FoundeR & DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
Dr. Chris MacKinnon
Chris is a psychologist and Director of Training at Psychologie Mont Royal. In this role he sees individuals, couples, and families while overseeing the internship and apprenticeship programs of the practice. Prior to this position, he worked as a palliative care psychologist for almost 10 years at the McGill University Health Center. Chris holds an academic appointment in the Department of Oncology at McGill and is a faculty member of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition in Oregon. He is a clinical supervisor for numerous healthcare organisations and is involved with several international bereavement education initiatives. He was the primary writer for mygrief.ca (developed with the Canadian Virtual Hospice, CVH) which won national innovation awards from the Canadian Foundation of Healthcare Improvement and Digital Health Canada. He is a regular contributor to Robert Neimeyer's Techniques of Grief Therapy series published by Routledge. He serves on the executive of the International Congress on Palliative Care and is on the advisory board for the newly-formed Montreal Palliative Care Institute. He recently began facilitating bereavement support groups through NOVA West Island and joined the CVH Clinical Team. A frequent conference and workshop presenter, Chris is passionate about his work as a psychologist, specializing in the broad areas of loss and life transition.
founder & CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Samara Perez
Samara is a psychologist, as well as co-Founder and Clinical Director of Mont Royal Psychology. Samara was awarded a Canadian Institute for Health Research Vanier Scholarship, the top doctoral award in Canada based on both her leadership in the field and high standard of scholarly achievement. Samara understands the importance of how evidence-based research informs clinical practice and has always strived to bridge the gap between research and science when working with her patients. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the department of psychiatry (McGill University) at the Jewish General Hospital where she is examining infertility-related distress in men and women. Her areas of expertise include couple and sex therapy, as well as individuals coping with cancer and illness, relationship and family issues, bereavement/loss, anxiety, depression, as well as personal growth and development. She has authored over 25 peer- reviewed articles, including three book chapters. She has presented at national and international conferences, and recently won the award for best early career presentation.
founder & PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Tyler Brown Ph.D. (cd)
Tyler is a PhD candidate in the final stage of completing his doctorate in counselling psychology at McGill University, as well as Co-Founder and Program Director of Mont Royal Psychology. His area of research focuses on the evolutionary and cultural context of status hierarchy competition among men and its impact on male psychology and behavior. He has supervised graduate-level interns and presented at national and international conferences. He has also co-led men’s psychotherapy groups across Canada related to coping with prostate cancer and depression. His clinical areas of expertise include psychotherapy with men, anxiety and depression, assertiveness training, individual responsibility and experiential meaning, coping with cancer and chronic illness, coping with grief and loss, as well as existential depth psychology--a synthesis of psychodynamic, Jungian, and existential therapy. His clinical work is supervised by Dr. MacKinnon.
Jill Aucoin, M.A.
Jill is a psychologist and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She completed a supervised Psychological Residency at the Calgary Counselling Centre, where she offered individual, couple and group psychotherapy. She has also served as a counsellor at the McGill Counselling Service, McGill Career Planning Service, and in Career Services at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Her primary areas of practice are life transitions (e.g., relationship loss, job change, moving), grief and loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression and career counselling.
Jill offers a collaborative approach, helping clients explore questions such as “how do I want to live my life?” and “who do I want to be?” This often includes working with individuals seeking to make meaningful changes, build self-confidence, cope with life's changes in productive ways, and to move in directions that are in their best interests.
Jim Robinson, M.Ed., c.o.
Jim comes to us with expertise in dealing with a variety of issues, having worked at the McGill University Counselling service for almost 30 years. He is a licensed professional counselor with a permit in Psychotherapy. A counsellor’s counsellor, Jim has mentored many professionals in the field of mental health and supervised countless M.A. and Doctoral students in their clinical internships. He also has a great deal of experience facilitating mindfulness-based stress reduction workshops which provide strategies for dealing with a variety of stress related symptoms. Well-versed in the field of depth psychology, Jim draws on a wide range of therapeutic approaches based on his years of experience, study and training.
Dr. Robert Lambert
Robert is a licensed psychotherapist, as well as marital and family therapist who has been in private practice for over 20 years. Previously he served as Director of Spiritual Care Services for the McGill University Health Center where he oversaw their accredited Clinical Education for Spiritual Care program. Robert is regarded as an expert on the intersections of psychology and spirituality, with numerous supporting publications and international presentations. Robert specializes in working with couples, depression, anxiety, burn-out, grief and loss, coping with chronic illness, self-esteem, as well as spiritual and existential crises.
Britt Dash, MA, MPH, c.o.
