Dr. Glen Davies, R. Psych.
Director of ABLE Developmental Clinic, Inc.
Dr. Glen Davies is a Registered Psychologist and Director of ABLE Developmental Clinic as well as the Co-Director of Autism Integrated Medical Services (AIMS). Specializing in clinical child psychology, he provides assessment, counselling and consulting services for a broad range of child, youth, and family difficulties. To read more click here.
Dr. Todd Mason, R. Psych.
Dr. Todd Mason is a Registered Psychologist with a specialization in clinical child psychology. He provides cognitive-behavioural therapy, parent behaviour training, family therapy, and consultation to parents and schools, mainly in the area of high functioning ASD with school-aged children.
Dr. Mark Bailey, R. Psych.
Dr. Mark Bailey is a Registered Psychologist specializing in clinical neuropsychology. He has trained and worked in the Psychology Department at BC’s Children’s Hospital and he is a Clinical Associate of the Simon Fraser University Clinical Psychology Centre. He specializes in assessing and developing treatments plans for children and adults whose difficulties may have a neurological basis.
Simon Bazett, R. Psych
Simon Bazett is a Registered Psychologist who practices in the clinic and school settings. Mr. Bazett specializes in the assessment of children and adolescents with developmental, learning, behavioural and emotional challenges. He has extensive training and experience in diagnosing Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mr Bazett also supervises and trains UBC School Psychology Interns and is involved in coordinating, planning and running the BC Association of School Psychologist Annual Conference.
Dr. Sophia Sandhu, R. Psych.
Sophia Sandhu is a registered psychologist specializing in child and youth clinical psychology. She has extensive experience working with children and youth with an autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, including diagnostic and treatment services. Dr. Sandhu provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for a variety of developmental, learning, behavioural, and emotional difficulties. She has also worked in a primary care medical setting, providing consultation services to parents with concerns related to behavioural and emotional functioning. Her approach to assessment and treatment involves a collaborative relationship with parents and children to ensure the family’s goals are being met.
Dr. Suresh Rajendran
Suresh obtained his doctorate in educational psychology from the American International College and held various clinical positions for one of the largest mental health service provider (Behavioral Health Network Inc.) in Massachusetts for seven years. He provides individualized, integrated and evidence-based psychotherapy and psychological assessments for adults and children. He specializes in the areas of neurodevelopmental disorders, trauma/stress-related disorders, concurrent disorders and mood disorders. He is an applicant in the registration process with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.
Dr. Gelareh Karimiha, R. Psych.
Dr. Gelareh Karimiha is a Registered Psychologist specializing in child and adolescent clinical psychology. She provides assessment and therapy for children and youth who are struggling with a range of anxiety disorders (e.g., obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, generalized worry, school refusal etc.) as well as depression and behavioural disorders. She also provides ADHD – and psychoeducational assessments. Gelareh has experience with a number of evidence-based approaches to treatment including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and behavioural parent training. She has also co-facilitated a number of groups, including groups for children and teens with anxiety, groups for parents of children with OCD and a psychoeducational group for youth with somatization.
Dr. Krista Johnston, R. Psych
Dr. Krista Johnston is a registered psychologist offering treatment and assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent development at Simon Fraser University. She completed her residency at BC Children’s Hospital, where she also conducted her doctoral research examining a group-based treatment for children with autism and anxiety. She also completed a two-year psychology fellowship within the Division of Neurology where she provided specialized assessment and consultation services for young people diagnosed with epilepsy. In addition to being an associate at ABLE, Dr. Johnston continues to work part-time at BC Children’s Hospital within the Department of Psychology.
Dr. Johnston works with children, adolescents, adults, and families providing evidence-based treatment and assessment within a strengths-based, developmental framework. Although her primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), she has a strong behavioural background, and also integrates aspects of ACT, DBT, family-systems, and attachment-based approaches. She has experience working with a wide variety of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as social, attentional, emotional, learning, and behavioural challenges. In addition, Dr. Johnston has over 20 years of experience working with people with autism spectrum disorder and their families. She is passionate about working collaboratively with clients to improve quality of life, meet personal goals, promote mental health and wellbeing, as well as proactively manage challenging behaviours.
