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.
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).
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.
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.
Irina Mirazizyan, psychotherapist
Irina Mirazizyan is a compassionate, client-centered psychotherapist working with both adolescents and adults experiencing ongoing issues such as anxiety, depression, and emotional disturbances. Irina is a qualifying member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists, and applies an integrative approach, primarily based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness.
Ermilio De Lisa, psychotherapist
Ermilio De Lisa is a registered psychotherapist and Mental Health professional trained at the University of Phoenix and the University of Toronto. He has worked in many settings including academic, governmental and non-profit oganizations. He has a person-centered, compassionate approach.
Liz Hagerty, Registered Social Worker
Liz Hagerty holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers. Liz has worked in a variety of settings including government, health care and post-secondary. She works from a client-centred and strengths based perspective with clients to identify their inner resources, offering tools and skills that can be applied to life in a practical way and that supports clients in reaching their goals.
Paulina Napastiuk, MSW
Paulina holds a Master of Social Work Degree from The University of Victoria and is a registered Social worker with the BC College of Social Workers. She has worked with both adolescents and adults in both the public and private systems. She has post graduate training in CBT and DBT and believes in walking alongside clients as they find courage to make the changes they wish to see in their lives.
Leah Reinhartz, Registered Social Worker (M.S.W., R.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.
Teresa Neves, Registered Social Worker
Teresa Neves holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Social Worker in the province of Ontario.With over 15 years of experience, Teresa integrates a range of therapy models to assist individual adults, couples and families to clarify and set meaningful, concrete goals that best serve them in their pursuit of greater well-being.