Britt is a licensed professional counsellor and holds a Masters in Psychology from McGill University, as well as a Masters of Public Health from Hebrew University. Britt specializes in helping adolescents navigate difficult emotions and maintain healthy relationships-whether it be at home, at school, or online. Her primary area is working with adolescents and pre-adolescents concerning emotional, behavioral, or academic difficulties. Some common topics include anxiety and panic disorders, NSSI (Non-Suicidal Self Injury), academic and learning needs, and issues surrounding use of social media and gaming. Britt has worked extensively with LGBTTQIA+ youth and welcomes the opportunity to support diverse youth. She also welcomes clients of all ages and has had success helping adults supporting adolescents through difficult transitions.
Dr. Jessica Conitzer
Jessica holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and received a generalist training focusing on adult mental health. She completed her doctoral training at Albizu University in Miami, Florida followed by an internship at Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Services in New Orleans. She has worked in various settings including community mental health agencies, academic centers, outpatient clinics, hospital settings, and inpatient rehabilitation centers. Her work has included psychotherapy with individuals with a range of presenting problems, facilitating specialized psychotherapy groups for adults with psychotic disorders, substance abuse issues, and post-traumatic stress. She has also served as a co-investigator on a study looking at the efficacy of psycho-educational groups in reducing alcohol and substance use in individuals with HIV.
Jessica offers individual psychotherapy and uses a treatment approach to increase self-awareness, insight and change. Her current work centers on treating depression, trauma, anxiety, relationship difficulties, attachment problems, identity development, and self-esteem. She also conducts neurocognitive and intelligence evaluations, personality assessments, and evaluations for Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder.
Dr. Zeev Rosberger
Zeev is a leading researcher in clinical health psychology, with over 38 years of experience and expertise, mostly in the area of psychosocial oncology. Zeev was the Director of the Psychology Division at the Jewish General Hospital. From 2004-2006, he was President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology. He has led the development of the Louise Granofsky-Psychosocial Oncology Program in the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital and he has participated on numerous provincial and national committees advocating for improvement of the emotional care for cancer patients and their families. He is also Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital; and Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry and Oncology, McGill University.
Dr. Florence Vinit
Florence is a psychologist and professor in the department of psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Her work focuses on the place of the body and the somatic in psychotherapy, as well as complementary approaches in health care. She has worked both in palliative care at the McGill University Health Center as well as in perinatal support for women. Florence also has training in emotional preparation for birth and massage therapy. She is co-founder of Dr. Clown.
Dr. Evgenia (Jane) Milman
Evgenia (Jane) completed her PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and is presently an adjunct faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her expertise lies in working with grief, trauma, and other stressful life experiences and transitions. Jane completed a clinical psychology residency through the Traumatic Stress Track with the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital. During this residency she received clinical and research training at the National Crime Victims Treatment and Research Center. Jane has published research articles and book chapters introducing new grief therapy techniques and examining how we make meaning in the context of grief. She is conducting ongoing research studies on grief and trauma at McGill University, the Medical University of South Carolina, the Jewish General Hospital, the University of Memphis, and the McGill University Health Center. She is also a collaborator on several research studies being conducted in the United Kingdom and a reviewer for the international grief research journal Death Studies. Jane is a course lecturer in the Counselling Psychology Department at McGill University. She has also taught and presented on grief and trauma in national and international contexts.
Dr. Deborah Ummel
Dr. Deborah Ummel is a psychologist and professor at the University of Sherbrooke. With a clinical background in palliative care, she now specializes in qualitative research focusing on life-threatening illness. She has received awards from the Kidney Foundation of Canada and completed a post-doctorat fellowship funded by the Fonds de la recherche du Québec Société et Culture (FRQSC). Deborah publishes regularly peer-reviewed and book chapters, presenting her work regularly at national and international conferences.
Teaching and Administrative Assistant
Mr. Jacob Lang
Jacob Lang is a graduate student in counselling psychology at McGill University supporting Psychologie Mont Royal as a teaching and administrative assistant. During his undergraduate studies, he conducted research on personality with the University of Toronto's Clinical Neurosciences Laboratory in association with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He also published clinical outcome studies and engaged with the domain of ethics and mental health while employed at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby, ON. In recent years, he managed a social psychology laboratory at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Gerald Cupchik. Their projects together concerned creativity, dissociation and insight as well as religious experiences. Jacob recently completed a four-month term at The Boundless School, an alternative live-in school in Palmer Rapids, ON, during which he occupied a supportive, counselling role and delivered secondary school curriculum. Depth psychology, phenomenological method and ethics are his principal interests.