Simone Levey, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Coordinator: AEDP Toronto

Dr. Simone Levey is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a certified AEDP therapist in Toronto. She obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, in New York City. She brings over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families, working at various levels of the mental health system, including in emergency rooms, psychiatric inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and in schools. She has worked in numerous respected clinical settings in New York including Bronx Children’s Psychiatric Centre, Jacobi Medical Centre, and North Central Bronx Hospital. She also worked at Riker’s Island Correctional Centre and at Youthdale Treatment Centre in Toronto. Dr. Levey currently works in private practice where she provides psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and families, in addition to supervising students in psychotherapy. Dr. Levey also works as a consultant at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), where she provides psychological assessments to support refugee claimants in their hearings to seek refugee status in Canada. She also supervises students and does workshops for clients and presentations for mental-health professionals in the community.


Dana Millstein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Millstein is a fully bilingual Registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is currently the Head of the Trauma Psychology & PTSD Service at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships. In terms of treatment, she practices from an integrative framework, primarily weaving together psychodynamic-relational, cultural, systemic, experiential, and emotion-focused approaches. Treatment intervention also includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical-behavioural strategies. Dr. Millstein obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, NJ. She has previously worked as a staff psychotherapist at the Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women, Women's College Hospital, and as a staff psychologist at Ryerson University’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling. She seeks to be an active partner with a wide range of mental health providers, organizations, and schools to raise awareness about mental health topics and to expand access to mental health services and information. In the past, she has worked as a consultant with the International Rescue Committee, as a researcher for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, and as a board member of Eva's (operating three homeless youth shelters in Toronto).

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Julianne Maslabey, RP

Julianne Maslabey is a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Marriage & Family Therapist and works in private practice at Safe Harbour Psychotherapy, Burlington and St Catharines, Ontario.  She was introduced to AEDP in 2007 and was fascinated by the deep transformation patients can experience in such a short time. Julianne has completed the AEDP immersion course, essential skills and core training. She has completed over 20 hours of individual supervision with AEDP faculty members, Dr. Danny Yeung, Dr. David Mars and Dr. SueAnne Piliero and is currently working towards certification. Julianne’s work with couples led her to Dr. David Mars who has developed the AEDP for Couples (AEDPfC) model. She attended an AEDPfC 3 day training and a 5 day AEDPfC Immersion/Essential Skills in New York City.  Julianne was invited by Dr. Mars to be a part of his training team as an experiential assistant and has served in this capacity at AEDPfC courses in San Anselmo, California, Boston and San Francisco.  Julianne is currently in an AEDPfC supervison group led by Dr. Mars.  Julianne is excited to share her passion for AEDP and AEDPfC in Canada and hopes that training opportunities will be more accessible to therapists in Ontario.

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Susan Leopold RP, MSW, RSW, MPS, ATR

Susan Leopold is a Clinical Social Worker, Registered Psychotherapist and Creative Art Therapist in private practice in Toronto. An award-winning illustrator, visual artist and educator, she became interested the therapeutic benefit of expressive and creative therapies for diverse populations. She is particularly interested in working with complex trauma. Leopold completed her MA at UCSF, MPS at Pratt Institute and MSW in Clinical Social Work at Smith College. She was first introduced to AEDP during a course at Smith, where the instructor shared her own creative and inspiring AEDP work with a complex trauma client. This course sparked an ongoing AEDP training/supervision path that has proven both personally and professionally transformative.

Susan has over six years of clinical training including: Catholic Family Services Toronto, York University Personal Counselling Services, Toronto General Hospital (UHN) and the Hincks Dellcrest Centre for Childrens Mental Health. She maintains an art therapy studio in Toronto, and uses AEDP and/or a variety of creative approaches in therapy such as: creative arts therapy, play therapy, sand and other expressive arts therapies. Her interests focus on Children and Family Mental Health and improving developmental outcomes for Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System. She is a board member of the Children in Limbo Task Force in Toronto, was an invited presenter at OACCPP conference focusing on Trauma, participated in the Known Donor Research Team at Smith College School for Social Work, and most recently published in Complicated Grief, Attachment, and Art Therapy: Theory, Treatment, and 14 Ready-to-Use Protocols.


Linda Pelton, MSW, RSW

I am a registered social worker and have been in private practice in Toronto for over 20 years. I have been practising the AEDP approach for the past four years, and have completed the Immersion training, along with receiving group and individual AEDP supervision. I will complete Essential Skills 1 training in May of 2019. AEDP has transformed not only my psychotherapy practice, but my life personally. My deep appreciation for this method makes me keen to help develop the growing community of AEDP practitioners in Toronto.


Suzanne Gard RP, CTP Dipl, M.Sc

Registered Psychotherapist and Couples Therapist

Suzanne Gard is a Registered Psychotherapist and Couples Therapist at The Pape Therapy Centre in Toronto. She obtained her MSc. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and her Psychotherapy Diploma from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. She has continued to obtain skills and education in the art of psychotherapy including EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy), RLT (Relational Life Therapy) and AEDP. She brings over a decade of experience working with adults and couples working in her private practice. She brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her practice having worked as an executive, management consultant, coach and trainer in a variety of organizations and sectors. Her current love of AEDP brings her to volunteer for the promotion of this work.


Matt Fried, MA, Ph.D., MFA

Founder of AEDP Toronto, Consultant to AEDP Toronto

Matt has been practicing psychotherapy for over four decades. He’s in private practice in NYC, working with individuals, couples and groups. Matt is a certified AEDP therapist and supervisor. He co-chairs the AEDP MetroNYC Community and also co-chairs the AEDP Diversity Committee, which extends low-cost and no-cost AEDP Training to therapists working with or from marginalized or under-represented populations, including therapists working in agency settings with severely compromised patients. He’s presented and taught AEDP in various therapy training settings including the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the AEDP Diversity Supervision Group and has assisted in various AEDP Institute Training courses including the AEDP Immersion and AEDP Essential Skills courses. Matt is a certified PBSP (Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor) supervisor and trainer, and a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Ingrid Dresher, RP

Founding member of AEDP Toronto

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