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About Mills Psychology Staff

Mills Psychology & Associates are a dedicated team of mental health professionals who provide quality psychological consultation, assessment, therapy, and treatment to adults, adolescents, couples, organizations, children, and their families in need of guidance, mental healthcare, and counselling services. Each professional is highly trained and qualified in their areas of expertise, holds appropriate credentials or licensure, follows guidelines for evidence-based practice, and are under the clinical direction of Dr. Mills. All therapists have the skills and expertise to provide multiple modes of treatment including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches, but also many other forms of treatment uniquely tailored to the client's preferences and needs.
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Mills Psychology Staff Credentials & Specializations

Durham Region Psychologist


Jon Mills, Ph.D., Psy.D., C.Psych., ABPP is a board certified clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a registered member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto, Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, Fellow of the Academy of Psychoanalysis, and holds six university and post-graduate degrees including two doctorates, as well as post-doctoral training and international scholarly recognition. Dr. Mills received his Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Toronto and York University. With over twenty-five years of clinical experience, he specializes in the assessment and treatment of many psychological disorders upon which he is widely published. He is Fellow and Past-President of the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association, Editor of three international book series, and author or editor of over one-hundred publications including seventeen books. In 2006, 2011, and 2013 he was recognized with a Gradiva Award for his scholarship from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City, was given a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award in 2008, a Goethe Award for best book in 2013, and the Otto Weininger Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in 2015 by the Section on Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. He is the only psychologist in Canada with double board certification in clinical psychology & psychoanalysis. Dr. Mills' CV is available here.

Scott Gosse, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc. is Clinical Manager at Mills Psychology. He received his Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). He conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments and specializes in treating individuals, adolescents, and couples dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, chronic pain, anger, addictions, sleep disorders, and relationship difficulties. Scott Gosse's CV is available here.

Shawna MacKellar, M.Ed. is a psychometrist and clinical assessor who works with children, adolescents, and adults. She received her Masters of Education from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, and is currently a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Through her work in school boards, clinics, and hospitals both in Canada and the United States, Shawna has nearly 20 years of experience conducting psychoeducational assessments; she specializes in the assessment and identification of learning and intellectual disabilities, behaviour difficulties such as ADHD, as well as mood-related difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Shawna employs a strength-based approach to the assessment process, and strives to ensure that her clients' needs are adequately understood as well as appropriately supported by those directly involved in their care.

Lea Diakoloukas, M.Ed., RP is a registered psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults, couples, adolescents, children, and families. She received her Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax and is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She specializes in treating individuals and couples with a variety of psychological difficulties including dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, chronic pain, relationship issues, anger management, OCD, life skills, substance abuse and addictions, parenting concerns, and sexuality. She also works with children, youth, and their families and specializes in post-separation, divorce, and family mediation issues. Clincal services are conducted in English and Greek.

Nancy Priftis, M.A., RP is a therapist and counsellor working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. She received her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Toronto and is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Nancy has extensive clinical experience and specializes in trauma recovery, addictions, depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, parenting, sexual issues, phobias, loss and bereavement, sexual abuse, domestic violence, pain management, and life transitions. Clinical services are conducted in English and Greek.

Cristina Rapuano, MPsy, RP is a registered psychotherapist. She holds a Master of Psychology Degree and a certificate in Trauma Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate Professional School. Cristina provides therapy for adolescents, adults, and couples who present with a wide range of difficulties including, trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, addiction, stress, relationship difficulties, anger, and bereavement. Cristina works to create a safe space in which her clients are comfortable to express their inner feelings, thoughts, and emotions. Cristina assists clients with gaining insight and awareness to better understand the patterns of their behaviors and their underlying motivations and conflicts. Once clients have begun to develop this insight it becomes possible for changes in behavior to occur, leading to improved functioning and personal growth.

Allan Silver, Ed.D., RP received his Doctorate of Education in Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1998. Since that time he has worked as a therapist and counselor who specializes in the treatment of individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, interpersonal and work conflict, stress, chronic pain, sleep disorders, addictions, relationship and communication difficulties, and parenting problems. He also has extensive experience in conducting psychological and vocational assessments. Dr. Silver is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

David Currie, MSW, RSW, is a therapist and counselor with over 30 years of clinical experience. He has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto, a certificate in psychotherapy from Smith College, and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He works with adults, teenagers, couples, and families with a variety psychological difficulties including depression, anxiety, relationship and work stress, addictions, life transitions, and parenting issues. He specializes in high conflict family resolution, divorce mediation, parenting coordinating, abuse and risk assessment, domestic violence against women and children, and family intervention. He conducts custody and access assessments, parenting capacity evaluations, and facilitates family reintegration counselling with high conflict families where estrangement or alienation issues are identified. Mr. Currie's CV is available here.

