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 Québec (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 Québec (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 Québec (Permit #13548-19).

Dr. Joanna Rosciszewska

Ms. Joanna RosciszewskaDr. Rosciszewska is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. Her research 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. Dr. 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).

Dr. 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). Dr. 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.

Dr. Joanna Rosciszewska is a current member of L’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (Permit #14200-21).

Dr. Max Lewkowski

Dr. Max LewkowskiDr. Lewkowski is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in evidence-based psychotherapy, primarily cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). His approach starts with the assumption that as humans we are all imperfect, and he works with clients to use their own, as well as new, coping skills to adjust to ongoing challenges. Dr. Lewkowski has significant experience addressing perfectionism, depression, social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), insomnia, trauma, anger management, stress management, life transitions, and family relationships. He strives to make therapy an active process and to keep therapy sessions time-limited to increase results for efforts.

Dr. Lewkowski gained his experience working as a clinical psychologist in the city’s major hospitals and in private practice performing psychological assessments and doing therapy with adolescents and adults. He is fully bilingual in French and English.

Dr. Lewkowski is a current member of L’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (Permit #10926-07).

Ms. Louisia Starnino

Ms. Starnino is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical and Experimental Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. 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 Québec Permit #11353-09.

Ms. Maryam Nemati

Ms. Maryam Nemati

Ms. 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 Québec Permit #11353-09.

Ms. Sarah Hines

Ms. Sarah HinesMs. Hines is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She has completed all of her clinical training and is in the final stages of her doctoral research, which includes researching the impact of social influences on substance misuse in young adults. Ms. Hines has received training in hospital and university settings, where she has provided individual and group therapies for those suffering from a range of difficulties. She has experience in assisting those suffering with anxiety, depression, trauma, attentional difficulties, personality, and interpersonal difficulties, as well as working with those with comorbid physical health conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer, kidney failure, COPD, etc.).

Ms. Hines utilizes relevant aspects of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP) in her integrative, client-centered approach. Her warmth and empathy make it easy to connect with Ms. Hines providing a foundation for collaborative therapeutic work that promotes self-exploration, insight, healing, and growth. Behaviour change is driven by reconnecting with one’s core emotions, learning to relinquish inappropriate guilt and shame, regulating anxiety, and developing healthy, helpful coping strategies.

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

Ms. Anne Julien

Ms. Anne JulienAnne Julien is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She has received training in both university and hospital settings, working individually, or in groups, with adults suffering from mood and anxiety disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), and functional disorders. She received extensive training in specialized cognitive behavioural therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and worked with patients dealing with a variety of obsessions and rituals such as those surrounding contamination, harm, and sexuality. She has also worked with patients suffering from severe medical conditions (cardiac, heart transplant, cystic fibrosis) and in obstetrics. In addition, Ms. Julien is trained in ADHD assessment for adults and in neuropsychological assessments with both outpatients and inpatients.

Ms. Julien’s therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing her interventions from evidence-based treatment protocols tailored to the needs of her clients. Above all, she believes in a warm and open environment in which collaborative work will lead the client towards their goals.

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

Mr. Oren Weiner

Mr. Oren WeinerMr. Oren Weiner is a Ph.D candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. He completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship with the MUHC, and is finishing his doctoral research examining sleep and its role in memory formation. Mr. Weiner received clinical training in university and hospital settings, working mostly with younger and older adults experiencing difficulties with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, low self-esteem, and sleep difficulties. He also has experience working with difficulties stemming from past trauma, ADHD, distress from chronic health problems, and life-stage transitions (e.g., death and dying, approaching motherhood).

Mr. Weiner’s therapeutic style is, first and foremost, person-centered. He harnesses the power of a warm and empathic therapeutic relationship to provide a safe space for individuals to express themselves, explore concerns, and try out new ways of thinking. His flexible and eclectic approach integrates standard and third-wave cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT), schema-focused therapies, and dynamic-oriented psychotherapies. His work is tailored to individual needs, motivated by principles of collaboration and teamwork, and aims to help individuals make positive changes through self-understanding and reconnecting with emotions and inner strengths.

