About Us

Our mission at MIPH is to provide hope, health empowerment and to encourage personal responsibility so individuals, no matter how challenging their circumstances, become positive agents of change during their process of psychological and physical recovery.

Our Approach

We practice different therapeutic orientations depending on the client’s unique needs. We use short-term brief solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and/or a longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and psycho-educational approaches with our clients.

Client Care Policy

We encourage our clients to give us feedback so that we may provide them with the best experience possible. We understand that creating a strong therapeutic alliance is essential for successful therapy.

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Problem Solvers

Providing a non-discriminatory service, respecting and being sensitive to race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, abilities, religion and sexual orientation.

What we believe in

Respecting the uniqueness of each client by developing an individualized approach to treatment. Offering a holistic approach by exploring the social, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of our clients.

Dr. Sharleen McDowall, Psy. D., C. Psych.

Clinical Director, Registered Psychologist

My love for psychology has been with me since I can remember. Someone once told me to look at my bookshelf and it will reveal what I’m most passionate about. In doing so, I realized that I loved psychology, nutrition, fitness, and spirituality. Twenty years later, guess what I still enjoy reading? Yes, that’s correct —these topics continue to excite me and feed my soul.

I’m a Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Director for McDowall Health, but I’ve also invested my time to learn about nutrition, exercise to lead a healthy lifestyle, and grow spiritually. During my career as a clinical psychologist, I’ve realized that in order to be happy and to achieve optimal health, ongoing growth in all these areas are essential.

I believe my life is an excellent reflection of an ongoing journey of self-improvement and growth. For the past 25 years, I’ve been committed to achieving optimal psychological and physical health. It has not always been easy, but no matter what, I am committed and I personally understand the challenges that people face when working towards achieving a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

My personal health journey is what lead me to decide to rebrand my practice to not only include psychology but to also address the physical aspects of health. I believe that to achieve “complete health” you can not separate the mind, body, and spirit. I believe optimal psychology health equals optimal physical health.

Regardless of the issue, you are struggling with, my practice and associates are committed to helping you rediscover yourself by supporting you during the process of a psychological and physical transformation. We will listen to you and will examine and address all the major areas of psychological and physical health by using encouragement, fostering self-empowerment and personal responsibility so you can begin to own your health and become a powerful force in your recovery.

We are deeply committed to serving you and we are here to offer a compassionate and non-judgmental space for you to share your concerns. It is my hope that McDowall Integrative Psychology & Healthcare will provide you with the comprehensive healthcare that you’ve always been looking for.

With love & gratitude,

Dr. Sharleen McDowall

Dr Tamarah Chaddah, ND

Naturopath

Yolanda Testani, BA, MA, RP

Registered Psychotherapist | Clinical Supervisor

 

CredentialsMA in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University | DTAIT Graduate Level Diploma in Art Therapy | BA in Psychology York University | BA in Fine Arts, Concordia University

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger, Work Stress, Children, Couples, Parenting | CBT, Client-Centered, Psychodynamic Therapy, Art Therapy

Location: Toronto

Personal Interests: Art | Reading | Hiking | Health living

I have always wanted to be part of a healing profession as I believe that one of life’s greatest gifts is helping others.  However, my journey as a Registered Psychotherapists did not begin in the conventional way. I began my formal education as an artist and used paint as a way to express my thoughts and feelings.  This passion led me to begin my therapeutic journey working with children using art therapy to now working with adolescence and adults using talk therapy for over 15 years. I strongly believe a positive therapeutic relationship is essential to the growth process and I also believe that the power of this therapeutic partnership can help uncover the strengths and resources we all possess. I view therapy as a collaborative, sharing experience and my goal is to help my clients feel hopeful, comfortable and truly understood. I use a person centered integrative approach which can help to relieve present stressors and promote long term growth.

