Mental Health Services for Adults

OUR TREATMENT APPROACH

Our psychologists have advanced training in their fields and provide evidence-based psychological services that are informed by the latest research in the field of mental health.

Your well-being is our priority, and our clinicians have the tools, skill, and empathy to help you achieve your personal best.

Each individual is different, and services are tailored to each person’s specific needs. Sessions are supportive, informative, and engaging.

Services are offered in an lgbtq+ positive space with sensitivity to cultural diversity.

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Counselling & Psychotherapy for Adults

Our Psychologists and supervised therapists offer supportive and compassionate psychotherapy to adults presenting with a range of issues.

Clinicians practice using a range of modalities, depending on the particular client’s needs and the presenting issues. Modalities include:

Issues commonly addressed include:

Cognitive rehabilitation is offered to address issues with memory, attention, and thinking skills sometimes seen in the following conditions:

In addition to treating adults, we provide a range of services for children, teens, and seniors.

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Diagnostic Testing & Assessment

Brookside Psychologists offers psychological assessments to clarify mental health conditions, disability issues, and mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), ADD/ADHD, or chronic pain.

Our clinicians provide specialized neuropsychological assessment and treatment planning with a primary focus on recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion as well as identification of developmental issues (such as autism spectrum disorders) or neurodegenerative issues (such as Alzheimer’s or other dementias).

Medical-legal examinations are provided by psychologists with a range of clinical and research experience in the areas of traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, stroke, and learning disabilities.  Assessment following automobile accidents are provided, including catastrophic impairment assessmentsinsurer examinations are available, as well as psychovocational assessment.

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All Assessments Offered

What is a Psychological Assessment?

Insurer ExaminationsA psychological assessment is a type of examination by a psychologist, aimed at clarifying the following:

  • mental health functioning
  • mental health diagnosis (like depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, for example)
  • prognosis (is the condition likely to improve?)
  • treatment recommendations
  • conclusions regarding ability to return to school or work

What's Involved?

  • An Interview:  A psychological assessment typically involes a 1.5 to 2 hour interview with the client as well as possible follow up interview with someone who knows the client well.
  • Questionnaires:  Testing involves self-report questionnaires that ask about personality characteristics, symptoms (such as mood changes, memory issues, relational difficulties, and pain for example), and functioning.
  • Preparation of a Report:  Following completion of the assessment, a report is prepared that contains information about the presenting problem(s), the results of the assessment, diagnoses, prognosis, and treatment recommendations.
  • Feedback:  Clients are often invited to a 1-hour feedback session with the clinician to review the report, to talk about the conclusions, and to discuss any treatment planning.

How do I schedule an assessment or refer someone?

Clients may self-refer for assessment, or they can have a physician or treatment provider refer them as well. Feel free to fill in a contact form or call us at 905-335-5300.

Our Psychological Assessors

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Jennifer Fisher, M.A.

Registered Psychotherapist

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Santiago Hoyos, M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern

Dr. Taylor Hatchard

Psychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Teens)

Dr. Jean Dennis

Psychologist, Supervised Practice (Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Cheval Chez-Roy Birchwood

Clinical Psychologist (Adults)

What is a Psychovocational Assessment?

A Psychovocational Assessment is intended to “match” a person’s abilities (aptitudes, skills) with the specific reasoning and learning requirements of a job or training goal. It involves testing cognition (intelligence, memory, attention, organization skills, etc.), emotional and behavioural functioning, and work/academic interests.

This type of assessment is often requested for persons who are unable to return to work in their typical job or lifestyle activities due to the restrictions imposed by a mental health condition (like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder, for example) or injury (such as traumatic brain injury).

A vocational assessment can also help to identify vocational alternatives that are consistent with a person’s aptitudes, interests, skills, and physical abilities.

What's Involved?

  • Interview: During the first meeting, a clinical interview is conducted (about 1.5 to 2 hours).
  • Cognitive Testing:  For the majority of the assessment, time is spent completing all sorts of cognitive tests. Most of these tests are done with an examiner sitting across the table from you (called a “psychometrist”). Some of the tests are done on the computer. Cognitive tests look at things like intelligence, memory, attention, organization skills, and problem solving, for example.
  • Mental Health, Personality, and Job Interest Questionnaires:  Then, the client is asked to complete some self-report questionnaires asking about symptoms, personality, and job interests.
  • Report Preparation: Following completion of the testing, the psychologist will prepare a report outlining your test results and what jobs you are likely to be able to do, or not be able to do, do based on your personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Feedback Session: Your psychologist may meet with you to provide verbal feedback regarding the results of the assessment. You are welcome to ask any questions you might have.

A psychovocational assessment can involve 1 to 3 days of testing (with breaks of course!). Because the assessment can be lengthy, some people prefer to break the assessment up across a few days. Others prefer to complete it in 1 or 1.5 days.

How do I schedule an assessment or refer someone?

