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General Information - Staff
Sex and Couple Therapists

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The staff of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service is comprised of a multidisciplinary team including expertise from psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, urology and social work.


Director

Dr. Yitzchak (Irv) Binik, Ph.D

Associate Director

Dr. Dennis Kalogeropoulos, Ph.D.

Secretary

Tanya D'Amours
(for appointments and information)
Tel: (514) 398-5323
sexandcoupletherapy@gmail.com

Administrative Coordinator

Tanya D'Amours
Tel:(514) 398-5323
tanyad@psych.mcgill.ca

Consultants

Dr. Serge Carrier, M.D. Urologist
Dr. Peter Chan,M.D. Urologist
Dr. Samir Khalife, M.D. Gynecologist
Dr. Gerry Wiviott, M.D. Psychiatrist

Staff

Elina Alexandrov,Ph.D.
Phyllis Amato, Ph.D
Francine Gauvin, M.A.
Ilona Gossman, Ph.D.
Corinne Gutman, M.A.
Julie Larouche, M.Ps.
Natasha Lekes, M.Ed.
Monica Oala, Ph.D.
Josianne Perron-Laplante
Audrey Wise, Ed.D.

Trainees/Interns

Delphine Maillé
Andrea Gruschlbauer
Katy Bois
Rami Nijjar
Kate Mills-Drury
Michele Morningstar
Christopher Cardoso
Nicola Hermanto
Tyler Brown
Samara Perez
Tonje Persson
 



Director

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Irv Binik received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. He completed an internship in the Department of Psychiatry of the Warneford Hospital in Oxford, England. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychology at McGill University and Director of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute. Dr. Binik’s research interests focus on the sexual/genital pain disorders. His treatment orientation is "agnostic." For more information please see www.binik-lab.com


ppst5.jpg   Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, Fifth Edition
   Edited by Yitzchak M. Binik and Kathryn S. K. Hall

 

Associate director

dennis-kalogeropoulos-2.jpg Dennis Kalogeropoulos received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in 1991. His clinical interests include multimodal approaches to the assessment and treatment of a wide range of sexual problems and issues related to sexuality as well as to the treatment of relationship difficulties. His current research interests include investigating the effectiveness of psychoeducational group programs in the areas of marital enhancement and coping with prostate cancer. Dr. Kalogeropoulos is the associate director of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University and a Consultant to the Urology Department of McGill University Medical School.

Consultants

wiviott.jpg Gerry Wiviott received his M.D. from New York University and followed that with a diploma in psychiatry from McGill in 1975. Since then he has been on staff at the Allan Memorial Institute working on the inpatient service and teaching residents and medical students. In addition to working in the Sex and Couple Therapy Service, he leads a seminar for residents focusing on existential psychotherapy.

Staff

Elina.jpg Elina Alexandrov received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003, after completing a predoctoral internship at Bellevue and Gouverneur Hospitals in New York City. In 2003-2004, she did a research postdoc at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her main clinical and research interests lie in the field of attachment theory, particularly as it applies to the quality of couple relationships.
amato.jpg Phyllis Amato received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Montreal in 1995. Her research and clinical interests include: sexual difficulties encountered in menopausal and postmenopausal women, relationship difficulties in adults who were sexually abused as children and relationship stability in bisexual partnerships. Phyllis describes her current treatment orientation as integrative. She is a member of SSTAR, APA, EMDR Canada, EMDRIA, and OPQ.
fgauvin.jpg Francine Gauvin received her MA in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and is a member of l’Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. Her clinical interests encompass issues of intimacy, sexuality, and relationship distress as well as common issues that bring couples to therapy. As a psychologist, she is also part of the Counselling Service team at McGill University where she conducts individual and couple therapy on a wide range of issues.
ggossmann.jpg Ilona Gossmann received her Ph.D. in psychology from Université de Montreal in 2001. Dr. Gossmann completed clinical training with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy prior to completing an internship in the Sex and Couple Therapy Service and Cognitive Behaviour Service in the Department of Psychology at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In addition to working in the Sex and Couple Therapy Service, she also works in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Service in the Department of Psychology at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Clinical and research interests focus on the initiation of sexual activity in married and cohabitating couples, sexual desire issues and individuals and couples in same sex relationships.  Member of CPA, APA, OPQ and SSTAR.
gutman.jpg Corinne Gutman received her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford in 1977. Her research involves role-playing and the development of empathy in children. She has lectured in the areas of learning disabilities and adolescent development for 12 years at Concordia University. At the Child and Adolescent Service, her clinical pursuits involve the integration of psychodynamically-oriented individual therapy with a systemic approach in family therapy. Her work includes diagnostic assessment, clinical supervision and teaching. She is co-leader of the Family Therapy Training Seminar, a training program offered to students of various disciplines at the Allan Memorial Institute.
larouche.jpg Julie Larouche received her M.Ps. in 1994 from l’Université de Montréal and has completed her doctoral courses at Concordia University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute in 2000. She is currently co-director of the Sexual Health Program, a joint venture of the departments of Psychology and Urology where male sexual dysfunction is approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her main clinical and research interests lie in the field of sexual medicine. Her doctoral research is on erectile dysfunction and she has also been involved in clinical studies dealing with female dyspareunia. Her treatment orientation is integrative.
natasha.jpg Natasha Lekes has worked with individuals and couples experiencing relationship difficulties, sexual problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and obesity. Her research examines individuals’ values, life goals, and well-being. As a therapist, she aims to provide a safe and comfortable space for individuals to reflect, be challenged, and grow. Natasha earned a masters degree in human development and psychology from Harvard University in 2003 and is currently completing a PhD in clinical psychology at McGill University.
monica.jpg Monica Oala completed her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her research interests focus on extramarital relationships and their treatment in therapy. She is currently providing supervision for interns and couselling for clients at the Allan Memorial Institute as well as in private practice. She is a part-time instructor in the Counselling Psychology and Human Relations/Family Life Education Programs at McGill University where she lectures on group processes and facilitation skills for group work.
josianne.jpg Josianne Perron-Laplante is currently completing a Psy.D. in Clinical psychology at the University of Sherbrooke.  She has completed a previous doctoral internship at Charles LeMoyne Hospital in the Adult Psychiatry Department, and is a member of the Laboratoire de Psychologie du Couple et de la Sexualité team located in Sherbrooke.  Her research interests include adult attachment as well as impacts of sexual socialization on young adults.

