Dr. Sarah Thompson

Dr. Sarah Thompson, C. Psych.


Sarah launched her part-time private practice in 2017 after thirteen years of full-time practice at the Centre for Student Development and Counselling at Ryerson University.  She has a deep interest in utilizing evidence-informed practice to assist individuals and couples in overcoming emotional and relational challenges.  Sarah works with clients to transform repetitive or stuck emotion and relationship patterns into the healthy and adaptive responses needed to support individual mental well-being and healthy and satisfying connections with loved ones.  The cornerstones of her practice include respect for each client’s lived experience, a focus on the intersecting identities that each person brings to their successes and challenges, acknowledgement and respect for the impact of systemic oppression on personal development and lived experience, and knowledge that, once safe environments have been reached, neuroplasticity and supportive relationships allow us to heal from past hurts.  Sarah practices Emotion-Focused Therapy from a trauma-informed perspective.  She draws upon her training in experiential, relational psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioural therapies to tailor her treatment to each client.

Sarah earned her doctorate in psychology at the University of Toronto (2006) and is a member of The College of Psychologists of Ontario.

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Amy Smith (she/her) - Administrative Assistant

Amy has completed her Bachelor's of Science (Hons) degree in psychology at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.

As the Administrative Assistant, she provides support to the Transforming Emotions team with regards to daily operations and coordinating client care. She has extensive experience with administrative and client care support in the mental health field, as well as training in diverse and anti-oppressive mental health support. She believes viewing the world through an intersectional lens to be important for providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space as an early point of contact for clients seeking support.

Elizabeth Wong,  M.A., Clinician


Elizabeth provides therapy to individuals struggling with depressed mood, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, difficult life transitions, and academic challenges. She recognizes the difficulty associated with disclosing and discussing difficult topics and aims to work collaboratively with clients to understand, attend to, name, and shift emotions within a warm, understanding, and empathic environment. Elizabeth draws from emotion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and relational therapies to help meet client’s needs.


Elizabeth is a senior doctoral student from the University of Toronto who will be completing her residency training, in part, through Transforming Emotions. She has completed prior training providing psychotherapy and assessment services at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the Bariatric Program at Toronto Western Hospital. 

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Lianne McLellan, M.A., Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (she/her)


Lianne fosters a collaborative relationship with clients and works with them compassionately to facilitate change. Using primarily Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), she takes a deeply empathic approach to help clients connect with their feelings and have more adaptive and fulfilling emotional experiences.


She is also passionate about helping people to change their habits and behaviours in ways they desire.

She uses Motivational Interviewing (MI) to build on clients’ unique motivations and strengths. She has a particular interest in cultivating joyful movement that supports physical and mental health.


Lianne is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) program at Yorkville University (2022). She holds a PhD in Social and Personality Psychology from Queen’s University (2008) and previously worked as a research scientist in the federal public service for 10 years. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). At Transforming Emotions, Lianne’s work is supervised by Dr. Sarah Thompson, C. Psych.

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Melodie Vella, Registered Social Worker, Therapist


Melodie Vella has over 10 years of experience working with youth and adult individuals on family, relationship and personal counselling goals. She graduated with Honours with a Bachelor in Psychology at York University and a Masters in Social Work from University of Toronto in 2007.  In the course of her career, she has worked with diverse populations and various settings including Adolescent Mental Health, and has provided assistance to clients and their families with a variety of clinical issues. Melodie believes in turning a crisis into opportunity, and brings this guiding value to her work with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma issues as well as her work with families relationships.  She also specializes working with ADHD and Autism.


Melodie Vella has a variety of training and work experience with treatment approaches including Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT).  This has informed her integrative practice in working collaboratively with individuals and their families to help them achieve their goals.


David McNeill, MSW, RSW  (he/him)


David is a registered social worker providing clinical counselling to young adults and adults. David believes in creating a space of non-judgement, safety, and connection where clients can explore their emotional experiences.  David is predominantly trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy, but also incorporates person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and relational therapies into his approach.


David has worked with different types of anxiety, depression, trauma, and family relationship difficulties. Goals of therapy are to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of, and transform emotion. David’s approach focuses on identifying and expressing adaptive, helpful, and healthy emotions while transforming maladaptive, "stuck", and deeply painful emotions.


David recognizes the importance of long-term therapy, where safe and careful exploration of painful experiences can take place. He also believes the ultimate goal of helpful and responsible therapy is for clients to feel independent, confident, and capable in their lives.


David received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, and since then has been practicing therapy at Ryerson University’s counselling centre (Centre for Student Development and Counselling) and in private practice.


Angela Cole, M.A., C.Psych Assoc. (Supervised Practice)


Angela maintains an evidence-based therapeutic practice grounded in a trauma-informed approach. She works collaboratively with individuals to uncover, understand, and transform underlying core emotional processes that drive behavioural, thought, emotional, and relational problems. Angela values building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and upholds an accepting, compassionate, and safe environment that is rooted in deep empathy.


While Angela works primarily from process experiential and Emotion Focused therapeutic orientations, her training and experience in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy allow her to draw on interventions from a range of theoretical orientations to best meet clients’ needs and goals. Angela provides psychotherapy to individuals struggling with a range of mental health challenges including anxiety disorders, depression, body image concerns, trauma and related stress disorders, and relationship issues. 

