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Personal counselling

Feeling down or stressed from time to time is normal. Feeling sad or anxious for weeks is not. When these prolonged feelings impact your life and studies, personal counselling can help. Learn strategies to manage your symptoms, increase your understanding of what’s causing them and feel confident to make changes that will maintain a happier, healthier life.  

Of course, speaking with a counsellor is always confidential. Read our confidentiality agreement.

Personal counselling

Meet the counsellors

Lazarus Fitopoulos, Ph.D, Psychologist

L'Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
(B.A. Psychology, M.A., Ph.D, Counselling Psychology, McGill University)
Counselling since 2000.

"My integrative approach is most informed by these 5 core therapy values: 1) Promoting a collaborative and egalitarian therapy relationship. 2) Trusting and valuing client perspectives and resources. 3) A consistent attention to potential solutions and recognition of strengths. 4) The development of realistic expectations encouraging gradual progress toward self-initiated change and, 5) increasing ease of putting words to emotional experience."

Marc Leger, M.Ed., Psychologist

Ordre du Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
(B.A. Psychology; Concordia University, M.Ed. Counselling Psychology; McGill University)
Counselling since 1996

"My main goal as a counsellor is to assist you to be your own therapist. I believe that change comes through a greater awareness and so I work to help you understand the emotional truth behind any symptom or issue you might be dealing with. In this way you can begin to choose how better to respond as opposed to just react. My approach tends to be experiential in nature and body-centered. This means becoming mindful of not only what you are thinking, but also what you are feeling. I ascribe to the Buddhist saying that, “Complete acceptance and profound change are the same”. Though this might be challenging at times, I believe embodying this principle is what leads to true growth.."

Anna Lenkovskaya, M.A., Psychologist

Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
(B.A. Psychology; McGill University, M.A. Counselling Psychology; McGill University)
Counselling since 2001

"My approach to therapy is a combination of client-centered and cognitive-behavioral interventions. I favor this eclectic approach because it seeks to adapt therapy to the particular needs of a specific client. My philosophy of therapy is to help clients define specific goals, assist them in challenging their thoughts and reaching their own conclusions, and being actively involved in learning skills needed to cope with their problems and build self-efficacy and a sense of mastery."

Jamie Mayerovitch, M.A., Psychologist

Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
(B.A. Psychology, McGill; M.Sc. Psychiatry, McGill; M.A., Counselling Psychology, McGill University)
Counselling since 2002

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”  ~Victor Frankl.

"Changing the way we think, feel, or act can be a difficult and often daunting task. (If it wasn’t, you probably wouldn’t be perusing this page right now.) My goal as a counsellor is to help facilitate constructive change. To accomplish this, I work collaboratively with you, using a variety of different techniques that are tailored to your personality and the issues that you present. I try to create an environment where you will feel listened to, understood, supported, and empowered. I look forward to working with you."

Jewel Perlin, Ph.D., Psychologist

Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ); Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (PSW) (B.A. Psychology, B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D., Counselling Psychology; McGill University)
Counselling since 2000.

"As a licensed Psychologist, I have extensive experience in psychotherapy and counselling. My style is collaborative, empathic, nurturing, and non-judgmental. I believe each one of us is resilient and possesses the ability to develop a sense of agency.  Using an integrative approach, I specialize in helping clients to gain deeper personal insight and understanding, examine and improve their strengths and competencies, and empower positive and constructive changes they seek in their lives. I make special efforts to tailor my approach to the individual in the room, in order to maximize the potential that clients will be engaged and active participants in their therapy."

Irene Petsopoulis, M.Ed., Psychologist

Order of Psychologists of Quebec (O.P.Q.)
(B.A., Psychology; McGill University, M. Ed., Counselling Psychology; McGill University)
Counselling since 1999

"Therapeutically, I believe in offering students a supportive environment in which they can freely explore thoughts, feelings and identify changes that they want to achieve.  For me, change is reflected in daily shifts and is something that occurs outside of session.  As such I work to empower my students to take their new learnings and put them into practice.."

Dale Robinson, M.Ed., Psychologist

Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ)
(B.A. Psychology, M.Ed. Counselling Psychology; McGill University)
Practicing since 1994

"I consider it a privilege to accompany you on your very personal journey into psychotherapy which can be both exciting and challenging. Working predominately from an emotion focused perspective, we will gently uncover and explore your emotions for the vital information they deliver on your needs, desires, dreams and who you want to be.  Guided by multicultural, feminist and existential principles, we will collaboratively create an agenda which fits your worldview and addresses the goals you deem most important. Key markers in measuring the effectiveness of our work will be your increased sense of empowerment as well as resilience in negotiating challenges in your life. I look forward to meeting and working with you. I am an LGBTQ ally.”

Ronda  Rowat, M.A., Psychologist

Ordre du Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
B.A. Honours Psychology; Concordia University; M.A. Counselling Psychology; McGill University)
Counselling since 2004

"I believe that psychological growth and emotional well-being are fostered by a better understanding of how our thoughts affect our feelings about ourselves, and how those feelings are manifested in our interactions with the world. With an integrative-humanistic, existential theoretical orientation, I use interventions derived from interpersonal, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic therapies to help clients understand and use psychological processes to create positive change in their lives. My particular interest is in mood disorders (anxiety and depression), trauma, grief/loss, relationship issues, self-esteem, and adjustment to life transitions.."

