Our Team/Associates

Dr. Barbara Mancini, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Psychologist/Clinic Head

Dr. Barb Mancini is Step Stone Psychology’s Clinic Head and Clinical Director. click here to move to her full bio page.

Dr. Barbara Mancini, Ph.D., C.Psych.

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)
Fax: (416) 551-9400
Email: bmancini@stepstonepsychology.com

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Dr. Nina Vitopoulos, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Psychologist/Associate

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Dr. Nina Vitopoulos, a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, completed her PhD at the University of Toronto. She works with children, parents, adolescents, and adults towards increased wellness using an integrative approach coming from a variety of evidence-based modalities including emotion-focused, interpersonal, cognitive behavioural/dialectical behavioural, and attachment-based psychotherapies. She works with clients across the lifespan with diverse ethnic, sexual and gender identities. Nina has developed strong assessment and intervention expertise in the areas of learning, mood/anxiety, complex mental health concerns, and trauma. Nina’s research focuses on the impact of trauma on the lives of marginalized youth, and implications for treatment design and implementation across homelessness and youth justice sectors. She has completed training in multiple settings including the Toronto District School Board, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Women’s College Hospital’s Trauma Therapy Program, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Nina places strong emphasis on developing supportive and collaborative relationships with each of her clients to create a safe, empathetic and respectful environment in which to foster personal growth and support clients in meeting their therapeutic goals. Nina also provides supervision and training to psychology/counselling students.

Dr. Nina Vitopoulos, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: ninav@stepstonepsychology.com

 

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Dr. Laura Gollino, Ph.D., C.Psych. 

Psychologist/Associate

Dr. Laura Gollino is a clinical and counselling psychologist working with adults and couples. She works with a broad range of mental health challenges and has a particular interest in helping with issues of anxiety, interpersonal problems, and emotion dysregulation. She provides both assessment services and psychotherapy, taking the time to understand what’s going on today within the larger context of your life and your goals. Dr. Gollino received training in a variety of settings, including psychiatric hospital, university counselling centres, and in private practice. Her focus has been on deepening her knowledge and application of Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She has a strong interest in what is effective in psychotherapy and has investigated factors that contribute to change in the treatment of depression as part of her Ph.D. research at the University of Toronto; this work received a Canadian Psychological Association Certificate of Academic Excellence. As a result of her training, research, and over a decade of providing psychotherapy, Dr. Gollino believes a strong working relationship forms the basis of change, regardless of whether one is processing painful past experiences, developing new ways of being, or learning new skills. She has a warm interpersonal style that fits her collaborative, inclusive approach to psychotherapy. Dr. Gollino also provides supervision and training to psychology/counselling students and candidates seeking registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Laura Gollino, Ph.D., C.Psych. 

Clinical and Counselling Psychologist

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: lgollino@stepstonepsychology.com

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Stella Dentakos, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

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Stella Dentakos is a skilled clinician who specializes in working with children, youth, and adults with complex cognitive, learning, behavioural, and/or emotion regulation needs, such as those with concurrent mental health and substance use issues. Stella works with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families towards developing an individualized treatment plan and draws upon a variety of evidence-based modalities including motivational interviewing, emotion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy/dialectical behaviour therapy, and attachment-informed therapy. Her warm, welcoming style puts clients at ease and creates a safe space to explore and grow. Stella is currently undertaking her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at York University towards registration as a clinical psychologist.

Stella Dentakos, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: Stella@stepstonepsychology.com

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Jonathan Leef, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

Jonathan is an experienced clinician who has been working with children, youth, and their families since 2001 in both clinical and research capacities. His particular area of expertise is in autism spectrum disorder (ASD); he is also experienced in working with related neurodevelopmental conditions, including social communication disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), language disorders, learning disabilities and intellectual disability, as well as with LGBTQ+ children, youth, and their families. He is especially passionate about issues related to sexuality and/or gender identity of individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. Jonathan brings a genuine, warm, validating approach to both assessment and intervention, and practices a person-, family-, and child-centred approach. He maintains up-to-date knowledge of the research literature and uses evidence-based gold-standard tools for diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments. Jonathan has extensive experience providing diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment services to children, youth, and young adults in hospital, school board, and university settings, and works skillfully with parents and families, building knowledge and skills when family/parent support is needed.

Jonathan has varied experiences working with children, youth, and their families. His intervention experiences include psychodynamic play therapy with young children, supportive psychotherapy with LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, including gender identity exploration, preparation for gender confirming medical interventions, and sexuality-related concerns. Jonathan facilitated social-skills and psychoeducational parent groups at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for many years, trained and worked as a research coordinator at the Hospital for Sick Children’s Autism Research Unit (Sick Kids ARU) and presently also works at the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where he coordinates a number of research projects, trains developmental pediatric medical fellows and research staff on the use of diagnostic and other assessment measures, and conducts his own line of research.

