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Our Team

At Connect Cognitive Therapy, we believe that a “good fit” with your therapist is an essential part of successful psychotherapy. We do our best to link you with the therapist best suited to help you with your specific concerns.

 

Dr. Nelson Byrne, C.Psych.

Clinical and Health Psychologist, Director

Dr. Byrne is the founder and Clinical Director at Connect Cognitive Therapy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2006 – the only Clinical Psychology program in Canada with the prestigious PCSAS accreditation. Dr. Byrne has been a Registered Psychologist in Ontario since 2009. 

Dr. Byrne offers genuine warmth and a non-judgmental, casual style that quickly allows clients to feel at ease seeking help. He provides psychotherapy for adults (18 years and over) with a broad range of presenting issues including depression and anxiety, managing stress and insomnia, or dealing with challenging medical conditions such as cancer.

Dr. Byrne is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology.

After obtaining his Ph.D, Dr. Byrne completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He then completed a second post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology at Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and Dentistry (MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper University Hospital) in New Jersey. Dr. Byrne has 10 years experience as a clinician, researcher, and educator. This has included seven years experience working as a Psychologist at Credit Valley Hospital (Trillium Health Partners). He also tutors medical students at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, University of Toronto.

 

Dr. Laura Cuttini

Psychologist (Supervised Practice)

Dr. Laura Cuttini holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. Her clinical training included an internship at the Allan Memorial Institute's Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Clinic and the Jewish General Hospital's Teen Health Unit in Montreal. She is experienced in treating mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety, as well as trauma-related disorders and OCD.

Dr. Cuttini takes an empathic, collaborative approach to helping clients achieve their goals. She has worked with adolescents, university students, and adults. In addition to cognitive-behavioural therapy, Dr. Cuttini is also trained in other modern therapeutic approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.

Dr. Cuttini's Ph.D. research focused on peer victimization in adolescents, particularly those suffering from depression and anxiety. Dr. Cuttini holds memberships in the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, the Society for Research in Adolescence, and the Society for Research in Human Development. She has held numerous awards during her graduate training and has presented her work at conferences throughout North America. 

 

Kimberley Menezes, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Kim holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto. She has a diverse background treating mental health and addictions from a strengths-based perspective. Following completion of her MSW, Kim undertook specific intensive training in cognitive-behavioural therapy. Kim has worked in both hospital and community settings with adults, adolescents, couples and families. 

Kim offers a collaborative approach to therapy built on trust and openness. She provides a safe and empathic environment where clients can feel secure discussing their concerns. In addition to cognitive-behavioural therapy, Kim has experience in brief solution-focused therapy, problem-solving/conflict resolution, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.

Kim is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. In addition to her graduate training in Social Work, Kim holds a Bachelor of Education and has worked with both the Peel and Halton District School Boards. She has a keen interest in working with adolescents and younger adults. 

 

Ambreen Yousaf, BA

Mental Health Counsellor

Ambreen Yousaf is completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is also a Certified Life Skills Coach (Level 1), which gives her the skills to coach individuals on self, family, community and work. She believes that awareness of self, thoughts and feelings are an essential aspect of one’s well-being.

Through her work as counsellor with a Muslim Youth Helpline (NASEEHA), she has acquired skills in helping youth struggling with issues of identity, stress, anger, parent-child conflict, relationships, Islamophobia and a broad range of mental health problems and life challenges. She also has experience as a community facilitator working on projects for family violence and violence against women.

Ambreen has a warm, welcoming and non-judgemental personality. She conveys a genuine helping nature that will allow you to feel comfortable making positive life changes. Her clients will experience a safe space and an open and empathetic relationship built around trust.