We are a Toronto-based specialized clinic that provides Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to clients anywhere in Ontario, Canada. Our clinic is one of just a few in Canada led by a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™ Certified Clinician. Because DBT is in high-demand and short-supply in Canada, we are driven by a desire to promote treatment and training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to allow more and more people to access the treatments they need.
We care deeply about the work we do and about our clients and are motivated by a desire to relieve suffering in the world through the work we do.
As a clinic, we are committed to anti-racist and anti-oppressive principles and practices. We value diversity and social justice.
Science gives us better ways to help those we work with. We are committed to continuous growth and learning so that we can provide the best available treatment.
Dr. Lovasz (She/Her) is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and one of just a few Canadian DBT-Linehan Board of Certification™ Certified Clinicians.
Dr. Lovasz received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and has focused most of her training on developing expertise in the treatment of clients with emotional dysregulation and related difficulties. Dr. Lovasz was trained by various DBT experts including Dr. Marsha Linehan, creator of DBT, and some of her post-doctoral fellows.
Dr. Lovasz has provided DBT in private practice, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and community mental health clinics and since 2012 has established and led several private DBT programs in Ontario. She has experience as a clinician and researcher with extensive training and expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her research on DBT and other clinical topics has been presented at international conferences and published in scientific journals.
Dr. Lovasz is passionate about providing comprehensive, adherent, and effective treatment to clients with multiple and complex mental health needs. She has extensive experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, trauma, impulsive and compulsive behaviors, self-harm and suicidal behaviour, and mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Lovasz celebrates the richness of her clients' worldviews, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and practices, gender identities and relationship models and has extensive experience working with clients who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. In her free time, Dr. Lovasz loves to be outdoors with her rescue dog, enjoys cooking and baking and, prior to the pandemic enjoyed live music shows.
Andrea (She/Her) is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University.
Andrea brings over 10 years of experience supporting adults in outpatient and community mental health settings, as well as in private practice. She fell in love with DBT while running a skills training group and has been providing DBT to clients ever since. She uses the skills daily and finds them invaluable.
Andrea is non-judgmental and compassionate, and is continually inspired by our human ability to change and grow. Andrea also values the genuine connection in therapy and offers lessons learned from her own life experiences. Andrea is comfortable working with people from all backgrounds, belief systems, and identities, and she celebrates the uniqueness of our individual journeys while recognizing the common humanity that unites us all.
Andrea has experience working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, trauma, self-harm and suicidal behaviour, and mood and anxiety disorders.
In her free time, Andrea likes to run, read, listen to music, and bask in the sun.
Dayna (She/Her) is a registered psychotherapist in her qualifying year with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Dayna completed her Master's degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and has sought out extensive additional training in providing DBT. She is passionate about working with people who struggle to regulate their emotions.
Dayna’s warm and empathic personality creates a safe environment for clients to create positive changes they wish to see in their lives. Dayna specializes in working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, eating disorders, trauma, impulsive behaviours and mood and anxiety disorders. Dayna is also experienced in working with clients who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
In her free time, Dayna likes to crochet and spend time cuddling with her cat.
Laurie (She/Her) is a Psychotherapist and registered Social Worker with the
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She received her
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University and went on to complete her
Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. In pursuit of her interests in
psychotherapy and mental health, Laurie completed her Master of Social Work
with a specialization in health and mental health at the University of
Toronto. Laurie has focused her training on learning opportunities in Mindfulness
and DBT and is excited to bring her knowledge to her practice.
Laurie has extensive experience working in community mental health with people
with complex mental health needs and varying backgrounds, experiences, and
world views. She provides a comfortable space for all gender identities,
ethnicities, sexual orientations, beliefs, and abilities. Laurie brings compassion
and understanding to her practice to help her clients feel at ease and find the
support that they need. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys camping, attending live
music shows and hanging out with her cat.
Ada (She/Her) joins The Ontario DBT Centre team with 5 years of administrative and office management experience along with a lifelong passion for cultivating long lasting connections with people and helping them on their journeys. She has a background in Social Science and speaks fluent Spanish and English. Her warm, compassionate, and enthusiastic nature will greet clients at every interaction.
Ada is a visual artist and loves exploring different mediums. You might bump into her at a vintage market or a plant shop, finding new additions to her ever growing plant collection. She holds the family's official birthday cake maker post with joy and often daydreams about new cake recipes to experiment with.
Ada looks forward to welcoming our clients to The Ontario DBT Centre, assisting in their care and building positive connections within the mental health community.