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Josée Labonté In Waterdown

Ms. Josée Labonté, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.

Josée has worked as a Psychoeducational Consultant in both school boards and private settings and has a strong knowledge of issues surrounding education, learning, and behavior. Ms. Labonté attended full-time French schools in Ontario for elementary and secondary school, and first completed a Master of Arts Degree in Human Development than a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Psychology. In addition to assessments, Ms. Labonté also has experience working with children presenting self-regulation issues and teaching antecedent interventions as well as a methodology for collaboratively resolving conflict with parents and teachers. Within the practice, she completes psychoeducational assessments and provides individual and family therapy.

Joshua Wyman In Waterdown

Dr. Joshua Wyman, Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical and School Psychologist

Dr. Wyman has worked as a school psychologist intern in school, hospital, and private clinic settings in Montreal and Pittsburgh.  He completed his Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology at McGill University.  Dr. Wyman has completed a wide range of psychoeducational, neuropsychological, and mental health assessments with children, teens, and young adults who presented with learning problems, social-emotional and behavior difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and other Developmental Disabilities.  He also has therapy, coaching, teaching, and crisis intervention experience with these populations.

Debbie Nifakis In Waterdown

Dr. Debbie Nifakis, Ph.D., C. Psych., Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

Dr. Debbie Nifakis is a Registered Psychologist in Ontario who has worked at various University counseling services over the past thirty-five years.  Currently, she is the Associate Director of Counselling at the Student Wellness Centre at McMaster University.  She has been on the counseling staff for thirty years and the Associate Director for the past 15 years.  She has worked in Private Practice and served as a Regional Psychologist for the RCMP.   She has been a clinical supervisor for numerous registrants to the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  Dr. Nifakis provides psychotherapy for a wide range of clinical issues and is trained in various evidence-based modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy.

Laura Hulak In Waterdown

Ms. Laura Hulak, M. Psy.

Laura obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Guelph and her Bachelor of Education from Western University, and worked as an elementary teacher, primarily in the role of a Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) for many years.  She has recently completed her Master's Degree (M. Psy.) in Clinical Psychology from the Adler Graduate Professional School (Toronto).   Laura has a great deal of experience working with children and youth with a variety of cognitive profiles and learning needs.  She is also very interested in promoting mental health initiatives within the school system.  Within this practice, she completes psychoeducational and Autism assessments in English and French. 

Meagan Koufis In Waterdown

Ms. Meagan Koufis, M.A., Counselling Psychology

Meagan obtained her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Western University. Meagan has experience providing psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents. She has worked closely with individuals with various learning, socioemotional, and neurological profiles. Meagan also provides evidence-based psychotherapy for a wide range of clinical issues for children, youth and adults. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioural and Emotion-Focused therapy modalities.

Dorothy Moffatt In Waterdown

Ms. Dorothy Moffatt, M.Ed., School and Applied Child Psychology

Dorothy obtained her M.Ed in School and Applied Child Psychology with the University of Calgary. She has considerable experience with children, having grown up in a family of 12 children that also provided foster care for over 100 other children. She maintains the role of Student Emotional Support Counsellor at a local private school and has also gained several years of experience providing assessment and feedback for families of children with brain injuries. In the practice she completes psychoeducational assessments as well as socio-emotional and Autism assessments.

Candace Walkes In Waterdown

Ms. Candace Walkes, B.A. Psychology, Certificate in Essential French

Candace obtained her Bachelors of Psychology at McMaster University. During the pandemic she started two businesses and still runs them today. In addition to working here at Dr. Sala and Associates, Candace has volunteered at St. Joseph's Healthcare in the mental health ward, which gave her experience working with individuals with a variety of mental illnesses, including mood disorders, schizophrenia and more. Candace took French throughout university and has been self-taught since then. She continues to work towards fluency in French. Candace plans to pursue her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Within the practice, she assists with administrative duties and is being trained to complete psychoeducational assessments. 

Alexandra Bazinet In Waterdown

Ms. Alexandra Bazinet, M.A., Applied Psychology

Alexandra obtained her M.A. in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University. She has experience providing neuropsychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults and psychoeducational assessments with children and adolescents, including Indigenous populations. Within this practice, she completes psychoeducational assessments in English and French.

Charlene Forde-Smith In Waterdown

Ms. Charlene Forde-Smith, M.Sc. Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavioural Studies

Charlene obtained her M.Sc in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavioural Studies at McMaster University. With a mental health specialization, obtained from McMaster University, Charlene has worked with children, youth, and adults in clinical, research, and community settings. She is also passionate about creating inclusive spaces for marginalized groups within her community. Within the practice, she completes psycho-educational assessments in French and English.

Brenna Mesner

Ms. Brenna Mesner, B.A., Psychology

Brenna obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in developmental psychology. She is currently working on her M.Ed. in School and Applied Child Psychology with the University of Calgary. She has considerable experience working with toddlers, children and youth with varying learning and socioemotional profiles, in clinical, community and research settings. Brenna assumes a strengths-based approach, aiming to identify, and leverage areas of strength within the individual. Within the practice she completes psychoeducational assessments.

Michelle Dureault-Lapointe In Waterdown

Ms. Michelle Dureault-Lapointe, S.S.W, Office Manager/Coach

Michelle is our Office Manager/Coach. Ms. Lapointe keeps the office running smoothly and ensures that the process from initial phone calls to booking appointments is a pleasant and efficient experience. In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. Lapointe assists Dr. Sala with traveling to schools to help children apply techniques they have learned in therapy. Ms. Lapointe has an S.S.W. Diploma from Sheridan College as well as a Business Administration Diploma.

Ivy Ekeme-Maya In Waterdown

Ms. Ivy Ekeme-Maya, B.A. Psychology

Ivy obtained her bilingual B.A in Psychology from the University of York at the Glendon campus. She has worked as a supply teacher in the Conseil Scolaire Viamonde French school board where she gained a great amount of experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of learning, attentional and social-emotional needs. Ivy is making plans to return to graduate school to obtain her Master’s in the field of clinical psychology and continuing to pursue a PhD.  Within the practice, she assists with administrative duties.

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