Our Team

PsyMontreal psychologists are all members of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ). Our doctoral students and stagiaires in psychotherapy are supervised by a licensed psychologist, member of the OPQ. All of our team members offer psychotherapy and coaching services using the most scientifically validated therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

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Leanna Zozula, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr Leanna Zozula is a psychologist and Clinical Director of PsyMontreal. She was awarded her doctorate degree from McGill University and has trained and worked in several hospital/clinic settings in Montreal and the USA (New York). Dr. Zozula lectures about mental health topics to the public and healthcare professionals. Click here for a brief bio.

Jean-Marc Assaad, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Jean-Marc Assaad is a psychologist and the Director of Prevention & Training Services at PsyMontreal. He regularly provides conferences and trainings in Motivational Interviewing to various governmental agencies and private companies. Dr. Assaad obtained his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from McGill University, where he also taught.

Alexandra Maduro, M.A., c.o., Psychotherapist

Alexandra is a licensed guidance counsellor and psychotherapist in Quebec. She completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology and M.Sc. in Psychiatry at McGill University. Alexandra has experience working with youth and young adults undergoing difficulties related to life transitions, academic and work-related stress, interpersonal relationships, grief, anxiety, and depression. Alexandra recognizes the courage it takes to seek counselling and commends those beginning this journey. She strives to provide her clients with a safe and supportive space to explore their thoughts and feelings and works collaboratively with them to facilitate personal development and achievement of their goals.

Emily Light, B.A., Master of Counselling Psychology Candidate

Emily has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University and is currently enrolled in her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She views the therapeutic process according to the client-centered framework, which places empathy and unconditional positive regard at the forefront and can be combined with the approaches offered at PsyMontreal, such as CBT and ACT. Emily seeks to reinforce clients’ sense of autonomy and resilience, by creating a supportive environment that encourages self-actualization.She is an intern being supervised by psychologist Sean Scanlan.

Nora Kelner, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist

Dr. Kelner has extensive experience working with young and older adults (18 years and older) who experience cognitive and functional complaints. Dr. Kelner has practiced professionally as a neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist for over 27 years. She completed her Ph. D. studies at McGill University and has worked in Montreal as a neuropsychologist as part of a medical team of specialists offering diagnostic and clinical services, supervising students, and collaborating with ongoing clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases. She is a clinical and research consultant for clinical centers designing specific assessment batteries to evaluate a variety of cognitive complaints (ADHD, Dementia, traumatic brain injury). In her private practice, she has worked with physicians and other professionals in the community contributing to improve the understanding of their clients.
Dr. Kelner is a registered psychologist and certified neuropsychologist with l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). Languages. English – French – Spanish.

Ken Bruce, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Ken Bruce is a psychologist member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. With over 15 years of experience, he has worked in hospital settings, academia and in private practice. He uses cognitive behavioral therapy and has a wide range of specialties such as eating disorders, anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Dr. Bruce received his Ph. D in clinical psychology from McGill University where he also taught for 12 years.

Marc Bétournay, Kinesiologist

Marc has a degree in Kinanthropology from the University of Ottawa. He is an accredited member of the Fédération des Kinésologues du Québec. Over the Years he has worked in the corporate sector, in wellness programs and health and safety. He also has 15 years of experience in the field of physical rehabilitation, both in the private sector and in the public health care system. While he has worked with people suffering from many different types of physical deficiencies, his main interest is the field of chronic pain and disability. The issues related to chronic pain can be complex, but gradual movement and education are the two main components that kinesiology can contribute when helping a person suffering from chronic pain. Pain affects everything and everything affects pain. Because of this, Marc works very hard to build a good working relationship with his client, a relationship base on empathy, trust, honesty and communication.

Tianshu Li, M.Ed., Counsellor

Tianshu completed her master’s degree in counselling psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is currently working towards her guidance counsellor registration and psychotherapy permit. She has experience working with adults, ethnically diverse clientele and LGBTQ + community. Her approach is informed by cognitive behavioural therapy, person-centred approach as well as acceptance and commitment therapy. Tianshu aims to create a safe space for clients and to collaborate with clients in overcoming the difficulties in their lives.

Sean Scanlan, M.A., Psychologist

Sean Scanlan is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of professional experience and completed his training at McGill University. He has worked in a variety of settings with individuals and groups including private and public health settings, as well as in community crisis intervention. Sean uses a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach, an integration of CBT and ACT, and specializes in working with people who struggle with emotional or interpersonal problems, as well as issues such as chronic pain and fibromyalgia and other chronic illness and health issues. His objective is to provide a warm, accepting, and safe atmosphere in which difficulties can be explored in order to collaborate to find workable solutions and help individuals get back to living a meaningful life. Sean also provides individual and group supervision to graduate level interns and equivalency candidates for the Order of Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ).

Leily Rojas-Ferreira, B.A., Master of Counselling Psychology Candidate

Leily is pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is completing a practicum under the supervision of psychologist Sean Scanlan. With experience working in social services, Leily’s therapeutic approach is centered around respect, empathy, and working collaboratively with clients to guide and help them attain desired goals. Leily is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and hopes to support a variety of clients through the toughest of circumstances and instill hope for a brighter future

Adam Vissargov,

B.Sc., Master of Clinical Psychology Candidate

Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychological Science and Education from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), Adam is currently completing his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Sean Scanlan. He is distinguished by a practice characterized by attentive listening and pronounced empathy towards his clients. Adam adopts a cognitive-behavioral approach, focusing on principles of respect, compassion, and active listening. In this final phase of his master's program, his goal is to provide personalized support to individuals facing a variety of psychological challenges, both intra- and interpersonal. Guided by a passion for improving mental well-being, Adam fully engages in his practice, consistently striving to meet the needs of his clients with sensitivity and professionalism. He is fluent in English, French and Russian.

