Dr. Andrew Matthew, PhD., C.Psych. is Director of Navigate Clinic.
A Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Dr. Matthew received his education and training at McGill University and the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Matthew has over 25 years of experience working at the Toronto General Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network. Dr. Matthew is currently a Lead Psychologist at Princess Margaret in the Department of Supportive Care. He has published over 70 articles in scientific journals, and he as accrued over $10 million in national and international grant funding.
As a Health Psychologist, Dr. Matthew uses his knowledge and expertise to improve the emotional wellbeing of individuals, couples, and families confronting the challenges of serious (e.g. Cancer) or chronic (e.g. Crohn’s & Colitis) illness. His current research and clinical focus is on medical treatment decision-making, optimal survivorship, sexual rehabilitation, couple’s intimacy, and quality of life.
As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Matthew provides assessment and treatment for couples/marital conflict and for individuals suffering trauma, grief and bereavement, depression, anxiety. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), addictions, and sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Matthew is dedicated to providing exemplary psychological care to his clients and their families.
Dr. Norma D’Agostino, PhD., C.Pscyh
Dr. Norma D’Agostino, PhD., C.Pscyh is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is a Staff Psychologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and the ELLICSR Health, Wellness, and Survivorship Centre. She is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists in Ontario.
Dr. D’Agostino has over 10 years of professional experience in pediatric and adult psychosocial oncology. Her clinical work and research focuses on young adults with cancer, including long-term survivors of childhood cancer. The goals of her work are to create developmentally appropriate psycho-social resources for adolescent and young adults with cancer, optimizing the transition process of emerging adulthood, and exploring how the illness experience in early life influences psychosocial adjustment and development across the life-span.
As a member of the Navigate Clinic, Dr. D’Agostino uses her knowledge and experience to improve the lives of children, adolescents, adults, and families touched by serious illness. She also has experience in palliative care, grief and bereavement, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Lianne Trachtenberg Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Lianne Trachtenberg is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and her predoctoral internship at the University Health Network (UHN) with rotations at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital. Recently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UHN to enhance her clinical and research skills with individuals diagnosed and treated for cancer. She brings a breadth of experience, having worked in a number of diverse and well-respected hospitals, universities, and private practice settings.
Dr. Trachtenberg works with adults who experience a range of mental health concerns including anxiety and mood difficulties, low self-esteem, body image distress, disordered eating, grief and loss, as well as relationship issues. She also has a special interest in providing therapy to individuals experiencing challenges in adjusting to and coping with chronic illnesses including cancer.
Dr. Trachtenberg believes in providing evidence-based treatment tailored to her clients’ unique needs. She has a compassionate and caring attitude that focuses on building upon her clients’ strengths, while empowering them to make meaningful change. Dr. Trachtenberg draws from a variety of evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), schema therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).
Currently, Dr. Trachtenberg works as a Research Psychologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the Department of Surgical Oncology.
Anika Petrella Registered Psychotherapist
Anika Petrella, M.A., is a Clinical Counsellor at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in the Department of Surgical Oncology (University Health Network) and a PhD student at the University of Toronto. Anika’s clinical work focuses on providing survivorship counselling to patients, partners, and families. Specifically, Anika has provided counselling services in the Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic, and through the Genito-Urinary Psychosocial Support Service. Anika’s research interests have focused on survivorship issues faced by patients (and their partners) who have been diagnosed with urological cancers, including treatment decision-making, sexual health, physical wellness, and the effect cancer has on couples.
As a Clinical Counsellor at Navigate Clinic Anika provides assessment and treatment for individuals and couples with a focus on the emotional wellbeing of cancer patients and their families. This includes managing diagnosis, treatment decision making, survivorship, sexual rehabilitation, couples intimacy, quality of life, and grief and bereavement.
Dr. Bahar Haji Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Bahar Haji received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Windsor in 2019. Bahar also holds a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Psychology from University of Toronto and a Masters in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Psychology from York University. She completed her clinical training in various community mental health clinics, hospitals, private practices and university counselling centers in Ontario, Newfoundland, and Michigan, with an emphasis on assessment and treatment of a wide range of issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, emotion regulation, learning disabilities and ADHD, chronic pain, and severe mental illness.
At Navigate Clinic, Bahar provides a space where individuals and couples can safely express their painful thoughts, feelings, experiences and memories, and works collaboratively with them to develop more effective ways of responding to stress so that they can build a more satisfying life. Her clinical practice is informed by her training in a number of evidence based approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) , Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Brief Psychodynamic Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Meaghan Ferguson PhD
Meaghan holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology (OISE/UofT) and PhD in Psychology at York University. She also holds a Diploma in Health Psychology. Meaghan completed her pre-doctoral residency through University Health Network, receiving clinical training at Princess Margaret Hospital in Urology and Surgical Oncology, Toronto Western Hospital in the Bariatric Surgery program, Rumsey Site in the Brain Injury, Stroke and MS rehabilitation program, and Lyndhurst Centre in the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation program. Prior to her residency, Meaghan received clinical training at Toronto General Hospital in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, the York University Psychology Clinic (private practice), Correctional Services of Canada, and Fox Psychological Services (private practice). Meaghan is also a core staff member of the Princess Margaret Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic and also provides clinical training to graduate students. Through her training, Meaghan has worked with individuals, couples and groups. She is also competent in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Since 2008, Meaghan has worked in private practice providing both assessment and intervention for adults.
