Welcome to PsyVitalitï
You’ll find below a short descriptive of each of our Canadian team members. At PsyVitalitï all of our licensed therapists are specialized 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 therapist who’s accredited in your province!
Please don’t hesitate to contact us – our coordinators can help you find the best therapist 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.
Jessica Larsen-Halikowski, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Jessica is a Registered Social Worker who strives to create a caring, safe, and non-judgmental environment where her clients can heal and improve their wellbeing. Jessica holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Alberta College of Social Workers. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Jessica is passionate about building a collaborative and empowering relationship with her clients to support them in meeting their goals in a way that is aligned with their needs and values.
Cora McLachlan psychologist
Cora is a Registered Psychologist, with a master’s degree obtained from Athabasca University which she obtained in 2014. She has experience in agency, school, hospital and private practice settings with children, adolescents, families and individual adults. Cora’s approach to counselling includes Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution Focused and attachment-based approaches; she is also a Registered Art Therapist, with a background in addictions counselling.
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.
Sana Zaidi, Master of Social Work (M.S.W., R.S.W.)
Sana is a Registered Social Worker. She has previously worked with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, academic stressors, and major life transitions. As an aspiring clinician, she strives to create a collaborative, safe and inclusive environment with clients from all walks of life.
Jennifer Tiviluk, psychotherapist
Jennifer Tiviluk is a registered psychotherapist who holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology. Jennifer trained in Community Mental Health in Kitchener Waterloo. Her primary areas of interest are youth, students and adults living with ADHD symptoms and working with University and College students. Jennifer uses mainly CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Solutions Focused Therapy. Jennifer works with clients to effectively achieve higher levels of wellbeing.
Leah Reinhartz, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Leah Reinhartz is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College. She specializes in treating anxiety and depression and utilizes an integrated approach in her work; such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused and Psychodynamic modalities.
Zac Berg, Registered Psychologist
Zac Berg is a Registered Psychologist who completed a Master of Arts in Counselling from City University of Seattle in 2014. Zac has over five years of experience working in the student population. He uses a wide variety of therapies including motivational interviewing, emotion focused therapy, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy. Zac’s approach to therapy is to meet people where they are with compassion, grace, humour and understanding.
Jonathan Carter, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Jonathan is a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers who obtained his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. Jonathan utilizes multiple modalities in therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Brief Solution-Focused therapy. Jonathan assists with navigating issues such as depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges to achieve a greater sense of wellbeing.
Makena Arntsen, Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Makena is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers. She has experience working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues and interpersonal difficulties. She aims to create a warm, safe, and open environment where she can work collaboratively with her clients to attain their goals.
Caitlin Ebbers, Psychologist
Caitlin is a Registered Psychologist who received a master’s degree from the Adler School for Professional Psychology in Chicago. She has worked with clients to help them heal from negative experiences, achieve success and cope with new challenges. She believes people are most likely to find hope and healing within the context of a safe, empowering relationship. Caitlin integrates cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapeutic techniques with an attachment-based, trauma-informed approach to counselling.
Sandra Thomas, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Sandra is a Registered Social Worker whose background is in community mental health working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression and substance use disorders. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia and has received additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her practice is grounded in trauma informed and social justice perspectives.
Amanjot K. Gill, MSW RSW
Amanjot assists and supports individuals to reach improved functioning at their own pace, and to be strong and skilled experts of their own needs. She helps build unique and practical tool kits which are versatile in the workplace, during panic or stressful situations, while improving communication with people in life, through chronic health conditions, etc.
Michael Tighe, Clinical Psychology Intern
Michael is completing a Masters in Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. While fostering a warm, accepting, and trusting environment, Michael employs a solution-focussed approach to help individuals uncover and overcome obstacles as they progress towards becoming themselves. Michael is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, psychologist.
Jesse Cynamon, Clinical Psychology Intern
Jesse is currently completing his Masters in Psychology at the Adler Graduate school. Working primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioral framework, Jesse has also been trained in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. He actively works with adults dealing with anxiety and depression, creating a safe and collaborative environment to help clients deal with their issues and better understand themselves. Jesse is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, psychologist.
Christine Sterling-Charette, Clinical Psychology Intern
Christine has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing her graduate coursework towards a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Adler Professional Graduate School. Christine has been trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), while using a trauma-informed perspective. She approaches every session with the goal of creating a safe, non-judgmental place, where one can feel supported and valued. Christine is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, psychologist.
