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General Information - Staff
Sex and Couple Therapists


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

Founder & Emeritus Psychologist

Dr. Yitzchak (Irv) Binik, Ph.D


Director & Clinical Training Coordinator

Dr. Dennis Kalogeropoulos, Ph.D.


Lauren Gazzard
(for appointments and information)
Tel: (514) 934-1934, ext. 34285


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 Psychologists

Alina Kao, Ph.D.
Julie Larouche, M.Ps.

Clinical Affiliates

Michael David Berry, Ph.D.
Francine Gauvin, M.A.


Effie Andreadakis
Benjamin Armstrong III
Arielle Buch-Frohlich
Serena Corsini-Munt
Anne Holding
Nora Hope
Tobey Mandel
Kevin Nolet
Karine Paquin
Gauthamie Poolokasingham
Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel

Founder & Emeritus Psychologist


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

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


Director & Clinical Training Coordinator

  dennis-kalogeropoulos-2.jpg Dr. Kalogeropoulos received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in 1991. His clinical interests include the multifaceted assessment and treatment of a wide range of sexual and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Kalogeropoulos employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy within the context of a caring and supportive framework. Individuals are first helped to identify key factors, both past and present, which contribute to their current difficulties. They are then guided and encouraged to change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to optimize well-being and deal more productively with personal issues. In addition to being the director of the clinic, he is also a lecturer in the Departments of Psychology of McGill and Concordia Universities and a consultant to the Urology Department of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University. Dr. Kalogeropoulos has been actively involved in training psychology doctoral candidates for several years and has a passion for teaching and enlightening individuals on issues related to sexuality, relationships, and general well-being.
  Lauren Gazzard is currently an honours undergraduate student in psychology at Concordia University. She plans on pursing a career in clinical psychology with the hope of working with pelvic floor sexual dysfunctions, and preventative therapy for young couples facing new responsibilities. Her clinical and research experience involves sexual concordance, sexual dysfunction, and women's health.


  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.
  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.
  Dr. Alina Kao received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2012. She completed her predoctoral internships at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute, where she is currently on staff in these outpatient services. Her clinical interests include the integrative evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunctions, sexual difficulties associated with medical and mental health conditions, and issues of intimacy and conflict within couples. Her doctoral research was on dyspareunia in postmenopausal women, and she has been involved in studies dealing with female dyspareunia throughout the reproductive life cycle.

Francine Gauvin received her M.A. 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.

  berry.jpg Michael D. Berry, PhD, is a Research Associate in the McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Department of Psychology, and a clinical affiliate to the Sex and Couple Therapy Service.  Specializing in human sexuality, Michael’s research focuses on sexual therapy within an integrative, biopsychosocial treatment model (  In addition, he is currently the lead researcher on a project examining women’s and men’s multiple orgasm experiences.  Within the Sex and Couple Therapy Service, Michael has co-developed, and is program leader for the Group Treatment Program for Pornography Dependence in young men.  In his leisure time, Michael is a cycling enthusiast, and a lover of comedy, who recommends “pedal power” and laughter as two of the very best forms of medicine!



Effie Andreadakis obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology at Concordia University and is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Dr. Mireille Joussemet.  Her doctoral dissertation looks at how parents manifest autonomy-supportive parenting practices with their toddlers and what factors (e.g., child temperament) hinder the use of such practices.  She has received training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches as well as in Schema Therapy in working with people with various difficulties including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, anxiety and depressive symptoms, etc.  She advocates adjusting therapy to suit her clients’ needs and unique paces all the while fostering positive and healthy change.  Her clinical interests include learning about third-wave cognitive behavioural therapies, couples therapy, relationship issues, the treatment of sexual dysfunctions and/or related difficulties, as well as the treatment of anxiety disorders.


Benjamin Armstrong graduated with a degree in religion from Temple University in 2008 and after living abroad for two years, he returned to North America and began studying psychology. He received a masters in experimental psychology from Wake Forest University in 2013 and is currently pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at McGill University. His research focuses on compassion and social support, and his clinical interests lie primarily in the application and testing of third-wave cognitive therapies.


