Who We Are

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Dr. Carmen Weiss, Ph.D., C. Psych.  

Director

Dr. Weiss is a clinical and health psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  After receiving her Ph.D. from York University, she was a staff psychologist at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, in the Bariatric Surgery Department and the Respiratory Rehabilitation Unit, before deciding to focus on her private practice full-time in the summer of 2013.  She has held past psychological positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, in the CBT for Depression Unit and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic; at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, in the Mood Disorders Unit and the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre; and at the Eating Disorders Unit (both in-patient and out-patient) at the Toronto General Hospital.  Dr. Weiss has published numerous papers in academic journals and has been involved in government-funded research grants.

Dr. Weiss has a strong interest in Reproductive Health, particularly in terms of working with people struggling with infertility, prenatal concerns, anxiety over labour and delivery, and postpartum anxiety and depression.

 

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Dr. Christine Cabrera, Ph.D., C. Psych.  

Dr. Cabrera is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa in Clinical Psychology. Her research focused on stigma experienced by people living with HIV or Hepatitis C. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours B.Sc. in Psychology and Kinesiology from York University. Dr. Cabrera has clinical training and experience working with a wide range of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment to chronic illness, and chronic pain. She completed her internship at London Health Sciences Centre with a specialization in rehabilitation. Other previous experiences include positions at The Anxiety Program at The Royal Ottawa Hospital and The Eating Disorders Program at The Ottawa Hospital.

Dr. Cabrera is also fluent in Spanish and can offer psychological assessment and treatment in this language.

 

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Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Weiss is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University.  He holds the Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as well as additional operating funds from CIHR and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).  He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place Centre (Toronto) and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and was a fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  His research focuses on the prevention and treatment of mental health problems in people with autism spectrum disorders and/or intellectual disabilities across the lifespan.

Dr. Weiss provides comprehensive psychological assessments for a variety of issues including learning disabilities, giftedness, and autism spectrum disorders.  He is licensed to work with kids, adolescents, and adults, as well as families.

 

 

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Mario Spiler, MSW, RSW, CHt., MNLP

Mario Spiler is a Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He has extensive experience working in hospitals, in-patient and out-patient psychiatric services, rehabilitation, and chronic pain. Mario Spiler received clinical training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Short-Term Solution Focused Therapy, and Clinical Hypnosis. He has been practicing psychotherapy for 30 years with individuals, couples, families and groups. His main psychotherapeutic focus is on structured, evidence-based treatment using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for severe personality disorders, in particular borderline personality disorders.

Addressing presenting issues such psychiatric diagnoses, recent hospital discharges, suicidal ideation, trauma, abuse, addictions, and high conflict relationships, his clinical goal is to engage the individual to develop more adaptive skills necessary to manage their 1) intense and rapidly shifting emotions (emotional dysregulation), 2) impulsive, self-destructive or self-defeating behaviours, 3) conflicted and stormy relationships, and 4) difficulties with internal sense of identity. Mario Spiler also works extensively with couples on changing relationship patterns that 1) reduce negative responses, 2) increase self-regulation, and 3) improve communication effectiveness.

Mario Spiler is fluently bilingual and able to provide psychotherapy services in both English and Spanish.

 

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Katy Curtis, M.A.

Katy Curtis is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at York University and her clinical work is being supervised by Dr. Carmen Weiss. Katy received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at York University and a Bachelor of Science (Distinction) in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Katy has clinical training and experience working with individuals with a wide range of psychological concerns including anxiety disorders, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, weight management issues, chronic health challenges, relationship difficulties, and pain conditions. Katy has held previous positions at the Neuropsychological Consultation Service at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Centre for Student Development and Counselling at Ryerson University, Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto and at the York University Psychology Clinic. Katy’s clinical approach spans and integrates elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, mindfulness-based therapies and disability frameworks. Her research interests include evaluating yoga and mindfulness interventions for individuals with chronic pain and limited mobility conditions, such as fibromyalgia and spinal cord injury. Katy’s research interests inform her clinical practice and she has experience conducting mindfulness-based groups (e.g. MBSR, MBCT) for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and chronic health conditions. Katy has authored a number of peer reviewed journal articles and has presented at national and international conferences.

 

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Leah Keating, M.A.

Leah Keating is working under the supervision of Dr. Weiss while completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at York University. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a Specialization in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She has held positions at the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital; the Traumatic Stress Service at the London Health Sciences Centre; the Concurrent Disorders Program, Inpatient Assessment Program, and Inpatient Treatment and Rehabilitation Program at Parkwood Institute; the Eating Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton; the York University Psychology Clinic; and the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships. She has experience in providing psychological services to clients in areas related to trauma and abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, relationship difficulties, sexuality, sexual concerns, and substance abuse. Her approach is collaborative and relational, and integrates her training in humanistic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, interpersonal reconstructive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Her practice is LGBTQ+ positive. Leah’s research on LGBTQ+ individuals’ experiences of trauma, on women’s recovery from abuse, and on the development and treatment of eating disorder symptoms has been presented at conferences and published in academic journals, and received government-funded awards.

 

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Kimberley Lynn, M. A. 

Kimberley Lynn received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from York University. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Weiss as she completes the final stages of her Ph.D. Kimberley has extensive experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy and assessment services to adults for a wide range of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, emotion regulation problems, and boredom. She uses an integrative therapeutic approach that includes the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness.  She has held psychological positions at North York General Hospital in the Adult Mental Health Unit; Toronto General Hospital in the Eating Disorders Unit; and the York University Psychology Clinic. Kimberley is also an active researcher. She has published several papers in academic journals; given national presentations; and been involved in government-funded research grants.

 

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Natalie Michel, M.A. 

Natalie Michel is a doctoral candidate at York University, currently working under the supervision of Dr. Weiss as she completes her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from York University, and a Bachelor of Science (honours) from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in neuroscience and psychology. Natalie has held psychological positions at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, North York General Hospital, and at the York University Psychology Clinic. She has extensive training and experience providing psychotherapy and assessment services to adults experiencing a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, interpersonal difficulties and problematic anger. Her clinical approach is a collaborative one that draws on client centered, cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapy traditions. Natalie is also active researcher, who has authored a number of scientific articles and presented at national and international conferences. Her research, which focuses on cross-cultural differences in the perception of mental illness and in the expression and experience of stigma towards persons with mental health problems, regularly informs her work with clients.