Meet The Team
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 18 years of experience working with school-aged children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and depression. 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 also offers Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (e.g., CBT-E, CBT for ARFID) for eating disorders.
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.
Dr. Pereira is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In the last 15 years, she has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in hospital, school, and private practice settings. Dr. Pereira specializes in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and other issues affecting emotional well-being. Her therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing on evidence-based treatments such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT, CBT-E), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) strategies, and family-based treatment (FBT) for eating disorders. Dr. Pereira works collaboratively with her clients to ensure treatment aligns with their goals.
Dr. Pereira received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children (Eating Disorders Program). She is a staff psychologist in a hospital's eating disorders program in the GTA. Aside from her intervention work, Dr. Pereira is involved in research evaluating eating disorder treatment outcomes. She is also an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Program in Psychology at York University.
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.
Maura is a Clinical Social Worker registered in good standing with the OCSWSSW and OASW. With over 10 years experience helping children and their families navigate life-changing physical and mental health challenges at the Hospital for Sick Children, Maura uses a compassionate, trauma-informed and strengths-based approach. She believes that clients are the true experts on their lives and works collaboratively with families to explore their therapeutic goals and enhance their emotional wellbeing.
Maura's clinical practice is rooted in attachment theory and evidence-based interventions. She is a Certified Family Based Treatment (FBT) therapist for child and adolescent eating disorders and also draws from her training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Narrative Therapy, and Infant Mental Health. She obtained her Hons. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University, specializing in Individual, Group and Family Therapy. She currently works in a paediatric hospital clinic supporting children living with chronic illness.
Most importantly, as the mother of three young adult children, Maura deeply understands the challenges faced by modern day families and is committed to creating a safe, non-judgmental space for healing.
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.