Dr. Karen Spivak (PH.D. Psychology)

Karen Spivak is a registered Psychologist in Ontario since 1990.  She received her PH.D. in Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal in 1987 and pursued post-doctoral training at the former Addiction Research Foundation and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Spivak held a full-time Scientist position at ARF for five years.  Since 1992 she has worked in private practice providing psychological assessments and treatment for problems related to mood, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drugs, chronic pain and post-accident adjustment difficulties. As well, Dr. Spivak works as a consultant as part of the multidisciplinary team of the Comprehensive Pain Program at the Toronto Western Hospital.

Nada Elfeki (MSc, MEd Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying))

Nada Elfeki is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Nada received a Master of Science degree from McMaster University in Neurobehavioral Sciences with a focus on Neurodegenerative disorders. She worked for 4 years in the field of Medical Research at a primary care setting with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injury. Motivated by the desire to work closely with individuals who have sustained an injury and help them better cope, she later obtained a Master of Education degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto and completed her training at Women’s College Hospital. Nada has experience in individual and group therapy and has worked with a wide range of presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, body image, insomnia and difficulty adjusting to new circumstances as well as crisis counselling.  Nada believes that these challenges become more complex in a diverse and multicultural city where cultural values play a big part in decisions individuals make, creating a need for a counselling service that is culturally informed. As such, her practice aims at empowering clients by giving them the necessary tools to address their changing circumstances within their specific cultural framework and their individual experience of it.