Max Adilman, MSW RSW
Max is a registered social worker with a strong passion for helping individuals and groups reach their full potential. Completing his Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Max has many years of experience supporting folks facing depression, anxiety, trauma and loss across the lifespan. Using evidence-based approaches, he specializes in areas of sexuality and gender diversity, substance use, mindfulness and complex health conditions. He is committed to the principles of social justice, health equity and capacity building when working with all his clients.
Avi Soudack, Clinical Psychology Intern
Avi is completing a Masters in Psychology at the Adler Graduate School. His integrative approach draws on Cognitive-Behavioral, Narrative and Solution-Focused methods. He establishes a safe and comfortable space for you to reflect and explore what is best for you. Taking a holistic perspective, he works collaboratively with you, providing support and encouraging positive change. Avi is working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, psychologist.
Janine Thompson, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Janine Thompson achieved a Master of Social Work degree in clinical counselling from the University of Calgary and is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. Her education and experience in mental health of over 15 years have permitted her considerable knowledge in a variety of areas that impact mental wellbeing. She helps people through tough times, providing them the skills and methods to live their richest lives.
Lorri Simpson, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Lorri Simpson is a Registered Clinical Social Worker who has extensive professional experience as a therapist. She is trained in different therapeutic modalities, including EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, expressive therapies and other. She enjoys working with a wide range of people and concerns: addictions, anxiety, depression, employment concerns, healing from trauma, relationship issues, life cycle transitions, to name a few. Lorri’s style is to work collaboratively with people with an emphasis on building from their strengths, inspiration, and successes.
Leslie Grenier, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Leslie’s primary focuses of intervention are trauma, substance misuse, and supporting youth and adults to explore their sexual and gender identities. She is a Registered Social Worker and earned her Master of Social Work from UBC Okanagan. Leslie is compassionate and non-judgmental. If you are feeling depressed or anxious she would be honored to help you recognize why you think, feel, and act the way you do. And, most importantly, co-create and enact a plan to help you change what’s no longer working.
Meera Bala, Clinical Psychology Intern
Meera has worked in community mental health for the past 15 years and is passionate about supporting individuals from a trauma-informed manner, with a holistic approach to recovery. She holds a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is currently completing a Master of Psychology at the Adler Graduate School. Meera is working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, psychologist and Deane Taylor, MSW.
Kristen Bot, Clinical Psychology Intern
Kristen is currently working towards a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Adler Professional Graduate School. She values a strong therapeutic relationship as a crucial aspect of the healing process and works to create a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment. She integrates Cognitive-Behavioural and Solutions-Focused approaches to fully understand and support each client’s unique journey of growth and transformation. Kristen is working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, psychologist.
Virginia McConchie, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Virginia is a Registered Social Worker who earned her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago. She has experience helping people who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and addictions. Virginia works collaboratively with clients to create a safe space where clients can feel heard and understood, and ready to address the challenges in their lives. She is here to listen, support you, and work with you to build the internal tools and insight that will help you grow and change your life for the better.
Kim McWilliam, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W.)
Kim is a Registered Social Worker who completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto in 2014. Since then she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, using Cognitive Behavioral, Emotion Focused, and Solution Oriented approaches. Kim has counselled people through a variety of life challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, trauma, and transition. Her style is warm, collaborative, and affirming. Kim believes counselling can guide people towards greater self-awareness, empowering them to make positive change and ultimately experience a greater sense of wellbeing.
Deborah Walker, Clinical Psychology Intern
Deborah is finishing her studies in Clinical Psychology at Adler Professional Graduate School in Toronto. A life learner, she returned to higher education as a mature student and is aware of the importance of resilience. Deborah has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She looks forward to helping individuals to develop their resilience in coping with stress, change and setbacks. Deborah is currently under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls.
Rachel Braund, Master of Social Work
Rachel is a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia who has worked with individuals struggling with addiction, mental health, and high performance anxiety including burnout. Rachel received her MSW from the University of Toronto and has been trained in various evidence based modalities. She incorporates social justice into her practice as she welcomes her clients into a safe space to navigate challenging times. Rachel identifies as a white immigrant and has first hand experience navigating the many intersectional systems and experiences. Rachel’s work is rooted in trauma informed, systems theory.