Clinic Directors

Lyndsey Davies MSW, RSW
Co-Founder

Lyndsey Davies is a clinical social worker/psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a history of trauma, and emotion regulation difficulties through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) BPD Clinic and subsequently in her private practice.

She is an expert in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), with specialized training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and is a Certified PE therapist. Employing a straightforward, non-judgemental, and compassionate approach, Lyndsey is focused on helping clients understand that they can recover from trauma and live meaningful lives.

Through their work with Lyndsey, clients can expect to gain insight into the factors that have contributed to their difficulties and challenges and learn the skills necessary to develop satisfying relationships and meet their life goals.

Lyndsey is also committed to increasing knowledge and familiarity with DBT and DBT concepts in healthcare. As such, she has developed and hosted training workshops in hospital settings, forensic settings and community agencies, in addition to providing supervision and consultation. Lyndsey is a member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Shira Green MSW, RSW
Co-Founder

Shira Green is a clinical social worker/psychotherapist with nearly 20 years experience treating adults in the Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Through her private practice, she continues her work with clients struggling with BPD and also supports those experiencing anxiety, depression, history of trauma, emotion dysregulation and interpersonal difficulties among other challenges. Shira relies heavily on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and has extensive experience providing both group and individual therapy.

Shira is particularly passionate about helping people improve their quality of life by resolving trauma through Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) – sometimes in combination with DBT. Shira is a Certified PE Therapist.

Shira’s approach is non-judgmental, caring and collaborative. She focuses on helping clients validate their experiences while also gaining insight and learning new coping strategies in order to achieve meaningful change.

In addition to her clinical work, Shira delivers DBT trainings and provides DBT supervision. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Dr. Michelle Leybman PhD., C.Psych
Co-Founder

Dr. Michelle Leybman is a clinical psychologist and a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Michelle completed her PhD at McGill, where she focused her training on working with adults and adolescents with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder. She has also trained to work with more general concerns, like low self-esteem, relationship issues, and identity issues. She has expertise in several therapies, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies.

In addition to her private practice, she works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, which allows her to focus on many areas of psychology including supervision, teaching, and, of course, therapy.

Michelle has a particular interest in helping people find compassion for themselves and feel empowered to pursue things that are important to them. She will approach therapy as a balance of helping you to learn to understand and accept yourself and your life situations, and supporting you in learning to change ways of thinking and behaving that are not working for you. Michelle works collaboratively with clients to determine the most helpful therapy for each individual. This could be structured therapy, or a more flexible therapy in which she integrates a variety of approaches. In all orientations, she strives to foster a non-judgmental atmosphere within which clients can feel both supported and challenged.

Associates

Dan De Figueiredo MSW, RSW

Dan is a clinical social worker with more than 10 years of experience counselling individuals, couples, and families. Areas of specialty include addictions (both substance and behavioural including gambling and technology), anger management, borderline personality disorder, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQ2S issues (including coming out, being out, shame and gender identity).

Dan’s own lived experience with mental health and addiction help to inform his collaborative approach to working with clients to achieve the gains that are important to them. Treatment modalities in which he works include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

After graduating with an MSW from the University of Toronto in 2014, Dan worked for 7 years as a clinical social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in various clinics including: the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic, Inpatient and Outpatient substance addictions including the Rainbow Service, Problem Gambling and Technology Use Service, and the Adult Gender Identity Clinic. Previous counselling experience includes the 519 Counseling Program, the Toronto Distress Centre, AIDS Committee of Toronto, and Positive Routes to Recovery. Prior to becoming a social worker Dan was a professional writer for 15 years. Dan is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Justin Goddard MA, RP

Justin Goddard is a registered psychotherapist with experience working in the United States and Canada. Since beginning to practice in early 2014, Justin has supported hundreds of clients in making important life changes including increasing self-esteem, improving control over emotions and moods, and improving self-understanding. Justin mainly works with clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits or diagnoses. He also has experience supporting individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Justin borrows heavily from narrative, client-centred, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) treatment traditions, integrating strengths from each to help his clients make meaningful changes to their lives. Justin’s approach is warm, genuine, and validating. His first priority is helping you feel safe, understood, and respected. To Justin, respecting you also means holding space to challenge you during those moments when you seem stuck. Justin is a member in good standing of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

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Karen Jones, MA Candidate RP (Qualifying)

Karen is completing her Masters of Counselling Psychology practicum with Equilibrium and is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Karen is a graduate of the McMaster University Addiction Counselling/Caseworker Diploma program and Ivey Business School at Western University. She has taken specialized courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), and mental health first aid for youth. Karen has worked as a crisis responder for Crisis Text Line (Kid’s Help Phone) and in 2019, founded an organization that currently provides a mental wellness support program to all students at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business.

Karen has more than 10 years coaching/counselling experience, and her priority is to provide a warm, non-judgmental space for her clients to feel understood and to understand the root causes of their problematic symptoms. Karen integrates client-centred, SFT, CBT, and DBT approaches to guide clients through a journey of self-exploration, coping skills enhancement, acceptance, and at the same time, change. This process embodies respect for clients’ values, diversity, needs, and priorities. Karen works with client issues related to emotion dysregulation, relationships, substance-use, low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

Katie Stemeroff, MSW, RSW

Katie is a registered clinical social worker in Ontario with over 10 years of experience in community and hospital based settings working with adolescents, transitional aged youth and adults. Katie specializes in complex mental health, emotion dysregulation, addictions and treating individuals with a history of trauma. Katie has particular expertise in DBT, DBT-PTSD and Prolonged exposure. She also has training in CBT, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, mindfulness based approaches and facilitated numerous DBT groups. She specializes in helping to address challenges including those struggling with depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, self harm, suicidal behaviors and other various life stressors. Katie works from a collaborative non judgmental approach yet also is direct and straightforward. She focuses on helping people develop compassion for themselves while also accepting their current life circumstances in order to elicit change. She works to create a warm, safe, and supportive environment for clients by meeting them where they are at and working together toward their therapeutic goals.