Dr. Jennifer Bach, RCC
Dr. Jennifer Bach has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She specialises in counselling children, teens and young adults with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PTSD, adjustment disorder, attention and behavioural challenges, difficulties with emotion regulation, and learning disabilities. Moreover, Dr. Bach has extensive experience conducting psychotherapy with children with ASD and also works with parents of children with ASD. She provides counselling using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. Dr. Bach as well provides assessment services for children and teens for ADHD, learning disorders, giftedness and beginning in October 2019 will conduct Autism assessments for toddlers, children and teens. Furthermore, she has an international research background having conducted research in Canada, South Africa, England and U.S.A. in areas of focus in Positive Psychology, contemplation and meditation on compassion aimed at increasing psychological well-being in adolescents, cross-cultural research on depression, PTSD, and exposure to violence among adolescents, and trauma activism and AIDS. Dr. Bach has three published research journal articles. Additionally, she provides mental health research support to community planning initiatives working closely with First Nations communities across Canada.
Matthew Lee, M.A.
Matthew is a Doctoral Candidate in the School and Applied Child Psychology program at the University of British Columbia specializing in the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. He provides treatment for anxiety, mood, and behaviour for children, adolescents, and young adults. Matthew has worked with youth and caregivers in a variety of settings, including paediatric, community mental health, and private clinics. He has also worked on nationally-funded intervention research aimed at improving the social outcomes of children with special needs. Matthew's therapeutic approach is informed by his clinical and research work, but also his experience as a father and teacher. A Psychology Intern with ABLE, Matthew is supervised by Dr. Glen Davies and Dr. Todd Mason.
Gregory Davies, M.A.
Gregory is a PhD Candidate in the School/Applied Child Psychology program at McGill University and is currently interning at ABLE Clinic. Gregory is passionate about applying evidence-based assessment and intervention methods to improve the functioning and quality of life of children and their families. His doctoral research project is an exploration of factors that promote adaptation and resilience against parental stress in families of children with ASD. Gregory has over a decade of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and previously worked for Community Living BC prior to pursuing graduate training in child psychology.
Gregory has completed additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Parent Management Training from Dr. Alan Kazdin. He is excited to provide diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment, consultation, and intervention services for a range of childhood and adolescent challenges. At ABLE Clinic, Gregory is supervised by Dr. Todd Mason, R.Psych.
Dr. Andrea Araujo, RCC
Dr. Andrea Araujo, RCC holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). Her training includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, and her thesis work on trauma treatment for sexual abuse was published in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (2008). Her doctoral work at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goias in Brazil (PUC-Goias) focused on the acculturation process in immigrants and was published as a book in 2018.
Dr. Andrea provides a variety of assessments, psychotherapy and treatment planning for children, youth and adults. Areas of assessment include ADHD, intellectual disability, mood disorders, personality, and trauma.? She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, abuse/trauma, and addiction, and provides training in psychoeducational processes such as behavioural intervention and social skills improvement. Dr. Andrea utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Systems approaches, and depth approaches that include attachment amongst other therapy types and encourages and supports the development of each clients’ potentials and weaknesses into strengths.
Dr. Araujo is under the direct supervision of Dr, Todd Mason, R. Psych.
Alisa Bridger, MA. RCC.
Alisa Bridger is a Doctoral Candidate in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She holds a Master of Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Education, and Bachelor of Arts. Alisa works with children and adolescents providing evidence-based assessment and treatment. Her primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which she has found to be most effective when a strong relationship is built with clients through trust and a strengths-based focus.
Her background includes close to 20 years working in elementary schools; first as a classroom teacher, then a school counsellor. She also maintained a small private practice with an anxiety focus during this time. She is currently completing her doctoral research exploring the experience of Hard-of-Hearing youth who are transitioning from elementary school to mainstream high schools. Upon completion of her research, Alisa will be applying for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC and is currently supervised at ABLE Clinic, by Dr. Todd Mason, R.Psych.
