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.
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.
Dr. Jennifer Mullane is a Registered Psychologist with 17 years of experience working with school-aged children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and emotional regulation problems. She uses evidence-based treatments and incorporates creative strategies to make therapeutic material meaningful for all ages. She uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Attachment-Focused treatment approaches, as indicated for the presenting concerns. She will be starting her new position in the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children this summer.
Dr. Mullane received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University. She has trained and worked in outpatient clinics, private practices, schools, and three pediatric hospitals including the Hospital for Sick Children, the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, and Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.
Ms. Heather Harding is a registered Social Worker in good standings with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Alberta College of Social Work. She received her Bachelor degree in Social Work from Thompson University and her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Gonzaga University. Heather currently works at Alberta Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Supervisor, in private practice and has over 20 years of experience specializing in individual, couples and family therapy.
Her primary areas of interest include parenting and family relationship struggles, attachment throughout the lifespan and emotional regulation. She has received professional training in Parent-Child Attachment Relationships, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Bowen Family Therapy. She is a Certified Circle of Security Facilitator and Connect Parent Group Facilitator and Trainer.
She is committed to be authentic and transparent throughout the therapy process and is dedicated to explore the challenges or patterns keeping you stuck and disconnected.
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.