Lisa Santa-Maria Barbagallo, M.A., Psychologist

Ordre des Psychologues de Quebec (OPQ)
(B.Sc., Psychology, University of Ottawa; M.A., Counselling Psychology, McGill University)
Counselling since 2007

"Life can present different types of challenges and counselling can help you navigate these difficult times through a supportive and safe environment. My approach to counselling is cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused, however I do believe in tailoring my approach to best fit your needs. Through this process you will be able to acquire the skills and tools needed to help you cope with the stressors and challenges that affect you,  set and work towards personal goals as well as help you gain a clearer sense of self-awareness."

Katelyn Ward, B.A, Counselling Intern

(B.A. Honours Psychology, Queen’s University; M.A. Counselling Psychology, McGill University)

"I believe that the opposite of distress is not happiness, but human connection and vitality. As such, I am inclined towards strength based, and feminist approaches in order to empower you. I work from an integrative approach that will be tailored to you. It is my goal to establish a unique connection with you that is defined by non-judgment, empathy, and trust. Together, I will guide you through self-exploration to gain a better understanding of the interactions between thoughts, emotions, and the physical body. I am an LGBTQ ally "

Erinn Brown, (M.A. Candidate) Counselling Intern

(B.A. Psychology, University of Victoria; M.A. Counselling Psychology (in progress), McGill University)

“My therapeutic philosophy is founded upon my belief that each individual possesses a fundamental capacity to grow and change. This philosophy is informed primarily by humanistic approaches to therapy, and incorporates elements of other modalities including psychodynamic and acceptance and commitment therapy. My personal style as a therapist is shaped by my values of egalitarianism, authenticity, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and non-judgement. I strive to offer my clients a safe, respectful environment in which they can feel understood and empowered as they work toward their goals. I am an LGBTQ ally, and welcome clients who identify with diverse intersectional identities.”

Evie Amundsen-Dainow, (M.A. Candidate) Counselling Intern

(B.A. Psychology, Counselling and Human Development, Simon Fraser University; MA (in progress) Counselling Psychology, McGill University)

“I believe that everyone is capable of change and growth. This process of change, while immensely transformative and rewarding, can at times be challenging. As a therapist I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental space for clients to explore what has brought them to therapy. I use an integrative approach, and work with clients to help them gain an empathic understanding of themselves, and their experiences. I seek to empower clients, and help them to move towards greater awareness of their emotions and ways of being. Above all, I believe that connection in therapy is important as a foundation for growth and, as such, I strive for connectedness with my clients. I aim to support clients in taking what they have gained in therapy with them into the world once they leave. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.”

Julia Hassan, (M.A. Candidate) Counselling Intern

(B.A. Psychology, McGill University; M.A. Counselling Psychology (in progress), McGill University)

“It takes a lot of courage and strength to seek assistance from a stranger and my goal as your counsellor is to foster a trusting environment where you feel comfortable, safe and at ease. For me, the therapeutic relationship is a partnership or companionship between practitioner and client. Essentially, I value the client as the expert on his or her life and the therapist as a guide or helper in the change process. Throughout this process I hope to foster your self-understanding, build upon your strengths, and help you with the necessary tools for coping with life’s difficulties.”

Jennifer Ho, (Ph.d Candidate) Counselling Intern

(B.Sc. Psychology; Kaohsiung Medical University, M.A. Gender Studies; Kaohsiung Medical University, Ph.D. Counselling Psychology (in progress), McGill University)

“It is my belief that therapy creates a safe space for changes to happen, and therapist functions as a secure base, from which allows individuals to explore personal concerns and their close relationships. Hence, my goal as a counselor is to create the harbor of safety and provide a source of comfort in the therapeutic relationship, in which I facilitate the change process and accompany you on your unique journey. As Dr. Mahoney said, “human change is a complicated and dynamic process”; in addition, it may not always be a pleasant experience for everyone. However, I believe that change process is an on-going opportunity to reflect on one’s personal feelings, thoughts, strengths, and area for growth through their relationships with others, and within this self-reflection, courage, and resilience lays the solution to a person’s concerns. My therapeutic approach is an integration of psychodynamic therapy, constructive psychotherapy, and emotion-focused therapy. I am also an LGBTQ ally”

Sumin Na, (Ph.d Candidate) Counselling Intern

(B.A., Psychology, McGill University; M.Sc, Clinical Psychology, University of Victoria; Ph.D. Candidate, Counselling Psychology, McGill University)

I believe the foundation to therapy stems from a supportive and collaborative environment where you feel safe to explore your thoughts, feelings and vulnerabilities. I work from a multicultural framework to understand the context of your concerns and to tailor our sessions to meet your needs. I integrate emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural approaches, with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion. Through our work together, I hope to provide you with the tools necessary to cope with various life challenges and to come to a better understanding of yourself”

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