About Us

Read about our director, and our Forest Hill associates (listed in alphabetical order).

Dr. Neil A. Rector, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Clinic Director

Dr. Neil Rector is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Director of the Forest Hill Centre for CBT. His clinical approach combines up-to-date, scientifically supported cognitive-behavioural treatments for a range of client difficulties in a respectful, supportive, and collaborative environment. His areas of clinical expertise include helping people to overcome depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD and Related Disorders, and stress-related problems and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. He has a special interest in helping clients that experience co-occurring anxiety and depression as well as clients who have tried other treatments but achieved less than optimal outcomes. Dr. Rector can be contacted at info@foresthillcbt.com.

Melanie Adler, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc.

Melanie Adler is a Psychological Associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to provide services in Clinical and Counselling Psychology to adult clients. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2010. Her areas of clinical expertise include working with individuals experiencing various anxiety disorders, depression, psychological trauma, chronic pain, adjustment difficulties, and relationship issues, among others. She has also worked extensively with individuals who are on leave from work owing to psychological disability. She takes a non-judgmental, empathic, collaborative and evidenced based approach to her practice. She works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach, while integrating aspects of other evidenced based therapies (e.g., Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness based approaches) when appropriate.

Dr. Emilee Burgess, C.Psych

Dr. Burgess is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Burgess completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, partial-hospitalization, and private practice settings in the United States, UK, and Canada. Dr. Burgess has experience in providing evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders and obesity, borderline personality disorder and emotional dysregulation, and substance use disorders. She incorporates additional strategies from Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Self-Compassion approaches within her work. Dr. Burgess’ approach is to provide evidence-based therapy in a way that is non-judgmental, compassionate, and client-centered. She is experienced providing treatment for individuals from the LGBTQ* community and is committed to providing culturally sensitive treatment for all clients.

Dr. Marcie Dudeck, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Associate

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Dr. Marcie Dudeck received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (CPA and APA accredited) from Concordia University in 2007 following two undergraduate degrees (i.e., Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology) from the University of Winnipeg. She carried out her clinical training in a variety of settings in Montreal including hospital and university settings such as the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Applied Psychology Centre within Concordia University. Subsequently, Dr. Dudeck completed a CPA and APA accredited predoctoral internship at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. She has been a registered clinical psychologist in Ontario since 2008. Dr. Dudeck primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but also incorporates Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches, into her work with adults with anxiety and mood disorders. She has a special interest in working with women with mental health issues, including those with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She maintains memberships in a number of professional associations including being a founding member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). She is certified in CBT by CACBT.

Dr. Julie Erickson Ph.D., C.Psych

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Dr. Erickson is a registered clinical psychologist licensed to practice with adults and older adults. She received her PhD from the University of Manitoba and completed her her pre-doctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She brings a breadth of experience working in a number of different settings such as hospitals, universities, private practices, and correctional facilities. Dr. Erickson’s clinical training has primarily focused on individual and group cognitive-behavioural therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma-related disorders. She has a special interest in working with older adults, as her research has focused on understanding the psychological and social needs of this population and improving their access to mental health care. Dr. Erickson hopes that her clients leave feeling empowered, supported, and better situated to make meaningful changes in their lives.

Dr. Lance Hawley Ph.D., C.Psych

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Dr. Hawley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist who provides treatment for individuals experiencing mood and anxiety disorders as well as OCD spectrum disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based CBT (MBCT) approaches. His treatment approach is collaborative and individualized, considering research supported psychological treatments in order to help individuals cope more effectively with their circumstances. Dr. Hawley is the Clinical Lead (Outpatient Psychological Services) and Co-Director of Training for the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Hawley is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Mindfulness (Springer Publications).

Dr. Danielle Katz, Ph.D., C.Psych, Clinical Psychologist

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Danielle Katz received her PhD in clinical psychology from York University in 2016. She has experience working with individuals who have a wide range of psychological concerns, including anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion regulation difficulties, and concerns related to chronic health conditions. Danielle believes strongly in the importance of creating a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. She works collaboratively with clients in order to help them recognize their strengths and achieve their goals at their own pace. With each client, she uses evidence-based therapy drawing upon client-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and dialectical-behavioural traditions. In addition to her work as a psychologist at the Forest Hill Centre for CBT, she is a research associate at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She has practiced in a variety of healthcare centres, including Toronto General Hospital, Humber River Regional Hospital, The London Health Sciences Centre, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

Dr. Naomi Koerner, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Associate

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Dr. Naomi Koerner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University and has been a registered psychologist in Ontario since 2010. She received her PhD in Psychology from Concordia University in 2007. During the final year of her doctoral training, she completed a clinical internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Dr. Koerner’s clinical training and interests are in cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety disorders and depression. The focus of her research is anxiety disorders, in particular the causes of excessive and uncontrollable worry. Dr. Koerner has received research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Ryerson University. At Ryerson University, Dr. Koerner has taught courses on psychological disorders and behaviour therapy. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, an interprofessional organization that promotes the practice and science of CBT in Canada.

