DR. ARBUS DR. WEIDENFELDER & ASSOCIATES

Our Doctors in Barrie and Vaughan offer Counselling and Therapy

Clinic Directors


Dr. Suzy Weidenfelder

Dr. Suzy Weidenfelder, C.Psych.

Office Location: Vaughan

Dr. Suzy Weidenfelder is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Weidenfelder has several years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in hospital, community and private practice settings, including Brampton Civic Hospital, Whitby Mental Health Centre, York University Counselling and Development Centre, and the Oak Ridges Addiction Treatment Centre. She is the co-founder of Vaughan Psychologists and has been in private practice for over 10 years.
Dr. Kim Arbus

Dr. Kim Arbus, C.Psych.

Office Location: Vaughan

Dr. Kim Arbus is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. She works with children, adolescents, families and adults. Dr. Arbus has had training in both inpatient settings and outpatient programs, providing assessment and therapeutic intervention for people experiencing mild to severe difficulties. Some of her experience includes her work at Brampton Civic Hospital, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Scarborough Hospital and the local school board. She is the co-founder of Vaughan Psychologists and has been in private practice for over 10 years.

Psychology Team


Dr. Ashley Morgan, C.Psych.

Registered Psychologist
Office Location: Woodbridge

Dr. Ashley Morganis a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and obtained her PhD in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University. She completed her predoctoral internship with the Toronto Area Internship Consortium, working at the Toronto District School Board, the OISE Psychology Clinic, and at Integra, a children’s mental health agency specializing in the treatment of children and youth with learning disabilities and mental health concerns. She has trained in a variety of settings, including Reach Out Centre for Kids, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the York University Psychology Clinic, and in private practice. Dr. Morgan works with children, adolescents, and families.


Dr. Christina Iorio, C.Psych

Registered Psychologist
Office Location: Vaughan

Dr. Christina Iorio completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University, and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Her professional experiences include positions at William Osler Health System, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, St. Joseph’s Care Group, and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Iorio has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders and related concerns in adults. She also works with couples seeking to gain support to navigate through their relationship difficulties. Dr. Iorio’s approach to therapy is focused on providing a supportive, collaborative, and empowering environment for clients, allowing them to build upon their strengths and move towards achieving their personal goals. Dr. Iorio works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework, and applies elements of mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when appropriate. She believes in utilizing evidence-based approaches which are tailored to each individual’s needs.


Dina Tsirgielis, MA Counselling Psychology, C. Psych. Assoc. (Supervised Practice)

Office Location: Vaughan and Woodbridge

Dina Tsirgielis completed her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and completed clinical training at the University of British Columbia’s Scarfe Counselling Centre and Surrey Mental Health and Substance Use Services at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Dina has experience providing individual counselling to clients dealing with personal hardships, depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma as well as interpersonal and relationship issues. She also led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy groups for anxiety and depression, as well as a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group for individuals struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Dina works with both adults and adolescents of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds who want to gain understanding into their situation, and learn ways to make lasting changes in their lives.  By creating a supportive and empathic environment in which clients feel understood, Dina works with clients to identify their unique strengths and abilities. She also teaches skills and strategies to enable clients to feel empowered to manage and cope with life challenges and actively engage in their lives.

Her therapeutic approach includes a variety of evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness based approaches.


Margaret Field, Masters of Psychology

Office Location: Vaughan and Woodbridge

Margaret Field has a Masters of Psychology from the Adler Graduate Professional School. She is committed to creating a supportive, non-judgemental and compassionate therapeutic environment. Margaret has experience working with children and adolescents in both a private practice and the Peel District School Board. She is passionate about helping children overcome self-esteem and anxiety issues as well as facilitate positive social and emotional development. Additionally, she has previously worked with adults in private practice who are facing a variety of mental health and behavioural challenges including mood disorders, trauma, attachment, work issues as well as life transition. Her Adlerian framework allows her to incorporate other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy, as she tailors the therapeutic approach to meet each client’s unique needs.


Dr. Kayla Yosipovich, Psy.D, C. Psych.

Clinical Psychologist
Office Location: Vaughan

Dr. Yosipovich completed her pre-doctoral internship with the Toronto Area Internship Consortium, training at the Toronto District School Board and at North York General Hospital. Her past clinical experiences include training at North Shore-LIJ Hospital, Leake and Watts Residential Treatment Center, and Brooklyn Friends School. She currently holds a psychologist position at the Toronto District School Board, providing assessment and intervention for emotional and learning-based challenges.

Dr. Yosipovich has extensive experience treating mood and anxiety disorders, emotional regulation challenges, and interpersonal difficulties. Although her area of focus is primarily within a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) framework, Dr. Yosipovich believes in the importance of tailoring treatment to each individual client. Dr. Yosipovich works with children, adolescents, and families.


Patricia Bellantone, Masters of Science-Child Psychology

Office Location: Woodbridge

Patricia Bellantone has a Masters of Science Degree from the School and Child Psychology Program at the University of Calgary. Patricia currently works simultaneously at Vaughan Psychologist and the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). She has experience working directly with children and adolescents as well as supporting parents, teachers, and principals. She provides comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to children and adolescents. Patricia has clinical experience facilitating social interventions with adolescents and young adults on the Autism Spectrum and children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Patricia focuses on a strengths based approach, drawing from mindfulness practices, positive psychology and cognitive-behavioural therapy. She has a passion for helping children and adolescents with mood, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, sleep issues, learning disabilities, behavioural coaching, and social skills.


