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Offering Video Sessions and Reduced Fees to Support Community Members Amidst the Covid 19 Crisis

Julie Goldenson

Ph.D, C. Psych
Supervising Psychologist

I am registered in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to practise in clinical and forensic psychology, working with adult and adolescent populations. Coming from a scientist-practitioner model, I have been practising psychotherapy, doing related research and have taught in the field for almost 15 years. Each of these activities has reciprocally influenced and fueled my passion for the others. Currently, I am on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Psychological Association and am part- time faculty at the University of Toronto (OISE) in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Behaviour. I have also taught at several other universities and was the Assistant Program Head at the University of Guelph-Humber.

My skills have been nurtured through a number of settings; e.g., University of Toronto, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, San Diego State University, outpatient clinics, inpatient hospital work and years in private practice. I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Association of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the American Psychology-Law Society, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the Association of Applied Contextual Behavioural Science and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. For the time being, I am not taking on clients as I have transitioned to teaching, supervision, and forensic assessment; however, I oversee and have a vested interest in the therapeutic work and development of the practitioners at Goldenson & Associates. I can be reached at j.goldenson@GAPsych.ca

Alice Salamon

M.Ed

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and have over 10 years of experience supporting emerging adults, adults and adolescents. My approach to therapy is integrative, goal-driven, and rooted in efforts to cultivate a warm, collaborative and non-judgmental space to allow for open discussion and emotional processing.

Although I use multiple modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFT), and Mindfulness, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is central to the healing process. It is my goal to have my clients feel met, deeply seen and understood and my hope is that our work together facilitate insight, enhanced coping skills, and improved functioning.

I have had the pleasure to work with people who have come from diverse backgrounds and struggled with a number of issues including anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship conflict, loneliness, parenting challenges, emotional difficulties, and trauma. I have a deep commitment to the field and tailor treatment based on the needs of each individual. If my approach feels in line with your interests and you are ready to take the next step, feel free to email at a.salamon@GAPsych.ca to schedule a free phone consultation.

Jessica Bryson

M.Ed

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and have completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto, OISE. I previously attained my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of British Columbia. I have enjoyed a lifelong involvement in performing arts, specifically in improvisation, which leads me to bring creativity into my therapy practice.

I come to my work in private practice with a diverse range of related experiences, the most recent of which include working at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Borderline Personality Disorder Clinic to running therapy groups for people suffering from social anxiety. My practice flexibly incorporates a variety of modalities including but not limited to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy, as well as Psychodynamic and Relational approaches. I have worked in group and individual contexts with people who are of diverse backgrounds, with various presenting concerns, including issues with anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders, substance abuse, stress, burn out, chronic pain and personality disorders. I hold my relationships with clients to be central, and my approach is relaxed, warm, and flexible, working with the client to find the right path and style of therapy to meet each person’s individual goals. Please feel free to reach out directly at j.bryson@GAPsych.ca to schedule a phone consultation.

Jessica Hughes

M.Ed

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and have completed a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto, OISE. I also received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Toronto and remain at U of T in an academic capacity teaching Cognitive Neuroscience and The Physiology and Psychology of Emotion. I am a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Over the years, my clinical skills have been honed across several settings including volunteer work at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, The Centre for Canadian Victims of Torture, as well as psychiatric inpatient and distress centre work in the United States. Most recently, I trained at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships in Toronto, where I worked with individuals and couples presenting with a wide range of concerns. I have been trained in multiple evidence-based modalities, which give me a variety of tools to draw from.

In all my undertakings, I adopt a non-pathologizing approach. I view emotional distress as information that needs to be explored and understood. Many of the struggles clients want help with are coping strategies that worked at an earlier time in their lives, but are no longer adaptive. I work with clients to explore how those behaviours came to be, how they served them, and how to help clients cultivate new strategies that are more adaptive. I see much of learning as unlearning and view healing as a process that unfolds in relationships. In my work, I focus on the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for change and also focus on the relationship clients have with themselves. My approach is heavily informed by psychodynamic and relational foundations and I often find it useful to explore how a client's childhood and developmental history uniquely shapes who they are and how they experience the world.

I am particularly interested in helping clients who are struggling with the challenges of anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, relationships, and emotion regulation and/or disconnectedness. All of these experiences can put strain on our ability to connect with ourselves and the people in our lives. I want to work with clients to create new ways of understanding themselves, their emotional worlds, and their relationships so they can achieve their own goals of living well. If you would like to hear more about my services to assess whether I might be a good fit, please feel free to reach out directly at j.hughes@GAPsych.ca

Serving adults (18+) • Individual Therapy • Couples Therapy • Forensic and Medico-Legal Evaluations - Visit www.drjuliegoldenson.com