WHO WE ARE

We are licensed Psychologists, a Social Worker and occasionally psychology trainees working in the West end of Toronto.

We make every effort to tailor treatment to each individual based on their personality, the challenges they are facing, and their preferences. Each member of our team is extensively trained in numerous empirically-based psychological treatment styles

Michelle Carroll, Ph.D., C.Psych, Clinic DirectorMichelle Carroll, Ph.D., C.Psych, Clinic Director

Dr. Michelle Carroll is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed
her Master’s and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor. She has trained in various settings within both Canada and the United States, including the State University of New York (SUNY) – Upstate Medical University, Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She has experience in numerous therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT (including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy), Emotion Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples, and Experiential Therapy. She developed and led the inpatient DBT team at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton for 3 years. She was also part of the team that developed the St. Joseph’s Healthcare DBT Day Hospital Program (The Bridge to Recovery Program) and was the Clinical Lead of this program until moving to Toronto in 2009.

She also currently works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the Psychological Trauma Program and Work Stress and Health Program.

Areas of Focus: Her primary areas of clinical interest include anxiety and depression, borderline personality disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, complex trauma and work-related stress. She is particularly interested in helping people cope with impulsivity and difficulties managing their emotions.

Sean Kidd, Ph.D., C.PsychSean Kidd, Ph.D., C.Psych

Dr. Sean Kidd is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from the University of Windsor. He has trained in a range of settings in the United States and Canada including Detroit Receiving Hospital, the Windsor Regional Children’s Centre, private practice settings, and he completed doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships with the Yale University Department of Psychiatry. He has experience in several psychotherapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy as both a practitioner and a clinical supervisor. He is an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry, and he has published over 70 papers in academic journals with a focus on psychological risk and resilience among marginalized groups and cognitive and community interventions. He also works as the Psychology Discipline Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His clinical interests focus on depression, complex trauma, anxiety, and psychosis.

Areas of Focus: He has extensive experience working with people adjusting to various forms of loss and experiencing grief, people coping with work-related stress, and with LGBTQ persons. He works with adults and adolescents.

Sandra Cushing, MSW, RSWSandra Cushing, MSW, RSW

Sandra Cushing is a Clinical Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers; and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Sandra received her Master of Social Work degree with distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University; and her Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from Ryerson University.

Sandra has had the opportunity to practice in a range of settings including alcohol, drug and mental health community based services; inpatient mood, anxiety and psychosis programs; and trauma counselling programs. She has specialized in individual and group counselling with young adults and adults from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and sexual preferences.

Sandra has been trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy; Trauma-Informed Practice; Motivational Interviewing; the Harm Reduction approach and Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma.

She currently is an Advanced Practice Clinician in the Complex Mental Illness Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Sandra is a a co-lead with the CAMH CBT for Psychosis Service. Additional focus areas in this role include evidence-based program development with First Episode Psychosis inpatient and outpatient teams; team training; and consultation and clinical supervision specific to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Skills for psychosis; Trauma-informed practice; Concurrent alcohol, drug and mental health assessment and treatment; and Dialectical Behaviour therapy skills.

Areas of Focus: Anxiety, depression, PTSD and complex trauma, psychosis and schizophrenia, alcohol and/or drug use challenges; self-harm; and understanding and proficiently regulating emotions comprise Sandra’s areas of clinical practice and expertise.

Reaching out for counselling is no easy endeavour. We are all capable of achieving our fullest potential. Sandra looks forward to working alongside you in a safe, welcoming and compassionate environment.

Larry Baer, Ph.D., C.PsychLarry Baer, Ph.D., C.Psych

Dr. Baer is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Concordia University in Montreal and a Master’s degree from McGill University. His training includes a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and a doctoral internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He currently holds a position as clinical psychologist in the Complex Mental Illness Program at CAMH.

Dr. Baer treats a variety of clients and issues using interventions based primarily on cognitive behavioural therapy. His areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression and psychosis. He specializes in working with young adults dealing with a first psychotic episode.

Dr. Baer welcomes gay, lesbian, bi, and trans clients. He is interested in working with clients dealing with issues related to sexual orientation. He also has specific training in working with trans adults.

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Dr. Irving is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed a two-year research/clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the (CAMH) specializing in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for the prevention of depressive relapse. She has training and experience in Mindfulness-Based Stress reduction and has worked with health care professionals, women with breast cancer, and individuals with chronic pain and illness using this modality. She also has extensive experience and training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Relapse Prevention for substance abuse.

Dr. Irving helped develop the award winning Integrated Care Pathway for Major Depression and Alcohol Dependence in the Addictions Medicine Service at CAMH where she served as the Psychology Lead for the pathway.

Areas of Focus: Her primary areas of clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, and work related stress and burnout. She has a special interest in feminist and multicultural approaches to working sensitively with clients from various cultural and minority groups. LGBTQ clients are welcome.

Dr. Yarissa Herman, D. Psych, C.Psych

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Dr. Yarissa Herman is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  She received her doctoral degree from the University of Western Australia where she completed her pre-doctoral internship with street-involved youth diagnosed with mental health and addiction difficulties. Her doctoral research explored the relationship between cognitive functioning and outcomes in addiction treatment.

Dr. Herman is currently a psychologist in the Complex Mental Illness Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The focus of her clinical and research work is the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for individuals with severe mental illness and concurrent substance use disorders. Alongside her clinical work, Dr. Herman provides training and supervision across a number of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based interventions.

Areas of focus: Dr. Herman provides evidence-based interventions for a variety of difficulties including addiction, psychosis, anxiety, and depression. She works with both adults and adolescents.