Welcome to PsyVitalitï
You’ll find below a short descriptive of each of our Canadian team members. At PsyVitalitï all of our psychologists are licensed members of their provincial College of psychologists and specialize in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), one of the most effective methods of therapy and coaching.
Remember that we’re here to help you choose a psychologist who’s accredited in your province!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us – our coordinators can help you find the best psychologist to suit your needs.
Leanna Zozula, Ph.D.
Leanna is a registered psychologist and Clinical Director of PsyVitalitï. She obtained her doctorate degree from McGill University and was trained and worked in many settings in Albany, New York and Montreal, Quebec. Over the last 20 years, Leanna has been helping adolescents, adults, families and couples to attain increased sense of wellbeing by teaching them methods to better face a variety of issues, such as navigating difficult life decisions, alleviating feelings of depression and stress, and coping with relationship problems.
Jean-Marc Assaad, Ph.D.
Jean-Marc is a registered psychologist and Director of Online Services at PsyVitalitï. He obtained his doctoral degree from McGill University, where he also taught. In addition to providing therapy and coaching to help people attain their life goals, he also specialises in teaching people powerful communication strategies to help facilitate their personal, family and work relationships. For over 15 years, Jean-Marc has also been regularly offering conferences and trainings to health care professionals to better help them help their clients.
Stephanie Kovacs, Ph.D.
Stephanie is a registered psychologist who obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Houston in Texas, where she also taught. She practiced in a variety of hospital/clinic settings throughout the United States and adopts a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach. Stephanie supports individuals through many types of issues including anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and stress-management.
Tania Johnson | Currently on maternity leave
Tania is a registered psychologist trained at City University of Seattle. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community practice and an oncology hospital. She uses a cognitive behavioral approach to work with children, teens, adults, couples and families. Tania’s therapeutic focus lies in empowering her clients to actualize their goals and to reach their unique potential.
Alain Alterescu, M.Ps.
Alain is a trilingual (French, English and Spanish) clinical psychologist. He offers an integrative and friendly therapeutic approach using mindfulness, solution focused therapy and CBT to adolescents, adults, families and couples. He is well versed in intercultural matters and a wide variety of other presenting clinical issues.
Lori Walls, Ph.D.
Lori is a clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of Alberta. Lori’s practice includes the use of cognitive-behavioural and solution focused techniques with the integration of other counselling methods when needed. She has worked in a number of community settings and her experience includes helping adults, adolescents, youth, couples, families and groups. Lori’s ability to focus on client strengths, build on solutions and form meaningful therapeutic relationships has proven effective across a range of client concerns.
Jérôme Lapalme, M.Ps.
Jérôme is a licensed psychologist who received his training from University of Quebec in Montreal and University of Montreal. He specializes in a wide variety of issues, including anxiety related disorders. He offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment methods to help clients attain their goals.
Erin McDougall, M.C.
Erin McDougall is a registered provisional psychologist, and she obtained her masters degree from Athabasca University in 2014. Erin has worked in many settings in and around Edmonton Alberta, and has several years of experience working in schools and non-profit organizations serving children, adolescents, adults, and families. Erin’s approach to counselling is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Amy Cote, M.Sc., R.Psych., RMFT
Amy Cote has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology from the University of Calgary, and Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She has a wide range of experiences from youth to seniors and multi-stressed and complex needs individuals and families. She also serves as the President the Alberta Division of the AAMFT.
Hajera Rostam, Ph.D.
Hajera Rostam is a registered psychologist at PsyVitaliti and the province of British Columbia. She obtained her doctoral degree from University of British Columbia with an APA accredited internship at the University of California at Berkeley. For the last 10 years, Hajera has worked in diverse clinical contexts ranging from university counselling centres, chronic pain management clinics, and residential treatment centre for substance use problems. Hajera is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families to cope with difficult life circumstances and develop skills to thrive in their everyday lives and relationships.
Hein Swanepoel, M.A.
Hein is a registered psychologist in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. In addition to holding a master’s degree in counselling psychology, he is currently working towards a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. In addition to working as an independent psychologist, his diverse experience includes providing psychological assessment and treatment services in hospitals, schools, community mental health clinics, and employee assistance programs. Hein utilizes cognitive behavioural methods to help people identify practical solutions to the barriers they are facing, thus enabling them to find joy and meaning in life.