Our Team

 
Overview

At The Giving Tree Centre, we believe that the path to a child's wellbeing is dynamic and all-encompassing. For this reason, our multi-disciplinary team of experts is comprised of experienced psychologists registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Registered Psychotherapists, and a Naturopath, creating a diversity of knowledge, approaches and expertise at the Centre. By evaluating not only the mental complexities but also the physical realm, with specific emphasis on nutrition, we can explore and offer more holistic solutions for our young patients.   

Dr. Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Picher, MA, MED, PHD, Registered Psychotherapist

Founding Program Director

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Dr. Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Picher, MA, MED, PHD, is the Founding Program Director of The Giving Tree Centre and has designed the assessment and treatment program to reflect the latest developments in evidence-based therapies in tandem with child and family needs in today’s dynamic environment.

 

M.E. is a registered psychotherapist and developmental psychologist who has worked in the fields of Infant and Children’s Mental Health for 2O years.

 

M.E. earned her Master’s Degree from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Naropa University in the US and her Masters of Education and PHD degrees in Developmental Psychology and Education from The University of Toronto.

 

M.E. is trained in a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches including cognitive-behaviour therapy, parent-infant psychotherapy, play therapy, mindfulness-based self-compassion therapy, multisystemic therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy. M.E. has a wealth of experience treating a variety of mental health issues in children and youth of all ages, but has a special interest in working with parents and young children, ages 0 - 6 years-old.

 

Before serving as Program Director at The Giving Tree Centre, M.E. worked as a child and family clinician, play therapist and group facilitator in inpatient and outpatient children’s mental health centres throughout Canada and the U.S. In 2010, M.E. created Wholeplay Family Services Inc., an early childhood development and parenting program which has helped thousands of parents to better understand and support the developmental needs and issues that are fundamental to raising young children.

 

Perhaps, most importantly, M.E. is a mom to two bright and beautiful neurodiverse children.

Dr. Gladiola Musabelliu, MPsych, PHD, School and Clinical Child Psychologist

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Dr. Musabelliu is a school and clinical psychologist registered in Ontario. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's studies in Psychology in Albania and continued doctoral studies at OISE/University of Toronto in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Gladiola has held positions and received clinical training at OISE Psychology Clinic, Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Surrey Place Center.

 

Dr. Musabelliu provides assessment, treatment, and consultation to children, adolescents, and parents. She provides comprehensive assessments for children and adolescents with school-related problems (i.e., dyslexia, math problems, learning, attention, behaviour) and social-emotional challenges (i.e., anxiety, mood, self-regulation). She provides evidence-based treatment tailored to the unique strengths and needs of each child while helping them cope with psychological and mental health concerns. She integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches in her work with children that best suits their needs, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and play-based therapy. Given her extensive experience in a school board setting for more than five years, she helps families navigate the educational system when making decisions regarding school and program placement. 

Dr. Musabelliu strives to provide culturally sensitive services and assure that the needs of her clients are being met. She is fluent in English, Albanian, and Italian.

Dr. Elana Miller, MA, PHD, Clinical Child Psychologist

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Dr. Elana Miller is a registered psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and parents. She graduated with her Ph.D. from the School and Child Clinical Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2004. Prior to this, she attended the University of Western Ontario and Northwestern University, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in audiology.

 

Elana trained in various hospitals and clinics in Toronto, including the Hospital for Sick Children, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has been working as a private psychological practitioner for 14 years. She was also employed at the Toronto District School Board for 17 years, where she conducted psychoeducational assessments and provided counselling services. In addition, she provided consultations to educators and parents around learning, attention, social-emotional and behavioural concerns.

 

Elana has extensive training and clinical experience working with children and adolescents who are experiencing learning, attention, social-emotional and behavioural difficulties (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, gifted, anxiety, mood disorders). She provides consultation to teachers and school personnel in order to best support the students she sees, as well as evidence-based therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents with a wide range of concerns. She specializes in using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Additionally, she offers Parent-Child Interaction therapy for young children with behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Elana dedicates her time away from clients to researching and studying these conditions.

