Specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other integrative therapies

Our Team

Elizabeth Foley, Ph.D.

Founding Partner
Individual therapy; Adolescents and Adults
English

Dr. Foley works with adults and adolescents (16+) experiencing a variety of difficulties with particular expertise in the areas of depression, anxiety (including OCD), trauma and personality disorders. She also takes a special interest in working with mothers experiencing perinatal mental health issues such as postpartum depression, postpartum OCD and anxiety or depression during pregnancy, and has training working with chronic pain management and helping older adults deal with the emotional challenges that occur throughout the aging process.

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Trained primarily in a cognitive-behavioural (learning‑based) approach to therapy, she also employs a variety of other mindfulness‑based and acceptance‑based tools (such as self‑compassion) in order to create a tailor-made psychotherapy experience for each client. Most importantly, Dr. Foley believes in the importance of a strength-based, honest, compassionate and collaborative relationship with every client, and she is known for her healthy use of humour in the therapy sessions and her down‑to‑earth interpersonal style. Her ultimate goal is to teach her clients how to become their own therapists, and to realize their full potential by balancing their intellectual, interpersonal and emotional needs. Dr. Foley also offers clinical supervision to licensed professionals in clinical practice. Dr. Foley is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and English Literature and her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Dr. Foley is an Associate Member in the Department of Psychiatry and an Assistant Professor (Professional) in the Department of Psychology at McGill University. She is currently transitioning out of her role as Director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Service at the Jewish General Hospital to devote more time to her private practice, and is a founding member of the newly formed Resilience Clinic with partners Caminee Blake and Fabienne Girard‑Bériault. Although she is no longer seeing patients at the hospital, Dr. Foley continues to supervise psychology interns and psychiatry residents in the CBT Service. During her 12 years working at the Jewish General Hospital, Dr. Foley was involved in seeing patients and supervising students in the CBT Service, Emergency Follow-Up Service and Chronic Pain Clinic; she also worked part‑time for 4 years in the Personality Disorders Clinic, seeing clients individually and running the DBT‑based skills‑training group. Dr. Foley has also taught psychology courses at Vanier College and taught first‑year doctoral students in the McGill Clinical Psychology program. She is involved in ongoing research collaborations with Dr. David Dunkley and his team on perfectionism, stress and the relation between coping styles and positive and negative emotions in maximizing treatment adherence and efficacy.

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Caminee Blake, Ph.D.

Founding Partner
Individual therapy; Adolescents and Adults
English and French

Dr. Caminee Blake is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her Bachelor’s degree at McGill University, her Master’s degree at Carleton University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. She also completed clinical postdoctoral training in the area of culture and mental health at both Yale University and McGill. Dr. Blake works with adolescents (16+) and their families, as well as adults throughout the lifespan experiencing a variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety disorders, and all life-related stressors.

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She has a special interest in working with issues related to culture and all aspects of mental health and well being. In addition, she worked in the area of health psychology at the MUHC with patients of all ages suffering with chronic medical problems as well as issues related to grief, loss and death. She was formally trained in cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, and family systems therapy. As such, she uses an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs and goals of her patients, including an acceptance and self compassion approach. Dr. Blake has trained many future psychologists and also offers clinical supervision to current psychologists as part of her practice. She has taught courses in psychology at both Concordia University and John Abbott College and has given lectures at McGill University. Dr. Blake is a Faculty Lecturer (Professional) in the Department of Psychology and a part-time Associate Member in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. She has very recently phased out of her clinical job at the Jewish General Hospital – where she worked in the CBT Service and the Youth Service for over 13 years – to now devote her time to private practice, and is a founding member of the newly formed Resilience Clinic with partners Elizabeth Foley and Fabienne Girard-Bériault.

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Fabienne Girard-Bériault, Psy.D.

Founding Partner
Individual therapy; Adults
French and English

Dr. Girard-Bériault practices from a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, and works with adults and adolescents. She has acquired particular expertise in the areas of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and burnouts. She also takes a particular interest in working with mothers experiencing perinatal mental health issues such as postpartum depression, and anxiety or depression during pregnancy. Authenticity, compassion and warmth are really at the core of her interventions.

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Dr. Girard-Bériault’s therapeutic goal is to help her clients to realize their full potential, by creating a safe space tailored for each individual.