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

Ms. Isabelle Assouline

Ms. Isabelle AssoulineMs. Isabelle Assouline is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has a wide range of clinical experiences working in hospital, university and private practice settings. She has received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for mood and anxiety disorders, including specialized training for OCD.

Ms. Assouline values an authentic and collaborative relationship with her clients and provides individualized treatment based on each person’s needs, goals, and experiences. She fosters an open and safe therapeutic environment, aiming to help her clients navigate life’s challenges, develop more effective coping strategies and ultimately, empower them towards meaningful change. She helps adults with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, difficulties with adjustment, interpersonal relationships, and past trauma. Her therapeutic approach draws from a contemporary model of CBT, integrating elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Emotional Schema Therapy, among others.

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

Mr. Thomas Holmes

Mr. Thomas HolmesThomas Holmes is a social worker with an MSW from McGill University. He has worked as a social worker for over 20 years, primarily at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. His work mainly involves adolescents and young adults who experience a variety of psycho-social issues, such as the various transitions experienced by emerging adults with co-occurring mental health issues: psychosis, mania, dissociation, depression, severe anxiety, “personality disorders,” and substance abuse.

Tom uses a mix of techniques from various mindfulness-based intervention methods. With the help of these tools, Tom’s clients can learn to tap into their own attentive self-compassion and their inherent wisdom, in the safety of a trustworthy therapeutic relationship. The goal is to heal emotional wounds while attending to their defences in order to free themselves to lead a much more playful and emotionally satisfying life.

Thomas Holmes is a member of L’Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec, permit number HOLT98/11/130TS. He organizes and conducts mindfulness training in group settings.

Mr. Jocelyn Fotso Soh

Mr. Jocelyn Fotso SohMr. Fotso Soh is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. He uses an integrative approach in therapy, tailoring a collaborative process to the unique needs and understanding of the individual. Emphasis is placed on a therapeutic environment that fosters acceptance and self-empowerment using a warm, supportive, and collaborative style.

Mr. Fotso Soh has experience working in various environments, including community, university, and hospital settings. He helps individuals who feel anxious, depressed, have difficulties adjusting to new roles or environments, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and navigating past traumas. He uses a science-based integrative approach which often draws from elements of different frameworks including psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and existential humanism.

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

Ms. Jie Chang

Ms. Jie ChangMs. Jie Chang is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. As a therapist, she aims to foster a safe, open and non-judgemental space for her clients. She emphasizes collaboration, empowering clients to express themselves and explore solutions together. She is cognizant of the role of culture on mental health and well-being, and strives to support diverse aspects of a client’s identity and experiences.

Ms. Jie Chang has worked with adult clients in university and hospital settings, and has supported individuals suffering from mood, anxiety, and attentional difficulties. She also received training in conducting cognitive and psychological assessments and recognizes the impact of biological and cognitive factors on mental health and daily life. Her therapeutic approach mainly draws from cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapies, although she may incorporate tools from other therapies based the needs of the client.

Ms. Jie Chang is qualified to practice psychotherapy as an intern under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues due Québec Permit #11353-09.

Ms. Mari Shanahan Somerville

Ms. Mari Shanahan SomervilleMs. Shanahan Somerville is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She values collaboration, working with her clients to create an individualized approach to therapy based on their experiences and understanding. Emphasis is placed on fostering a warm, compassionate, and supportive therapeutic space characterized by openness and acceptance. This approach includes a focus on self-acceptance and self-compassion as an essential stepping stone toward change.

Ms. Shanahan Somerville has a wide range of clinical experience working in community, private practice, and school settings. She helps people who are anxious, depressed, have difficulties in their interpersonal relationships, and/or are facing the consequences of past trauma. Her therapeutic approach draws from several evidence-based orientations designed to help individuals suffering from such difficulties, often including elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, systemic therapy, and mindfulness.

Ms. Shanahan Somerville is qualified to practice psychotherapy as an intern under the supervision of Dr. Wendy Wood; L’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec Permit #11353-09.

Jodie Anderson (Administrative Assistant)

Jodie AndersonMs. Anderson is in her final year of Undergraduate studies at McGill University. She will graduate with a major in Psychology and a minor in Behavioural Science and Sociology. Her primary interests are in Developmental and Forensic psychology. She is working in the clinic doing administrative work as well as helping to organize the mindfulness groups.