Dr. Stephanie Craig, C.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist
Office Location: Virtual

Dr. Stephanie Craig is a registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 2017. She has completed clinical training in community, forensic, and hospital settings including her predoctoral internship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Craig provides works with children, adolescents, parents, and adults. Dr. Craig uses a variety of evidence-based approaches such as attachment-based therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness therapy, tailoring her therapeutic approach to the needs of each of her clients.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Craig holds a post-doctoral research fellowship at York University where she leads a national research collaboration with Big Brothers, Big Sisters in understanding the impact of COVID-19 on youth and mentoring relationships. She is also part of a team examining the effectiveness of an attachment-based parenting intervention.

 

Social Workers


Jaclyn Smoskowitz, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Social Worker
Office Location: Vaughan and Virtual

Jaclyn Smoskowitz received her Masters degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York City. She is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a professional member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. In addition to her work in private practice, Jaclyn worked on an inpatient medicine unit at Scarborough General Hospital. Previous positions include Baycrest Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Jaclyn works with both adolescents and adults who are seeking assistance with enhancing their personal development and growth through the process of self exploration. She has experience, expertise and a passion for fitness, health and wellness and integrates many of these principles into her work. Jaclyn believes in creating a safe space where her clients are able to be themselves, feel heard and supported. She works in collaboration with her clients and uses a mix of treatment approaches which is best suited for the individual. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy, deep breathing techniques and mindfulness.


Natalia Lisus, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Social Worker
Office Location: Virtual and Woodbridge

Natalia Lisus received her Masters degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is a professional member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Natalia has 15+ years of experience in counselling and psychotherapy, providing services to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in medical, educational and community practice settings. Some of her experiences include her work at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, and Ontario Family Health Team clinics.

As a practitioner, she positions herself as a clinician who uses diverse, evidence-based practices and tailors her approaches to the unique needs of each specific individual or group. Over the past decade, she has gained extensive experience in working with grief, loss, life transitions and chronic illness, as well as mental health challenges, such as anxiety and mood disorders. Along with these skills, her expertise in emotion dysregulation management, and family and peer communication, allows her to offer professional support and expertise to people in a variety of different life situations.


Caroline Daniel, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Social Worker
Location: Virtual and Woodbridge

Caroline Daniel is a Masters of Social Work registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Caroline has over twenty years of experience working with adults, families, and seniors in both the community and private sector. She holds a graduate degree in Loss and Bereavement, providing therapeutic intervention for individuals dealing with loss and evolution associated with both death and non-death related life cycle transitions.

Implementing a multi-modal approach, she provides a safe and supportive environment for confronting and identifying negative thought patterns. Specific focus is centered on exploring feelings of stress and anxiety, while navigating transitions such as death, trauma, postpartum disorders, and PTSD. Through the exploration of self-defeating feelings and beliefs, restructuring of thought processes are developed to ensure emotional regulation. Techniques are introduced and implemented in order to manage and control heightened levels of panic and depression for healthy relationships and daily adjustments.

Elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and The Stages of Change Model are combined throughout therapy. Ensuring the development of a tailored behavioral program, clients are empowered to confront their feelings and develop meaning and fulfillment in their daily lives


Shahnaz Jafarzadeh, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Social Worker
Location: Virtual and Woodbridge

Shahnaz Jafarzadeh is a Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, M.Ed., MSW, RSW. She is licenced with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. With over 20 years of experience, most recently at Mackenzie Health Department of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Abuse, Shahnaz works with adults and couples to develop self acceptance and cope with a variety of concerns and specializes in the long-term effects of trauma, abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

Her approach is to created motivation to strengthen the vision for a life free of emotional pain, anxiety, and depression. As well as to encourage clients to see challenging times as opportunities to create positive change, creating a space to heal from emotional change. She provides trust and support to go through healthy and positive transitions to a healthy lifestyle. Shahnaz utilizes a variety of approaches to reach these goals including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Decentralization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family System (IFS). These modalities are used to develop new skills for stress-reduction, emotion regulation, and effective coping strategies to manage external life circumstances. Shahnaz can provide services in both English and Farsi.


Helen Yack, R.S.W.

Social Worker
Location: Virtual and Vaughan

Helen graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University with a degree in Social Work. In addition, she obtained a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Adler Professional Graduate School and a Certificate in Trauma Counselling from the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health. Helen is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She is also a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Helen is a highly skilled registered social worker with significant experience in assessment, treatment, case management and crisis intervention.

For more than a decade, Helen worked as a Senior Children’s Service Worker at the CAS of Toronto where she successfully provided extensive support to families and children involved in the foster home and group home settings, with compassion, sensitivity and attention to detail. Helen also has extensive experience in individual and family therapy working with families and children who have complex needs, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression and many other mental health struggles. Helen utilizes a strengths-based and client-centered approach through a trauma-informed practice lens. Helen engages families and children with respect, empathy and the intimate knowledge of navigating the various systems they may find themselves in. The fundamental scope of everything Helen does is to ensure that parents maintain a solid, healthy and nourishing relationship with their children.


 

Consulting Psychologists


Dr. Jessica Rosenthal, C. Psych.

Clinical Psychologist
Office Location: Vaughan


 

Contact Us

To book an appointment, please visit the links below:

VAUGHAN LOCATION
WOODBRIDGE LOCATION

Hours:
By Appointment Only
Daytime/Evening Appointments Available

Languages:
English
French
Farsi