Clients may self-refer for assessment, or they can have a physician or treatment provider refer them as well. Feel free to fill in a Contact Form or contact our Receptionist, Ms. Anita D’Alimonte, to schedule an assessment:

Anita D'Alimonte

Our Psycho-Vocational Assessors

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

The purpose of a neuropsychological assessment is to determine the presence and severity of any cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioural  difficulties associated with possible brain damage (from things like a traumatic brain injury or stroke), brain disease (like a brain tumor or Alzheimer’s dementia, for example), severe mental illness (like chronic severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder), or developmental condition (such as autism spectrum disorderADD/ADHD, or a learning disability).

What's Involved?

  • Interview:  During the first meeting, a clinical interview is conducted (about 1.5 to 2 hours). 
  • Mental Health Questionnaires:  Then, the client is asked to complete some self-report questionnaires asking about symptoms, personality, and functioning.
  • Cognitive Testing:  Neuropsychological assessments involve testing of cognition (for example, memory, attention, language, problem solving), emotional functioning (through self-report questionnaires asking about mood, relationships, etc.), and behaviour. For the majority of the assessment, time is spent completing all sorts of cognitive tests. Most of these tests are done with an examiner sitting across the table from you (called a “psychometrist”). Some of the tests are done on the computer.
  • Report Preparation:  Your psychologist will prepare a report containing the results of your assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment recommendations.
  • Feedback Session:  You may meet with your neuropsychologist for a feedback session, where you will be provided with verbal feedback regarding the results of the assessment. You are welcome to ask questions at any time.

A neuropsychological assessment can involve 1 to 3 days of testing (with breaks of course!). Because the assessment can be lengthy, some people prefer to break the assessment up across a few days. Others prefer to complete it in 1 or 1.5 days.

Please let us know if there is anything you need to make your assessment more manageable or comfortable. We are happy to accommodate as best we can!

How do I schedule an assessment or refer someone?

Clients may self-refer for assessment, or they can have a physician or treatment provider refer them as well. Feel free to fill in a Contact Form or contact our Receptionist, Ms. Anita D’Alimonte, to schedule an assessment:

Anita D'Alimonte

Our Neuropsychologists

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

What is an insurer exam?

In the context of psychology, an Insurer Examination (IE) or Independent Medical Examination (IME) is an objective, third-party psychological or neuropsychological examination.

An IME can be requested by insurance companies, extended health benefits providers, employers, or lawyers. An IME is typically requested when a claimant has been injured or is disabled due to mental health issues. An IME  assessment is different than any other visit you might make to see a therapist or psychologist, in that the visit is not for treatment or clinical purposes. Our role as psychologists in an IME context is to provide objective, non-partisan opinions regarding an examinee’s level of disability, diagnosis, and treatment needs. The IME psychologist may also provide recommendations for a safe return to work.

What's involved?

An IE or IME at our practice involves a psychological assessment or neuropsychological assessment. This involves completing a clinical interview, filling out some questionnaires, and, in some cases, completing a series of cognitive tests.

We aim to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. Please do not hesitate to ask if you require any accommodations or anything to make you more comfortable.

How do I submit a referral for an IE or IME assessment?

Referrals for IE or IME psychological or neuropsychological assessments can be submitted in any of the following ways:

Our IE Assessors

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Cheval Chez-Roy Birchwood

Clinical Psychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Taylor Hatchard

Psychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Teens)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Jean Dennis

Psychologist, Supervised Practice (Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors)

What is a Medical-Legal Assessment?

medical legal examinationMedical-legal psychological and neuropsychological assessments are provided for use as evidence in litigation; for example in relation to compensation for work-related stress or after a traumatic event such as an accident. The psychological assessment may be requested in order to establish a link between the trauma and a person’s psychological condition, or to determine the extent of psychological harm. Medical-legal assessments address issues such as:

  • Reasonableness of treatment and rehabilitation
  • Determination of catastrophic impairment
  • Tort issues such as permanent and serious impairment
  • Ability to work
  • Loss of economic advantage, pain and suffering, or loss of quality of life

How do I refer a client for a Medical-Legal Psychology or Neuropsychology Assessment?

Referrals for medical-legal psychological and neuropsychological assessments can be submitted in any of the following ways:

Our Medical-Legal Assessors

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Cheval Chez-Roy Birchwood

Clinical Psychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry

Clinical Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Lorah Pilchak Harley

Psychologist (Children, Teens, Adults)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

Comprehensive catastrophic impairment assessments are provided in the context of the American Medical Association Guidelines 4th Edition & 6th Editions related to disability.

The practice also provides submission of Applications for Determination of Catastrophic Impairment (OCF-19) for impairments related to traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Lesley Miller is a member of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. She has completed numerous catastrophic assessment reports and applications. She has completed training in pre- and post- June 1, 2016 catastrophic impairment assessment, including completion of the following:

Dr. Miller is certified as a Catastrophic Impairment Examiner (Mental and Behavioural) by the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators and the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA).

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Our Neuropsychologists Providing CAT Determination

Dr. Lesley Miller

Practice Director, Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults)

Dr. Elmar Gardizi

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults & Seniors)

Dr. Nicole Law

Neuropsychologist (Children, Teens)

Dr. Narmeen Ammari

Clinical Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Christina Gojmerac

Neuropsychologist (Adults, Seniors)

Dr. Eva Muharib

Psychologist & Neuropsychologist (Supervised Practice) (Adults, Seniors)

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