Jonathan has also applied his experiences and skills to community development, such as preparing youth with ASD and their families for specific community involvement, including religiously oriented “coming of age” ceremonies (e.g., bar/bat mitzvah; confirmation), high school graduation events, and sexuality-related issues. Jonathan has also initiated collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations, including UNICEF and the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Swaziland, with whom, along with close colleagues, he co-developed and implemented training programs for stakeholders working with children and youth.

Jonathan works here, at Step Stone Psychology, as a clinical associate providing psychotherapy and comprehensive diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment services for a full range of psychological and educational/functional needs.

Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and History, a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology and Developmental Science, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). His research interests have included children’s theory-of-mind, language and social-cognitive development; his current research focuses on the gender identity of children and youth with neurodevelopmental conditions.

Jonathan Leef, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

(He/Him Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: jleef@stepstonepsychology.com

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Jordana Waxman, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

Jordana Waxman is currently completing her doctoral studies in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University, and specializes in working with children, youth and families.  Jordana has trained at a number of children’s mental health agencies including The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and The Hospital for Sick Children, and has received specialized training in infant mental health. At Step Stone Psychology, Jordana provides comprehensive assessments and evidence-based therapies to children, adolescents, and their families dealing with issues related to anxiety, depression, learning and attention difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, behavioural and social challenges, as well as parenting issues. Her therapeutic style is warm and collaborative, and her creative and playful approach with young clients will help them feel comfortable and enjoy their experience.

Jordana Waxman, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: jordanaw@stepstonepsychology.com

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Azin Taheri, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate


Azin Taheri is a doctoral student in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. She is trained as a researcher and clinician to work with children, youth, and their families. Her particular area of expertise is in Developmental Disabilities (DD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has received specialized training in research, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatments of DD and/or ASD. Azin has also received clinical training at the Toronto school board and various mental health agencies, including Surrey Place Centre and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). At Step Stone Psychology, Azin provides clients with individualized treatment based on evidence-based modalities. Additionally, she is skilled in providing comprehensive diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments of children and youth. More specifically, she provides services relating to learning and attentional difficulties, ASD, anxiety, mood, and behavioural, social and emotional challenges.

Azin Taheri, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: azin@stepstonepsychology.com

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Busi Ncube, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

Busi Ncube is currently completing a doctorate in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. She specializes in working with children, youth, and families. Busi has received clinical training in a number of settings, including the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), and the Toronto District School Board. She has also received specialized training in neuropsychological assessment and in the assessment and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. At Step Stone Psychology, Busi provides comprehensive diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments and evidence-based treatment to children and youth with a variety of social, emotional, and learning needs. Specifically, she supports clients in dealing with issues related to social difficulties, mood and anxiety difficulties, learning and attentional challenges, behavioural challenges, and ASD-related concerns, as well as providing parenting and relationship functioning support/guidance to families.

Busi Ncube, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Clinical Associate

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: bncube@stepstonepsychology.com

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Bhisham Kinha, M.Ed., Ed.D. Candidate

Counselling Associate/Registered Psychotherapist

Bhisham Kinha is completing his Doctorate of Education in Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the same program.

Bhisham is a skilled and empathic therapist who honours the unique and dynamic identities of all clients and celebrates the many ways in which they navigate life and experience the world. This means that he works openly with clients on the LGBTTQQ2SIA spectrum, clients with varying gender identity and cultural backgrounds, unique abilities, histories and spiritualities. Bhisham’s experience also includes working with individuals affected by trauma, clients from various cultural backgrounds negotiating the stressors of immigration, academia, and adjusting to new experiences and spaces. He approaches his work from a stance that is gentle, curious and non-judgmental. The relationship that he offers is caring and respectful.

Bhisham’s approach integrates principles and techniques from multiple therapeutic modalities including Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and trauma-informed practices. He incorporates a critical multicultural lens wherein he works with clients to consider how social, cultural and systemic factors contribute to their experiences. Bhisham is also influenced by theories of attachment and research on the effects of difficult experiences on the brain and body.

Bhisham Kinha, M.Ed., Ed.D. Candidate

Counselling Associate/Registered Psychotherapist

(He/Him Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: bk@stepstonepsychology.com

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Arlene Vandersloot, M.A.,

Counselling Associate/Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor

Arlene Vandersloot has an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto as well as Post-graduate certificates in Psychotherapy and in Couples and Family Therapy from the Universities of Sheffield, U.K., and Guelf, Ontario. She has received specialized training in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Marriage Therapy and in Gottman technique from the Gottman Institute, and Infant-Parent Psychotherapy and Infant Mental Health at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Center). She is also trained as a Perinatal Mood Specialist through Postpartum Support International.  She has completed two years of intensive study in psychoanalysis with the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has been providing psychotherapy services for 10 years with skills complimented by her 25+ years of care-giving experience as a Registered Midwife and midwifery educator.

