OUR TEAM

     We offer a variety of services at our clinic in an effort to help support your needs. We are glad to meet you where you are comfortable in your healing journey. We tailor our approach to ensure that your goals are being addressed in a comfortable and compassionate atmosphere.

     We are looking forward to working with. Reach out with any questions you might have; we are here to help. To learn about each team member, continue to read below.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinic Founder + Director

Dr. Marilisa Morea, Psy.D.

Awards + Accomplishments

  • Psychology Preceptor Award, NYGH

  • The Chicago School Nimble Award

  • Alum of the Year Award, Finalist

  • Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award

  • Service Recognition Award

Areas of Expertise

  • Anxiety Spectrum

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Grief

  • Women’s Health

  • Relationship Challenges

  • Self-Esteem

  • Life Transitions (school, work)

  • OCD, Body Repetitive Disorders

 

I am a Licensed Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, as well as an active member of the Ontario Psychological Association. After obtaining my undergraduate degree specializing in Psychology at The University of Toronto, I went on to earn my Doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have been practicing for almost 20 years in various settings offering support to clients, students, communities and colleagues alike.

 

My previous work experiences consist of various hospitals in the Chicagoland Area, including Mt. Sinai and Cook County Hospitals, among others. I served as a Director of the Clinical Services department, having the honour and pleasure of supervising over 20 students and 10 direct reports, and as an Adjunct Professor at my graduate institution while in Chicago. Upon my return to Toronto, I was the Lead Psychologist at North York General Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic for 10 years working with children, adolescents, families and parents with a variety of presenting concerns. I also worked at a local private practice where I saw individuals of all ages. 

 

My experience and thorough enjoyment working in each of these settings offered me the confidence and ambition to establish Monarch Therapy and Wellness Centre. The name for the practice was chosen in honour of my late grandmother, who always loved and believed in the healing power of Monarch butterflies.

 

In my work with clients I focus on developing a strong therapeutic relationship. That’s why although I was fundamentally trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) therapist, I follow a more integrative talk-therapy approach (Relational, Narrative or Trauma-informed Therapy), infused with standardized evidence-supported elements. I work with what my clients are able to offer at the time of treatment and develop a plan to support their needs. My clients will feel supported, cared for and understood while I guide them to empowerment and confidence in building skills and self-worth. 

 

Dr. Sandra Doyle-Lisek, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director

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Awards + Accomplishments

  • Psychology Preceptor Award, NYGH, 2016

  • The Chicago School GRIP Scholarship

  • University of Toronto, Father Madden Fellowship

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Anxiety Spectrum

  • ADHD

  • Depression

  • Eating Disorders

  • Self-Harm and Emotional Regulation

  • Parenting and Family Difficulties

 

I am a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, as well as an active member of the Ontario Psychological Association. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, before obtaining my Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have trained at multiple Chicago area hospitals including Alexian Brothers Behavioural Health Centre, and Cook County Hospital. I have been working at North York General Hospital for almost 15 years, where I am the Clinical Team Leader in the Child & Adolescent Inpatient and Day Hospital programs. I also work with adolescents and families in the Adolescent Eating Disorders program.  

 

I have a plethora of experience in offering assessments, consultations and treatments for a wide range of psychological issues experienced by children, adolescents and adults. I also have a special interest in parenting and family difficulties.

 

My therapeutic approach utilizes various treatment approaches, including evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders. I take pride in tailoring treatment approaches to ensure my client’s needs are taken care of and that they feel supported and validated.

Jessica Henry, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Areas of Expertise

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Stress

  • Identity Issues

  • Autism Spectrum Support

  • Family Conflict

I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. My clinical experience stems from hospitals, private healthcare and community service settings supporting children, adolescents, and adults with various presenting mental health concerns. I also carry an extensive background in conducting research and working within the mental health and wellness field.

 

My clinical and research experiences have equipped me with the skills needed to help you  understand and/or change patterns of behaviour, feelings, and relationships, that are getting in the way of your optimal functioning. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and families to develop the essential skills and insight needed to overcome challenges and facilitate more joy, empathy and authenticity.