Arielle Buch-Frohlich is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). She completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2011 at Western University in Ontario. There, she focused on the effects of Facebook on romantic relationships; particularly, how ambiguous information on Facebook causes romantic jealousy. At UQAM, Arielle conducted Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and Young's Schema therapy with adults during an eight-month practicum; she treated cases of depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, anger management and emotional inhibition. Arielle's interests also include female sexual dysfunctions and couples' therapy. Arielle is fully bilingual (French, English) and comprehends Yiddish and Hebrew. In the future, Arielle hopes to open her own practice, focusing on couples' and family therapy and providing support for parents with children with special needs.

  Serena Corsini-Munt is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université de Montréal, working under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology) at McGill University and her Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology) at Columbia University. As a researcher, she co-leads the development and testing of a psychotherapeutic intervention for couples facing sexual pain disorders (Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy), and studies psychosexual and interpersonal factors pertinent to women with sexual pain and their partners. Her clinical experiences reflect training in a variety of therapeutic interventions, including humanistic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, as well as work with individuals and couples. Her clinical and research areas of experiences include substance abuse, anxiety, depression, oncology and palliative care, gynecologic pain and sexual health and dysfunction.

Anne Holding is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, and is conducting her doctoral research under the supervision of Dr. Richard Koestner at the McGill Human Motivation Lab. Her thesis focuses on the role of autonomous motivation in goal disengagement. Anne has provided treatment and support to a wide range of clients at the inpatient ward of the Jewish General Hospital. In her clinical work, Anne is committed to being warm, compassionate, autonomy supportive and non-judgemental. Anne’s clinical interests include communication and goal setting in couples, exploration of intimacy and sexuality, and sexual pain disorders. 



Nora Hope is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Koestner in the Human Motivation Lab. Her research focuses on the influence of individuals’ life values on their well-being, psychosocial development, and self-regulation over time. Nora’s past clinical experience covers a diverse range of adult mental health treatment, from anxiety and mood disorders, to individuals living with HIV and other chronic health concerns. In her work, Nora takes a humanistic approach, aiming to take the perspective of the client and support their autonomy in working towards treatment goals. Her clinical interests include emotion dysregulation, intimate relationships, sexuality, and pain disorders.

  Tobey Mandel is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. David Dunkley. Her research interests include perfectionism, emotional regulation, mood disorders, and stress. Tobey has had a wide range of clinical experiences, including working with adults, couples, and adolescents on various issues such as mood disorders, chronic pain, communication difficulties, sexual problems, sexual pain and more. Tobey has primarily received training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and process-oriented therapy, but also has had experience with acceptance and commitment therapy. Her current clinical interests include working with couples and individuals on intimacy, communication, and sexual difficulties.

Kevin Nolet is completing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Montreal. His research interests include emotional and sexual self-regulation, both for men who committed a sexual offense and the general population. He has worked at the Philippe Pinel Institute of Montreal in the evaluation of deviant sexual interests. His clinical approach is mostly based on 3rd wave cognitive behavioral therapies.


Karine Paquin completed a B.Sc (Hon.) in clinical psychology at Concordia University and her thesis focused on anxiety disorders and social functioning. She is currently completing her 5th year of Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Montreal. Her doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dre Tania Lecomte and Dr Stéphane Potvin, examines social cognition and quality of life in comorbid schizophrenia (social anxiety, substance abuse). Her clinical experiences have involved working with people who had both couple and anxiety issues, using mostly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT). Her clinical interests are varied and include schizophrenia, relationships, intimacy, sexual pain disorders and fetishism.

      Gauthamie Poolokasingham completed a BSc. (Spec. Hon.) in Psychology at York Unversity and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is  currently completing her PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill and her doctoral research examines the influence of personal values on prosocial behavior. She has received clinical training the McGill Psychoeducational and Counseling Clinic, St Mary’s Hospital Centre, Concordia University Counselling and Development Centre, and Ryerson University Centre for Student Development and Counselling.  Specific modalities in which she has received training include ACT, EFT, DBT, CBT, and solution focused approaches.  Her clinical experiences have involved working with people with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, substance use, and trauma.

Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel is currently completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Université Laval. In her doctoral thesis, supervised by Dr. Stéphane Sabourin and Dr. Natacha Godbout, she focuses on the couple and sexual functioning of childhood sexual abuse survivors. Her main clinical interests include sexual health and dysfunction, couple therapy, relational difficulties, and personality disorders. She has mainly received psychodynamic training.


Creation date : 06/06/2006 @ 01:59
Last update : 09/17/2015 @ 07:46
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