We are licensed Psychologists and Registered Social Workers providing evidence-based treatment of psychological issues in the West end of Toronto. We also provide training to psychology graduate students as they work towards completing their doctorate in clinical psychology. This allows us to also provide quality care to community members at a reduced rate with a trainee receiving extensive supervision.
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 evidence-based psychological treatment styles.
Michelle Carroll, Ph.D., C.Psych,
Dr. Michelle Carroll is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is the co-founder of West End Psychological Services (established in 2011). 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, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Dr. Carroll 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 (EFT), and Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples. 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 then worked for 13 years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Psychological Trauma and Work Stress and Health Programs.
Areas of Focus: Her primary areas of clinical interest include anxiety and depression, borderline personality disorder, posttraumatic-Stress disorder, complex trauma, and work-related stress. She is passionate about supporting First Responders in our community and has experience treating Operational Stress Injuries. She is particularly interested in helping people cope with impulsivity and difficulties managing their emotions. She enjoys supervising graduate students interested in becoming more experienced with evidence-based interventions with more complex clients. Dr. Carroll provides both individual therapy to adults and couples therapy; she is also experienced working with LGBTQ+ individuals and couples.
Sean Kidd, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. Sean Kidd is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He is the co-founder of West End Psychological Services. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 from the University of Windsor. Dr. Kidd has trained in a range of settings in the United States and Canada and he completed his residency and postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. He has experience in several psychotherapy approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), 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 extensively on complex interventions for marginalized populations. Dr. Kidd is a Senior Scientist and the Psychology Division Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). His clinical interests focus on depression, grief, complex trauma, anxiety, and psychosis.
Areas of Focus: Dr. Kidd 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.
Larry Baer, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. Larry Baer is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec. In addition to private practice work, he holds an adjunct position at McMaster University as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience, where he is engaged in clinical research in psychosis. Dr. Baer also supervises clinical psychology trainees. He previously held a position as a clinical psychologist in the Complex Care and Recovery Program at CAMH.
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 in the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis and a doctoral internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Dr. Baer treats a variety of clients and issues using interventions based primarily on cognitive behaviour therapy from a perspective of self-compassion. His areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression and psychosis, particularly young adults dealing with a first psychotic episode.
Dr. Baer identifies as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and is experienced in treating the mental health issues that can afflict individuals in our community.
Michael Pett, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Mike Pett is a clinical social worker with 25 years of clinical experience in adult mental health. He received his Masters of Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa Ontario and is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Mike has worked in a number of clinical settings where he has provided both short-term and long-term therapy for both individuals and groups. He has extensive experience and training with a wide range of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger and impulsivity. He is trained in various clinical modalities including: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), anger management, violence risk assessment and management, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and concurrent disorders (the relationship between substance use and mental illness).
Mike previously worked as the Advanced Practice Clinical Leader at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and his primary role was to provide clinical supervision to inpatient and outpatient teams in the Complex Care and Recovery Program. He also provided consultation, capacity building, and education and training on violence risk management and concurrent disorders at CAMH and to external stakeholders. He currently works in the Physician Health Program at the Ontario Medical Association as a clinical coordinator supporting, advocating, and monitoring physicians on medico-legal contracts who are experiencing mental health, addiction, and behavioural issues.
Areas of Focus: Anger treatment, Men’s issues, substance use treatment, psychosis, personality disorders, and mood disorders.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys coaching rep baseball and hockey and driving his three sons all over the city to ensure that they get to the field or rink on time.
Cassandra Crangle, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. Cassandra Crangle is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Ryerson University. She works with clients with a variety of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, perfectionism, insomnia, coping with life stressors, and trauma. She additionally has experience in the field of behavioural medicine working with individuals coping with chronic illness, cancer, traumatic injuries, and chronic pain. She currently also holds a position as a staff Psychologist at Altum Health in the musculoskeletal service area.
Dr. Crangle’s training has included a pre-doctoral residency at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario. She has additionally received training from a variety of settings including the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Ryerson University student counselling centre. Dr. Crangle works predominantly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy framework, as well as integrating Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies. She values collaboration and focusing on personal strengths to build strong relationships and a safe therapeutic environment.
David Eisenach, Ph.D., C.Psych
Dr. David Eisenach is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He received his doctoral degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York and his undergraduate degree from McGill University. Dr. Eisenach’s clinical experience has included extensive inpatient and outpatient therapy at Montefiore and Mount Sinai hospitals as well as community outreach programs in New York City.
Dr. Eisenach currently holds the position of team psychologist with the FOCUS Community Mental Health Outreach Team at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he provides individual and group therapies as well as supervision of clinical staff. In both his hospital and private practice work, he is primarily focused on helping those who struggle with psychological difficulties lead engaged and meaningful lives in accordance with their system of values. His primary theoretical orientations include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and recovery-oriented treatment, and he regularly integrates mindfulness-based interventions into his clinical work. His style is collaborative and client-centred, emphasizing the centrality of a strong therapeutic relationship as the cornerstone of effective treatment, and he welcomes clients interested in both short- and long-term work. In addition to therapy, Dr. Eisenach also provides psychological assessments for asylum seekers applying for legal status in Canada, many of whom have experienced significant trauma.