Trainees/Interns

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Delphine Maillé is currently completing a Psy.D in clinical psychology at the University of Montreal. She is undertaking her Psy.D at the Gynecological Pain Laboratory of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. Her research interests include the body image of women suffering from vulvo-vaginal pain during sexual relations, and the links between vulvo-vaginal pain and their sexuality. She is completing her clinical training at the Sex and Couple therapy service and at the CHUM psycho-oncology service, her clinical interests include sexuality, couples therapy and health psychology.

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Andrea Guschlbauer is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University and a M.A. in Counselling Psychology from New York University. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Human Relations and Family Life Education. She has worked with individuals, groups, and couples on a variety of clinical issues, including sex and relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Andrea’s research examines stress, intimacy, relationship satisfaction, and health in lesbian and gay couples.

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Katy Bois is currently finishing her Ph.D, research and intervention profile, at University of Montreal. Her clinical and research interests include intimacy, psychotherapy for couples, vulvodynia, and both sexual and relational well-being. Her doctoral thesis consists of a study that examines intimacy in women who suffer from vulvodynia and their partners. She is a member of the Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur les Problèmes Conjugaux et les Agressions Sexuelles (CRIPCAS), and she is also a psychology intern at the Clinique de consultation conjugale et familiale Poitras-Wright Côté.

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Rami Nijjar is a pre-doctoral intern at the Sex and Couples Clinic.  She received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University and is currently finishing her doctoral degree at McGill.  Her research focuses on the role of life stress in the development of psychopathology, with a focus on the adolescent offspring of parents with bipolar disorder.  Rami's clinical interests include chronic pain, eating disorders, and traumatic stress.  She also incorporates knowledge of yoga therapeutics in the treatment of chronic pain and trauma.

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Kate Mills-Drury has completed her M.A. in clinical psychology at Concordia University and is currently working towards her Ph.D. Kate’s clinical experience includes working with individuals suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as individuals who have experienced a major trauma. Her doctoral research examines adolescent sexuality within a positive framework and she is especially interested in the influence of gender on sexual development. Her interest in sexuality and sexual health lead her to the Sex and Couples Therapy Service where she is currently an intern.

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Michele Morningstar is a 3rd year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She has received her B.A. in Psychology from McGill University as well. Her research focuses on the link between youth's social competence and their production and perception of socio-emotional cues. Following training at the Eating Disorders Program at the Douglas Institute, Michele is currently conducting placements at the Anxiety Disorders Program and the Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the Allan Memorial Institute.

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Christopher Cardoso is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology. He is affiliated with the Department of Psychology at Concordia University. He is interested in the biological basis of social support seeking during stress, and how stress and social support seeking are related to the development of depression. His goal as a therapist is to develop a better understanding of how people in relationships resolve conflict and strengthen social bonds. He is also interested in understanding the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to sexual dysfunction, which can be a significant source of stress in interpersonal relationships.

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Nicola Hermanto is completing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Her research involves examining the well-being benefits of having compassion for others and for oneself, as well as developing compassion-focused interventions to target self-criticism. Previously, she received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and worked with individuals with various mood and anxiety disorders. She is also interested in sexual health and relationship difficulties, for which she is currently training at the Sex and Couples Therapy Service. 

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Tyler Brown completed a B.A. (Hon.) in Psychology at University of Calgary and a M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology. He has worked with several concerns including depression, anxiety, and relationship dissatisfaction. Tyler’s main clinical interests include sexual health and dysfunction, couple attachment, and gender issues. His research interests focus on the process of traditional male gender role socialization and its impact on men’s psychology and physical health. For his Ph.D. dissertation, Tyler is investigating the role of adherence to restrictive constructions of masculinity in HIV transmission among men who have sex with men.

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Samara Perez is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr.Zeev Rosbeger.  She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology) at the University of Western Ontario. Her clinical experiences include:  training in the psychology/CBT department at the Allan Memorial Institute; training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, at the Jewish General Hospital; and assessments and psychotherapy with chronic pain patients at the JGH. Her area of research is in health psychology, specifically psychosocial oncology. She is interested in decision-making of adolescents, young adults, and parents of children who are eligible to receive the HPV vaccine. Her clinical interests include relationships, intimacy, sexual pain disorders, and the influence of anxiety and depression within the couple. 

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Tonje J. Persson is currently doing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. She has previously completed a MSc in Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill University. Her current research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, investigates the mental health of sexual minority women.  Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, sexual dysfunction, gender identity concerns, inpatient psychiatry, depression, trauma, and personality disorders.

 


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