Kamal Chandhok, MA

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Kamal Chandhok holds a Masters in Child Study and Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is completing her post graduate degree in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Kamal uses her education and experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to guide her play based practice. 

She is committed to providing children and their families with the necessary skills and tools to assist them in managing the stresses of everyday life.

 

Kamal is passionate about working with children and adolescents with trauma, Autism, ADHD, anxiety, and coaching parents through challenges they may be facing with their children. Providing todays youth and their families with the necessary skills to manage their mental health by acknowledging their experiences is a great way for them to build a more positive outlook on life.

Victoria Bertini, MSc., Academic Support Specialist 

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Victoria holds a Master’s in disability studies, specializing in equity, diversity and inclusion and has been working with children for over a decade in schools, hospitals and summer programs. Her experience includes working with children with ADHD, autism, Down syndrome and much more. Victoria is exceptionally warm, energetic and caring and works hard to ensure every child feels included and safe while reaching their full academic potential. Victoria is obtaining a degree in Education to further enhance her teaching credentials.

Nathalie Boulet, BSc., MSc., Marketing & Administrative Associate

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Nathalie holds a Masters in Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has recently started her studies to become a Registered Psychotherapist. After seeing the impact of COVID on children and youth, she is passionate about specializing in child and adolescent therapy. 

Nathalie has a strong background in Marketing, Administration and Market Research, and joins the clinic in hopes of generating increased awareness of The Giving Tree Centre's services to families in need. 

 

 

Interested In Joining Our Team?

We are growing our practice and welcome suitable candidates to apply!

The Giving Tree Centre is a multi-disciplinary centre providing emotional health and well-being services to our young patients. We strive to promote an autonomous culture for our team to allow our mental health experts to build their practice and skills.

Our community of registered psychologists, psychotherapists and a naturopath fosters a culture of diversity, inclusion and collaboration. 

We are not limited to these specific areas of expertise and encourage other professionals who offer services to support our overall vision to reach out to us. 

Kindly note that The Giving Tree Centre offers in-home and virtual therapy sessions, exclusively.

 Please send us your resume to info@thegivingtreecentre.ca.   

 

Dr. Mary Konstantareas,  PHD, Professor and Clinical Child Psychologist, Autism Specialist

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Dr. Konstantareas pioneered the field of autism in the 1970s and is known in the industry as “the grandmother of autism”. Mary has devoted most of her professional life to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. She has conducted research in the use of augmentative communication approaches, particularly the use of signs and speech with nonverbal children, factors affecting parental stress and coping in families of children with ASD, and etiological factors for the genesis of ASD.

 

Dr. Mary Konstantareas served as Professor of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto from 1988-1991. She served as the Head of the Autism Clinic and Director of Research of the Child and Family Studies Centre at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 1975-1991. She also served as Deputy Head for Research in the department of Psychology of the Clarke Institute, before she joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph in 1991 as Professor. While at the University of Guelph, Dr. Konstantareas taught courses related to the Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence and Intervention Strategies related to them.  She also guided clinical Assessments of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, supervising her doctoral students. She retired as University Professor Emeritus in 2004. From 2006 to the present she has been serving as Senior Consulting psychologist for Kerry’s Place Autism Services, an Ontario province-wide agency. 

 

She belongs to many professional organizations and has served on the editorial board or functioned as a guest editor of a number of journals, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Autism: An International Journal of Research and Practice. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Kerry’s Place, the Board of Directors of Surrey Place Centre, and the Asperger’s Society of Ontario of which she was a founding member. Mary has consulted to the Geneva Centre for a number of years and also to the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. She has published over 90 papers, most on ASD, and has co-edited four books. She has presented at conferences nationally and internationally and has received extensive grant support and awards for her work.

Dr. Gladiola Musabelliu, MPsych, PHD, School and Clinical Child Psychologist

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Dr. Musabelliu is a school and clinical psychologist registered in Ontario. She completed her Bachelor's and Master's studies in Psychology in Albania and continued doctoral studies at OISE/University of Toronto in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program. Gladiola has held positions and received clinical training at OISE Psychology Clinic, Toronto Catholic District School Board, and Surrey Place Center.

