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
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.
Jessica Fortin, MA, MSc(A), Registered Psychotherapist
Jessica Fortin, MA, MSc(a) is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Couple and Family Therapist, and an Art Therapist. She was trained as a Couple and Family Therapist at McGIll University in Montreal and also holds a second Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University. In addition to this, she has received considerable training in trauma-informed and attachment-based interventions, as well as in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).
Over the years, Jessica has accumulated experience while working with diverse families in a variety of contexts, including; hospital settings, outpatient child psychiatry, community-based organizations, schools, and private practice. She loves adding new tools to her skill set by continuously engaging in learning. Her approach is one that integrates these evidence-based practices to best meet the needs and strengths of the people she works with.
Jessica is passionate about working with children of all ages, especially in a way that brings out their resilient creativity. As a Couple and Family therapist, she enjoys being able to provide a wide range of strategies to help children and parents navigate difficult life challenges. What is important to her work, is being able to offer a warm, empathic, and supportive space where families can feel heard, connected and empowered to create change.
Kamal Chandhok, MA
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.
Nathalie Boulet, BSc., MSc., Marketing & Administrative Associate
Nathalie holds a Masters in Neuroscience, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is about to start 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 therapies.
Nathalie has a strong background in Marketing, Administration and Market Research and joins the clinic in hopes of ensuring increased awareness of the clinic 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.
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