Dr. Houyuan Luo, C. Psych. (Interim Autonomous), Counselling and Clinical Psychologist

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Houyuan received a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. He completed his Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Residency in CBT Associates (Toronto). Houyuan completed his clinical training in two Chinese university counselling centres, University of Alberta Education Clinical Services, Department of Psychosocial and Spiritual Resources in Cross Cancer Institute (Edmonton), Acute Adult Psychiatric Unit in Alberta Hospital Edmonton and CBT Associates in Toronto.

Houyuan works primarily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches. He values empathy, compassion, and understanding in clinical work. Houyuan has expertise in providing psychological assessment and CBT treatments to adults with various difficulties such as mood, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship, stress management, self-criticism, psychosis and medical concerns. Houyuan is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). He provides services in English and Mandarin (普通话).

Rotem Regev, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc.

Rotem Regev is a registered Clinical Psychological Associate providing consultation and treatment to adults with mood and anxiety disorders as well as other difficulties. Rotem completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Ben Gurion University and her Specialized Honours undergraduate degree at York University. She is part of the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where she is involved in various research initiatives aimed at investigating cognitive vulnerabilities to mood and anxiety disorders as well as their treatment. Rotem’s areas of expertise include treatment for obsessive compulsive and related disorders, anxiety disorders such as panic, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and specific phobia, depression, relationship issues and other personal difficulties. She uses evidence-based therapy delivered in a compassionate and supportive environment and works collaboratively with clients to optimize their wellbeing and to help guide them through difficulties in order to achieve their full potential.

Dr. Alexandra Soliman, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Associate

Dr. Alexandra Soliman is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and an Associate at the Forest Hill Centre for CBT. She is experienced in treating adults using scientifically-grounded psychological assessment and treatment methods.  She has a collaborative, cognitive-behavioural orientation to psychotherapy, with a strong interest in neurobiology and behaviour.  She incorporates psychoeducation with acceptance and commitment therapy to increase individuals’ understanding of symptoms, treatment rationale, and also their cognitive flexibility.  She has a particular clinical interest in treating difficulties where psychological symptoms link closely to life stressors.

Dr. Rebecca Young, Ph.D. C.Psych.

Dr. Rebecca Young, Ph.D. C.Psych. is a licensed clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at York University and completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Rebecca has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospital, university, outpatient, and private practice. In her clinical work, she provides therapy and assessment services to adults experiencing a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. Her clinical approach is collaborative and evidence-based and integrates client centered, cognitive-behavioural, and acceptance and commitment therapies. In addition to her work at Forest Hill CBT, she is part of the intensive services team at the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre for severe OCD at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where she previously completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship.

 Dean Carcone, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology

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Dean is completing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, having received a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2016. His clinical training has focused on the delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy in adults with mood and anxiety disorders. Dean has completed clinical placements at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital, and Ryerson University.

Dean works with individuals experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, generalized and social anxiety, and depression. He strives to create a collaborative and supportive relationship with his clients in their work together through individually-tailored CBT programs.

Phil Desormeau

Mr. Desormeau holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toronto Scarborough, and is in the final stages of completing his Doctoral Degree. He received clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the Toronto General and Western Hospitals. Through his training, Mr. Desormeau has gained extensive experiences with evidence-based assessments and cognitive behavioural therapy for mood and anxiety disorders and chronic health conditions. Mr. Desormeau uses an empathic, collaborative, and client-centered approach to best address the unique needs of each client and promote personal growth and well-being. He utilizes cognitive-behavioral strategies in order to help individuals to better manage a wide range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as coping more effectively with stress and chronic pain.

Sandra Fournier

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Sandra Fournier recently graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology and is currently the intake coordinator for the Forest Hill Centre for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is looking forward to creating a friendly and welcoming environment for current and new clients at the clinic. Sandra gives support to those requesting more information regarding the clinical team or the services we provide to ensure the process of seeking assessments and therapy is as easy and accommodating as possible.