Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh is a registered psychologist practicing in the areas of clinical, counselling, and rehabilitation psychology. She has a Ph. D. degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Dr. Pajouhandeh has over fifteen years of experience in psychological assessment and treatment as well as mental health research. She has worked or trained in a number of diverse practice settings including community-based mental health agencies, hospitals, university counselling centres, and private practices.
Dr. Pajouhandeh has been the director of North Durham Professional Counsellors for over 10 years, a practice serving the community of Port Perry, Uxbridge and surrounding regions in Durham over the past two decades. She works with several of associates trained to provide psychological and counselling services to adults, couples, children and adolescents, and families.
Dr. Pajouhandeh provides psychological services to individuals with a wide range of emotional and mental health concerns. She has a special interest in rehabilitation psychology and women’s health issues and has worked extensively with individuals facing chronic pain or illnesses, depression and anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, postpartum depression, and health anxiety.
Dr. Pajouhandeh’s approach to therapy draws from several therapeutic modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Interpersonal, and Solution-Focused Therapies. She also incorporates mindfulness techniques particularly in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Her approach is collaborative, empathic, and tailored to individual goals and needs.
Jill Farrow, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
Jill Farrow, M.A., is a registered Psychological Associate practicing independently in the areas of counselling and clinical psychology. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo, Ontario and she is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Ms. Farrow has over 24 years of experience in psychological assessment and treatment. She has been trained and has worked in a University counselling centre, an employee assistance program, hospitals and private practices.
Ms. Farrow has been working independently in private practice for more than eleven years. She has been seeing clients at the North Durham Professional Counsellors for over three years. Ms. Farrow provides Psychological services to adults dealing with a wide range of emotional and mental health concerns. She has a special interest in depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, panic attacks, panic disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, trauma, sleep issues, stress management, relationship issues and grief.
Ms. Farrow offers approaches to treatment based on the needs of the client as determined by an initial assessment. These approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Katherine Michel, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Katherine Michel is a certified member of the OACCPP (Ontario Association of Counselors, Consultants, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists) and the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario. She has worked in the community through hospital-based services in the areas of clinical and rehabilitation psychology for more than twenty years.
Kathy provides psychotherapy to individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression that are related to relational conflicts, parenting demands, grief and loss, chronic pain, injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents and sexual abuse. She also provides marital and couples therapy with the intent of helping her clients develop more constructive means of conflict management and negotiation skills in a safe environment.
Kathy provides therapy under the supervision of Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh. She tends to use a cognitive-behavioural approach when appropriate with an appreciation for psychodynamic influences from early life experience. She is available at least two evenings weekly at the office.
Joyce Eull, R.N., Clinical Therapist
Joyce Eull is a Nurse, registered with the College of Nursing. She worked in Psychiatry for several years in Canada and the U.S.A. She then specialized as a Mental Health Case Manager for the Toronto Home Care Program working closely with Hospitals and Agencies, for 15 years.
Joyce along with her husband, Dr. William Eull, established North Durham Professional Counsellors in Port Perry, approximately two decades ago. Together they developed a successful practice and over time brought in other associates. They eventually turned the practice over to Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh.
Presently, Joyce is semi-retired but continues to see some clients at NDPC. Joyce works with adults, young and elderly, who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, abuse and trauma. She has specialized in Trauma Therapy and has worked with people in all walks of life who have been traumatized by a tragic event, abuse or bullying. With her experience in Nursing and Psychiatry she is able to counsel clients regarding psychotropic drugs, pain management and those with symptoms of depression and anxiety that stem from Medical Problems.
Kira Hensley, M.Ed., M.A., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Kira is a graduate of the Master of Arts (Counselling Psychology) program at Yorkville University and the Master of Education (Applied Human Psychology and Development) program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. With this background, she tends to bring a developmental and educational approach to psychotherapy.
For individual therapy, her practice is steeped in cognitive behavioural therapy with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Her goal is to facilitate client awareness, insight, and understanding in order to help the client develop personalized solutions, and implement them in a manner conducive to change. She enjoys working with individuals and couples of all ages who experience depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, relationship issues, and school difficulties. She provides services under the supervision of psychologists Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh and Dr. Ian Brown.
Sofia Dawoodjee, R.N., M.Ed., Clinical Counsellor
Sofia Dawoodjee is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario, specializing in the areas of mental health, counselling, assessment, medication management, and crisis intervention. She also has a Specialized Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University, and a Masters of Education for Counselling in Community Settings obtained from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Sofia Dawoodjee has over twenty years of nursing experience working in the field of mental health and addictions. She has worked with adults, geriatrics, children, adolescents, and teens in various clinical settings ranging from hospitals, schools, and community settings. She has also practised as a counsellor for a non-for-profit organization.
