Psychotherapy and coaching services in-person and online


All of the psychologists at PsyMontreal are members of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec or doctoral students supervised by our Clinic Director. All of our team members offer the most scientifically validated types of psychotherapy and coaching, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Please don’t hesitate to contact our Clinical Coordinator for assistance in choosing a psychologist.

Leanna J. Zozula, Ph.D.

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.

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.

Jérôme Lapalme, M.Ps.

Jérôme Lapalme is a psychologist trained both at Université de Montréal and UQÀM. He has worked in public and private settings and is interested by many aspects of psychology, such as cognitive psychology, organizational psychology and clinical psychology. He uses a cognitive-behavioral approach and specializes in the treatment of anxiety related disorders. He is particularly interested recent developments in stress-reducing techniques, such as mindfulness based meditation.

Alain Alterescu, M.Ps.

Alain Alterescu is a clinical psychologist trained at Concordia University as well as Université de Sherbrooke. Throughout his 15 years of clinical experience, he has helped clients in a variety of settings such as academic, community, corporate and in private practice. His empathic, friendly and integrative brand of psychotherapy enables individuals, families and couples to clearly articulate and implement their own vision for change. He is well versed in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and brief solution focused therapies. Alain deals with a wide array of clinical issues and life challenges and he also has extensive intercultural training practicing effectively in English, French as well as in Spanish. He is passionately dedicated to helping people find the best tools to improve their quality of life.

Jennifer Acheson, doctoral student in psychology (Ph. D.)

Jennifer Acheson has completed her clinical training and is currently finishing her doctoral thesis at McGill University. She has worked in hospital, community and university settings. She strives to create an empathetic, supportive and collaborative environment to help explore challenges clients are facing. Jennifer uses cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness and solution focused therapy to help clients recognize existing strengths and develop new skills so they can reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

Ken Bruce, Ph.D.

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.

Stéphanie Laperlier, Psy.D.

Stephanie Laperlier, psychologist, studied at UQÀM in the cognitive-behavioral approach. During her training, she has worked both at the Montreal Mental Health University Institute and the Douglas Institute with people presenting depression and anxiety problems. Working with adults, she uses proven cognitive-behavioral techniques as well as acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness therapy, in order to promote one’s progress towards wellness and harmony with their needs and values.

Catherine Mereb, M.Ps.

Catherine Mereb completed her training at McGill University. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach with her clients and takes a pro-active position to facilitate a healthy lifestyle. She seeks to provide an open and supportive atmosphere in which individuals feel free to express themselves and communicate problems. Catherine recognizes and encourages each individual’s potential for personal growth with the main objective of helping clients attain their most valued goals.

Bénédicte Ronfard, Ph. D.

Bénédicte Ronfard completing her doctoral thesis at UQAM. Benedicte uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness to help clients improve emotional regulation, increase tolerance to distress and acquire better interpersonal skills. Her goal is to help each individual better understand themselves in the grand scheme of their life. She strives to create an empathetic and respectful environment where each client’s background and needs are considered while guiding them into becoming their own therapist.

Erica Cervin, M.Sc.

Erica is a registered psychologist who obtained her degree at Umeå University in Sweden. Her experience includes psychological assessment related to education and career development, as well as treating clients with varying issues such as depression, anxiety, and self-esteem issues. In therapy she is guided by openness and curiosity about the life story of an individual, in order to help them move forward according to their wishes and needs.

Chantal Tougas, Ph. D.

Chantal Tougas, psychologist, obtained her doctorate from Université de Montréal and completed her internship at the Jewish General Hospital. She maintains an empathetic, respectful, and safe space to work in a collaborative manner with adults facing a variety of difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and interpersonal difficulties. She offers services in English and in French.

Maria Mireault, M.Ps.

Maria Mireault obtained her degree in clinical psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. She has more than 15 years of experience providing psychotherapy services in public and private sectors. She uses a cognitive behavioural approach to help clients face their challenges and achieve their goals.

Sean Scanlan M.Ps

Sean Scanlan is a psychologist and completed his training at McGill University. He uses a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach and specializes in working with people who struggle with emotional or interpersonal problems, chronic pain or other chronic health issues. Sean’s 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.

Amparo Garcia, M. Ps.

Psychologist Amparo Garcia has been a member of the Order of psychologists of Quebec since 1988. She has worked in mental health services both as a psychologist and senior clinical administrator. Her therapeutic interests are mostly in the area of cognitive behaviour therapy. She uses CBT to help clients dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD and eating disorders to name a few. She practices in French, English and Spanish.

Rowena Pillay, Psy.D

Rowena Pillay, psychologist, offers services in assessment and psychotherapy, using cognitive behavioural strategies. Her training in highly specialized clinics at the Jewish General hospital has allowed her to develop an expertise for anxiety disorders, mood disorders (depression, burn-outs), chronic pain, relationship difficulties and crisis situations. Rowena builds on a warm and collaborative approach to help you improve your quality of life.

Irina Iacob, psychotherapist

Irina Iacob is inspired by the human spirit and its potential. Her mission is to accompany individuals in their process of personal transformation, helping them reach their full potential and build a meaningful life. Irina is a member of the l’Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec and holds a psychotherapy license issued by the Order of psychologists of Quebec.

Régine Tardieu-Bertheau, Ph. D.

Trained in clinical psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, Régine Tardieu Bertheau also holds a doctoral degree in research from the University of Montreal. She has been offering individual, couple and family therapy for the past 20 years. She is also an ethnotherapist at the Transcultural Pediatric Clinic of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital and lecturer at the University of Montreal. She practices in English, French and Créole.

Ariela Cohen, Psy.D

Ariela Cohen has completed her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montreal and is a member of the Order of Psychologist of Quebec. She has experience in treating a wide range of difficulties among adults, having completed her training in both private and highly specialized public clinics. She uses scientifically-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy while vying to establish a warm, inviting and collaborative therapeutic setting.

Jennifer Janzen, Ph.D

 Dr. Jennifer Janzen is a member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec and has extensive experience in helping people with a large breadth of difficulties including depression, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, relationship issues and substance abuse. In the field for over 7 years, Dr. Janzen has worked with many students at the McGill Counselling and Mental Health Center and has completed internships at the Jewish General Hospital and Montreal General Hospitals. Working together with Dr. Janzen, you will set acheivable goals and work towards them systematically.

Monique Lahoud, Psy. D.

Monique Lahoud, psychologist, studied at UQÀM in the cognitive-behavioural approach. During her training, she has worked both at the Mental Health University Institute of Montreal with people presenting various problems. Working with adults, adolescents, and couples, she uses several well-known cognitive-behavioural tools and strategies. Her main goal is to work with the client in order to explore and better understand psychological and physiological “mechanisms” of their problems for the purpose of having a better control over how they interpret and process information in their environment as a means to feel more in control over their lives.

Dr Nora Kelner, 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

Ghaist Touma

Ghaist Touma is a psychologist since 2003, member of the Order of psychologists of Quebec. He uses cognitive behavioural therapy to help clients dealing with stress, anxiety, trauma, phobia and personality related issues. He received a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Minnesota State University. He works in French, English and Spanish.
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