Dr. Girard-Bériault obtained her Doctoral Degree at Université du Québec à Montréal in clinical psychology. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Concordia University. Her clinical training was done in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Service at the Jewish General Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Foley. Dr. Girard-Bériault is devoting her time to her clinical private practice, working at the Centre d’étude sur le Trauma (trauma research center) affiliated with the Institut universitaire de santé mentale de Montréal, and is involved in developing a yoga program for various childhood disorders (ADHD, migraines).

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514-757-7906

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Lucia Fabijan, N, M.Sc.(A), RMFT
Nurse psychotherapist

Couple therapy, family therapy, individual therapy; Adults
English and bilingual clients

Ms. Fabijan works with adult individuals, couples and families of all ages. Individual therapy: persons experiencing mild-moderate anxiety and depression with challenges which include relationships, work/life balance and loss. Couple therapy: couples of all ages and orientations; focus on building mutual understanding and empathy.

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Issues can include communication difficulties, relationship compatibility, affairs and impending separation. Family therapy: includes parental agreement on parenting, relationship strains between siblings, navigating adolescence, co-parenting post-divorce, blended families; a particular interest is working with individuals, couples and families coping with the life alterations of chronic physical illnesses.

As she is also a nurse, Ms Fabijan’s long-standing framework of practice is oriented towards compassion, overall health promotion, discovery of strengths and continuous self learning. Within a collaborative partnership, clients discuss their goals for change, areas of concern, solutions and evaluate progress. Modalities of therapy include systemic, structural, cognitive-behavioural, and emotionally-focused therapies.

Lucia Fabijan is a nurse-psychotherapist with permits to practice from the Order of Nurses of Quebec and the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (psychotherapist). She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary and an M.Sc.(A) from McGill University. She completed her post-graduate training in couple and family therapy at the AAMFT-accredited program at the Jewish General Hospital, is a clinical member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is an Assistant Professor (part-time) at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University and has contributed as an expert clinician to books on collaboration in clinical practice and Strengths-Based Nursing.

514-267-4225
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Lisa Jewett, Ph.D.

Individual therapy; Adolescents and adults
English and French

Dr. Lisa Jewett is a bilingual psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. She obtained her doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Lisa works with adults and adolescents experiencing a range of difficulties, with particular expertise in the areas of anxiety, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic; and with mood disorders such as depression.

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She also has an interest in helping individuals with body image and self-esteem issues, those who have experienced a traumatic event and difficulties adjusting to life transitions (e.g., school, work, health issues, and loss), as well as those dealing with communication and interpersonal issues. Lisa enjoys conducting group therapy as well and has done so previously on topics related to depression, anxiety, and self-compassion.

Trained primarily in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Lisa’s approach involves exploring the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, as well as developing concrete skills and strategies to support and empower you in your daily life. She also draws on mindfulness, self-compassion, and acceptance-based techniques to help you move forward, overcome challenges, and improve your overall well-being and quality of life. Lisa’s therapeutic goal is to foster an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety, and to create a space that emphasizes and supports the uniqueness and diversity of each individual. We will collaborate to identify your needs and goals and will work through your problems together in a flexible, warm, and supportive environment.

When not in her private office, Lisa works part-time as a psychologist in the CBT Service at the Jewish General Hospital, as part of the Outpatient Psychiatry Department. There, she treats adults with complex mental health issues in a multidisciplinary team environment. Lisa has previously worked with adolescents referred from the Teenage Health Unit of the Herzl Family Practice Center who have moderate to severe mental health problems. Lisa also has over 10 years of experience working in the field of rare, chronic diseases and with those impacted by visible differences and appearance-related concerns from injury or medical illness.

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Amanda Plokar, Psy.D.

Individual therapy; Adolescents and young adults
English and French

Dr. Amanda Plokar is a bilingual psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. She obtained her doctorate at the Université de Sherbrooke after completing her Master’s Degree at McGill University. She specializes in working with adolescents (12+) and young adults experiencing a range of issues, with particular expertise in the areas of depression and anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder).

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She also has extensive experience working with youth struggling with self-image, perfectionism, avoidance, emotion regulation, self-harm behaviour, suicidal ideation, peer and family relationships, trauma, attachment and life transitions (e.g., school).

Amanda has been trained in cognitive/dialectical-behavioural (CBT/DBT), acceptance-based (ACT), as well as emotion-focused and process-oriented approaches to therapy. Her interventions are adapted to the needs and goals of her clients offering them a personalized therapeutic experience in a safe space that highlights their strengths and individuality. She focuses on building an honest, genuine, and collaborative relationship with each client in an atmosphere of trust and openness. She accompanies her clients in better understanding themselves, exploring the interaction between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, as well as learning to relate to themselves and others in more adaptive ways. She strives to help her clients build confidence in their ability to help themselves overcome any challenges by developing tailored coping strategies.