 

I use a tailored approach for each client that may include skills and practices from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Relational Psychotherapy, Solution Focused and Mindfulness. My aim with clients is to help you create a step-by-step plan, so that you can feel more certainty in how to move forward and reconnect with what is important to you. 

 
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Kadeem Daley, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Expertise

  • Couples Work

  • Family Conflict

  • Adolescent Mental Health

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

 

I am a registered social worker and the resident couples therapist at the clinic. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Ryerson University, and went on to obtain a Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Wilfrid Laurier. My clinical experience stems from working in the Emergency Department at Sunnybrook and Scarborough Health Network Hospitals completing psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults.

 

My experience throughout the years in various clinical settings has allowed me to gather a vast understanding of knowledge and experience with children and adult outpatient mental health populations. I am very passionate about supporting the mental health community, and I am confident in my skills and abilities to bring hope and healing to my clients.

 

I support my clients by using a strengths-based approach and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address the unique needs each client brings. My aim is to work alongside my clients, in order to help identify strengths and how they can be used to overcome challenging times. I am passionate and dedicated to ensuring I help my clients reach their goals and heal from difficult times.

 
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Alexandra D'Ambrosio, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Expertise:

  • High-risk and complex presenting issues

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Family Conflict

  • Relationship Challenges


I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto.

 

I have extensive experience working with young people and their families in community-based agencies in Montreal and in the GTA. As a therapist at a local community agency serving high-risk and complex presenting issues, I am very familiar and confident working with a variety of experiences children, youth, and their families might be facing.

 

My therapeutic approach utilizes a variety of different approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical approaches (DBT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). I operate from a person-centred, humanistic framework, where I strive to put clients at the centre of their care. I value feedback, and I am open to co-creating therapeutic experiences to create a tailored approach to intervention. My aim is to create a safe therapeutic relationship, where those who I work with feel comfortable to process life's difficulties, build resilience, and move towards achieving their goals.

 
 
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Laura Thornhill, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Expertise

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Trauma

  • Substance Abuse

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • Relationship Challenges

 

I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from York University, and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. I am a member of the clinical team at North York General Hospital, with previous experience also at Bellview, the Cedar Centre, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, and the George Hull Centre for Children and Families. Aside from my 15 years of experience working within the field of mental health, I am also a lecturer at George Brown College in the Social Service Worker Program.

 

With my various work experiences in hospitals, clinics and private practice, I am confident in my ability to help children, adolescents, adults, and families with various presenting concerns. I have experience facilitating therapeutic and psycho-educational groups, which allows me to better support my clients in trying to understand the complexities of their mental health concerns and situations.

 

My therapeutic approach utilizes psychotherapeutic modalities including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Behavioural Modification, Person-Centred approaches, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Trauma Recovery and relapse prevention. I support clients through the use of a strength based approach and brief solution focused techniques to address various mental health related issues.

Indra Leemrisje, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Areas of Expertise

  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Youth Mental Health

  • Navigating School Systems

  • Learning Difficulties

  • Relationship Challenges

  • High Performance Athletics

 

I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. I completed my Bachelor of Social Work at University of Calgary and then went on to obtain a Master of Social Work at York University. I have over 25 years of experience in a number of diverse settings. I currently work as a school social worker, supporting adolescents and their families. 

As a therapist I feel it a privilege to hear people’s stories and I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment to help clients feel at ease. I believe that being heard, understood and validated is at the heart of a therapeutic relationship. Everyone has inherent gifts and I am passionate about empowering people to recognize their own strengths and purpose. 

I use a wide range of modalities to best meet the needs of my clients including CBT, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. An additional area of interest in my practice is the power of the mind, body connection. It is amazing to witness the motivation and improved mental wellbeing that comes from physical activity. Where appropriate, I enjoy helping clients to develop an understanding of the relationship between our physical and mental health. 

 
 

Nicole Mizzi, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Areas of Expertise

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Guilt

  • Anger 

  • Shame

  • Nutritional and Lifestyle Counselling


I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. I earned an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at York University, and went on to pursue my Master's Degree from the University of Toronto. 

 

I bring plenty of experience from Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and North York General Hospital's Mental Health Inpatient and Outpatient Adult Mental Health Departments, leaving me both familiar and confident working with children, adolescents, and adults with various presenting concerns. Much of my practice and experience has focused on emotional regulation, particularly around shame, guilt and anger.

