Who We Are

Dr. Wendy Wood

Dr. Wendy WoodDr. Wendy Wood is a registered clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. from Concordia University. She has worked with a wide range of problems, from burnout to relationship difficulties, and has extensive training in student mental health, including 15 years of service at McGill Mental Health. She also has special interest in women’s reproductive health, in particular helping women and couples deal with infertility, postpartum depression, and pregnancy loss. She uses a range of approaches to help her clients, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

During the course of training and career, she has worked in general hospitals, mental health hospitals as well in university settings and in private practice. She has worked in Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal. Some areas of her training include perinatology (high-risk pregnancy), oncology, HIV, student mental health, attachment and relational issues, LBGT, dual diagnosis, anxiety, and depression.

Her approach is eclectic, which means her interventions are tailored to the needs of her clients. She has extensive experience in psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness meditation, but she may use other approaches depending on the nature of your difficulties. Please see the My Approach page for more information.

Dr. Wood is a current member of L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (Permit #11353-09).

Dr. Alina Kao

Dr. Alina KaoDr. Alina Kao is a licensed clinical psychologist specialized in couple therapy, reproductive health issues, and the treatment of sexual difficulties such as low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, premature or delayed ejaculation, difficulties with orgasm, and genital/pelvic pain. She also has expertise treating a variety of general areas such as depression, anxiety, stress management, chronic pain, coping with illness, relationship issues, difficult life transitions, low self-esteem, as well as personal growth and development.

Dr. Kao received her Ph.D. from McGill University. She is on staff in the Psychology Department of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC), and is affiliated with the Sex and Couple Therapy Service, the Schizophrenia Tertiary Service, and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute. During the course of her training and career, she has worked in university settings, general hospitals, mental health hospitals, as well as a private multidisciplinary pain clinic.

Her therapy orientation is integrative and evidence-based. She draws from several approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to develop a customized treatment to meet the specific needs of each individual or couple.

Dr. Kao is a current member of L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (Permit #12094-12).

Dr. Jeff Anyan

Dr. Jeff AnyanDr. Jeff Anyan received his Ph.D. from Concordia University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has trained in various settings including private practice, universities, hospitals as well as specialized mental health clinics. Over the course of his training, he has worked and studied in Montreal, Toronto, and Europe.

Dr. Anyan has extensive experience working with diverse problems including depression, anxiety, and trauma. In addition, he works with issues related to the self, such as identity, life’s transitions, stress and burnout. He also works with issues related to interpersonal relationships, including difficulties in developing and maintaining relationships, and attachment styles.

Acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) form the cornerstone of Dr. Anyan’s therapeutic approach. Yet he understands that each person has individual needs, so his treatment plans are tailored for each client. He offers open discussion and a warm environment in which clients feel accepted and supported throughout the process.

Dr. Anyan is a current member of L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec (Permit #13548-19).

Ms. Maryam Nemati

Ms. Maryam NematiMs. Nemati received her M.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Ottawa and is presently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She has worked in various community clinics and in private practice in Ottawa and Montreal and has extensive training in working with adults suffering from mood disorders and related difficulties such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, sexual dysfunction, relational and attachment difficulties, and personality disorders. Ms. Nemati has experience providing individual and couple therapy to individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Ms. Nemati’s views on mental health are cognizant of biological, psychological, social, and cultural explanations that inform a holistic approach to treatment. Specifically, her approach to treatment is informed by evidence-based psychological treatments including Cognitive-Behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment, Emotionally-Focused, and Interpersonal Therapy integrated with process-oriented approaches. She adopts a strength-based and client-centred approach to therapy and tailors her treatments to each individual’s needs. Ms. Nemati values dialogue and prioritizes the creation of a warm and empathic therapeutic space.

Ms. Maryam Nemati is qualified to practice psychotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec Permit #11353-09.

Ms. Joanna Rosciszewska

Ms. Joanna RosciszewskaMs. Rosciszewska is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She has completed all of her clinical training and is currently in the final stages of her doctoral research, which is rooted in a longitudinal approach aimed at understanding how developmental experiences affect well being. She has extensive training in cognitive-behavioural, dialectical, acceptance-based, as well as schema-focused and mentalization-based treatment approaches. Ms. Rosciszewska provides individual treatment to adults, especially individuals reporting emotion dysregulation, trauma, relationship and attachment difficulties, as well as low self-esteem, among others. She is particularly interested in personality disorders, especially borderline personality disorder, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Over the course of her training, Ms. Rosciszewska has worked in a number of outpatient hospital and university settings, as well as in private practice in Montreal. In addition to receiving specialized training for personality disorders and specialized approached for treatment of OCD, she has extensive training in the areas of mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder). Ms. Rosciszewska’s therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from evidence-based treatment protocols that are individually tailored for each client. Her approach is warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental; a building block for the development of trust and disclosure within the therapeutic context.

Ms. Joanna Rosciszewska is qualified to practice psychotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec Permit #11353-09.

Mr. Julian Chiarella

Mr. Julian ChiarellaMr. Chiarella is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. He has received training in both university and hospital settings working with adults suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, complex trauma, and personality disorders. In addition, he has extensive training in specialized cognitive behavioural therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder and has worked with individuals dealing with a variety of obsessions and rituals, such as those surrounding contamination, harm, and sexuality.

Mr. Chiarella’s approach to therapy is integrative, evidence-based, and tailored to the individual. He incorporates elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness, with a focus on therapy process. Above all, he strongly believes in the importance of fostering a warm, empathetic, and open environment.

Mr. Julian Chiarella is qualified to practice psychotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec Permit #11353-09.

Ms. Marie-Catherine Mignault

Ms. Marie-Catherine MignaultMs. Mignault is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She has received training in both university and hospital settings, providing individual and couple therapy to clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. She has experience in treating anxiety and depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, as well as sexual problems and difficulties in intimate relationships.

Ms. Mignault’s doctoral research centres around accurate self-expression and optimizing the quality of interpersonal relationships. Her main clinical interests focus on helping clients with relational and attachment difficulties, and fostering clients’ understanding of themselves, such as their strengths, limitations, and values. Her style is warm, empathetic, and transparent, favouring open dialogue in the context of a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space.

Her approach to therapy is integrative and evidence-based, chiefly drawing on humanistic and process-oriented techniques. She also incorporates elements of cognitive behavioural therapies when relevant, such as understanding how emotions and thoughts lead to maladaptive patterns of behaviour, and developing concrete strategies to overcome suffering and maximize the person’s potential.

Ms. Marie-Catherine Mignault is qualified to practice psychotherapy both in French and in English under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec Permit #11353-09.

Ms. Louisia Starnino

Ms. Louisia StarninoMs. Starnino is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical and Experimental Psychology at Universite du Quebec a Montreal. She has completed all of her clinical training and is currently in the final stages of her doctoral research, which includes researching the effectiveness of a mindfulness stress management program for individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease. Ms. Starnino has worked with adults reporting relational and attachment-based difficulties, stress, anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, hostile behaviours, OCD, functional neurological disorders, and low self-esteem. She has extensive training in sexual difficulties such as low sexual desire, genital/pelvic pain, and erectile dysfunction.

Her therapeutic approach is warm, collaborative and eclectic, drawing from client’s narratives, strengths, and values, and giving them the space to process their thoughts, feelings, and to better understand their inner turmoil and interpersonal experiences associated with their distress. Ms. Starnino can also offer her clients psychological tools to better cope, if needed. She has experience providing individual and couple therapy to people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Ms. Louisia Starnino is qualified to practice psychotherapy both in French and in English under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec Permit #11353-09.