Susan Reed, M.Ed., IABMCP, RP is a registered psychotherapist and counsellor working with adults, couples, and adolescents. She received her Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology & Human Relations from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, is a Diplomate in Psychotherapy and Counseling with the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling, and Psychotherapy (IAMCP), and is a clinical member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists ((C)OACCPP). She primarily works from a cognitive-behavioural therapy model and specializes in treating individuals and couples dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, phobias, relationship and sexual issues, pain management, eating disorders, OCD, and parenting concerns. She provides clinical services in both English and French.

Janna Comrie, M.A., RP is both a registered psychotherapist and cognitive researcher. She received her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and is a doctoral candidate in Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Sciences at York University in Toronto. She is a registered member with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and specializes in treating youth, adults, couples, and families dealing with a variety of adjustment, relationship, and psychological challenges including difficulties with communication, boundaries, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual issues, addictions or substance abuse, sleep problems, and eating disorders.

Anneliese Mack, M.A., CYW, RP has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a Child and Youth Work Diploma. She is a registered psychotherapist and a member with the Ontario Association for Counsellors, Consultants, Psychotherapists, and Psychometrists (OACCPP) and works with children, adolescents, and adults dealing with adjustment difficulties, anxiety, depressed mood, domestic violence, post-motor vehicle accident impairment, trauma, and grief. She also conducts child and youth psychoeducational assessments for clients who present with learning difficulties, ADHD, behavioural problems, and autism spectrum concerns.

Shawn Carter, M.ADS., BCBA is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst able to support families with various concerns including decreasing challenging behaviours in the home and community environments, teaching adaptive and social skills, and providing support to families coping with challenging behaviours. Shawn has worked extensively with families and individuals with various developmental and intellectual disabilities, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and those experiencing normal development. Shawn received his Master's degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis and his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree at Trent University in Psychology where he also teaches courses in the Psychology Program.

Denise Handy, M.Div., RP has a Master of Divinity degree in Counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. A registered psychotherapist and member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), she is widely recognized for her expertise in anger management for children, youth, and adults. Her counselling practice includes individual, couples, and family therapy, and deals with such areas as self-esteem, communication, assertiveness, grief, depression, trauma, substance abuse, marital issues, parenting, and developmental and behavioural issues in children.

Matteo Renelli, Psy.D., C.Psych.(Supervised Practice) is a psychologist under supervised practice and human resources consultant. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. He is certified in the areas of change management, predictive behaviour assessments, conflict resolution, group facilitation, and human resources consulting. He is a member of several professional psychotherapy and psychological associations and specializes in treating individuals and couples dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, and parenting challenges. He provides clinical services in both English and Italian.

Lori Dennis, M.A., RP is a registered psychotherapist in mid-town Toronto. She received her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. She is a clinical member of The Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP) and a general member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She specializes in treating adults, couples, teens, children, and families who are dealing with a variety of adjustment, relationship, and psychological challenges including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, marital conflict, anger, eating disorders, loneliness, loss, and women's issues.

Andrew Guthrie, Ph.D. is a therapist, couples and family counsellor. He received his diploma in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program, and was awarded his doctorate from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and is currently a candidate at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He specializes in the treatment of adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families who present with a wide range of problems including ADHD, aggression, mood disturbance, and oppositionality in children, as well as stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship or work difficulties in adults.

Alla Arshakyan, M.Ed., M.A., RP is a registered psychotherapist and provides therapy for different age groups including adults, couples, children, and families. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a Master of Education degree in Psycholinguistics from Yerevan State Linguisitc University, and is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She treats a wide range of psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, panic, personality disorders, sexual problems, sleep disturbances, and cognitive impairments. Alla also conducts therapy for adjustment disorders and promotes psychosocial rehabilitation after major health events. She has extensive experience working with children and parents and intervenes with behavioural problems, self-esteem issues, parenting skills development, and provides conflict resolution. She also offers an effective stress management program based on specific relaxation techniques and mindfulness meditation. Her individually tailored approach to treatment utilizes a variety of counselling methodologies including Gestalt techniques, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches, brief solution-focused counselling, narrative therapy, and neurolinquistic programing. Clinical services are provided in English, Russian, and Armenian.

Robin Dhaliwal, M.Sc., RP is a registered psychotherapist and psychometrist who provides therapy for adults, couples, families and and their children. She received her Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, from Niagara University, and is a certified member of the OACCPP. She conducts post-MVA psychological, psychovocational and psychoeducational assessments and provides emotion-based therapy, martial therapy and culturally senstive intervention. Robin's approach to therapy focuses on empowerment and exploring the in-depth issues in past and present circumstances. She has a special interest in treating self-esteem issues, trauma, sexual issues, domestic violence, divorce, grief, anxiety, depression and cultural issues. Clinical services are conducted in English, Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi.