In addition to private practice, Amanda works part-time in Youth Service at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), an outpatient psychiatry clinic for adolescents and young adults with complex mental health needs. There, she provides psychotherapy (including group therapy for adolescents struggling with emotion regulation) and psychological evaluation. She previously worked in Child Psychiatry at the JGH, providing evaluation and follow-up to children, teenagers, and their families. She has also provided psychotherapy to adolescents with various mental health disorders from the Teenage Health Unit of the Herzl Family Practice Centre. Amanda has also gained experience as part of a transcultural youth mental health team in the CLSC, and completed her clinical training in hospital (child and adolescent psychiatry) and community (youth protection) settings.

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Ellen Smallwood, M.A.

Art Therapist; Children, Adolescents and Adults
English and French

Ellen Smallwood is an art therapist (M.A. Art Therapy) experienced in clinical, research, and community settings. Taking a client-centered and collaborative approach, Ellen creates a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can explore and identify complex emotions and personal challenges, using art as a mediator to enhance self-expression and communication.

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She provides a supportive framework for the integration of creativity beyond the session to develop coping strategies, foster resiliency, contain anxiety, and encourage mindfulness and well-being, as well reduce self-destructive behaviours. Ellen uses art to explore complex challenges and validate emotions, helping clients to increase self-understanding and feel empowered to reconstruct their personal narrative and healing process.

Ellen currently works at the Jewish General Hospital in youth and child psychiatry, providing art therapy for clients aged 4-25 experiencing a wide variety of challenges, including parent-child relational issues, depression, anxiety, OCD, BPD, eating disorders, ADHD, social-relational issues, and complex trauma. At the Centre for the Arts in Human Development, Ellen worked with adults living with intellectual disabilities, as well as behavioural, psychological & neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and Down’s syndrome. Ellen’s Master’s research study explored the psychosocial components of chronic conditions, specifically how group art therapy can impact self-esteem, wellness and quality of life for people with epilepsy. This pilot study took place at the Museé des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (MBAM) art hive in collaboration with Dr. Signy Sheldon (McGill University) and was presented at the 2018 Canadian Art Therapy Association conference.

Ellen is an active contributor to the Art Hives network, facilitating groups in community settings such as Concordia’s Centre for Gender Advocacy. She is passionate about the multifaceted platform of art therapy to promote wellness, stress reduction, and personal growth. There is no “good or bad” art in art therapy: whether a client has previous artistic experience or not, the artwork remains a tool for therapeutic exploration and self-discovery in a supportive setting.

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Melissa De Riggi, Ph.D.

Individual therapy, group therapy, assessment; children, adolescents, and adults
English

Dr. Melissa De Riggi is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. She obtained her graduate degrees from McGill University. Melissa’s clinical focus and interests include working with adolescents and young adults struggling with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. More broadly, Melissa has experience working alongside individuals experiencing a range of difficulties, including emotion regulation, interpersonal problems, depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, attachment difficulties, and adjustment to life transitions.

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As a therapist, Melissa’s priority is to foster a genuine, non-judgmental, and safe environment and for her clients to feel heard and supported. Melissa uses a person-centered approach and draws on various evidence-based practices (e.g., DBT, CBT, emotion-focused, compassion-focused, mindfulness based).
Her aim is to work collaboratively with clients to help them identify their goals and tailor the therapy to best suit their needs.

In addition to private practice, Melissa works part-time at the Jewish General Hospital in Youth Service, an outpatient psychiatry clinic for adolescents and young adults. There, she provides individual and group therapy, as well as comprehensive psychological assessments.

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514-965-5200

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Alexandra Matlin, MSW, psychotherapist

Individual therapy, Couple and Family counselling; Adults
English or bilingual clients

Alexandra is a professional social worker and licensed psychotherapist with post-graduate training in couple and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families around anxiety, depression, relational distress/intimacy issues, and perinatal issues.

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She utilizes a strength-based collaborative approach in order to enhance self-awareness, development and understanding from a place of connection. The modalities of therapy include systems theory, psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, and emotionally- focused therapy. Alexandra has a special interest in working with young families around parenting issues as well as families dealing with adolescent issues.

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Lara Stern, M.D., FRCP(C)

Psychiatrist; Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Consultant to the Teenage Health Unit of the Herzl Family Practice Centre