Dr. Michelle Gilpin is a child psychologist registered in the province of Ontario as both a rehabilitation and school psychologist. Her undergraduate work was in the area of child and family studies with an emphasis on the exceptional child in the family. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, children's treatment centres and outpatient treatment clinics. She has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, developmental delays, learning and intellectual disabilities, medical conditions and social-emotional problems. Dr. Gilpin has a Masters of Arts in Psychology and a Doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology. She has worked in the field of psychology for over 20 years.
Dr. Gilpin's teaching experience has included lectures for graduate students in clinical psychology and at the Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario. She is currently an adjunct staff member with the University of Guelph and a member of the Developmental Disabilities Division, University of Western Ontario. Research projects have included parenting stress, development of clinical expertise and adolescent coping. Dr. Gilpin was the Mental Health Lead for the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) from 2011-2015 and now maintains a full-time private practice with locations in Mt. Brydges and Hyde Park.
DR. ANTHONY FOLINO
Dr. Anthony Folino obtained his doctorate in School and Child Clinical Psychology in 2011 from the University of Toronto. Dr. Folino has worked and trained in a number of diverse settings including children's mental health facilities, schools, hospitals, and residential treatment facilities. Dr. Folino has experience treating children and adolescents with a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, self-harm behaviors, anger management difficulties, severe oppositionality, social skills deficits, and providing intensive remedial support to children with learning disabilities. In addition, Dr. Folino has worked with children who are experiencing psychosocial difficulties related to underlying medical disorder – in conjunction with a children's medical practitioner, Dr. Folino supports children and their families with challenges related to encopresis and enuresis. To address client's wide-ranging needs, Dr. Folino is experienced using a number of clinical techniques and modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, solution-focused approaches, and structured play therapy.
Dr. Folino's research focuses on the development and evaluation of non-intrusive and success-focused approaches for children and adolescents with severe behavioral problems. His doctoral dissertation explored the effectiveness of using exercise as a means for reducing children's disruptive behaviours in the classroom. Dr. Folino's research has been published in peer reviewed journals including Behavior Modification, Clinical Case Studies, Journal of School Psychology and BMC Neurology. While at the University of Toronto, Dr. Folino was a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and taught a course entitled; Behavior Problems in the Classroom.
Dr. Folino's clinical, research, and academic accomplishment have been recognized by a number of awards including the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Certificate of Academic Excellence and the Canadian Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Folino currently holds an adjunct faculty position in the Western University Clinical Psychology Program.
Dr. Folino is available to meet clients in our Hyde Park location.
HOLLY GROSBECK, M.Ed
Holly Grosbeck, M.Ed, Holly is a registered therapist with the College of Psychotherapy. She specializes in trauma informed care and play therapies. Therapeutic play helps to relieve tension and allows children to express their feelings. She conducts individual play therapy sessions using techniques that allow children to use play as a means to act out what is going on inside their minds. She is a parent of three children and understands that children often have a difficult time using words to express their feelings.
She has several years of experience working with children, youth and families. In the past she has worked as a Family Support worker, elementary school counselor and in a behavior classroom, where she focused on social and emotional literacy. She is mindful that children have the right to express their own needs and to have them acknowledged and respected. On top of her clinical duties, Holly is a graduate student in the MSW Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency program at the University of Toronto.
Holly is available to meet clients in our Mt. Brydges location.
Dr. Susan Rodger
Dr. Susan Rodger is a registered Psychologist in the Province of Ontario who works in the areas of school and counselling psychology with children, adolescents, adults and families and is Associate Professor in the Applied Psychology program at the Faculty of Education at Western University. She is an active researcher with peer-reviewed publications in a variety of areas, including child and adult mental health, risks for entry into the juvenile justice system, the impact of anxiety on learning, the connections between experiences with violence and school success, foster care, and teacher education in mental health.
