Dr. Lindsey Forbes, C. Psych
I take a strengths-based, compassionate approach to my work with clients and am passionate about helping others to better understand who they really are, what they really need, and to ultimately live their best life, whatever that might look like. In the practice, I provide sport psychology services to athletes and teams to optimize performance, evidence-based programs to enhance health and support lifestyle change, as well as mindfulness-based interventions for stress reduction, eating, and physical activity. I also offer educational and career assessments for clients of all ages to help them gain insight into their strengths and needs, and a clearer path toward their optimal performance.
I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Western University in 2008 and my 1-year residency at London Health Sciences Centre. I am a Registered Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (#4686) with competency to work with children, adolescents, families and adults. I have worked in private practice in London, Ontario since 2008 and established my own practice in 2011. Since then, I have gradually expanded the practice to include a team of caring, competent therapists and clinicians. I hold an Adjunct Faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology at Western University and provide training and supervision for graduate students in clinical psychology. I also supervise some Associates in the practice as they complete their registration requirements with CPO, or look to broaden their clinical services to new areas.
Beyond work, I love Crossfit, long-distance running, and active, adventure travel (my idea of a “relaxing” vacation is to hike the 170Km Tour du Mont Blanc). These experiences ignited my passion for sport psychology and drove me to develop the performance enhancement services in the practice, to help athletes of all ages and levels get the very best out of themselves. I have had a daily meditation practice since 2018 and have experienced its transformative effects first-hand. This spurred me to complete a variety of continuing education certificates and professional training courses related to mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions (e.g., MBSR, MB-Eat,MSC).
Stephanie Nevill, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
Do you sometimes fear you’re not good enough, that people won’t like you, or that the worst will happen? Together, we can figure out how to quiet those fears. Do you find it’s hard to describe your feelings, and that they tend to come out in an explosive ball of anxiety, frustration or sadness? Together, we can help you decode your emotions, and learn to better manage and express them so that your needs can be met. Did you know that you deserve to have your needs met? If not, we can work on that too! Whatever the issue is, we can work together to help improve the things that can be changed, and to better cope with things that can’t.
My name is Stephanie, and I work with children, teens, and adults. In therapy, I often work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, and/or trauma-related disorders.
My goal is to help you overcome any self-limiting beliefs, experiences, and emotions that can interfere with your daily life, and prevent you from feeling good and achieving your goals. It may surprise you that this doesn’t always involve just “talk-therapy” – I also find it’s helpful to use art supplies, a sand tray with miniature figures, body movements, and/or visual imagery because, sometimes, I know there just aren’t the right words to express what you’re feeling.
Separate from therapy, I also conduct educational assessments to help people identify their strengths and weaknesses (we all have both!) at school or work. Then we can figure out how to use those strengths to help support any weaker skills, and I make suggestions that can help school, work, and/or career planning go a little more smoothly.
In both these services – therapy and educational assessment – I aim to make clients feel as comfortable and as safe as possible so that our work together is as effective as possible. I know the scariest step is often the first one you make to reach out for help. After that, you can exhale (at least a little bit), because you will have made a healthy choice in asking for support - and that’s a huge step!
I completed my Master’s degree at Western University and am a Registered Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO; #5260). I have been a Clinical Associate at the practice since September 2016.
Since 2005, I have been working with a specialized research team that focuses on trauma-related disorders, including PTSD, and I have also provided psychoeducational assessments in private practice since 2009.
In my free time, I enjoy travel and have visited places such as Costa Rica, Barcelona, Paris, and Switzerland. When I’m not travelling, I can be found in the kitchen experimenting with international recipes.
Sarah Ouellette, M. Sc., C.Psych.Assoc.
Life didn’t always seem to be this hard. You’ve always strived to do your best, but lately the fear of messing things up has overshadowed the excitement of trying something new, and you feel like a fraud for hiding your mistakes.
Or perhaps you’re someone who is struggling in school. You’re frustrated because your marks don’t seem to reflect the effort you put into your work. You’re struggling to learn course material, to pay attention in class, or to feel motivated to go to lectures.
Or maybe you have experienced something horrible and are struggling now to make sense of it. You feel stuck in the past and are confused by your own reactions.
You don’t have to face these challenges alone. Through my assessment work, I help students identify barriers to academic achievement so that you can get the help and accommodations you need to perform at your best.
In my therapy work, I take an integrative approach, drawing from cognitive behavioural therapies, mindfulness, emotion-focused approaches, and therapeutic lifestyle factors, depending on the needs of my clients.
In our work together, I’ll offer a compassionate and judgement-free environment to help you face your past experiences, cope with your current situation, and plan for a life where you can thrive.
I obtained my MSc in Clinical Psychology in 2015 at Western University, along with all required coursework and clinical training toward my PhD, and am a registered Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO; Reg.# 7166).
I provide individual therapy to teens and adults who are dealing with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related challenges. Additionally, I complete comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for students (high school and post-secondary) who are wondering whether a learning disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or mental health challenges may be getting in the way of their progress at school.
Kayla Sapardanis, M.A., C.Psych.Associate
I believe that people are capable of thriving when they are given an opportunity to share their story and learn about coping strategies that are right for them. Whether you’re having difficulty balancing school, your job, relationships, or experiencing an internal struggle, it can be challenging to know how to relieve the pain and suffering or how to regain purpose and control over your life. My experience is that the process of counselling can be a powerful way to build understanding, hope, and resilience in the face of adversity.
