New Leaf Psychology Centre provides Individual Therapy, Couples and Family Therapy, Pscychological Assessments, Career Counselling, Rehabilitation and Dietetic Services in Milton, ON. We are committed to providing a place where you and your family can feel comfortable and understood.
New patients are always welcome!
Consistent with New Leaf Psychology Centre’s commitment to lifelong learning, Dr. Van Blyderveen supervises undergraduate and graduate students at McMaster University who are completing research projects. She holds appointments as an Associate Member of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior, and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with the Department of Pediatrics. In this role, Dr. Van Blyderveen supervises clinically related research.
Couple's Therapy & Individual Counselling
New Leaf Psychology Centre provides various counselling services including couple's therapy and individual counselling to Milton, Ontario and the surrouding area. New patients are welcome!
Dr. Van Blyderveen provides services for children, youth, adults, couples and families. Her main interests include the use of Emotion Focused Therapy for couples and families, the treatment of eating disorders, and the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy for posttraumatic stress.
Dr. Van Blyderveen received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She is an Assistant Professor (part-time) in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Her previous experiences include a variety of hospital, community mental health, private practice and correctional settings, including over seven years with the Pediatric Eating Disorders Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Zulfiqar Gilani
Dr. Gilani provides services for adults in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and Pashto. He has experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds with a diverse range of presenting difficulties. Dr. Gilani conducts assessments and provides treatment for auto insurance and rehabilitation purposes.
Dr. Gilani obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University, after which he worked as a professor at the University of Peshawar in Pakistan, serving as the Vice Chancellor of the University and Rector Foundation University, Islamabad. Dr. Gilani has been working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds for over thirty years in the US, England, and Pakistan, and in Canada since 2007. Initially trained in the psychodynamic tradition, he utilizes an integrative approach, which includes the use of client-centered, interpersonal, and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapeutic techniques.
Dr. Alena Strauss
Clinical & Counselling Psychologist
Dr. Strauss provides services for adults with a wide variety of presenting difficulties, with particular experience in life transitions in the areas of career, relationships, identity and loss. She has received training in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy approaches, most extensively in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy(CPT). Dr. Strauss also offers career counselling to assist clients in making informed decisions about education, career, and life in general.
Dr. Strauss received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto at OISE. Along with her part-time private practice, Dr. Strauss is currently a member of the Ontario Psychological Association’s Diversity Task Force. Her previous experiences include a variety of vocational, counselling, medical, and private practice settings. Dr. Strauss also has experience with university students and has provided career counselling. Dr. Strauss takes a collaborative approach in identifying the goals for therapy and the means to reach those goals. She conceptualizes therapy issues from a developmental and psychodynamic perspective, and relies on a repertoire of interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused tools depending on individual needs.
Ingrid Toombs, R.D.
Ms. Toombs provides dietetic and nutritional consultation to individuals across the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with both children and adults who are selective eaters (picky eaters) or are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Ms. Toombs has also supported women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, Ms. Toombs provides consultation to individuals managing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Ms. Toombs has received training in the provision of personalized nutritional assessments based on genetic (DNA) testing using saliva (Nutrigenomix).
Ms. Toombs, RD, received a bachelor of applied science in nutrition at Ryerson University. She completed her dietetic internship at Hamilton Health Sciences. Ingrid is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and is a member of Dietitians of Canada. Along with her part-time private practice, Ingrid is currently a staff dietitian with the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Diabetes Programs at Halton Healthcare Services. Her previous experiences include hospital, mental health, and nursing home settings, including over ten years with a pediatric eating disorders program.