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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

L'Ordre des 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."

Ronda  Rowat, M.A., Psychologist

L'Ordre des 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. I work in partnership with clients to create meaningful change in their lives through interventions derived from interpersonal, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, and existential approaches.”

Noreen  Gobeille, M.Ed., Psychologist

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

"I have enjoyed working with Concordia University students since 1996. My goal is to provide a safe place for students to talk about whatever is on their mind. My approach is essentially to listen deeply to each individual’s distinct and meaningful story, and then to reflect it back in a way that provides insight, as well as tools, strengths and hope for the future. Some of my main areas of interest have to do with interpersonal dynamics and attachment theory, and the healing of trauma and anxiety via a healthy synchronicity of sensation, emotion, belief and behaviour.”

Eric  Widdicombe, M.Ed., Psychologist

L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
(BFA, BA Concordia University, M.Ed, McGill University, Counselling Psychology)
Counselling since 1999

"I believe that psychotherapy is more art than science. In the safe containment of therapy, clients are able to engage their imagination and explore possibilities and to make informed choices and accept the responsibility of those choices. To struggle is to be human and I am curious to understand the function of depression, anxiety and addictions in my client’s lives. As a licensed psychologist I have been practicing for the last 17-years in a number of different environments: academic, psychiatric and at a residential rehabilitation center. I use a holistic and collaborative approach to meet the needs of my clients. I have an ability to actively and deeply listen and to provide clients with a sense of validation and endeavor to help clients make meaningful connections with others and themselves and to set realistic and attainable goals.

Given my background in couples and family therapy graduating from the Argyle Institute of Human Relations in 2006, I am comfortable using a systems lens to help put the individual in context. From 2010 until the present I have been a service provider for Kahnawake Shakotiia’takenhas Community services and have provided evaluations, assessments and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. I have a particular interest in engaging men in the process of psychotherapy. "

Sonia Papakonstantinou, M. Ed., Psychologist

L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ)
(B.A. Psychology; Concordia University, M.Ed. Counselling Psychology; McGill University)

My hope is to create a safe space that will encourage you to explore and ultimately assign adaptive meaning to life events. The approaches I incorporate in my practice include elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, systems theory and dialectical behavioural therapy. My goal is to encourage greater self-awareness that will allow you to have realistic goals, make positive choices and feel equipped to navigate life’s challenges. I believe it is important to recognize and accept what we can and cannot control and understand that healing and/or resolution is possible regardless.

Bryan Butler

Bryan is a second-year counselling psychology master’s student at McGill University and is completing his internship Counselling and Psychological Services at Concordia University.

“My approach to therapy is to build a collaborative relationship with the people I am working with.  I aim to individually tailor my approach and adapt interventions to suit the needs of each person that sits across from me.  I hope to create a safe environment in which we can move towards positive change together and believe that each person has the capacity to overcome challenges that arise in their life.”

Emily Matejko

I believe in creating a safe, non-judgemental space, and hope to help you develop personal tools, and identify your internal strengths to help you succeed. This year marks my seventh year working one-on-one with clients. Previously I worked at a crisis-intervention centre where issues included anxiety, depression, abuse, and suicidal ideation. I also worked as a career advisor where I worked from a strengths based approach to help students alter maladaptive career beliefs. I look forward to working with you to help identify your goals, challenge critical self-talk, and build self-awareness!

Allie Scallion

I am a supervised intern who works with students at Concordia University’s Counselling and Psychological Services. I am in the process of completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in honours Psychology with distinction from the University of Victoria. Following graduation, I worked as a behavioural interventionist treating children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Subsequently, I was a residential support worker at a women’s opioid recovery house. During that same period, I was a call taker at the Fraser Health Crisis Line. I have interest and experience in working with clients presenting with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and/or relationship difficulties. I look forward to working with you in identifying attainable goals, building resilience, and producing positive change to get you back on track towards being your best self.

Jessica Whitehead, M.A., M.S.W. Candidate

(B.A. Legal Studies and Sociology, University of Waterloo; M.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

My aim, as a supportive counsellor, is to help you understand and work through your challenges. Prior to joining the Concordia team, I have a worked in adult mental health counselling and crisis intervention services. I have also conducted research regarding unhealthy relationships, sexuality, and youth mental health. Through this, I have gained insight into a wide range of issues impacting university students and techniques for managing them as well as to foster self-compassion and resilience. I look forward to walking with you on your journey.

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