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2020/2021 Internship & Practicum Students

Meet current intern and practicum students for the 2020-2021 training year

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McGill University

Christina Spinelli

Christina is a Ph.D. candidate in Counselling Psychology. She holds a M.A. degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University and a B.Sc. in Integrated Science from McMaster University. Christina's research interests lie in examining how ambiguity tolerance may be cultivated through mindfulness training, the use of mindfulness with forensic populations, and the impact of mindfulness training on novice counselor development. She has completed practicums at Marianopolis College’s Counselling Services and at the Argyle Institute. Currently, Christina works at the Montreal Therapy Centre and volunteers as a support group facilitator with Ami Quebec.


Université de Montréal

Jean-François Jodouin

Jean-François is currently completing his clinical PhD in psychology at the Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Sexual Health Laboratory, directed by Sophie Bergeron, and his research focuses on sexual desire and motivation in couples. His previous degrees include BA in psychology at McGill University and a PhD and MSc in Cognitive Science from the Université de Paris-Sud in France. Jean-François also trained as a psychotherapist in Paris (École de Gestalt de Paris) and in New York (Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy), and as a professional coach in London (Coaching Development School) and France (Agophore).


McGill University

Julia Levitan

Julia Levitan is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She holds a B.A. in Honours Psychology from the University of Guelph. Her research is on sexuality, with a present focus on sexual aggression and paraphilias. Her previous clinical experience includes individual therapy with young adults who presented with mood, anxiety, identity, and interpersonal issues. Her current clinical interests include sexual health and identity concerns, relational challenges, and body image, weight, and eating difficulties.

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McGill University

Marie-Catherine Mignault

Marie-Catherine is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She has received training in diverse university and hospital settings, and is currently doing her final internship within the Sex & Couples unit of the Allan Memorial Institute. She is currently specializing in treating emotion dysregulation with individuals who experience anxiety, depression, sexual and interpersonal difficulties, as well as with couples who experience relationship conflict. Her approach to therapy is integrative and evidence-based, chiefly drawing on dialectic-behaviour therapy, as well as psychodynamic and process-oriented techniques. Her style is empathetic and transparent, favouring change and growth in the context of a non-judgmental therapeutic space. Marie-Catherine offers therapy both in French and English.

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Université du Québec à Montréal

Marina Gérard

Marina holds a B.A. in psychology (2013) and an M.A. in French literature (2011) from McGill University. She is currently a 6th year clinical psychology Ph.D candidate at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). This is a second year at the Sex & Couple Therapy Service of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC). Throughout the years, Marina has developed a keen interest for sexual medicine and interdisciplinary work with urology, pelvic floor physiotherapy, gynecology, and neurology. She first trained at the Institut de Réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay of Montreal (IRGLM) where she currently works part-time (CIUSSS), and at the Henry Gabrielle Hospital in France, where she worked in the Perineal and Sexology Unit. While Marina was initially trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), she developed a strong interest for humanistic-existential psychology, specifically self-psychology and intersubjective psychology, as well as third-wave CBT (acceptance and mindfulness-based interventions) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature with her loved ones, discovering new reads, and playing with wet clay.


Université du Québec à Montréal

Maxime Fortin

Maxime is a sixth-year Psy.D./Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). Previously, Maxime received clinical training in Schema Therapy at UQÀM’s Psychology Clinic as well as in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during his first internship at the Trauma Studies Center of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. Maxime has further developed knowledge and skills in humanistic psychotherapy through his work at a private practice. His doctoral research focuses on the psychological treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition to his interest in PT, Maxime has developed a keen interest in sexual and couple issues. The Sex and Couple Therapy Service will be his final internship, and he wishes to offer clients a place they can be at-ease and treated with respect and openness.

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McGill University

Samantha Mallett

After completing medical school at the University of Alberta in 2017, Dr Mallett moved to Montreal to complete her residency in psychiatry at McGill University, which she will finish in 2022. Upon completing her program, Dr Mallett plans to work with adolescents and adults, in both clinical and research contexts. Dr Mallett is interested in sexual medicine and hopes to address and mitigate the impact that social and mental health problems have on the development and course of healthy sexuality. Dr Mallett is also keenly interested in schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD, and in particular how these affect interpersonal and sexual relationships. Her current research addresses how attentional issues interfere with arousal and individual and dyadic sexual well-being. 

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Université du Québec à Montréal

Solan Daoust-Cloutier

Solan Daoust-Cloutier is a 4th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). He holds a Bachelor of Psychology (B.Sc.) from Concordia University and a Master of Psychology (M.Sc.) specialized in clinical psychology and affective sciences from the University of Geneva. His doctoral research focuses on exploring the various clinical profiles of depressed and anxious adults seeking help in the context of first line psychotherapy treatment. He completed his first practicum in Switzerland in the CBT approach and his second at UQÀM’s psychology clinic in humanistic psychology of the Self. He seeks an integrative understanding of the human condition which can take root in multiple ways of conceptualizing mental suffering. With patients, he fosters openness, curiosity and creativity to understand and address complex human problems.


Université de Montréal

Véronique Charbonneau-Lefebvre

Véronique Charbonneau-Lefebvre is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Université de Montréal. She holds a Bachelor's degree (B.Sc. with Honours) in psychology. Her research interests focus on the dyadic and psychosocial correlates of genito-pelvic pain and examines the impact of attachment style on couples living with this difficulty. During her academic career, Véronique completed trainings in sex and couple therapy with a specialization in infertility as well as in individual psychodynamic therapy. She is currently working as an intern at the Papineau Psychology Clinic, where she works with individuals on a range of clinical issues. She is delighted to conclude her clinical training at the MUHC Sex and Couple Therapy Service!

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