Josee Claude, B.Ed., Master of Counselling Psychology Candidate

Josee is a bilingual Psychotherapist intern currently completing her master's in counseling psychology from Yorkville University. Her focus is to help improve the well-being and balance in her client's life by setting up goals that are realistic and attainable. Josee uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Emotional and Solution-Based Therapy to help those struggling with anxiety, stress, and depression. Additional areas for consultation include strengthening relationships, career transition, adaptation, and self-esteem. Josee is currently under the supervision of psychologist Sean Scanlan.

Myriam F. Pierre-Louis, B.Sc., Master of Clinical Mental Health Counselling Candidate

Myriam is pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Concordia Irvine University and interning under the supervision of Psychologist Sean Scanlan. As a registered nurse clinician, she has learned the importance of providing empathy, compassion, honesty, and positive regard to foster a safe environment for healing and change. The theoretical framework guiding her practice is cognitive-behavioral therapy, and she is interested in accompanying individuals in their healing journey, especially in managing interpersonal relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction.

Jennifer Acheson, Ph.D., Psychologist

Jennifer is a Registered Psychologist who is licensed in both Quebec and British Columbia. She obtained her doctorate degree from McGill University and has worked in many settings, including hospitals, community agencies, and universities. For the past 10 years she has been helping young adults and adults expand their coping skills, build resilience, and achieve their goals. She has experience helping people to navigate life transitions, address their depression and anxiety, cope with relationship problems and better manage stress / burnout, as well as face grief and loss. Jennifer’ s approach reflects cognitive-behavioural therapy, but also integrates solution focused interventions and mindfulness.

Matthew Levang, B.A., Master of Counselling Psychology Candidate

Matt completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Windsor and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of Ottawa. He is completing his internship under the supervision of Dr. Sean Scanlan and is interested in helping clients through a wide variety of life's challenges. Matt is committed to developing effective therapeutic relationships that empower clients to explore their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. With a warm and empathetic approach, Matt strives to create a safe and welcoming environment where client’s feel respected, heard, and understood.

Mariana Neibert, M.A., c.o.

Mariana is a licensed counsellor currently working towards obtaining her psychotherapy permit under the supervision of Dr. Annett Körner and Dr. Marilyn Fitzpatrick after completing her bachelor's degree in psychology at Concordia University and her master's degree in counselling psychology at McGill University. Mariana works towards helping clients live their best life by building a trusting therapeutic relationship and fostering a safe environment in which clients feel heard, supported, and empowered to make meaningful improvements in their lives. She works primarily with young adults experiencing depression, anxiety, life transitions, self-esteem problems, academic difficulties, interpersonal difficulties, and problems related to attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Mariana offers services in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese

Marie Agapitos, M.Sc., Doctoral Candidate

Marie is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal and is completing an internship under the supervision of Dr Leanna Zozula. She has experience working with adults and older adults facing various challenges such as depression, anxiety, social and relational difficulties, life transitions, and caregiver burden. Marie strives to create a warm, caring, and collaborative therapeutic space and draws upon various cognitive and behavioural approaches tailored to each individual’s needs. She provides therapy in English and French.

Chloe St-Onge Shank, M.A., c.o., Psychotherapist

Chloe is a bilingual counsellor and psychotherapist with over four years of professional experience. She completed her training at McGill University, and specializes in supporting teens and adults facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, burnout, life transitions, and more. Chloe is trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and employs a person-centered approach that is unique to each client's needs and goals. Chloe is LGBTQ+-affirming and offers each of her clients a warm, supportive environment built upon empathy, openness, and trust.

Adrian is in the final semester of his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Adler Graduate Professional School. He has a certificate in Motivational Interviewing as well as trauma informed care. Using CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, he creates a warm, safe space for clients to explore the root causes of their concerns. He has over six years of experience counselling individuals who struggle with addictions, as well as depression and anxiety. Working in the emergency department for the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health has trained him to respond well to any crisis and to help individuals regulate their emotions. Adrian is under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, a licensed psychologist. He offers life, academic, health, and sports coaching.

Jodie Luddu, B.S.W., Master of Social Work Candidate

Jodie has a passion for promoting mental well-being and supporting individuals in their journey towards healing. With a diverse background that includes international travel experiences, Jodie brings a unique perspective to her clinical practice. Jodie uses various therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and approaches grounded in Attachment Theory. Jodie is committed to creating a safe and empathetic space where clients can explore their inner strengths, fostering growth and transformation.

Kate works with people to create a supportive, non-judgmental space in which they improve their health as well as achieve their goals. She has over 8 years of experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, grief, burnout, and relationship conflicts. She also brings a breadth of experience working alongside those who have experienced trauma. Kate incorporates CBT, DBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy and a client-centered approach in helping individuals become their best selves.

Liza Khalyapina, B.A., Master of Psychology Candidate

Liza is a current Master of Psychology student at the Adler Graduate Professional School. She is committed to creating a non-judgmental space in therapy where clients can feel safe to explore their challenges and aspirations. Liza's authentic and collaborative style invites clients to actively participate in the healing process, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment over one's mental health journey. Her experiences as an educator with youth and other vulnerable populations inform her passion for helping individuals reach their full potential. Working under the supervision of Dr. Lori Walls, Ph.D., Psychologist, Liza continues to encourage her client's personal growth and emotional development through the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Rita holds a Master's of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. She has over six years of diverse social work and case management experience, focusing on mental health with a variety of populations. Rita has particular expertise and understanding in working with women and the 2SLGBTQ+ community through the facilitation of support groups and individual support for both communities. Practicing through strengths-based, trauma-informed, and cognitive behavioral perspectives and with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity, Rita welcomes the individuals she works with into a non-judgemental and empathic space.