Julie Goldenson, Ph.D, C. Psych (She/Her)
Founder and Clinical Director
I am registered in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) to practise in clinical and forensic psychology, working with adult and adolescent populations. I am also on the CPO's Fitness to Practice Committee. Coming from a scientist-practitioner model, I have been practising psychotherapy, doing related research, and teaching for over 15 years. Each of these activities has reciprocally influenced and fueled my passion for the others. I hold a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto (OISE) in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Behaviour. I have also taught at several other universities and was the Assistant Program Head at the University of Guelph-Humber.
My clinical skills have been honed through a number of settings; e.g., University of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Toronto District School Board, San Diego State University, outpatient clinics, inpatient hospital work and years in private practice. My approach to therapy is informed by training in psychodynamic, process-based/relational approaches and training in internal family systems.
Collaboration and giving back to the field of psychology are important to me, and I am the President-Elect of the Ontario Psychological Association. I am a member of a number of organizations including the Program in Psychiatry and the Law in association with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Mental Health Center, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Academy of Disability Assessment, and the Society for Personality Assessment. For the time being, I am not taking on new clients; however, I oversee referrals, supervise, and have a vested interest in the therapeutic work and development of the practitioners at The Psychology Collaborative. I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Bryson, M.Ed (She/Her)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
I have completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto, OISE. I am currently obtaining my certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation. I have enjoyed a lifelong involvement in performing arts, specifically in improvisation, which leads me to bring creativity into my therapy practice.
I come to my work in private practice with a diverse range of related experiences, the most recent of which include working at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to running therapy groups for people suffering from social anxiety. My practice flexibly incorporates a variety of modalities including, but not limited to: Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy.
I work within group and individual contexts with people who are of diverse backgrounds, with various presenting concerns, including issues with: anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, interpersonal dynamics, loneliness, self-esteem, processing break-ups, stress, burn-out, chronic pain and trauma. I hold my relationships with clients to be central, and my approach is relaxed, warm, and flexible. I work with the client to find the right path and style of therapy to meet each person’s individual goals. I strive to create a safe, anti-racist, anti-oppressive environment, that is BIPOC, queer, trans and sex work positive.
Please feel free to reach out directly at email@example.com to schedule a phone consultation.
Dina Buttu, Ph.D, C. Psych (She/Her)
I am a licensed clinical and counselling psychologist. I specialize in the assessment and treatment of trauma, with a specific focus on honour-based violence and experiences of marginalization. I further specialize in supporting second generation children of immigrants navigate conflict related to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, and cultural value conflicts. I completed my doctoral training at the University of Toronto, where my research focused on examining the impact of bicultural stress, cultural value conflicts, ethnic identity, and acculturative stress on disordered eating in Arab-Canadian women. I have previously acted as a consultant and advisory board member to organizations that serve marginalized communities. As a consulting psychologist with The Psychology Collaborative, I provide input and training on trauma, bicultural stress, and the provision of culturally-sensitive psychotherapy services. I work at my own private practice, Dr. Dina Buttu & Associates, located in Toronto and the Durham Region.
Jessica Hughes, M.Ed (She/Her)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
I have completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto, OISE. I also received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Toronto and remain at U of T in an academic capacity teaching Cognitive Neuroscience and The Physiology and Psychology of Emotion. I am also a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Over the years, my clinical skills have been honed across several settings including volunteer work at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The Centre for Canadian Victims of Torture, as well as psychiatric inpatient and distress centre work in the United States. I also trained at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships in Toronto, where I worked with individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of concerns. I have been trained in multiple evidence-based modalities, which give me a variety of tools to draw from. I am current obtaining my certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation.
In all my undertakings, I adopt a non-pathologizing approach. I view emotional distress as information that needs to be explored and understood. Many of the struggles clients want help with are coping strategies that worked at an earlier time in their lives, but are no longer adaptive. I work with clients to explore how those behaviours came to be, how they served them, and how to help clients cultivate new strategies that are more adaptive. I see much of learning as unlearning and view healing as a process that unfolds in relationship. In my work, I focus on the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for change and also focus on the relationship clients have with themselves. My approach is heavily informed by psychodynamic and relational foundations and I often find it useful to explore how a client's childhood and developmental history uniquely shapes who they are and how they experience the world.
I warmly welcome people from all backgrounds, cultures, orientations and identities. I am particularly interested in helping clients who are struggling with the challenges of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, relationships, and emotion regulation and/or disconnectedness. All of these experiences can put strain on our ability to connect with ourselves and the people in our lives. I want to work with clients to create new ways of understanding themselves, their emotional worlds, and their relationships so they can achieve their own goals of living well. If you would like to hear more about my services to assess whether I might be a good fit, please feel free to reach out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alice Salamon, M.Ed (She/Her)
I am in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto, OISE and also hold a Masters of Arts in Higher Education from Central Michigan University. My approach to therapy is integrative, goal-driven and rooted in efforts to cultivate a warm, collaborative and non-judgmental space to allow for open discussion and emotional processing. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is central to the healing process. It is my goal to have my clients feel met, deeply seen and understood and my hope is that our work together facilitates insight, enhanced coping improved functioning.
Although I use multiple modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFT) and Mindfulness, my work is highly informed by my training in Internal Family Systems (IFS). I am happy to explain my approach further should you wish to connect.
Both through my therapy work and over the course of over a decade supporting students in higher education, I have had the pleasure to work with people who have come from diverse backgrounds and struggled with a number of issues including anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship conflict, loneliness, parenting challenges, emotional difficulties and trauma. I have a deep commitment to the field and tailor treatment based on the needs of each individual. If my approach feels in line with your interests and you are ready to take the next step, feel free to email at email@example.com to schedule a complimentary phone consultation.