Lori Ralko, M.A., RSW, RP is a social worker who works with individual adults in downtown Toronto. She has an M.A. in Psychoanalysis from Middlesex University and is a candidate at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (TICP). She has also studied Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Lori's approach to therapy focuses on exploring the connections between past experiences and current challenges in life, work, and relationships — a process which can be especially helpful for those going through transitions such as relationship endings, career change, mid-life crisis, and retirement. She also has a special interest in working with people who experience anxiety, obsessive thoughts, low self-esteem, and sexual issues.

Linda Attoe, M.A., RP is a registered psychotherapist, counsellor, and psychoanalyst. She is a registered clinical member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists [(C)OACCPP] and has successfully completed the psychoanalytic training program at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Linda received her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a graduate of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She offers short and long-term psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families who may be experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, or other life struggles.

Karen Hurley, M.S.W., RSW, RMFT, is a therapist, counsellor, and marriage and family therapist working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and a certificate in couples therapy from Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise include relationship issues, communication problems, separation and divorce, work-related stress, health and disability, anxiety, depression, trauma recovery, family violence, substance abuse and addiction, and bereavement and loss.

Dawn Zivanovich, MSW, RSW is a social worker, therapist, couples and family counsellor, and certified EMDR Therapist. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She has extensive experience working with children, youth, adults, couples, and families, and specializes in grief and bereavement, abuse and trauma, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, separation and divorce, parenting issues, addictions, and critical incident stress interventions. She further provides specialized EMDR and sex therapy, and conducts assessments and treatment in English and Serbo-Croatian.

Irene Mellas, MSW, RSW, is a therapist, clinical social worker, and rehabilitation consultant working with individuals and families. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She is culturally sensitive in her clinical approach and works primarily from cognitive-behavioural, insight-oriented, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based therapy models specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, anger management, rehabilitation/health recovery, and grief and bereavement counselling. Clinical services are conducted in English and Greek.

Sara Kamin, M.Sc., RP is a registered psychotherapist providing individual and couples therapy and counselling. Sara trained at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and is a member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. She received her Master of Science in Performance Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently pursuing her Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance at the University of Central Lancashire. Her work examines the intersection between psychotherapy and performance. Sara is also an accomplished professional musician and published author, with many years of experience as a consultant and college/university instructor. She assists clients dealing with a number of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, isolation & loneliness, relationship problems, conflict, trauma & abuse, eating, body image, & sexual issues, life transitions, personal growth, and performance anxiety.

Natasha Sharma, M.A. is a therapist and couples counsellor. She received her Masters degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology from Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She works with clients of all ages and specializes in the areas of adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, relationship and marital conflict, trauma, family issues, career planning and coaching, and cultural differences.

Jane Newlands, M.A., RP is a registered psychotherapist and marriage and family counsellor. She received her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and is a registered member with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). She specializes in treating adults, couples, children, and families dealing with a variety of adjustment, relationship, and psychological challenges including difficulties with anxiety, depression, trauma, and marital conflict. She also provides mindfulness meditation for stress, anxiety reduction, and personal growth.

Simran Narula, M.Sc., CPT(c), RP, is a registered psychotherapist, counsellor, and psychometrist who specializes in the treatment of children and their families. She received her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counselling from Medaille College and is pursuing specialty certification in play therapy through the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy (CACPT). Simran specializes in working with children, including those suffering from traumatic experience, conducting post-MVA psychological assessments and treatment, and conducts cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), anger management counseling, sleep hygiene, and works with children on the Autism Spectrum through Intensive Behaviour Interventions (IBI). Clinical services are conducted in English, Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi.

Leslie Born, Ph.D., RP is a registered psychotherapist and health counsellor who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Niagara University, a Ph.D. in Medical Science from the University of Toronto, and is a certified member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists ((C)OACCPP). Her therapeutic areas of expertise include emotional problems related to menstrual cycles, childbearing, and menopause. Leslie has gained a reputation as an effective therapist for women who have experienced pregnancy loss or a complicated delivery. Her counselling practice includes both women and men experiencing chronic illness, life role changes, grief, traumatic stress, marital or family conflict, and recovery from burnout. She holds part-time faculty appointments at two regional universities.

Jennifer Cremieux, M.Sc., RP is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and is a general member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. Jennifer received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counselling at Niagara University in New York. She works in the post-MVA rehabilitation field conducting psychological assessments and treatment and specializes with children and youth struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and family issues. Her primary theoretical orientation involves a cognitive behavioural approach to addressing negative thinking patterns.

Karen Catney, M.Ed., is a therapist, psychometrist, and counsellor working with adults, adolescents, and children for the over ten years. She received her Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP), and is a certified examiner with the Organic Brain Dysfunction Clinical Registry. She works in the post-MVA rehabilitation field, conducts psychological and psychovocational assessments, and provides therapeutic intervention and support services for foster children and their families. She is an autism consultant and specializes in equine assisted psychotherapy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Carol Beeton, M.Div. has a Master of Divinity degree in Counselling from Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and specializes in anger management counselling with children, youth, and adults.
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