Elizabeth Beiderman, BA (H), M. ED., RP

Registered Psychotherapist

CredentialsM.Ed. in Counselling Psychology, Acadia University | B.A (H) in Psychology, Concordia University

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Stress, Self-Esteem, Grief, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions

Location: Toronto

Personal Interests: Hiking | Swimming | Exploring and taking blurry photos of intriguing locations around the world

I take a holistic and integrative approach to therapy, exploring the ways in which mind, body, and emotion all interact and contribute to overall health. My approach is rooted in Person-Centred Therapy, although I also draw from other modalities as suits each individual client. I am additionally trained in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (working towards tangible goals and change), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (recognizing and altering unhelpful thinking patterns), Narrative Therapy (re-examining our stories), and Mindfulness (increasing awareness and living in the present). My approach is suited to both short-term goal-oriented therapy and longer-term therapy that promotes deeper healing and personal development.

Crystal Colbourn, BA, CDP

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

CredentialsMasters of Clinical and Counselling Psychology (C), Adler Graduate School Toronto I BA(H) Psychology, University of Guelph I Career Development Practitioner Diploma, Conestoga College

Services Offered: Anxiety, Panic, Depression, Self-Harm & Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma, Family of Origin Issues, Self-Esteem & Personal Development, Career Counselling, Stress & Burnout I Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy.  

Location: Mississauga | Brampton

Personal Interests:  Immersing myself in psychology | learning | walking | reading | drinking coffee in the sun | becoming my authentic self | most of all–interjecting humour into my daily living.

As your therapist, I make it my mission to get to know who you are as a person.  I take the time to know who is sitting in front of me- you are an individual with a history, with stories of personal challenges and triumphs, and you come with hopes and dreams for the future.  Although you may be coming to therapy to address current emotional or psychological struggles, I believe that the therapeutic process is so much more than the reduction of symptoms.  My job as a therapist is to help you seek meaning within the various aspects of your life (work, family, friendships, intimate relationships, overall health, and the self).  Together we can work through whatever challenges you might have while building your sense of optimism and hope.  Although it may feel as though seeking therapy is a personal risk, always remember that “The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” ~Alfred Adler  

Shoria Khan, B.Sc., MA

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

CredentialsM.A. in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University | B.Sc. in Psychology and English, University of Toronto |Certified Child Care Educator

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Career Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy

Location: Toronto | Mississauga

Personal Interests: Travelling | Reading | Lifestyle and Health | Technology

Happenstance played a role in my decision to pursue counselling. However, I have always held strong opinions about taking care of one’s mental and emotional well-being. My views were further strengthened post two significant life events; the first one being the opportunity to work abroad with adolescents from different cultural backgrounds undergoing significant life stressors. The second was my role as a counsellor providing therapy to women from marginalized communities, who were struggling to overcome their mental health difficulties. Both these instances acted as a turning point in my professional and academic life – I had found my “calling”. Additionally, one of my many interests includes working with the immigrant and refugee population. My view on therapy is a non-judgmental, client-centred, and collaborative approach that is specifically tailored to meet clients’ needs.

Aashna Gulati, BA, MA

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Credentials: MA in Counseling Psychology, Yorkville University | B.Ed., University of Western Ontario | H.B.Sc. in Psychology and English, University of Toronto | DBT Skills

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger, Stress, Assertiveness Training, CBT, EFT, Psychodynamic, Client-centered 

Location: Brampton, Toronto

Personal Interests: Art | Traveling | Reading | Hiking | Gym

I worked as a teacher for 4 years when I realized that I wanted to step outside of the classroom and wanted to work with each individual, child, couple, and family at a level where I could make a deeper impact and influence a more holistic well-being. This perspective helps me consider the different systems and stressors that play a role in an individual’s life and how they affect mental health. Having gone through various experiences in the process of becoming a psychotherapist has opened my mind to embody a client-centered, judgement free approach, which allows me to connect with and understand my clients, while also making them feel safe and comfortable. Coming from and having lived in different countries, I also understand the differences in cultures and can empathize with the acculturation process. Following an individualistic plan, I can ensure that my practice fits my clients’ needs and they are met, as opposed to trying to fit one size to all. Lastly, following balance as my most important value, I encourage and guide my clients to finding a balance in their lives where they are able to diversify and enjoy the many pleasures of life. 