Her teaching experience crosses three programs at the Faculty of Education at Western University: in the Bachelor of Education Program, with student teachers on mental health literacy and social emotional development; in the Master’s in Counselling Psychology, where she teaches courses in theoretical foundations, individual, family, and group therapy, and in the PhD program in School and Applied Child Psychology, where she supervises a number of PhD candidates. A former school psychologist with the Thames Valley District School Board, she engages young people and families in a warm and strengthening evidence-informed approach to promoting skill development, coping with adversity, and being an active participant in strong and healthy relationships.
Dr. Rodger is available to meet clients in our Mt. Brydges location.
MARGUERITE LENGYELL, M.Ed., C.Psych
Marguerite Lengyell is a registered psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults. She is a doctoral candidate in the Counselling Psychology program at OISE/University of Toronto and has completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Western University. Her research interests focus on making therapeutic and assessment processes more accessible to individuals and families.
Marguerite has worked in private practice and in school settings providing therapy and assessment. Her focus is on using culturally appropriate approaches which are sensitive to individuals with consideration of race, cultural identity, gender, class and ability. She supports children, adolescents and adults with learning issues, autism spectrum disorders, attentional difficulties, and socio-emotional concerns particularly as they affect optimal learning, academic and personal success. She conducts psychoeducational assessments for individuals who require further clarification of their learning strengths and needs and works with families and schools to develop and implement appropriate strategies. She believes that working collaboratively with the family is a key component to a students success both in and out of school.
Marguerite is available to meet clients in our Hyde Park location.
DR. JENNIFER CROTOGINO
Dr. Crotogino enjoys working with children and youth of all ages, who are experiencing difficulties with mood, anxiety, or adjustment to major life changes. She also is experienced in consulting with parents about common aspects of child development, and behavioural or emotional concerns that may arise. Her background in the area of pediatric psychology is well-tailored to children who may be having difficulty coping with a medical illness or condition, who are having difficulty adjusting to an accident, or who are having difficulty with some aspects of treatment. Dr. Crotogino focuses on individual goals, which may include returning to activities, or to optimizing health and well-being (sleep, physical activity, school, social activities, healthy routines). Dr. Crotogino is experienced in collaborating with physicians for conditions such as encopresis (bowel accidents) and enuresis (urinary accidents), and works from the perspective that physical health, emotional well-being and how we cope and act, are all closely related.
Typical treatment approaches include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and behavioural strategies. Dr. Crotogino blends both a caring and supportive therapeutic relationship, with practices that have been demonstrated to be effective through scientific research.
Dr. Crotogino also works at the Paediatric Chronic Pain Program at Children’s Hospital, and is an Adjunct Professor in Clinical Psychology at Western University, and in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University’s Schulich Medical School. She has published in scientific journals on a variety of topics, and has presented at international conferences, university lectures, hospital rounds, as well as workshops and training for community agencies.
Dr. Crotogino is available to meet clients in our Hyde Park location.
DR. ANDREA DOWNIE
Dr. Andrea Downie is a clinical neuropsychologist registered in the province of Ontario to work with children and adolescents. She enjoys helping families better understand the academic and cognitive challenges that sometimes accompany a medical condition. She has over 16 years of experience working in children’s hospitals with children, adolescents and their families who are being treated for a variety of medical diagnoses. She has experience collaborating and providing consultation to school systems (elementary, high school, and post-secondary). She has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals on a variety of topics and is involved in research designed to help predict and remediate neuropsychological and psychosocial late effects in childhood cancer.
Dr. Downie is engaged in a number of teaching activities, including supervision of psychology practicum students and residents, as well as seminar presentations at the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium and Western University. Dr. Downie is an adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as the Department of Psychology, Western University. Her professional affiliations include membership with the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Downie is available to meet clients in our Hyde Park location.
DR. MAGALI SEGERS
Dr. Magali Segers completed her Master's (2012) and Doctoral degree (2017) at York University in Toronto, Ontario in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program. Dr. Segers is registered for practice in Ontario to work with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Segers has experience working in a variety of settings, including mental health and developmental services (Thistletown Regional Centre), hospitals (Toronto Western Hospital, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health), university clinics (York University Psychology Clinic), and a school board (Toronto District School Board). In these settings, Dr. Segers has worked with children and youth who have difficulties related to anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion regulation, relational issues, and neurodevelopmental differences such as ADHD, ASD, and learning disabilities.
