Dr. Karen Ghelani, Psychologist (ext. 101)
Dr. Karen Ghelani is the Clinical Director for the Y.E.A.R.S. Program. She offers a variety of services for children and adolescents (ages 5 and up) including psychoeducational assessments for learning difficulties as well as evaluation of different emotional and behavioral concerns (i.e. Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder). Dr. Ghelani also offers Gifted Assessments.
Dr. Ghelani obtained her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE). She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Ghelani is also Clinical Adjunct Faculty with the York University Psychoeducational Clinic (YUPC). In addition to maintaining a private practice, Dr. Ghelani is a member of a number of professional organizations including the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) as well as the CADDRA Canadian ADHD/ADD Resource Alliance. She is also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).
Dr. Ghelani has assisted families in the York Region for the past 10 years through Family Services York Region (FSYR) and Markham Stouffville Hospital Child and Adolescent Family Services as well as through private practice.
Dr. Ghelani has an extensive background in issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was the Clinical Manager for a number of years at the Hospital for Sick Children for a Research Study on ADHD and Adolescents with Dr. Rosemary Tannock and Dr. Umesh Jain.
Dr. Ghelani also provides the Cogmed Program, which is an evidence-based intervention for improving working memory (www.cogmed.com).
Dr. Ghelani’s approach to assessment and treatment reflects her belief that a comprehensive and integrative approach is required when understanding a child/adolescent. Her therapy approach is dictated by the needs of the child and the referral question but may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Therapy, and Behavior Modification.
Dr. Debbie Reixach, Psychologist (ext. 105)
Dr. Debbie Reixach holds a Doctorate degree in Counselling/Clinical Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE). She is a registered psychologist and member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association.
Dr. Reixach has several years of experience in the fields of counselling and psychology, treating and assessing a diverse range of issues presented by adolescents (ages 13 and up), adults, couples and families. She has worked/trained in diverse settings that include university counselling centres, not-for-profit organizations, hospitals, and other private practice settings. Typical presenting concerns include mood and anxiety difficulties, trauma, attachment issues, relationship difficulties, situational and developmental life transitions, and grief.
Dr. Reixach’s approach is integrative in nature with an emphasis on finding the most suitable treatment for a client’s problem. A genuine lifelong learner, she enjoys continually updating her knowledge and passing along new resources to her clients. Dr. Reixach’s practice is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and systems-based therapies.
Gloria Liederman, M.A., Psychological Associate (ext. 102)
Gloria comes to the Chrysalis Centre for Psychological and Counselling Services with over 20 years of clinical experience, serving residents of York Region, since 1992. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is currently in private practice at the Chrysalis Centre, where she offers services to adults and couples.
Gloria received training in assessment, psychodynamic, and couples therapy at the Montreal General Hospital. In her 13-year position as staff therapist at Family Services York Region (previously Markham-Stouffville Family Life Centre), she assisted people with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, post-partum depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, life transitions, self- esteem, assertiveness, stress management, historical childhood issues, and relationship difficulties. As part of the York Region Abuse Program (YRAP), Gloria co-facilitated treatment groups, for a number of years, for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Gloria has also maintained her own private practice for over 20 years.
Gloria’s therapeutic approach can best be described as “integrative” in nature. Although her main orientation is Client-Centered, she draws on Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) Emotionally-Focused (EFT) and Systems-based therapies to tailor therapy to the needs of her clients. Her relaxed, straight-forward and supportive manner puts clients at ease. Gloria can be reached at (905) 752-6789 extension 102, if you would like to speak with her.
Gloria’s fees are reimbursable through most extended health care plans. Please verify your coverage with your insurance provider.