 

My therapeutic approach includes evidence-based psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness Practice, alongside nutritional and lifestyle counselling. I foster an acceptance-based practice, which gives way for my clients to maintain healthier relationships with their emotions and their reactions to their unique life situations. My aim is to support client’s efforts of becoming and staying well through the development of coping skills, strategies and new perspectives. 

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Jennifer Morton, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Expertise

  • Eating Disorders

  • Parent/Family Support

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Women’s Health

 

I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from York University, and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. I have been practicing as a registered social worker at North York General Hospital for the last 13 years.

 

With my experience both in private practice and hospital settings, I have had the privilege and responsibility to counsel teens and their families through some of life’s most challenging situations. As a therapist at the North York General Hospital Adolescent Eating Disorders Program, I am very experienced with providing evidence-based treatment to teens and their families with disordered eating patterns. As the leader and developer of parent and teen support groups, I am confident in my ability to provide care to adolescents and adults as they navigate various mental health challenges.

I use an array of treatment modalities including Family-Based treatment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I believe a fundamental principle of success in treatment is for each person to feel respected, validated and empowered.

 
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Stephanie Wilson, MSW, RSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Expertise

  • Grief & Bereavement

  • School related difficulties

  • Anxiety

  • Depression 

  • Relationship challenges

  • Life Transitions

  • Emotional Regulation

I am a registered social worker and therapist at the clinic. My educational  background includes a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Western University, a Bachelor of Social Work from McMaster University, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. With more than 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and their families, I also currently work as a School Social Worker.  Prior to this role, I have also worked in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pediatric Oncology. 

My experience has allowed me to work with children, adolescents and families with a wide range of mental health concerns. Although my expertise is supporting children and their families in navigating school related difficulties, I also have a great interest in grief, bereavement, and working with families who are experiencing a life limiting illness. I look forward to each client's interaction, and believe that it is truly a privilege to walk alongside people as they navigate life’s challenges. 

My therapeutic approach draws from several modalities to best meet the needs of my clients, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy.  I employ a strengths-based and solution-focused framework to support my clients in meeting their therapeutic goals from a trauma-informed lens. I aim to maintain an empathetic and collaborative therapeutic space, by consistently maintaining a non-judgemental and caring environment.

 
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Patricia Di Giorgio

Office Coordinator and Platforms Expert

I am an office coordinator and platforms expert at the clinic. I enjoy working alongside Dr. Morea and Madison to complete various tasks for the clinic as required. Our team also works together to research, design, and create mental health content and resources for both the clinic and the general public’s use.

 

I obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, as my current professional goal is to become a registered psychotherapist. I bring along 7+ years of experience working within client service and administrative roles, making me confident in my ability to aid in office duties as required. With my experience and personal interest in academic research, I am also confident in helping to provide our team with credible, peer-reviewed research to include in all of our creative projects as required. 

 

Aside from my professional and educational competencies, I am a strong advocate for mental health and wellness myself. I have been able to transform my passion for mental health education through creating my own mental health blog (@Glassesoff_), where I frequently create content and collaborate with other mental health professionals and advocates to provide the public with credible, relatable and easily accessible psychoeducation. 

 
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Madison Furgiuele

Office Coordinator and Platforms Expert

I work at the clinic as an office coordinator and platforms expert. I enjoy working alongside Patricia Di Giorgio to fulfill tasks for the clinic as required under the supervision of Dr. Morea. Patricia and I also work alongside Dr. Morea to create content for people to use to help improve their overall mental health and self-esteem.

 

I am currently studying at Brock University with a Major in Psychology in the Co-op Honours Research Stream. I also work as a Research Assistant in Brock University's  Developmental Research Lab which studies perfectionism in children and adults. These experiences are helping me work towards my goal of obtaining a Master's in Psychology and eventually a PhD. and becoming a Clinical Psychologist. 

In addition to this, I have also created and run my own mental health awareness organization through Instagram, TikTok and YouTube (@Mentalhealthwmaddy). Over the last year, I have created a community of over 20 000 people where I spread awareness about various mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, boundary setting and trauma.