Dr. Olivia Chu Yau (Neuropsychologist/Psychologist)

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 spend most of my free time playing with my two kids. In my downtime, I enjoy learning new things, listening to interesting podcasts and sampling different cuisines. I also love being outdoors whether it is walking, hiking or biking.

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


Fariba Touyeh (Psychological Associate)

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 a Psychological Associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

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




Teddy Cheung (Psychological Associate)

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. I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) in both clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

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



Ashley Davidson (Social Worker)

Personal Statement: In my early years of university, I discovered that I was intrigued by human behaviour and the inner workings of the mind. What was especially interesting was understanding the individual in the context of their world: their culture, the society surrounding them, and the many other areas of life that influence individual experience and mental health. My own mental health journey as a young adult helped me to comprehend these struggles more personally, and I wanted to support others the same way I had been. Life presents different obstacles and journeys for each of us, and sometimes we may need extra space and time to process these. It is my belief that every lived experience is valid and worthy of being heard. There are times when taking pauses and exploring where we are can help us to get “unstuck” and focus on what makes life enriching and meaningful to us.

Education & Experience: I completed my Master of Social Worker training at University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. I also have an Honours Bachelor degree, with a sociology major and psychology minor, from Glendon College of York University, as well as a diploma in Community and Justice Services from Humber College. I have been a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers since 2017.

I underwent clinical training during my MSW at Kids Help Phone doing crisis counselling, and at an on-campus counselling service for undergraduate students at University of Toronto. Shortly before making starting private practice, I spent three years at a Scarborough children’s mental health agency providing ongoing individual and family psychotherapy to adolescents, transition-aged youth, and their families. Areas of focus included mood disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression), school and academic stress, borderline personality disorder, family conflict, body-image, and trauma. I use an integrative approach in my psychotherapy, drawing from a number of modalities, including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT); dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT); mindfulness therapies; and solution-focused therapy (SFT). My next major training focus is completing training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing psychotherapy for treatment of trauma-related challenges.

Life outside the office: Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time outdoors and in nature on trails and hikes; I also love being near the lake. I have a strong love of learning and do quite a bit of reading, signing up for trainings/courses and watching documentaries. One of my long-term goals is to become fluent in French and do lessons every week. Last, and definitely not least, I try to see friends and family as much as possible.

 Professional Affiliations: Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers; Ontario Association of Social Workers; Canadian Association of Social Workers; Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work




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Anna Gorbatski (Psychometrist)

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)