Angela is in the final stages of earning a Doctoral degree in Psychology at OISE, University of Toronto. Her pre-doctoral clinical training comprised hospital and counselling settings including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto Western Hospital University Health Network, and the OISE Psychology Clinic, University of Toronto. She completed her clinical internship with rotations at the Toronto General Hospital University Health Network and Ryerson University Centre for Student Development and Counselling.  Angela works part-time at the Toronto Western Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program providing assessment and psychotherapy to individuals living with obesity and related emotional and physical health conditions. Previously, she has been employed at the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario in Kingston providing supportive care to individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and their families.  At Transforming Emotions Angela’s work is supervised by Dr. Sarah Thompson, C. Psych.


Dr. Immaculate Antony, C. Psych.  (she/her)


Immaculate is a registered clinical psychologist who obtained her Doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. She works with adults facing challenges with anxiety, depression, prenatal and postpartum experiences, relationships, life transitions and emotional regulation difficulties. Immaculate empowers clients by increasing their awareness and understanding of their emotions to promote healing and wellness. 


Immaculate's approach to therapy is grounded in evidence-based practice. Her primary therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI),  Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and mindfulness based approaches. Immaculate practices with a multi-cultural diversity lens and an anti-oppressive framework. She has a particular interest in acculturation stress, cultural identity and the intersections with emotional well-being.


Immaculate's clinical training and professional experiences include psychology positions in outpatient, inpatient, private practice and community settings including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and Ryerson University. Additionally, Immaculate provides supervision and training in Motivational Interviewing for community organizations.


Dr. Andrea Martin, C. Psych. (she/her)


Andrea is a registered clinical psychologist who works with individuals experiencing a range of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, self-criticism/self-esteem, life transitions, family/relationship difficulties, grief and loss.  Andrea’s therapeutic approach is warm, empathic, and grounded in trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment practices. Andrea practices primarily from an emotion-focused therapy (EFT) perspective and integrates treatment approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), as needed, to tailor her approach to the presenting concerns of each client.  Andrea strives to create an empathic, safe, and trusting relationship with her clients and is attentive to understanding each client’s unique lived experience, strengths, challenges, and goals for therapy. 


Andrea has clinical training and professional experience in a range of outpatient mental health settings including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), Ryerson University, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where she completed her pre-doctoral residency in the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, the Mood Disorders clinic and the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic. 


Andrea earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at York University (2010) and is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Andrea is a member and certified EFT therapist with the International Society for Emotion Focused therapy.


Amanda Masterton, MSW, RSW


Amanda is a Registered Social Worker with 14 years experience providing counselling support to young adults. She has been in private practice since 2019. Her gentle, whole-person approach focuses on creating safety and building a trusting therapeutic relationship. She works collaboratively with clients to help them gain new perspectives, shift towards preferred ways of being, and create space for new possibilities. Amanda helps clients tap into their existing strengths and abilities, develop new skills and internal resources, and foster resiliency to realise their goals and make positive changes. Amanda utilises neuro-narrative, relational, trauma-informed, and Emotion-Focused Therapy approaches to support clients with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, chronic illness, learning disabilities, self-esteem and identity difficulties, interpersonal challenges, and life transitions. 


Amanda holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto.  She has completed clinical training at The Toronto Western Hospital, Women’s College Hospital, and the Hinks-Dellcrest Centre.

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Vanessa Montemarano, M.A., Clinician (she/her)


Vanessa appreciates the role that emotions play in guiding and making meaning of our experiences. She believes that fostering a warm and collaborative therapeutic environment assists in the ability for clients to access, tolerate, process, and transform their emotions. Vanessa works with clients to help them on their journey of self-growth and understanding, with the intention to meet their desired goals.

Vanessa is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based methods such as emotion-focused therapy (EFT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing (MI). She has worked with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression, disordered eating, food addiction, body image difficulties, and psychosocial stressors.

Vanessa has obtained various clinical experiences from clinical trials and outpatient mental health clinics including St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. She is supervised by Dr. Sarah Thompson, C. Psych.

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Dena Marcos, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)


Dena is a student in the Master of Arts Counselling Psychology (MACP) program at Yorkville University, completing her practicum placement under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Thompson. She is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.


Dena aims to co-create a relationship with her clients rooted in unconditional acceptance, transparency and compassion, as she believes this to be the foundation of the therapeutic journey. Through the use of Client Centered therapy, and informed by principles of Emotion-Focused therapy, Dena facilitates opportunities for clients to explore, express and understand underlying emotions and experiences that may be causing pain or difficulty and works with clients to transform these emotions to enable healthy day-to-day functioning and relationships with others.


Dena has ten years of experience in community agencies and post-secondary institutions supporting adolescents, young adults, mature learners and internationally educated professionals with career and life transitions. Additionally, she has volunteered with non-profit organizations in Toronto to support underserved communities. Her work with diverse populations has helped her develop empathy for people's unique lived experiences.


Dena is passionate about individual transformation and growth and is honoured to accompany people on their therapeutic journey. She hopes to combine her prior experience and recent education in her psychotherapy practice. As a MACP practicum student, Dena has sessions at a reduced cost.