 

Deena Aziz, BA (H), MA, CCC (Q)

Clinical Therapist

CredentialsMA in Counselling, Athabasca University I BA Hon, York University I BA Liberal Arts Psychology Major, University of Waterloo

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Work Stress, Adolescents, Adults, Couples Client-Centered, CBT, SFT, RT

Location: Brampton

Personal Interests: Traveling I Reading I Movies I History

I have always wanted to be a part of the healing profession and was in medical school for 2 years. It was not a good fit and I switched to psychology—my passion. I had finally found my vocation. I use an integrated framework and tailor therapy to the individual client’s needs and strengths. One thing drummed into me while both an undergrad and graduate was that the therapeutic alliance (rapport) between client and therapist is of paramount importance. My integrated framework asks each client to be at least collaborative in therapy, and I view the client as the expert in her/his own life.

Merlin Tong, BA, MA

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) | Psychometrist

Credentials: MA Candidate, Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University | H.BSc in Psychology, University of Toronto 

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy

Location: Toronto/Brampton

Personal Interests: Film & Gaming | Cooking | Running  | Positive Psychology

I am ecstatic to begin this new chapter in my career.  My goal is to cultivate the pertinent skills to help me excel  and succeed as a therapist, with the goal of earning registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. Much of my interests lies in positive psychology, which is reflected in my practice as I believe in a strength-based approach to counselling and achieving psychological growth. My goal is to create a culturally sensitive therapeutic environment that takes into account the diverse lived experiences of the individuals that I work with.

Fizza Khalid, BA, MA

Clinical Therapist

Credentials: Master of Counselling Psychology, Adler University; Honors Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts, Anger and Stress Management, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth, Family & Relationship Issues, Trauma l Children, Adolescents, Adults l CBT, REBT, ACT, Adlerian Therapy, Client-Centered, Mindfulness-Based, Trauma-Informed

Personal Interests: Travelling, Mindfulness, Adrenaline-Seeking Activities

Do you feel overwhelmed? Anxious? Sad? Hopeless? Confused? These are all challenging emotions we go through that can leave us feeling alone and lost. I believe these emotions, among the other countless human experiences are gateways to learning about and understanding ourselves better so that we may be able to tackle life with a bit more grit. 

 

Our bodies, our thoughts, and our feelings are temples that hold great information, power, and resilience. I appreciate each person’s individual journeys. Your own trials and tribulations, achievements and accomplishments all make you the person you are today – I want to use these to inspire you to discover your own capacity to heal. Let’s work together to give you back your power.

 

I acknowledge that we all come from our own unique set of life experiences, families, cultures, and backgrounds that have shaped each of our individual journeys, as well as the barriers we face in our everyday lives. This is why I work from an eclectic lens to create a treatment plan that is unique to your story. I know reaching out can be scary for some of you. I foster a warm, welcoming, and non-judgemental approach to create a space where you can feel safe. I also offer free consultations to answer any questions you may have before we begin our journey together.

 

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger, Stress, Assertiveness Training, CBT, EFT, Psychodynamic, Client-centered 

 

Location: Brampton, Toronto

 

Personal Interests: Art | Traveling | Reading | Hiking | Gym

 

I worked as a teacher for 4 years when I realized that I wanted to step outside of the classroom and wanted to work with each individual, child, couple, and family at a level where I could make a deeper impact and influence a more holistic well-being. This perspective helps me consider the different systems and stressors that play a role in an individual’s life and how they affect mental health. Having gone through various experiences in the process of becoming a psychotherapist has opened my mind to embody a client-centered, judgement free approach, which allows me to connect with and understand my clients, while also making them feel safe and comfortable. Coming from and having lived in different countries, I also understand the differences in cultures and can empathize with the acculturation process. Following an individualistic plan, I can ensure that my practice fits my clients’ needs and they are met, as opposed to trying to fit one size to all. Lastly, following balance as my most important value, I encourage and guide my clients to finding a balance in their lives where they are able to diversify and enjoy the many pleasures of life. 