Dr. Segers draws on several evidence-based modalities in her approach to therapy including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, collaborative problem solving, dialectical behaviour therapy, habit-reversal training, and motivational interviewing. Above all, Dr. Segers strives to develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship in which children, youth, and their families are supported in exploring ways to reduce suffering, overcome challenges, and increase their potential to live life to the fullest.
Dr. Segers also works as a staff psychologist within two services at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI): the Dual Diagnosis Program providing intensive (residential) services for children with intellectual disabilities and behavioural or emotional difficulties and the Brake Shop Clinic which provides services for children and youth with tic disorders and associated challenges.
Dr. Segers is available to meet clients in our Hyde Park location but is unable to take any new referrals at this time.
DR. CARLA SMITH
Dr. Carla Smith is a clinical psychologist who is registered for practice with children, adolescents, and their families in the Province of Ontario. Her graduate research focused on childhood aggression and bullying, with an emphasis on better understanding bullying among girls. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program at York University in 2004, after completing her training in a range of settings that included school, community mental health, live-in treatment (residential), and day treatment (behavioural classroom) settings.
With over 15 years of employment in community health settings, Dr. Smith has extensive experience providing assessment, consultation, and therapy for pre-school and school-aged children, adolescents, and families to address a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma and attachment, behavioural problems, AD/HD, learning and language disorders, and developmental disabilities. She has also supervised and trained many students over the past several years in her role as clinical adjunct faculty for Western University's graduate program in clinical psychology and as part of the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium. She is currently employed at Madame Vanier Children Services.
Dr. Smith's approach to practice is guided by a child/youth- and family-centred, strength-based, solution -focused perspective. It is her belief that each child/youth and family is unique, and that it is important to understand and promote their strengths and successes while understanding their challenges. Her approach to therapy is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), with other integrated influences (e.g., trauma- and attachment theory, mindfulness, sensory-, play-, and art-based activities). Dr. Smith works out of the Mt. Brydges location.
Dr. Segers is available to meet clients in our Mt. Brydges location.
Kathleen Polishuk, Office Manager
Kathleen Polishuk has been part of the team at Gilpin & Associates since 2015. She assists us in all clerical and scheduling duties, on top of her very busy life. Kathleen has a background in the legal field, working for many years at a large London firm as a law clerk/legal assistant. She is a parent of three active boys as well as maintaining a number of part-time consulting and work contracts. In addition to working in our office on a part-time basis, Kathleen continues to be involved in the legal field as a court reporter/transcriptionist. She also is a consultant for a line of in-home food and meal preparation products as she believes that clean and healthy eating are an important part of a balanced and thriving childhood.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT
Any member of Gilpin and Associates employed by the TVDSB will not, under any circumstances, provide Psychological Services to a student from a school in which they are a consultant.
When the needs of a student within the TVDSB require greater support than the School Psychologist is able to provide (given the available resources), there may be the need to refer the student to a community psychologist. When a member of Gilpin and Associates is in the role of a TVDSB School Psychologist and must refer a student to a community psychologist, the following procedures will be followed:
- The student and/or their caregiver will be made aware of any community supports, services, or resources that can be accessed at no cost (if such supports, services, and resources exist).
- The student and/or their caregiver will be given the names of at least three community psychologists who have experience providing the service(s) required by the individual. One of the three community psychologists may be a member of Gilpin and Associates.
When a psychologist provides services in two different settings (e.g., private practice and School Board) they may receive or obtain information about a client that the client does not wish to share in a different setting. Consistent with the expectations of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Standards of Professional Conduct for Psychologists, information obtained and/or provided about a client in one setting (e.g., private practice) cannot be released to an individual in a different setting (e.g., a school) without the written consent of the individual and/or their caregiver. If a member of Gilpin and Associates is working with a student and/or their family within the TVDSB (in the role of a School Psychologist) and they have obtained information about this client from a previous private practice experience, they will refrain from disclosing any information about the client to the school (or any other professional) unless appropriate consent has been obtained.