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Dr. Olivia Chu Yau

I have been there: As someone who has experienced first hand mental illness in my family, I know the struggle of having a mental illness. I have seen how it can change your life and affect loved ones around you. As a result of these experiences, I became passionate in finding ways to help people who struggle with emotional difficulties. Guiding and supporting others to achieve emotional wellness invigorates me.

Education & Experience: I followed my calling and completed my doctoral degree at the University of Windsor in Clinical Neuropsychology studying pediatric and adult populations. I am a psychologist specializing in the practice of clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology and rehabilitation psychology with children, adolescents, and adults.

I have worked in various settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient mental health centres, private practices, and university health centres. I had the opportunity to work closely with many diverse populations including individuals with neurological (e.g., traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative, stroke), medical (e.g., bariatric surgery, genetic disorders) developmental (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder), and psychiatric disorders (e.g., mood, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder). I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

Life outside of the office: I am a mom of a young toddler boy. Most of my spare time is occupied by spending quality time with my son including teaching him new concepts, fostering his emotional awareness, and playing with him at the park. I also enjoy trying different cuisines, listening to interesting podcasts and exercising.

Professional Affiliations: Ontario Psychological Association; International Neuropsychological Society; American Psychological Association; Association for Contextual Behavioral Science


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Dr. Jessica Van Exan

Personal Statement: I am reminded in my own life and in working with clients that as human beings we all bump into life and get stuck sometimes.  I believe everyone has the capacity for resiliency and the process is unique for each person.  When we can step back and clearly see what is happening, we become aware of what was unnoticed.  We can develop a new outlook and make choices that move us back into and forward in our lives.  It is with deep respect and honour that I join clients on their path towards self-compassion and self-discovery.

Education & Experience: I obtained my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from York University and have been a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 2011 practicing in the areas of clinical and counselling psychology.  In recent years, I have worked in the bariatric surgery program at Toronto Western Hospital (2011-2016) and currently am working part-time in the Young Adult Eating Disorders Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre.

In private practice, I provide both assessment and therapy to adults focusing on concerns related to stress, perfectionism, low self-esteem, assertiveness, life transitions, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship difficulties, and eating disorders.  My training and experience comes from working from a wide range of evidence-based treatments with a focus and interest in motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy.  Within each of these treatment modalities, my priority is working collaboratively with clients to understand their current difficulties in the context of their unique history, life stressors, personal strengths and goals for treatment.

Professional Affiliations: Ontario Psychological Association; Canadian Psychological Association; Academy for Eating Disorders; Eating Disorders Association of Canada

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Fariba Touyeh (Supervised Practice)

Personal Statement: I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process and we all need to commit to the journey of self-discovery. My life journey has carried me through some emotional difficulties and life challenges such as immigration and career changes. I was curious as to why people experience emotional suffering and wanted to find a path for the healing process. I studied sociology and psychology to develop a detailed understanding of the mind, brain, and human behaviour. Finally, I realized that the healing of emotional pain happens through self-discovery, understanding one’s personal strengths and weaknesses, encountering and finding ways to overcome obstacles, and embracing the change of life.

Education & Experience: I have a Masters Degree in Psychology and Honors Degrees in Psychology and Sociology. I am a Registered Psychotherapist and in the process of registration with the College of Psychologist of Ontario to become a Psychological Associate.

I have worked in both private and community settings providing therapy to individuals from different cultural backgrounds. I am a certified clinical traumatologist and I am aware of the ways in which complex trauma affects many aspects of life, including school, work, and family domains.I have assisted a significant number of clients impacted by traumatic events such as car accidents, traumatic brain injury, divorce, cancer, grief, and family suicide and alcoholism. I also offer psychotherapy in Farsi and I have conducted workshops and psycho-educational seminars for the Persian community.

I incorporate cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness approaches to address a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, phobia, chronic pain, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anger management and perfectionism. I provide a nonjudgmental setting to help individuals explore their authentic self, navigate their personal goals and embrace their personal strengths. I help individuals improve their overall wellbeing, increase resilience, and find a feeling of inner peace. I encourage my clients to develop self-compassion, a way of relating to ourselves more kindly rather than being stuck in self-criticism or negative judgments. I guide my clients to cultivate mindfulness strategies which involve learning to maintain our awareness in the present moment rather than getting lost in anxious thoughts and ruminating about problems.

 Professional Affiliations: Ontario Psychological Association

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Teddy Cheung (Supervised Practice)

We are our heart and brain: I believe the mind and the brain work together. It is indispensable to understand one in order to understand the other. Like the awe when observe a plant to grow from a seed to full blossom, I found myself being attracted to the unfolding or the development of the self, personality, and various abilities by the nurturing of families, schooling and society under the vehicle of the football-size organ: the brain. I find psychological assessment a valuable tool for scientific measurements, and therapy a gift for healing the heart, trauma and broken relationships.

Education & Experience: I received a Masters of Clinical Psychology training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and had been working in the field of clinical psychology from 2007 to 2017. I specialized in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. I attended further training in Emotion Focused Therapy offered by the York University-Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council. For the second specialty, I completed the post-qualification training at the Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Institute of Child Health in London, UK. While I was in Hong Kong, I helped established an early autism training centre and have served in different specialties in two public hospitals, including psychiatry, general medical, rehabilitation, and palliative services, covering child/adolescent, adult, and elderly populations. Currently I am working towards becoming a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario under the supervision of Dr. Olivia Yau.

Apart from clinical practice, I am completing a PhD in Developmental Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough since 2017. I was part of a multidisciplinary team in the Neurology Department of the CUHK medical school, for which the team translated and validated the Chinese-version of a Canadian cognitive screening test, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). I am also working on developing App intervention for children with autism in enhancing face and emotion recognition in collaboration with CUHK and Cambridge University.

Life outside of the office: I am a dad of two young boys. When I take off my ‘white coat’, I would bring the boys to wild camping, trekking, skating/skiing and guiding them to explore the merits of the Western and Eastern cultures.

 Professional Affiliations: Canadian Psychological Association; Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science; British Psychological Society; Society for Research in Child Development; Hong Kong Psychological Society

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Anna Gorbatski

Personal Statement:  Since a young age, I have been fascinated by human behaviour and my curiosity and the desire to explore and understand the ways of the human mind has led me to a career in Psychology.  This desire was solidified when I had taken my very first Introduction to Psychology course at university.  After completing the course at the top of my class, I knew that Psychology was my calling and that, without a doubt, I was meant to pursue a career in mental health.  Since beginning my journey as a Psychometrist, I have helped many clients discover their cognitive strengths as well as determine their areas of need in order to optimize their learning experiences, both in a school setting and in everyday life.

Education & Experience: I have been employed in Psychometrics and Psychodiagnostics since graduating York University with my Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology in 2002, with specialization in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience.  Since graduation, I have acquired my skills in psychometric assessment from highly qualified professionals in the field, who had provided me with top-notch training and close guidance.  In my nearly 12 years of psychometric experience, I have conducted a variety of cognitive and behavioural assessments of both adults and children, with diverse medical and psychological conditions and for a multitude of purposes, including diagnostics and treatment, academic and career recommendations, educational support determination and school admission.  My experience includes working with children of both pre-school and school age, within private and public education sectors, as well as in clinical settings.

Life outside of the office: I am a busy mom to two children. My evenings and weekends are typically occupied by dance classes, music lessons, hockey games/practices, and of course, homework!  Being a parent has given me invaluable experience in working with children of all ages, and I pride myself on finding the best and most effective approach to each child I assess.

Professional Affiliations: Affiliate Member of The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)