Dr. Cheryl Pohlman, Psychologist (ext. 120)
Dr. Pohlman helps her clients explore solutions to a wide variety of emotional and mental health issues. She provides treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. As an insightful clinician and skilled diagnostician, she combines up-to-date expertise with experience and compassionate support. Dr. Pohlman counsels children, adolescents and their families experiencing difficulties with school adjustment, stress, anxiety or depression, ADHD, conflicts with parents or siblings, or struggles involving emotional turmoil following parental separation, divorce, death or trauma. She has a special interest in treating families who have a troubled adolescent member, having worked during 1987-1998 providing services exclusively to an adolescent population. Dr. Pohlman also treats adults with problems such as depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, and difficulties adjusting to life’s changes. She works with couples where one or both partners may be struggling with issues of this nature.
Dr. Pohlman has training and experience in a variety of treatment approaches and her therapeutic orientation can best be described as eclectic. She believes the therapeutic approach should be tailored to the needs of the client. Dr. Pohlman has trained in family systems approaches, behavioural, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, experiential, and gestalt approaches.
Dr. Pohlman received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 1986 and has been registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1988. She brings over 20 years of experience providing direct treatment and consultative services in education, mental health and independent practice settings. Dr. Pohlman is well known in the field of education, having served as a psychologist and leader with Boards of Education in the Windsor, Ottawa, York, and Durham regions. She previously held the position of Chief Psychologist for the York Catholic District School Board in Aurora, and continues to hold a Supervising Psychologist position with the Durham Board of Education.
Dr. Pohlman is a strong believer in supporting the profession of psychology. She has served with the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) as President-Elect (2000), President (2001) and Past President (2002), as a member and Chair of the Governance Committee and the Membership Task Force, as President of the Section on Psychology in Education, as a Regional Director (Toronto) and as Education Practice Area Director. She has also been an examiner of new psychological registrants for the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Pohlman was awarded the OPA’s Award of Merit in 2004 for her outstanding contributions to the Association, and its Section on Psychology in Education Award of Merit in 1998 for outstanding contributions to psychology within the educational sector.
Dr. Monica Apostol, Psychologist (ext. 122)
Dr. Apostol is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist, licensed to practice within the area of School Psychology and Clinical Psychology. She completed her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the University of Toronto.
At the Chrysalis Centre, Dr. Apostol provides comprehensive psychoeducational and/or psychodiagnostic assessments of Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Giftedness, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Disruptive Behaviour Disorders, and Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She is also proficient in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Developmental Disabilities. In the assessment of ASD, she uses measures that are considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in the field of Autism such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedules (ADOS), the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) as well as other validated assessment tools. Dr. Apostol takes a comprehensive approach to psychoeducational or psychological assessments using a strength-based philosophy. Strengths and difficulties are considered within the context of the child or teen’s family and school environment. Her assessments are multi-method (information is gathered through a variety of means) and multi-informant (information is gathered from the child, the child’s parents and teachers).
Previously, Dr. Apostol had worked at the Hospital for Sick Children (Child Development Centre), Accessibility Services of the University of Toronto, and Oshawa Psychological and Counselling Services. Currently, Dr. Apostol also works as a School Psychologist at the Toronto District School Board. Dr. Apostol is a Member-at-Large in the Council of the Section on Psychology in Education of the Ontario Psychological Association. She is proficient in both English and Romanian.
Jason Froats, Hons.BA, ACC, Performance Coach (ext. 123)
Jason Froats is a Performance Coach, specializing in helping young adolescents (15+) and adults effectively manage their ADHD and co-related disorders (such as general/social anxiety, OCD, and Tourette’s). His practice focuses squarely on achieving improved performance and success in school and work, serving clients internationally, across the United States and Canada in both English and French.
Jason helps clients to gain better awareness of their often, overlooked strengths and how ADHD specifically affects them, while also teaching strategies to reduce anxiety, improve organizational skills and overall executive function. Having ADD himself, Jason intimately understands the challenges both students and professionals can face in their lives, school, and careers. Jason’s optimistic and comprehensive coaching approach combines industry best practices and effective strategies to help transform his clients’ perception of their ADHD as a disability, into a long-term asset.