 

Dr. Musabelliu provides assessment, treatment, and consultation to children, adolescents, and parents. She provides comprehensive assessments for children and adolescents with school-related problems (i.e., dyslexia, math problems, learning, attention, behaviour) and social-emotional challenges (i.e., anxiety, mood, self-regulation). She provides evidence-based treatment tailored to the unique strengths and needs of each child while helping them cope with psychological and mental health concerns. She integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches in her work with children that best suits their needs, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and play-based therapy. Given her extensive experience in a school board setting for more than five years, she helps families navigate the educational system when making decisions regarding school and program placement. 

Dr. Musabelliu strives to provide culturally sensitive services and assure that the needs of her clients are being met. She is fluent in English, Albanian, and Italian.

Dr. Elana Miller, MA, PHD, Clinical Child Psychologist

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Dr. Elana Miller is a registered psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and parents. She graduated with her Ph.D. from the School and Child Clinical Psychology program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2004. Prior to this, she attended the University of Western Ontario and Northwestern University, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in audiology.

 

Elana trained in various hospitals and clinics in Toronto, including the Hospital for Sick Children, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has been working as a private psychological practitioner for 14 years. She was also employed at the Toronto District School Board for 17 years, where she conducted psychoeducational assessments and provided counselling services. In addition, she provided consultations to educators and parents around learning, attention, social-emotional and behavioural concerns.

 

Elana has extensive training and clinical experience working with children and adolescents who are experiencing learning, attention, social-emotional and behavioural difficulties (e.g., learning disabilities, ADHD, gifted, anxiety, mood disorders). She provides consultation to teachers and school personnel in order to best support the students she sees, as well as evidence-based therapeutic interventions to children and adolescents with a wide range of concerns. She specializes in using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Additionally, she offers Parent-Child Interaction therapy for young children with behavioural and emotional difficulties.

Elana dedicates her time away from clients to researching and studying these conditions.

Kamal Chandhok, MA, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Kamal Chandhok holds a Masters in Child Study and Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is completing her post graduate degree in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Kamal uses her education and experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to guide her play based practice. 

She is committed to providing children and their families with the necessary skills and tools to assist them in managing the stresses of everyday life.

 

Kamal is passionate about working with children and adolescents with trauma, Autism, ADHD, anxiety, and coaching parents through challenges they may be facing with their children. Providing todays youth and their families with the necessary skills to manage their mental health by acknowledging their experiences is a great way for them to build a more positive outlook on life.

Victoria Bertini, MSc., Academic Support Specialist 

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Victoria holds a Master’s in disability studies, specializing in equity, diversity and inclusion and has been working with children for over a decade in schools, hospitals and summer programs. Her experience includes working with children with ADHD, autism, Down syndrome and much more. Victoria is exceptionally warm, energetic and caring and works hard to ensure every child feels included and safe while reaching their full academic potential. Victoria is obtaining a degree in Education to further enhance her teaching credentials.

Nathalie Boulet, BSc., MSc., Marketing & Administrative Associate

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Nathalie holds a Masters in Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and has recently started her studies to become a Registered Psychotherapist. After seeing the impact of COVID on children and youth, she is passionate about specializing in child and adolescent therapy. 

Nathalie has a strong background in Marketing, Administration and Market Research, and joins the clinic in hopes of generating increased awareness of The Giving Tree Centre's services to families in need. 

 

 

Interested In Joining Our Team?

We are growing our practice and welcome suitable candidates to apply!

The Giving Tree Centre is a multi-disciplinary centre providing emotional health and well-being services to our young patients. We strive to promote an autonomous culture for our team to allow our mental health experts to build their practice and skills.

Our community of registered psychologists, psychotherapists and a naturopath fosters a culture of diversity, inclusion and collaboration. 

We are not limited to these specific areas of expertise and encourage other professionals who offer services to support our overall vision to reach out to us. 

Kindly note that The Giving Tree Centre offers in-home and virtual therapy sessions, exclusively.

 Please send us your resume to info@thegivingtreecentre.ca.