I integrate a variety of theories in my approach to counselling such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, emotion-focused therapy, and narrative therapy in order to compliment each person’s unique story. I specialize in helping clients cope with a range of personal challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, learning difficulties, and relationship concerns. Ultimately, I work to help clients gain awareness about themselves and their suffering by providing counselling support in a safe space. Through this awareness, you will learn how to make positive changes to improve your daily functioning and relationships with yourself and others in your life.
I received my Master’s of Counselling Psychology degree from Western University in 2017, and am registered as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO #7275).
In the practice, I provide counselling and assessment services to children, teens and adults.
For several years, I was employed with the Psychological Services Department at the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), where I conducted psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents to help inform student programming. I bring this extensive assessment experience to my assessment work with clients in the practice. I view assessment services as a way to help clients understand their unique learning profile so that they can use their strengths to be successful and overcome learning challenges at school and in their daily lives.
Deciding to seek help is never easy and can sometimes feel scary or intimidating. My goal is to provide a safe and compassionate space for you to discover your potential and learn ways to help you thrive and flourish.
Sarah Stanley, MA., CCC., Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
Sarah obtained her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Western University in 2017. She is registered with the College of Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist (RP; #006381) and holds the title of Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC; #10000877) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Sarah is a part-time Associate in the practice, offering therapy services to children, youth, and families. She welcomes clients who would like support around anxiety, emotion regulation, life transitions, school/academic concerns, relationships/social difficulties, family conflicts/dynamics, anger/aggression, and executive functioning/life skills, among others. Sarah encourages parent(s) and guardian(s) to be involved in the service to enhance supports for the child/youth.
Outside of her role in the practice, Sarah is employed by the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) as a School Support Counsellor, where she provides counselling to elementary students to address barriers to learning as well as support for relationship conflicts, emotion regulation difficulties, internalized and externalized behaviours, and mental health challenges.
She has experience in many local and national agencies, such as Vanier Children’s Services, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bell Let’s Talk (Mental Health Campaign), First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP), and Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre. Sarah also has experience working at the lead children’s mental health agency in Huron-Perth County (Huron-Perth Centre), where she provided therapy to children, youth and families.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for trail walks with her Black Lab puppy, baking and painting.
Noam Binnoon-Erez, M.A. , C.Psych.Assoc. (Supervised Practice; CPO #10006571)
Noam received her Master’s degree in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her supervised practice year under Dr. Forbes’ supervision to become fully registered as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO). Noam works part-time in the practice and provides assessment and therapy services to children and adolescents.
In addition to her work at the practice, Noam works for the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) in the Psychological Services department, where she conducts psycho-educational assessments, provides counselling, and offers consultation services to school teams.
In addition to English, Noam is fluent in Hebrew. When not working, she likes to spend her time cooking, cross-stitching, and chasing around her three active boys.
Dr. Addy Dunkley-Smith, D.Psych., C.Psych.
I have a passion for supporting others to develop and deepen self-knowledge, self-acceptance, self-compassion and self-confidence to achieve their best in sport, education, work and life. In my work at Dr Forbes and Associates, I am particularly interested in supporting young people and their families, and athletes of all ages. I will complete comprehensive assessments where the outcomes contribute to a better understanding of an individual’s needs and strengths in work and school settings.
Children and young people are facing more pressures than ever before. It is sadly understandable that many are struggling to find their place in the world, troubled by anxieties, stressors and low moods. I assume a stance of non-judgement, curiosity and respect, knowing that all young people and their families have great strengths and potential. I have particular experience supporting children in families where a parent experiences mental health challenges. I draw on evidence-based practice and the knowledge of the child/ adolescent and their support network to find an approach to therapy that best suits the young persons’ needs. Often this is informed by emotion focussed, cognitive, behavioural and relational approaches to mental health and wellness.
Regarding my work with athletes, the individualised/tailored approach is much the same. I believe sport offers irreplaceable lessons for life. Along with the potential for great achievement, physical health and the development of foundational relationships, sport provides opportunities to connect with who we truely are. These lessons come not only from the wins but even more so from the losses. It is in the toughest moments where I’ve found it essential to be clear about “why”. If we quiet the noise of external instruction or pressure, why do you train, why do you compete? I represented Australia in Rowing for many years, so I understand the highs and lows of sport; gruelling training, recovery from injury/illness, team selection, international competition, and retirement. I believe that attention to mental health and wellness is vital throughout all these phases and in the adjustment to life beyond elite sport.
I competed my undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Psychophysiology, and my Doctorate (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology with Deakin, University, in Australia, and am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO #7492).
Mary Ritchie, MSc., PhD Candidate
I am a PhD candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Western University. I received my M.A. in Forensic Psychology at Carleton University in 2016. As part of my clinical training, I have worked with adult forensic inpatients, as well as youth at an outpatient hopsital, residential treatment facility, and family court clinic. I have a particular interest in assessments and completed an assessment practicum placement with Dr. Forbes & Associates in the summer of 2021 under the supervision of Sarah Ouellette, MSc. & Dr. Lindsey Forbes. I enjoyed this experience so much that I stayed on to work as a part-time Psychometrist with Dr. Forbes to further develop my assessment skills. I provide career and psychoeducational assessments in the practice under Dr. Forbes’ supervision.