Areas of Focus: Dr. Eisenach’s primary clinical focus involves working with individuals with psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety, as well as anger, work-related stress, relationship issues, and difficulties pursuing purpose and meaning.
Ilana Davine, Psy.D, C.Psych
Dr. Ilana Davine is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Davine has trained in various hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings in the United States and Ontario providing assessment and treatment services to both adolescents and adults. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at a substance abuse recovery facility in Palm Beach, Florida where she worked with adolescents and adults struggling with both mental health and substance use difficulties.
Dr. Davine works predominantly from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or a Dialectial Behaviour Therapy (DBT) framework while also incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion techniques as needed. In addition, she has training and experience in providing Cognitive Processing Therapy for individuals presenting with PTSD. Dr. Davine’s therapeutic approach is queer and trans-positive, warm, nonjudgmental, collaborative, and strength-based.
Areas of Focus: Dr. Davine’s clinical experiences and interests involve treating both adolescents and adults with a variety of concerns including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, and concurrent substance use issues. She enjoys working with youth as they navigate and explore the different aspects of their developing identity and independence. Finally, as a queer identified therapist, she is particularly passionate about LGBTQ mental health and working with folx on the LGBTQIA2+ spectrum.
Kelly Kranics, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Kelly is a clinical social worker with clinical experience in adolescent and adult mental health. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Kelly has training and experience working with individuals and their families from a harm reduction and trauma-focused lens, using evidence-based methods of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
Kelly is currently a clinical social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on an inpatient unit working with adolescents and young adults with mental health and addictions concerns.
Addictions (behavioural and substances), anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, supporting loved ones of youth with mental health issues, and trauma related to attachment/events.
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys keeping active by cycling, playing sports, being creative through pottery, photography, and DIY projects, and spending time with her dog.
Heidi Han, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Heidi is a Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Worker and Social Service Workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto.
Heidi has worked in numerous settings ranging from private practice, community services specializing in culturally competent care, employee assistance programs providing crisis and short-term support, and online therapeutic approaches integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through a virtual platform.
Heidi primarily works with individuals and adults presenting with concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma related to attachment/events, and life transitions.
Heidi has been trained in the following approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is currently undergoing Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) training approved by EMDRIA.
As a former service member, Heidi’s clinical interests are in the military and first responder communities. Her goals are to continue with ongoing educational pursuits to learn and promote trauma informed approaches to care.
Anita Abouna, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Anita is a Clinical Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and has a collaborative specialization in gerontology. She also has her Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University.
Anita has had the opportunity to work with a variety of mental health issues in community-based practice. She has worked with individuals and families from socio-culturally diverse populations with a range of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, strained family dynamics, Alzheimer’s, and grief and loss.
Anita primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach and is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Anita is open to working with adults, adolescents, and families.
Ellie Gutowski, Ph.D., CPsych (in Supervised Practice)
Licensed Psychologist in Supervised Practice
Ellie Gutowski, PhD (pronouns: she/her) completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College, a clinical fellowship at Harvard Medical School, and a doctoral internship at Emory School of Medicine. In addition to working at West End Psychological Services, she is an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) where she teaches graduate students in the Counselling and Clinical Program and has a research lab. Her broad interests include understanding the role of psychosocial factors (stress, trauma, relationships) in mental health and well-being and engaging in social justice/anti-oppression work within teaching and clinical practice. She enjoys working with a range of concerns including trauma, stress, relationships, anxiety, depression, and psychosis. She incorporates a number of theories into her clinical practice and works from an integrative perspective.
Jessica D’Arcey, MSc.
Jessica is currently a graduate student at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the Clinical Psychology program. Jessica has a comprehensive clinical assessment background and has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She additionally has co-facilitated DBT groups over the past two years under supervision. Jessica’s current research focuses on cognitive models of mental health and how to improve treatment targets and mechanisms to improve care. Previously, Jessica has completed her Master’s in Medical Science at the University of Toronto focusing on digitally aided interventions for young people with bipolar disorder and first-episode psychosis.
Jennifer Krueger is our office administrator and has an extensive background working in the medical and legal fields. She comes to us with many years of experience after completing the Medical Office Administration program at Georgian College and harboring a keen interest in psychological services. Jennifer is an organized, reliable, understanding, and detail oriented individual with a focus on client care. She is dedicated to making the connection from client to psychological professional a smooth process, completed with care and compassion. In her down time, you can find Jennifer baking sweet treats for her friends and loved ones or enjoying one of many outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, cycling, or kayaking.
Danika Quesnel, M.Sc
Danika is currently a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has training in administering comprehensive clinical assessments and continues to garner skills in diverse psychological approaches and interventions. Her research involves merging her background in health sciences with clinical psychology while looking at dysfunctional exercise and eating disorders. She has co-authored the Safe Exercise at Every Stage Guideline which helps clinicians navigate the management of exercise during eating disorder treatment.
Julia Friedman, B.A. (Honours)
Julia is currently a graduate student at Adler Graduate Professional School where she is completing her Master of Psychology. Her research interests lie in human sexuality, and Julia completed her undergraduate honours thesis at the Sexual Health Research Lab at Queen’s University. This project explored the diverse ways in which people define sexuality. Julia is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion practices and continues to engage in professional development to enhance her knowledge and skills.