 

Nken Cookey

Psychology Intern

Credentials: Master of Counselling Psychology (In Progress current student)

Services Offered: MVA, workplace stress and issues, anger and emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, 

Location: Toronto/Brampton

Personal Interests:  

 

Kaitlin Baldwin, BA

Psychology Intern

CredentialsMA in counselling psychology, Yorkville University (In Progress current student),

Services Offered: Anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem issues, grief, coping mechanisms, relationships, CBT, 

Location: Toronto | Brampton

Personal Interests: 

 

Lance Archer , MA (Cert.) OAMHP

Psychology Intern

Credentials: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology (In Progress), Fielding Graduate University | M.A. Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University | B.Sc. (Honors) Guidance and Counselling, The Mico University College

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger, Children, Parenting Education | CBT | Psychodynamic Therapy  

Location: Brampton

Personal Interests: Health Psychology Research | Music | Movies | Traveling

In addition to my passion for understanding and explaining human behavior, my love for supporting individuals in discovering new meaning to life amidst their challenges have inspired me to pursue a career in psychology. In 2017, I completed a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. I am currently reading for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a research interest in coping with chronic pain and trauma. Before doctoral studies, I worked as a mental health clinician providing psychological assessment and treatment to children and teens who experience school-related difficulties and/or emotional and behavioral challenges. Additionally, I provided counseling support to adults struggling with anger, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and disruptive behaviors in children.

I aspire to create a therapeutic environment in which clients feel heard, supported, and empowered.

Renee Ly

Psychology Intern

Credentials: MEd in Counselling Psychology (currently), University of Toronto | BSc in Honours Kinesiology & Psychology, University of Waterloo

Services Offered: Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Trauma, Work Stress, Couples, Adolescents | CBT, Client Centred, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Therapy

Location: Toronto | Brampton

Personal Interest: Gymnastics | Dancing | Listening to Music | Health & Wellness | Travel

 

I have always taken great interest in listening to individuals’ life stories growing up. My journey to becoming a psychotherapist began initially as a kinesiology student as my passion has always been to work in the helping field. As I worked in the physical therapy clinic, I found myself naturally engaging in deep and meaningful conversations with my patients, who in turn, encouraged me to pursue a career in psychotherapy. 

I take on a holistic approach to therapy where my methods are rooted in the idea that the mind and body work together to contribute to an individual’s overall health. My approach is grounded in building a trusting relationship with you through a safe and judgement-free environment to begin the healing process. As well, I believe that life’s suffering can be a catalyst to developing positive changes to one’s life. Therefore, beyond symptom reduction, I work collaboratively with you to create the meaningful changes you are striving for. I hope to assist you in various aspects of your life through promoting your self-awareness and personal growth to ultimately improve overall wellness.

Tracy Wilder, BA

Psychology Intern

Credentials: MA in counselling psychology, Yorkville University (In Progress current student),

Services Offered: MVA, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem issues, grief, coping mechanisms, relationships, self-esteem and personal growth, CBT, solution/strength-based.

Location: Toronto | Brampton

Personal Interests: Art, cooking, travel (pre-pandemic), running, reading

I am excited to start this new chapter in my life, helping others along the road to better mental health while earning my certification from the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. 

Each of us has unique narratives and perspectives which come from our personal life experiences. Throughout this journey, we have developed strengths and abilities that help make us resilient and endow us with special attributes that together we can use to empower you to achieve your goals, help you heal and enable you to move forward towards psychological wellness. I strive to ensure that clients feel safe and comfortable working with me in a non-judgemental, validating and welcoming environment. 

 
 

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