Dr. Simon Lisaingo
Dr. Simon Lisaingo has a doctorate in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He was previously a classroom teacher in Vancouver, Ottawa, and the Yukon. His doctoral research examined the development, implementation, and evaluation of a home-school consultative intervention for students with emerging emotional and behavioural problems. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at the Ottawa-Carleton School District. He has also received training and work experience at the BC Psychosis Program and Mood Disorders clinic. He has received several research awards including UBC Public Scholars Initiative, Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law (CAPSLE) in Education Research Fellowship, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Storytellers Student Challenge. He is interested in complex assessments, school consultation, parenting support, and therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with unique developmental needs. His comprehensive training has prepared him to use assessments to gain an in-depth understanding of problems and to use contemporary research and evidence-based practices to inform his therapeutic approach. He hopes to work with clients to help them overcome life’s big and small challenges by being understanding and responsive to their needs.At ABLE Clinic, Simon is supervised by Dr. Glen Davies, R.Psych
Dr. Elizabeth Athens
Dr. Elizabeth Athens is a psychology intern completing her certificate in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and working under the supervision of Dr. Todd Mason and Dr. Michelle Kozey-Hayes. She has a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Florida and is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with years of experience working with individuals with ASD and their families and schools. At ABLE, she provides evidence-based therapy and comprehensive assessment for children, teens, and young adults with a range of neurodevelopmental and psychological disorders, including ASD, ADHD, learning and intellectual disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. She also works with children and youth experiencing concurrent developmental, behavioral, and mental health challenges.
Sonja Saqui M.A
Sonja Saqui is a psychologist intern working under the supervision of Dr. Glen Davies and Dr. Mark Bailey. She is a Doctoral Candidate in the School & Applied Child Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research focuses on how to enhance anxiety coping skills in children with intellectual disabilities. Sonja has a background in supporting children, youth, and their families in school and private practice settings. She provides comprehensive assessments, including psychoeducational, ADHD, and autism assessments. She provides evidence-based therapy to children, youth, and families who are seeking to alleviate emotional, behavioural, and mental health concerns. Sonja believes in supporting clients in meeting their goals by carefully considering their constellation of strengths, needs and individual circumstances. As a mother, herself, Sonja believes in working alongside families and strives to establish a high degree of care and rapport when providing psychological services
Juliane Dmyterko M.A
Juliane is currently a doctoral student in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and she earned her Master of Arts in School Psychology at UBC. She has worked in both schools and private practice settings for the last five years, providing client-centered, comprehensive psychological assessments and consultation from a strength-based perspective. Juliane provides assessments for autism spectrum disorder, which focus on understanding individual areas of strength and difficulty to develop recommendations to support growth and success. She strives to be compassionate, collaborative, supportive, and affirming in her approach and endeavours to be an LGBTQ+ ally. Juliane is passionate about supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Her passion for supporting children and youth with diverse learning and development needs began when she was an educational assistant early in her career. For much of her career, she has worked in schools with children and youth and also supported school staff, parents, and families. She has extensive knowledge about the supportive services that can be received in classrooms, at school, and in the community. Her doctoral dissertation research focuses on neurodiversity-affirming practice from the perspective of neurodivergent individuals.
Veronique Nguy, M.Ed.
Veronique is a psychology resident working under the supervision of Dr. Todd Mason and Dr. Mark Bailey. She is a Doctoral Candidate in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research focuses on understanding parent experiences during cross-cultural encounters in psychological services. Veronique has extensive experience working in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, as well as community mental health, university, and private clinics. Veronique completed her specialty practicum training at the Ministry of Children and Family Development, where she provided clinical services to children and youth referred through the Child and Youth Mental Health Clinic (CYMH), Adolescent Sexual Health Program (ASH) and Gender Health Program (GHP). Veronique has a background in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has also been working as a master-level school psychologist since 2012. As a bilingual (Chinese, English) practitioner, Veronique is passionate about supporting clients who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Veronique provides comprehensive assessments, including psychoeducational assessments, autism assessments, and ADHD assessments. She also provides evidence-based therapy to children, youth, and families who are seeking support for social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns.