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Ana Bahamonde
Clinical Therapist Under Supervision

Ana Bahamonde has many years of experience working internationally in various school settings both as an educator and counsellor. She provides family psychoeducation to support the therapeutic process of children and adolescents. She specializes in social emotional issues that arise in the developmental stages, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, defiance, and stress. She also has experience treating adolescent psychosis. Ana provides empirically supported treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, brief solution focused, sand tray therapy, play therapy, and art interventions in both English and Spanish.  She works with children, adolescents, and adults and provides both psychotherapy and ADHD, Autism, Mental Health assessments. 

Ana has a Master’s in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto and a Master’s in School Counseling from Lehman College in New York.  She obtained her PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University, U.S.A., and completed her residency at the Psychiatric Unit of Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital in New York. 

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Dr. Lauren Poulin
Psychologist in Supervised Practice

Dr. Lauren Poulin is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from York University, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in both the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic and Work Stress and Health program. She has also held positions at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton in the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, as well as various counselling centres. Her area of specialization is adult mental health (ages 18-65), and she provides both psychological assessment and therapy. In therapy, Lauren works with individuals presenting with a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, and coping with the stresses of daily life.  Lauren approaches therapy from a client-centered and humanistic foundation, integrating techniques from various treatment styles as needed. She is trained in various treatment styles, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), emotion focused therapy (EFT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and cognitive processing therapy (CPT). In assessment, Lauren has been trained in mental health assessments, psychoeducational assessments, and ADHD and autism assessments. Her goal is to make these assessments both informative and therapeutic, so clients leave with a better understanding of themselves.  Across all of her work, Lauren aims to provide care that is affirming to diverse populations, and she excels in creating a non-judgemental, supportive, and validating therapeutic environment for her clients. 

** As of mid-June, Dr. Poulin will not be accepting new clients.**

Christina Carrier
Ps
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Christina has been an associate at Dr. Gayle M. Goldstein & Associates since 2021. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University. Prior to beginning the Clinical Developmental Psychology program, Christina completed a Master’s of Science in Community Health, specializing in Addictions and Mental Health, at the University of Toronto. Christina has over 6 years of relevant experience conducting Behavioural Therapy with Autistic children and adolescents. She is currently learning additional neurodivergent affirmative ways of working with Autistic individuals. She also has a keen interest in parent coaching regarding how to best support Autistic children. In addition, Christina is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). She believes that therapy should be tailored to meet the needs of the client, focusing on their unique strengths. Christina completed training in psychological assessments through the York University Psychology Clinic and The Child and Adolescent Psychology Centre. She has extensive experience conducting assessments with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of presenting concerns including Autism, learning disabilities, fragile X syndrome, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders/styles.

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Leila Kahnami
Psychometrist and Clinical Therapist

Leila has been an associate at Dr. Gayle M. Goldstein & Associates since 2022.She is trilingual with proficiency in English, French, and Farsi. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology specializing in Neuropsychology. She has over 4 years of relevant experience conducting neuropsychological assessments with children and adults. She completed her training in neuropsychological assessment at the Hospital of Sick Children working with children with complex medical needs (i.e., stroke, epilepsy, kidney transplant, heart transplant, lung transplant, gastrointestinal problems, and children with prenatal exposure to HIV and antiretroviral medications) and with families of diverse social and cultural backgrounds. In addition, she has completed her training in psychoeducational assessment at the York University Psychology Clinic. Leila has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with various diagnoses including Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Generalized Anxiety, Intellectual Disability, Depression, Phobias, Conduct Disorder, and Specific Learning Disorder. In addition, Leila is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and is completing her training in treatment in the North York General Hospital, working with adults with a wide range of presenting concerns.

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Jillian Lopes
Clinical Therapist

Jillian is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at McMaster University, who started at Dr. Gayle M. Goldstein & Associates in 2022. She holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology, and an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University. Jillian draws from various therapeutic modalities to meet each client’s needs, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Person-Centred Therapy. Jillian uses a compassionate and client-centred therapeutic approach. She believes that therapy should be strengths-based and tailored to an individual’s unique circumstances.

 

She has extensive experience working with neurodivergent children, adolescents, and adults. Jillian also offers couples counselling with couples whereby one or both partners are neurodivergent (Autistic and/or ADHD). Additionally, Jillian has completed numerous clinical practicum placements at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and has worked with individuals with a range of other presenting concerns, some of which include anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, learning disabilities, and personality disorders.

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Ashley has been an associate at Dr. Gayle M. Goldstein & Associates since 2022. She is currently a Master’s student at York University in the Clinical Psychology Program (adult stream) and holds an honours BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research primarily investigates couple interventions for borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She is particularly interested in suicide prevention and intervention within the populations she works with. Ashley has much experience conducting assessments with adults with a range of presenting concerns, including Autism, ADHD, and personality disorders/styles.

Ashley Siegel
Psychometrist 

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Ethan has completed a master’s degree and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical-developmental psychology at York University. He has 3 years of relevant experience conducting assessments with children and adolescents. Ethan has worked with children with learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, intellectual disability, and Autism. He also has experience working with the diagnosis of developmental disabilities in adults. Ethan’s research focuses on the mental health needs and consequences of poor mental health in autistic you with and without intellectual disabilities. He is also receiving ongoing training in cognitive behavioural therapy and hopes to develop these skills so that they can be applied to a neurodiverse clientele.

Ethan Rinaldo
Psychometrist 

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Max Cooper
Psychometrist

Max is currently a Master’s student in the Clinical & Counselling Psychology (Adult) program at OISE, University of Toronto. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from York University and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from University of Ottawa. Max also lived and worked over 6 years in Asia (Korea, India, and Thailand), as a teacher and tutor for kids and adults. As a neurodivergent person, Max has a special interest in mental health care for a neurodiverse clientele. His present clinical focus is on assessment, particularly psychoeducational, Autism, and ADHD. In terms of research, Max’s specific foci are psychotherapy research (investigating the qualities of effective therapists), and Autism. His present project examines the lived experiences of Autistic people working as psychotherapists. Max strives to bring qualities of care, attention, and humility to all of his work at the clinic.

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Micah Dalan
Psychometrist

Micah is a dedicated psychometrist at Dr. Gayle M. Goldstein & Associates. She conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for children, youth and adults, collaborating closely with Dr. Gayle Goldstein. Micah is deeply committed to helping individuals achieve their full potential. Micah has previously worked as a behaviour therapist working directly with children and adolescents in both one-on-one and center-based settings. She has successfully helped individuals reach personal goals, develop skills, and gain independence. This experience has equipped Micah with a deep understanding of the unique needs of children and adolescents, enabling her to effectively support individuals of all ages in an increasing neuro-affirmative manner. Micah has a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in the Honours Life Sciences program with a minor in Psychology.

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Rizk Elmadbak (he/him) is currently a Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program (Adult Stream) at York University and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto. His research explores the relationship between defense mechanisms and the therapeutic alliance in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for borderline personality disorder. Previously, Rizk worked as an instructor therapist supporting Autistic children and young adults, as well as individuals with ADHD. He is passionate about providing neurodiversity-affirming care and creating an inclusive space for all.

Rizk Elmadbak
Psychometrist

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Danika Wagner joined as an associate at Dr. Gayle Goldstein in 2024. She recently completed her MA in Clinical Psychology at York University (adult stream) and is now pursuing her PhD. She holds a BA (Hons) in psychology from York University as well as a BA (Hons) in philosophy and mathematics from Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on the experience of effort in neurodivergent individuals, particularly those with ADHD. Danika has experience working with neurodiverse individuals and firmly believes in a client-centred approach to assessment and intervention. Her commitment to fostering inclusive spaces for everyone is unwavering.

Danika Wagner
Psychometrist

"Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives"

- Dalai Lama

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