Dr. Andrew Shaul, C.Psych.

Andrew Shaul, Ph.D., C. Psych. earned his doctoral degree in 1993, and he is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. He brings a caring and compassionate attitude to his work, and he has considerable experience helping his clients overcome a variety of personal challenges. He began his private practice shortly after his graduation, and the practice has developed into an extensive organization with offices located throughout the Greater Toronto Area, and with a complement of over 60 psychotherapists. His areas of specialty include clinical and rehabilitation psychology, marital counseling, and working with adolescents. He conducts assessments and provides counseling for a diverse population of individuals and couples, and he supervises a number of psychotherapists in their work. In addition to his private practice, he is a part-time Faculty member of York University and has been teaching in their Department of Psychology for over 20 years. He has also served on many clinical competency examining committees for advanced doctoral students, and has supervised many recent Ph.D. graduates seeking registration with the College of Psychologists.

 

Dr. Shari Geller, C.Psych.

Dr. Shari Geller is a registered psychologist and health and wellness facilitator. Dr. Geller has a specialty in Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Assessment and Counseling. She is a supervisor at Andrew Shaul Psychology and also has a private practice in Toronto and Grey-Bruce County. She is on contract faculty at York University and University of Toronto, teaching counseling skills and mindfulness practices. Dr. Geller also facilitates seminars and groups, in areas such as mindfulness and therapeutic presence, for health professionals, women, cancer care survivors, as well as for people with chronic pain and illness. Dr. Geller has a 20-year meditation practice and incorporates Buddhist philosophy in her work and life. She also developed a group program integrating mindfulness and rhythm based practices for reducing stress and enhancing emotional and cognitive integration. Dr. Geller's current research includes exploring the health benefits of therapeutic rhythm and mindfulness for cancer survivors. Her recent book is on therapeutic presence, providing a framework for therapists of the healthy and essential foundation of being fully in the moment.

Upcoming Workshops

 

Dr. Cathy Chilly, C.Psych.

Dr. Cathy Chilly is a registered psychologist, licensed to provide services in Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology. In addition to research and teaching experience in these two applied fields of psychology Dr. Chilly has over 15 years of practice experience in hospital settings, multidisciplinary clinics, and private practice facilities. Dr. Chilly relies on the breadth of her clinical experience to supervise rehabilitation therapists at Andrew Shaul Psychology. Dr. Chilly also specializes in the assessment of psychological factors in clients’ vocational transitions. She is Director of Psychovocational Assessments at Shaul Psychology.

Pscyhovocational Assessments

In her private practice, Dr. Chilly provides assessment and psychotherapy services to adults needing direction and support. She works with her clients to help understand, relieve and prevent psychological distress and dysfunction, while also promoting well-being and personal development. In addition, she provides specialized rehabilitation services for clients enduring injury or illness, including chronic pain. Dr. Chilly is trained in a wide range of standardized treatment methods that she integrates in a collaborative approach with her clients, attending to their presenting issues and therapy goals. She provides guidance and encouragement to her clients to help them realize self-growth and enrich their lives, living to their full potential.

Dr. Chilly also provides psychotherapy and assessment services at her west Toronto practice office, located in Bloor West Village.

 

Esther Benbihy, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc. (Supervised Practice)

Esther Benbihy, M.A., C.Psych.Assoc. (Supervised Practice), earned her masters degree in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2006, and holds a Specialized Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from York University. She holds a certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Guelph. She is also trained in Emotion-Focused Couples psychotherapy. Esther has over six years of experience providing assessment and treatment services to individuals and couples in the Greater Toronto Area.

In her sex therapy practice, Esther assists clients in achieving more satisfying sex lives by exploring their thoughts and feelings regarding their bodies, sexual feelings, and overall sexuality. She assists Individuals and couples in fostering a healthy, positive attitude regarding sexuality, which can strengthen the intimate bond between partners and help sex to become a satisfying part of life. Esther also conducts general psychotherapy for individuals with issues other than sexual difficulties.

 

Dr. Yaacov Lefcoe, C. Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Yaacov Lefcoe, Ph.D., C. Psych. (Supervised Practice), has worked in psychotherapy and psychological assessment since the mid-1990s in various clinical and educational settings in Canada and in Israel. He has trained in and worked with process-experiential therapy, cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based and transpersonal approaches, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and family therapy, and has extensive experience with a variety of assessment approaches and techniques. After having worked within these different systems and techniques, Yaacov increasingly approaches psychological practice with an integrative, holistic view of the person, and with a view to helping clients to use psychotherapy in their own unique way. Yaacov also maintains a specific interest in spirituality, religiosity, and ultimate concerns, and how these may be worked with fruitfully in psychotherapy.

 

Helen Ilios, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Helen Ilios completed her Bachelor’s degree with a double honours in Psychology and Health and Society. She also received a Certificate from York University and Seneca College in Rehabilitation Counselling Services. Helen has a Certificate in Life Skills Coaching. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, specializing in rehabilitation and working with individuals and families with special needs.

Helen has both volunteered and worked at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly Bloorview MacMillan Centre). Helen also worked at Sick Kids Hospital and has worked in a variety of organizations geared to assessing and helping adults and children with a wide range of special needs.

Since 2004 Helen has a private practice where she provides counselling to adults, children, and families. In addition, Helen has a supervised practice where she provides different types of assessments (personal injury, immigration, general assessments) to children, adolescents and adults in a number of different settings.

Helen currently runs workshops for siblings of children with special needs. These workshops provide siblings a safe place to share the joys and concerns of having a sib with special needs.

Recently, Helen expanded her practice to include infertility counselling and third party reproduction assessments.

She is a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

 

Sima Komeilinejad, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist

Ms. Komeilinejad holds a Masters degree in counselling psychology from Texas A&M University.

She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University. She has been practicing psychotherapy and counselling since 1997. In addition to her private practice, she has worked for Turning Point Youth Services, Culturelink Settlement of Toronto, Children's Aid Society of Toronto and Warren Sheppel. Ms. Komeilinejad has facilitated workshops and groups in areas such as parenting, problem solving and conflict resolution and immigration issues related to newcomers from diverse backgrounds. She has been a guest speaker at Ryerson University (for graduate students, counselling program) and Toronto District School Board (for teachers).

She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and a registered member of The College of Psychotherapists of Ontario.

For the last fifteen years, she has been helping her clients (adults and adolescents, couples, families and parents) with the following concerns:

  • Emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety and anger management

  • Love and relationship problems including issues with trust, communication, conflict resolution and problem solving

  • MVA assessment and treatment

  • Parenting education and workshops
  • Stress management, pain management, relaxation and focused attention training