Jason holds an Honors BA degree in Medical Anthropology from McMaster University, with professional coach training from CoachU (ICF accredited), is a graduate of ADHD-specialized coach training from JST Coaching LLC (ICF, CCE-Global & IAAC accredited), and is an actively practicing coach with the Edge Foundation - a not-for-profit organization based in Seattle, that provides coaching for students with ADHD.
Jason is also a member of CADDAC (Center or ADHD Awareness Canada), CH.A.D.D. Canada (Children & Adults with ADHD), and CHADD (USA), and is a frequent speaker with the LDAO (Learning Disability Association of Ontario).
As a pilot, sailor, avid traveler and father of two, Jason draws from a fascinating litany of life experiences which allow him to connect with his clients in a unique and inspiring way.
Teresa Burgess-Bhagat, Learning Strategist
Teresa Burgess-Bhagat is a Learning Strategist with more than ten years experience teaching students with learning differences. She is a qualified and knowledgeable Montessori elementary teacher who is also a skilled educator of adolescents in the areas of study and organization. Teresa works with students to improve their executive functions, remediate their academic skills, and increase their awareness of learning styles. She strives to help her students achieve improved academic success using meaningful and measurable goal-setting strategies.
Teresa is trained in a number of approaches to special education that emphasize the importance of each child’s individual talents, gifts, affinities and strengths as well as their areas of concern. These include: Schools Attuned Approach to Learning Disabilities (Dr. Mel Levine, All Kinds of Minds); Montessori Approach to Children at Risk (MACAR) – The Shelton School for students with learning disabilities; Differentiation of Assessment through Collaborative Active Research (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/OISE); Differentiation in Classroom Instruction (BER); and JUMP math instruction (University of Toronto).
Teresa has an extensive background in child advocacy. She was one of the original supporters of the Ontario advocacy group, the Attention Deficit Resource Network (ADRN); and of the national group, Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC). She has an excellent and sensitive understanding of the effects of learning disabilities (LDs) and learning differences (for example, ADHD and Asperger’s Disorder) on the lives of students and their families. Teresa is a Bachelor of Science graduate from McMaster University and an Elementary I & II education graduate from Toronto Montessori Institute (TMI).
Shameela Hoosen-Shakeel, M.A., Psychometrist
Ms. Hoosen-Shakeel is a psychometrist who, in collaboration with a registered psychologist, offers psychoeducational assessments and evaluation of learning difficulties (e.g., Learning Disability or Dyslexia) as well as behavioural and emotional difficulties (e.g., ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders). Ms. Hoosen-Shakeel also offers Gifted Assessments. Ms. Hoosen-Shakeel is also a Certified Cogmed Coach (CCC) for participants in the Cogmed Program, which is an evidence-based intervention for improving working memory (www.cogmed.com).
In 1997, Ms. Hoosen-Shakeel obtained her M.A. in Applied Developmental Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (OISE). She has worked in the Peel District School Board, in the Psychiatry and Psychology Departments at The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), and with private psychologists in Toronto and Markham.
Doris Sweeney, B.A., Psychometrist
Ms. Sweeney is a psychometrist who, in collaboration with a registered psychologist, conducts neuropsychological assessments, geriatric assessments, psychoeducational assessments, gifted assessments and evaluation of learning difficulties, as well as behavioural and emotional difficulties. Ms. Sweeney also trains new psychometrists and research assistants in assessment.
Ms. Sweeney obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 1985. She has worked at Whitby Psychiatric Hospital and has maintained a position at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre since April of 1986. She has been affiliated with two research studies of youth services and several studies of geriatric memory and aging. Additionally, Ms. Sweeney has worked in private practice with several psychologists in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga and Markham since 1987.
Mireille Whissel-Lanteigne, Psychometrist
Ms. Whissel-Lanteigne is a psychometrist who, in collaboration with a registered psychologist, offers psychoeducational assessments and evaluation of learning difficulties in both French and English.
Ms. Whissel-Lanteigne holds a Masters Degree in Human Development from Laurentian University. She has worked in the Toronto French School Board for over 11 years.