At Navigate Clinic, Meaghan works with individual adults and couples. Her approach to therapy is empathic and collaborative, and follows an integrative model of evidence-based therapies in order to provide the best suited approach for an individual’s needs. She follows this approach to help clients with various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, adjustment and coping difficulties, trauma, and stress and challenges related to health concerns.
Dr. Donna Kwan Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Donna Kwan is a Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In addition to her work at Change Clinic, Donna also leads the Clinical Platform on the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative, funded by the Ontario Brain Institute. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Specialization) at York University and clinical residency at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago, Illinois. Before residency, she trained at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Baycrest Health Sciences Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the York University Psychology Clinic.
At Navigate Clinic, Dr. Kwan approaches therapy with empathy and cultural sensitivity, striving always to be collaborative and client-centered. She integrates a variety of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She draws from her certified yoga teacher training to incorporate in-session mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and to build an overall awareness of the connection amongst one’s physical, mental, and emotional state. She works with individuals experiencing a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, cross-cultural issues, interpersonal concerns, and stress. A particular area of interest is the intersection of brain injury/disease, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Kwan has published and presented her research on the neural correlates of autobiographical memory, prospection, and financial decision-making in scientific, peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.
Dr. Ana Bilanovic, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Ana Bilanovic, Ph.D., C.Psych., is a Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In addition to her work at Change Clinic, Ana is a Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellow at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre. Ana completed her Doctoral Degree at York University and as part of her doctoral training she also obtained a Health Psychology Diploma. Ana completed her pre-doctoral residency at The Ottawa Hospital where she trained within the Heart Institute, Psychology Consultation Service for Inpatients, and the Eating Disorders Program. Prior to her residency, Ana received clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and York University Psychology Clinic. Through her training Ana has worked with individuals, couples, and groups. Since 2009, she has trained and worked at Princess Margaret Hospital in caring for the psychosocial needs of individuals and couples affected by cancer. She is a core staff member of the Princess Margaret Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic and provides training to graduate students.
With a client-centered approach, Ana offers therapy services for adults (individuals and couples). Ana’s approach to therapy is compassionate, empathic, and collaborative. She utilizes the integration of evidence-based therapy approaches to help clients address a range of mental health concerns including mood and anxiety, trauma, coping with challenges and stressors which arise with serious illness, relationship difficulties, as well as other issues which impact upon emotional well-being.
M.Sc. (PhD. Candidate)
Setareh holds a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from University of Calgary and is currently completing her Doctoral degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto.
Setareh has received clinical training at hospital and university settings including Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, Mount Royal University Student Counselling Services, and University of Calgary Student Success Centre. Through her training, she has provided assessment and therapy to young adults and adults dealing with a wide range of mental health concerns. She has also co-facilitated groups on mindfulness and anxiety management.
Setareh places a high value on building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients and takes an empathic and client-centred approach to her practice. She draws from evidence-based therapies including cognitive-behavioural therapy, humanistic-experiential therapies, schema therapy, and mindfulness interventions to best address each person’s needs and goals. She helps clients with a variety of concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictive behaviours, disordered eating, and relationship difficulties. She also supports individuals who experience challenges in adjusting to and coping with chronic illness and cancer. She is passionate about working with clients from diverse backgrounds and providing culturally sensitive and LGBTQ+ positive care.
Dr. Catherine Munns, Psy.D., C.Psych
Dr. Catherine Munns, Psy.D., C.Psych is a licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist and is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at James Madison University, completed her predoctoral internship at Denver Health Medical Center, completed two postdoctoral fellowships in the U.S. with a focus on pediatric health psychology. She brings a breadth of experience, having worked in a number of diverse and well-respected universities and hospitals. Dr. Munns currently works at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Dr. Munns works with children, adolescents and adults who experience a range of mental health concerns including anxiety and mood difficulties, low self-esteem, as well as relationship issues. She also has expertise related to sleep difficulties, adjustment issues, and transitions. She has a special interest in providing therapy to individuals experiencing challenges in adjusting to and coping with serious or chronic illnesses.
Dr. Munns draws from a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Schema Therapy, and Interpersonal Process Therapy (IPT). Dr. Munns has a compassionate and caring attitude that focuses on building upon her clients’ strengths.