Sofia has been with North Durham Professional Counsellors since the spring of 2017, and provides services to clients struggling with emotional and various mental health concerns under the direct supervision of Dr. Pajouhandeh. Sofia is also CBT trained, and often derives strategies from this therapy model along with a client-centred approach, and a brief solution focused model. Sofia has a special interest in working with teens and young adults aged 16 years and older to address and support emerging mood disorders and/or addiction concerns. Along with having extensive experience working with a wide spectrum of mental health concerns, Sofia is also a SafeTALK (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) trainer to help develop a suicide-safer community.
Dr. Debbie Reixach, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Dr. Debbie Reixach obtained her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2003 and became registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 2005. Since 1991 she has practiced in the fields of counselling and psychology, treating and assessing a diverse range of issues presented by adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Reixach particularly enjoys working with adolescents and this interest is reflected in her doctoral thesis work that investigated treatability concerns for Young Offenders. Dr. Reixach’s treatment approach is integrative in nature and largely draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Systems-based Therapies. She is experienced in addressing various mental health concerns that include: mood and anxiety disorders, attachment issues, relational difficulties, situational and developmental life transitions, trauma, stress management, and skill development in the areas of assertiveness, communication and problem-solving.
Dr. Reixach’s work experience is varied and includes: providing general psychological services to students at York University and the University of Toronto; clinically assessing patients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Forensic division) and Whitby Mental Health Centre (Adolescent Services); and counselling individuals, couples and families at Family Services York Region. Dr. Reixach has also worked in community-based organizations that provide personal and vocational counselling/assessment to socially disadvantaged clients. A genuine lifelong learner, she thrives on continually updating her knowledge and passing along new resources to her clients.
Gloria Liederman, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
Gloria Liederman comes to NDPC with over 20 years of clinical experience, serving residents of York Region, since 1992. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and currently offers services to adults and couples. Gloria received training in assessment, psychodynamic, and couples therapy at the Montreal General Hospital. In her 13-year position as staff therapist at Family Services York Region (previously Markham-Stouffville Family Life Centre), she assisted people with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, post-partum depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement, life transitions, self- esteem, assertiveness, stress management, historical childhood issues, and relationship difficulties. As part of the York Region Abuse Program (YRAP), Gloria co-facilitated treatment groups, for a number of years, for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Gloria’s therapeutic approach can best be described as “integrative” in nature. Although her main orientation is Client-Centered, she draws on Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) Emotionally-Focused (EFT) and Systems-based therapies to tailor therapy to the needs of her clients. Her relaxed, straight-forward and supportive manner puts clients at ease.
Lindsay Chartier, B.A Hons., M.A. (Candidate),Student Therapist (Supervised Practice)
Lindsay Chartier is a graduate student at Yorkville University in the Master of Arts Counselling Psychology program and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies from the University of Ontario I.T. She has accumulated knowledge in the field of mental health by having taken courses in psychological assessment, counselling and psychotherapy theories and techniques, ethical standards for mental health service providers, cognitive-behavioural methods of counselling, and culturally competent practices. Lindsay has worked in the field of mental health and wellness for the past ten years, including working with adolescents, young adults and their families, as well as individuals living with HIV and LGBTQ+ community.
Her interests include interpersonal relationships, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression and life transitions. Lindsay’s approach to therapy is eclectic and draws from several therapeutic modalities. Lindsay strives to provide a warm and safe environment for her clients, where they can feel heard and understood. Her practice aims to develop a collaborative, empathetic, authentic and comfortable therapeutic relationship with clients in order to foster growth and assist those in reaching their goals.
Lindsay works under the supervision of psychologist Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh and will pursue registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) upon graduation. Lindsay has a professional student membership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Carly McDonell, B.A Hons., Intake Coordinator
Carly McDonell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Forensic Psychology from OntraioTech University. She has gained experience in the field of mental health through her work at the Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, John Howard Society (JHS) Durham and Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Ontario. Additionally, Carly has acted as a representative of OntarioTech University through her effort towards initiatives of Feminism and Decolonization.
Carly has gained extensive knowledge of mental health and the criminal justice system through her study of abnormal psychology, personality psychology, forensic psychology and brain and behaviour during the course of her education. Currently, Carly’s research has focused primarily on antisocial tendencies in youth however; she aims to gain further knowledge in victim’s services and crisis intervention. Her interests include antisocial behaviour, lie detection, domestic abuse, addiction studies and trauma. Carly works under the guidance of Dr. Parnian Pajouhandeh and hopes to pursue registration with the completion of a master’s degree.