Meet The Team
Dr. Melissa Lieberman
Founder & Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Melissa Lieberman is a registered clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and their families. She has worked for over 20 years in both private practice and in several hospitals within the greater Toronto area. Dr. Lieberman developed and lead the "COPE" program at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC), delivering specialized care for children under the age of 13 with eating disorders.
Dr. Melissa Lieberman provides assessment, consultation and treatment for a wide range of psychological issues including; eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, divorce, loss, and other emotional difficulties which can limit quality of life during childhood and adolescence. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including Family-Based-Treatment for Eating Disorders (FBT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She is a certified FBT therapist with many years of training.
Dr. Melissa Lieberman received her Ph.D. at Concordia University in Montreal. She was the recipient of the Governor General Gold Medal Award for her research in the area of peer pressure, cliques and the development of eating difficulties in teens. She is a registered psychologist in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She maintains an evidenced based practice using therapeutic techniques shown to be effective in providing symptom relief and changes in long-term behaviour. She is passionate about working with children, teens and their families and providing them with the best care possible.
Dr. Cynthia Shih
Dr. Cynthia Shih received her PhD in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. She currently works at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), where she also completed her postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology. She completed her internship at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She has also previously received clinical training in other community agencies and private practices within the GTA.
Dr. Shih has experience working with children, adolescents, and families who are coping with mental health struggles related to anxiety, depression, suicidality and self-harm, trauma, eating disorders, chronic health conditions, relationship and family difficulties, and other general life stressors.
She has worked with a diverse range of clients and is committed to providing culturally-sensitive and empathic care. Dr. Shih's practice recognizes that there are social, cultural, and systemic factors that contribute to the psychotherapy process. Her clinical practice integrates evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapies, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness, attachment, and family systems frameworks.
Mara Alexanian-Farr received her MSc in Human Health and Nutritional Science at the University of Guelph and completed her practicum at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where she worked in the eating disorder program. Currently Mara works at SickKids in the feeding and nutrition clinic, and is the project coordinator for a national healthy living initiative involving 13 of Canada’s Children’s hospitals. Her work has included educational nutrition resources for families, virtual cooking classes, as well as development of food literacy programming for adolescents. Before becoming a registered dietitian, Mara worked as a food stylist, recipe developer, and photographer, which strengthened her passion for food and nutrition.
Mara believes in working closely with her clients, and empowering them to be active participants in setting their own nutrition goals, which can help lead to lasting behaviour changes. Her practice is centred on an inclusive approach to nutrition where all foods can fit into a healthy diet. Mara utilizes evidence based technique and practices in her clinical work and is well versed in motivational interviewing, intuitive eating, and family based therapy.
Rachel Kelly is a recent Psychology graduate from the University of Guelph, aspiring to complete her Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previously volunteered at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she developed a passion for studying child and adolescent Psychology.