhealthy life patterns that develop in childhood or adolescence as a result of the interaction between one's temperament and hurtful experiences with significant others such as parents, siblings, or peers. Maladaptive schemas become themes that characterize how we perceive ourselves and how we interact with others. They influence how we think, behave and feel. Maladaptive schemas are painful, repetitive, and dysfunctional to varying degrees.
The first goal of Schema Therapy is to identify one's schemas, their roots, and their present damaging influence. Subsequent goals include healing schemas, modifying self-defeating patterns, adopting constructive coping styles, and making changes that promote the fulfillment of core emotional needs and the formation of healthy and satisfying relationships.
I have been in private practice since 1999. I work with adults with a wide range of issues but I hold a special interest in helping individuals who are struggling in their relationships, with the consequences of childhood distress, and with mood (anxiety - depression), personality, and eating disorders. My interpersonal approach is flexible, collaborative, warm, and caring.
In 2013, I became a certified Schema Therapy Supervisor/Trainer and can offer supervision to individuals participating in ISST certified Schema Therapy training programs or to anyone interested in the Schema-focussed approach.
Sessions last 50 minutes and cost $115.00. I will provide you with a receipt for insurance or income tax purposes.
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(2006). Schema therapy: A practitioner’s guide. New York: Guilford Press.
277 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore, Suite 8
Pointe-Claire, QC, H9S 4L2
* Please note that the entrance to my office faces Avenue de Lourdes.