In addition to private practice, she also works at CAMH in the BPD clinic. Katie graduated with her masters in social work at Yeshiva university and is a member in good standing of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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Lara van Niekerk MA Candidate, RP (Qualifying)

Lara van Niekerk is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in December 2021. She is working under the supervision of Lyndsey Davies (MSW, RSW) towards full registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She is completing her counselling practicum with Medical Psychotherapy under the supervision of Sean Robb (Ph.D., RP). Lara holds a BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Colorado. Her clinical experience includes providing individual weekly psychotherapy sessions supporting clients facing challenges with anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, trauma, and mental health concerns associated with brain injury and chronic pain as well as co-facilitating DBT skills groups. She utilizes her training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to provide a warm, non-judgmental, and encouraging integrative approach.

Lara's professional background includes experience in various fields such as a volunteer crisis responder for Distress Centres Greater Toronto, community-based development, research, and program evaluation in clinical trial network studies as a Research Associate with Colorado Social Research Associates. Lara brings an empathetic understanding that life experiences and life transitions, in combination with establishing a sense of who we are, can be anxiety provoking. She is passionate about working with clients towards their goals for overall wellness.

Jessica Udit MSW, RSW

Jessica Udit is a clinical social worker with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Jessica has been practicing clinical social work since 2011, and has practiced as an individual and family therapist during that time. Jessica has received extensive training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an attachment based family therapy model that repairs the impacts of childhood developmental trauma. Jessica also has extensive training in family systems theory, and has been trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma focused CBT, and dialectical behaviour therapy. Jessica has implemented and facilitated a dialectical behaviour therapy skills group for adolescents, which she has run since 2018.

Jessica uses an eclectic approach to therapy, and draws primarily from attachment theory and systems theory when working with families, and dialectical behaviour therapy when working individually with adolescents. Jessica also uses an anti oppressive lens in her work, and is mindful of how different identities can impact mental health and treatment. Jessica is experienced working with adolescents, particularly emotionally sensitive and dysregulated adolescents who struggle with impulsive mood dependent behaviours, such as self harm, drug use, school avoidance, disordered eating, dysfunctional relationship patterns, and suicidal behaviours. Jessica is a member in good standing of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Sharon Vanin, MHSc, RNP

Sharon Vanin is a Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Teacher who focuses exclusively on an anti-diet approach to nourishment and wellness to help you find freedom with food, to make peace with your body and to connect with your inner wisdom. Working through the lenses of intuitive eating, self-compassion, mindfulness, body positivity and Health at Every Size, she can help you find gentle, feel-good solutions to address your challenges with binge eating, compulsive over-eating, emotional eating, yo-yo dieting, obsessive exercising and poor body image. Sharon completed her Holistic Nutrition training at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, her Intuitive Eating training with Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, and has a Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto and a multidisciplinary undergraduate degree in life science, health systems and the social determinants of health from Queen's University.

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Rebecca Wilkes, MSW, RSW

Rebecca is a registered social worker in Ontario with over 14 years of experience in health and social services. She has extensive experience in a variety of community and hospital-based settings, in rural, remote and urban centers, working with adolescents, adults and seniors. She supports clients around various issues, such as multiple life stressors, life transitions and relationship issues including separation / divorce, complex health issues, low self-esteem, bullying, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), insomnia, anger management, chronic pain, domestic violence, mood and anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Rebecca offers online sessions only. She works with a non-judgemental, client-centered, trauma-informed approach, and is trained in mindfulness-based practice, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, positive psychology, motivational interviewing and acceptance & commitment therapy.

Licensing Body: Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Education: Master of Social Work (University of Waterloo) Bachelor of Social Work (University of Windsor) Bachelor of Arts – Honors Criminology (University of Windsor)

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Gillian Wilson PhD., C.Psych (Supervised practice)

Gillian is a clinical psychologist in supervised practice. She completed her PhD at Ryerson University. She provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for adults experiencing anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, health anxiety, specific phobias), obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, posttraumatic stress, borderline personality disorder, emotion regulation difficulties, insomnia, relationship difficulties, and life stress/transitions. Gillian’s clinical approach is integrative, drawing primarily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Gillian is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ontario Psychological Association and the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Gillian has completed clinical training in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, and research contexts. She completed her predoctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services. She also completed clinical placements at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Borderline Personality Disorder Service and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, and St. Michael’s Hospital in the Ryerson University Psychology Training Clinic. She gained further clinical experience in the HIV Prevention Lab and the Sleep and Depression Lab at Ryerson University.

Gillian flexibly incorporates change- and acceptance-based strategies into her clinical practice to meet the unique needs and goals of her clients. Her approach is client-centered, culturally-sensitive, and nested within a therapeutic alliance that emphasizes authenticity, compassion, empathic understanding, and ongoing collaboration with the client. She provides clients with the tools, resources, and insight to help alleviate their suffering, optimize their strengths, and build a life that is consistent with their values.