Our team of clinicians provides client-centered compassionate and evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents and adults.

Director, Psychologist​

Dr. Julie Torrance-Perks (DIRECTOR)

Dr. Torrance-Perks (Director & Psychologist) received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo. She is a registered Psychologist and has worked in a number of clinical settings including the University of Waterloo Psychology Clinic, the Child and Family Centre at the Grand River Hospital, the Toronto Hospital and private practice.

Dr. Torrance-Perks conducts psychological assessments and therapy with adults, adolescents and children and provides therapy for couples. She provides supervision to psychologists and psychological associates and is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Psychology Department, University of Waterloo providing supervision to senior psychology graduate students.

Dr. Torrance-Perks has a special interest in wellness training and the use of clinical hypnosis to treat anxiety, depression, and habit disorders.


Dr. Robert Doering

Dr. Robert Doering (Psychologist) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has been a registered psychologist in Ontario since 1982. He has had many years of clinical experience as a psychologist. He has been in private practice in Waterloo since 1991. Prior to this he was a psychologist at Thistletown Children’s Mental Health Centre, Peel Children’s Centre, Toronto Family Court Clinic, and Lutherwood in Waterloo.

He offers consultations, individual psychotherapy, and therapy for couples. He provides evidence-based psychological treatment for difficulties with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, self-esteem, relationship challenges, career-related concerns, and problematic personality patterns.

Dr. Doering has trained extensively in mindfulness practice and related wisdom and psycho-spiritual traditions and often draws on mindfulness-informed and compassion-focused therapies.



Dr. Kathy Lawrence (Psychologist) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (Pasadena, California). A Registered Psychologist since 1996, she has worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH, Toronto), Peel Children's Centre (Mississauga), Lutherwood Children's Mental Health Centre (Waterloo) and Grand River Hospital (Kitchener).

Dr. Lawrence provides consultations, assessment and psychotherapy with adolescents and adults. She draws from a variety of evidenced-based therapies, including cognitive-behavioural (CBT), cognitive-processing (CPT), dialectical-behaviour (DBT) and narrative therapies. Dr. Lawrence provides services for a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, traumatic stress, ADHD, relationship issues, self-esteem and work-related stress. She has worked extensively with individuals who have experienced trauma(s), including first responders, refugees, and individuals who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse and intimate partner violence.


Dr. Nikan Eghbali

Dr. Nikan Eghbali, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Supervised Practice) completed his doctoral degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. Prior to his doctoral studies, he attained his BSc and Master's degrees from York University.
Nikan has trained and worked in a variety of settings including Homewood Health Centre, Sunnybrook Hospital, the University of Toronto's OISE Psychology Clinic, and various private practices. He provides various forms of psychotherapy, psychological assessments, and psychological education to individuals and groups with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, self-esteem, relationship problems, career-related concerns, and personality disorders.

Dr. Eghbali's theoretical orientation is shaped by multiple evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural approaches (i.e., CBT, CPT, ACT, and DBT), emotion focused therapy, and mindfulness/self-compassion focused modalities. His work is also influenced by his research and personal interest in the scholarly study of post-traumatic growth and wisdom. Dr. Eghbali currently works with adults.


Gabriela Sheinin

Gabriela Sheinin (Doctoral Associate) received her Master's degree in 2018 in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Windsor and has completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Waterloo Region Psychology Consortium. She has experience providing evidence-based therapy, consultation, and conducting psychological assessments with children and adolescents of all ages, as well as providing therapy to young adults.

Gabriela has gained clinical experience at Kinark Child and Family Services (Greater Toronto Area, ON), The Children's Center (Detroit, MI), Greater Essex County District School Board (Windsor, ON), Psychological Services and Research Centre (Windsor, ON), Lutherwood (Waterloo, ON), and Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT; Waterloo, ON). Gabriela has training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, and behaviour management.

Gabriela has worked with individuals that are living with a variety of mental health difficulties (e.g., trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, personality disorders, ADHD, developmental disorders). This mix of experiences has led her to focus on the whole client and incorporate into practice the various barriers and strengths that are present in their lives. Gabriela currently works with children, adolescents, and adults.