MS. MICHELLE LUCCI, M.A., C. PSYCH., PSYCHOLOGIST - CLINIC DIRECTOR
Ms. Lucci is a registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practice in the area of Clinical Psychology. She has provided psychological assessment and treatment to adults and couples since 2004. Ms. Lucci completed her undergraduate studies at McMaster University and her graduate studies at the Adler University in Chicago.
Through her work in private practice psychology clinics, Ms. Lucci has acquired extensive experience in providing clinical psychological services utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), relaxation strategies, insight-oriented therapy, as well as interpersonal and emotionally-focused therapeutic approaches.
Clinically, her broad range of experience includes working with clients struggling with mood disorders such as depression; anxiety and phobias; post-traumatic stress disorder; acquired brain injury; adjustment disorders due to disability; grief and bereavement issues; chronic pain management; and relationship difficulties.
She is a trained trauma therapist who has extensive experience working with complex developmental trauma as well as the first responder population. In addition to being a treatment provider, Ms. Lucci is a facilitator with the Hamilton Police Services training branch Additionally, she offers her professional support to Badge Of Life S.O.L.E Sistas program, a retreat program that offers experiential trauma healing for female first responders. Most recently, Ms. Lucci has been asked to co-lead the Healing Tree program, which is a group based therapy program, providing a safe environment for families to begin to heal after a homicide.
In late 2016, Ms. Michelle Lucci became the Director of the Cambridge Psychology Centre and now carries on Dr. John Cole's legacy as a community oriented mental health service hub.
DR. JENNIFER BOYD, PH.D., C. PSYCH., PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Boyd is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practice in the areas of Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology. She works with adults, adolescents, and couples. Dr. Boyd completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto and her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology, both at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Boyd has worked at the Cambridge Psychology Centre since 2013.
Dr. Boyd has worked and trained previously in a variety of treatment settings. Her graduate residency at The Ottawa Hospital included a focus on rehabilitation psychology and eating disorders treatment. As a graduate student, she worked in inpatient, outpatient, and day hospital settings, a community mental health facility, corrections, and at the University of Waterloo Centre for Mental Health Research.
Dr. Boyd’s treatment approach is primarily cognitive-behavioural in nature, although she draws on various approaches as needed (particularly emotion-focused, interpersonal, and mindfulness interventions). Dr. Boyd has a particular interest in anxiety disorders, and has worked extensively
with clients experiencing the following issues: phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and health anxiety. As well, she treats disordered eating, body image issues, perfectionism, depression, and trauma. She assists individuals who have experienced a physical injury, illness, or chronic pain in adjusting and coping.
Dr. Boyd is interested in the intersection of physical and psychological wellbeing. Her graduate research was focused on enhancing motivation to exercise, and the mental health benefits of physical activity. In her spare time, Dr. Boyd enjoys gardening, painting, reading, and time with her family and friends. She also serves as a board member for the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).
DR. MEHRDAD POJHAN, PH.D., C. PSYCH., PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Mehrdad Pojhan holds a PhD degree in Psychology and is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He practices in clinical and counselling psychology with over 20 years of experience in clinical and academic settings. He provides individual cognitive-behavioural therapy for a range of psychological difficulties such as depression and stress, anxiety (phobias, trauma, and compulsions), and chronic pain and health anxiety. He also conducts psychological assessments/evaluations for the victims of motor vehicle accidents, work injuries and accidents, and a range of emotional and cognitive problems.
Dr. Pojhan speaks English and Farsi (Persian). His experience in working with clients from many cultural backgrounds has enabled him to have a true understanding of the cultural sensitivities and concerns.
Dr. Pojhan has numerous academic publications in the fields of physiological psychology, neuropsychology, anxiety and stress management, and research and statistics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, painting with different mediums, watching movies, and spending time with his family and friends.
MS. WILMA VEENHOF, M.A.,C. , PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE
Ms. Veenhof completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Guelph and went on to graduate studies at Brock University and the University of Waterloo with a focus on Behavioural Neuroscience (Psychology). She is currently licensed to practice Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology with Children and Adolescents. She is also working under supervision to provide Clinical Psychology services to Adults. In her 15 years of experience, Ms. Veenhof has provided assessment, consultation and therapy services in a variety of settings, including hospitals, school boards, a family health team and private practice. She provides therapy services using a variety of tools and methods, such as strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), neurofeedback training for mindfulness and anxiety reduction, and trauma informed approaches. She typically combines appropriate strategies so that therapy is tailored to the unique needs of each client. She has a wealth of knowledge and skill with neurodevelopmental disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, OCD, brain injury, medical conditions, sleep issues, AD/HD and learning disabilities across age groups. Her clients appreciate her warmth, as well as her ability to be straight forward and very approachable. She easily makes her clients feel comfortable and creates a safe space for them.
DR. HADI BAHIRAEI, PH.D., . PSYCH., PSYCHOLOGIST
With over 20 years of experience in clinical and academic settings, Dr. Hadi Bahiraei is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He has provided psychological treatment to adults and families since 1996. He applies individual Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), Emotion-Focused Therapy ,Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy for a range of psychological difficulties such as personality disorders, depression ,stress, anxiety (phobias, trauma, PTSD, and OCD), and health anxiety. He also conducts psychological assessments for a range of emotional and cognitive problems with adults.
Dr. Bahiraei has several academic publications in the fields of Personality Disorders, Physiological Psychology, and Theories of Personality. He has been working with Adler Professional School as an instructor and peer reviewing articles in journal of Psychology of Exceptional Individuals. He speaks English and Farsi (Persian). In his spare time, he enjoys reading, piloting, travel and time with family and friends.
MR. SĂSA MUDRINIĆ, M.A., R.P., PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Săsa Mudrinić (pronounced Sasha) comes to our clinic with previous experience in Vancouver, Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo. He has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and is registered with the College of Psychotherapists. For the past several years, Săsa has worked specifically in the Rehab Psychology field helping with people who have been injured in motor vehicle and workplace accidents. His experience includes helping people who have significant injuries and pain problems, anxiety, fear and trauma reactions, and mood issues such as depression. Many of his clients have also suffered concussions and they are trying to cope with the problems that can persist following those injuries. He is especially familiar with the requirements of the auto insurance area and he is eager to assist clients with psychological problems related to their MVAs.
As a former competitive athlete, Săsa is also interested in the area of Sports Psychology and has worked in other settings to help athletes achieve their true potential. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, travel and time with family and friends. Săsa speaks English and Serbo-Croatian.
MS. STEPHANIE HALL, M.PSY. CANDIDATE, THERAPIST
Ms. Hall is a Therapist working under the supervision of Psychologist Michelle Lucci and Psychological Associate Wilma Veen Hof. She recently completed a Masters of Art in Psychology at Adler Professional Graduate School in Toronto. Ms. Hall also holds a Bachelor in Psychology with Children's Education and Development from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a certificate in Concurrent Disorders.
Her clinical experiences include providing psychotherapy at a University Wellness Centre and in a private Integrative Health Centre conducting psychological assessments and psychotherapy. Her interests lie in working with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health concerns, including: mood, anxiety, addictions, trauma, identity, self-esteem, and body image.
Ms. Hall has a keen interest in the influence of modern technology on mental health and well-being. Her graduate research examined how the adolescent identity development process is evolving in new and challenging ways with online sociocultural contexts like social networking sites.
Her approach to treatment is from an integrative framework with influences from: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, and Trauma informed models. Ms. Hall has a passion for holistic care and looking at the mind, body, and spirit, together for full healing.
JENNA DAWSON, PHD. CANDIDATE
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