Arlene provides individual therapy to adults for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues and malaise. Arlene also works with couples and young families. Her approach includes a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, an engagement in exploration of patterns from your past, as well as research-based skill-building techniques. She draws from the extensive research that has been done on attachment. She also uses techniques from psychoanalytic psychology. She weaves in neurological and evolutionary explanations for behaviour to help clients understand some of the reasons they experience difficulties and work with them to build on their natural strengths. Arlene helps couples to understand some of the ways that successful couples succeed in their relationships, aiding them to master proven techniques that deepen respect for each other and facilitate loving connection and a sense of belonging together. Arlene also provides supervision and training to candidates seeking registration as psychotherapists.

Arlene Vandersloot, M.A.

Counselling Associate/Registered Psychotherapist

(She/Her Pronouns)

Supervisor

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: arlenevandersloot@rogers.com

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Karyl Morong, B.A., M.A. Candidate

Student Clinician

Karyl Morong is completing her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, ON.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies at the University of Waterloo, ON, as well as a Certificate in Social Services at the College of New Caledonia, Prince George, BC. She has worked for over ten years in the Social Services field, and her approach to therapy is interpersonal and humanistic. Karyl is passionate about authenticity and works collaboratively with clients towards a life consistent with their own values.  She uses an integrative approach, drawing from emotion focused, narrative, and solution focused therapies to work through issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, relationships and grief.

Karyl Morong, B.A., M.A. Candidate

Student Clinician

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: kmorong@stepstonepsychology.com

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Mariam Ayoub, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Student Clinician

Mariam Ayoub is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical and Counselling Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. She has been trained as a researcher and clinician in working with diverse populations of youth and adults, including marginalized communities (e.g., Indigenous, LGBTQI2+). Mariam operates from a scientist-practitioner lens wherein her clinical training is informed by empirically-supported treatments. In her clinical work, she integrates evidenced-based interventions (EFT, CBT) within a client-centered and culturally sensitive framework, while also tailoring the interventions to suit the needs of each individual client.

Mariam Ayoub, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Student Clinician

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: mayoub@stepstonepsychology.com

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Raman Sehra, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Student Clinician

Raman Sehra is currently completing her doctoral studies in Clinical Developmental Psychology at York University, and specializes in working with children, youth and families. Raman has worked in a variety of different clinical placements ranging from the HIV and epilepsy surgery programs at SickKids Hospital to the Focus on Youth Psychosis Prevention Program at CAMH. She has received specialized training in both neuropsychological assessments and psychoeducational assessment of children and youth. Raman provides services related to learning, attentional difficulties, and behavioural, social and emotional challenges. Raman has experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals with a wide range of diagnoses including mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline, schizotypal and schizoid personality disorders, neurocognitive disorders, substance use disorders, and psychosis. Raman operates from a scientist-practitioner lens wherein her clinical training is informed by empirically-supported treatments. She provides an integrative and eclectic approach to treatment. Her therapeutic style is warm and collaborative, operating within a client-centered and culturally sensitive framework.

Raman Sehra, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Student Clinician

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: rsehra@stepstonepsychology.com

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Miranda Di Lorenzo, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Student Clinician

Miranda is currently completing her doctorate degree in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. She is trained to work with children, youth, and their families. Miranda has trained in a variety of children’s mental health settings, including the Hospital for Sick Children and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and has specialized training in neuropsychology. At Step Stone Psychology, Miranda provides clinical diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments, as well as evidenced-based treatments, to children, youth and their families with a variety of social, emotional, and learning challenges. She is committed to using a therapeutic approach that best fits clients and family’s needs and provides a warm and supportive environment for young clients.

Miranda Di Lorenzo, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Student Clinician

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: mdilorenzo@stepstonepsychology.com

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Joanne Seel, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Joanne Seel is a clinical social worker with over ten years experience providing counselling to youths, adults and families. She works with people who feel stuck and overwhelmed by stresses in their life and relationships, whose feelings take over at the worst possible moments, and who have experienced pain and loss. Providing a supportive framework for clients to build on their strengths, Joanne uses evidence-based techniques that help individuals improve their lives and assist couples in connecting more deeply with one another.

Joanne has experience working with a broad range of mental health and substance use concerns. She graduated with a Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University, with a specialization in addiction and youth. She also works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the outpatient Child, Youth and Family program. Joanne has completed trainings in Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for couples and families, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Joanne Seel, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

(She/Her Pronouns)

Phone: (416) 551-PATH (7284)

Fax: (416) 551-9400

Email: jseel@stepstonepsychology.com

 

 

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