Dr. Simon Amar completed his medical school and psychiatric residency training at McGill University. He currently works as a psychiatrist in private practice in Montreal, Quebec. He specializes in psychotherapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. Since 2013, he has been following the MAPS research on MDMA, and began training to be a therapist in these studies in 2016. He is currently the Sub-Investigator and Co-Therapist at the Montreal Phase 3 site for MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD.
Dr. Marchica is a licensed psychologist and member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists. At Mindspace, she offers individual therapy for children, teenagers, and families that emphasizes an integrative approach adjustable to the needs of her clients. Specifically, she works within cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-commitment therapy approaches. She also works as a psychologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and is a part-time course lecturer at McGill University’s Department of Education and Counselling Psychology.
Krista Pratte holds a PsyD in psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a licensed member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Concordia University. She completed her training in the Anxiety Disorders Program (including the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Clinic) and the Bariatric Psychology Program at the Allan Memorial Institute. She also trained at the Centre de Services Psychologiques de l’UQAM in Schema Focused Therapy.
Carly obtained her Masters of Social Work from McGill University, and is a member of the Professional Order of Social Workers, Family, and Marriage Therapists of Quebec. She has extensive experience in the Health and Social Service network, including an expertise in Youth Protection, behaviour modification, crisis intervention and risk assessment. Carly works with individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families, to navigate issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, couple difficulties, parenting, and work-life balance.
Zeina graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. She is a registered dietitian-nutritionist member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ), Dietitians of Canada, and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). She was awarded the “Best Healthy Living Advocate of 2017-2018” from DietSpotlight.com
Kinita St-Firmin is a licensed practical nurse from the School of Health Trades. She works at the Lachine Hospital (MUHC), mainly with older patients—a clientele she is particularly passionate about supporting. Kinita has also participated in humanitarian aid projects in Haiti to help the poorest communities, particularly orphanages. For her, helping the most vulnerable is at the heart of her values as a healthcare professional. She is very interested in new mental health treatments and the use of psychedelics to treat certain mental health disorders. She is also very keen to join the Mindspace team to help build the ketamine-assisted psychotherapy clinic.
Dominique offers individual therapy for children, teenagers, and adults that emphasizes an integrative approach adjustable to the needs of her clients. She works in particular with theoretical psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural approaches. She is currently a supervised doctoral student affiliated with the Order of Psychologists of Québec, under the supervision of Dr. Joe Flanders. She offers therapeutic and evaluation services in both French and English.
Christiane Quoibion (MPs) has been a psychologist in private practice for 26 years. She considers daily mindfulness and compassion practice to be essential to well-being and to promoting access to interior resources and healing.
Alyssa is a therapist at Mindspace who works primarily with individual adults in English. She is an advanced Doctoral student at Concordia University, Montreal, expected to be registered as a clinical psychologist in 2020.
Elvis Grahovic, LL.M. is a qualified teacher for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) by the Massachusetts Medical School. He developed and teaches a masters’ degree course on mindfulness-based professional ethics at the University of Sherbrooke and recently published a book on the same topic.
Catherine (PPCC, ACC) obtained her credentials from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and her personal and professional coaching designation (PPCC) from Concordia University’s ACSTC Accredited Program from ICF and is currently completing a certificate in Narrative Coaching. She has been practicing meditation since completing her first retreat in 1998, and completed a meditation teacher training program with the Open Heart Project in 2017.
Cory brings a client-centred approach to the process of intake at Mindspace. As the clinic manager, he welcomes and screens people for psychological and coaching services by being open, non-judgemental, understanding, and compassionate. Cory knows that the process of change is challenging, and it begins with the difficult first step of reaching out for help. He will take you through Mindspace’s intake procedure in an efficient and personalized way, answering your questions and guiding you to a match with one of our team members, based on his clear understanding of their therapeutic offerings, and an in-depth discussion with you to assess your needs.