Serge Matt Lacoste, Psychologist
Serge Matt Lacoste, Ph.D.
Psychologist at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training
  • Doctorate Degree in Psychology – University of Toulouse

  • Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) – IAEDP (USA)

  • Microprogam in Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People (University of Edinburgh, UK)

  • Microprogam in Psychological First Aid (Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health – Baltimore, MD, USA)

Professional Associations
  • Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ)

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP)

  • American Association of Sport Psychology (AASP)

Main Domains of Expertise
  • Stress management

  • Depression

  • Burnout

  • Eating disorders

  • Sexual disorders

  • Behavioral disorders

  • School disorders

  • Mental training for athletes

  • Adoption and support for family

  • Support for substance abuse cessation

Professional Practices
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Sophrology (Caycedo)

  • Mindfulness therapy

  • Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • Rorschach Test

  • Cognitive Assessments (I.Q., ADHD, ODD)


During my 15+ years experience in teaching, researching, learning and practicing, I have developed a holistic and client-centered approach to treat my clients, similar to Carl Rogers’ philosophy of therapy. During sessions, I implement key tools including empathy, understanding, listening, analysis and maintaining a professional distance with clients, with a strong respect of Ethics (O.P.Q. - A.P.A.). I believe that the approach to psychotherapy should be determined by the client’s needs. The key to the success of therapy is a strong therapeutic relationship, which involves unconditional positive regard to develop the necessary confidence.

Languages: English & French

Nikola Šofranková, Intern Psychologist
Nikola Šofranková
Intern Psychologist at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training / Associations
  • Master's degree in Psychology from the Comenius University in Slovakia

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Comenius University in Slovakia

  • Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association CCPA #10005051

  • OPQ-Membership in Process of Evaluation

Main Domains of Expertise

Coping Skills Training in the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Marriage and Relationship Issues

  • Family Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Phobias

  • Eating Disorders

  • Communication Skills

  • Anger Management

Professional Practices
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy for Anxiety and OCD (ERP)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Virtual Reality Therapy (VR) for Relaxation and Exposure for Anxiety/Phobia

  • Psychoeducation

Approach / What to Expect

As an Intern-Psychologist, I find it essential to create a non-judgmental relationship with my clients where they feel safe and supported. It is important for me to ensure that my clients are empowered to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behavior. I use an eclectic intervention approach adapted to the unique needs of my clients in order to help them find better, more adaptive ways to function in life. I believe that a positive, warm atmosphere is a key element when helping our clients become more grounded and grow more self-aware on their journey to understand and heal themselves and their relationships.

Languages: English

Natalie Haddad, Counselor
Natalie Haddad
Counselor at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training
  • Master's in Counseling Psychology -Yorkville Univeristy

  • BA in Sociology and Minor in Interdisciplinary Sexuality Studies- Concordia University

  • Certified Life Coach- The International Association of NLP and Coaching

Professional Associations
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

  • OCCOQ Candidate

Fields of Interest
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-esteem / Confidence

  • Self-development and Growth

  • Family issues / Communication

  • Relationship issues

  • Adjustment to life transitions

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (act)

  • Meaning centered therapy/ Finding Purpose

  • Grief Therapy

Approach / What to Expect

With over 6 years of Life Coaching and 4 years in counseling, I see counseling as a safe zone; a judgement free environment where people can express their worries, and emotions. It is also a team effort, a collaborative work between client and therapist to set goals, bring attention to their negative thoughts, and to become mindful of their mind, body, and soul. Every client is unique and requires a tailored approach; I work for and with my clients to meet their therapy needs. I am comfortable with several techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, grief therapy, mindfulness exercises, solution-focused theory and meaning centered therapy.

Language: English & French

Myriam Cader, Psychotherapist
Myriam Cader
Psychotherapist at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education & Training
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, Bishop’s University

  • DEC Nursing, Cegep Edouard-Montpetit

  • Internship at the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre, Montreal

  • Trainings in crisis and violent behaviors management

Professional Associations
  • Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, CCPA #11241204

  • Member of the College of Nurses of Québec, OIIQ #2150299

  • Member of the College of Psychotherapists of Quebec, OPQ #62042-22

Areas of Expertise
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  • Bipolar Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

  • Addictions

  • Body Image

  • Self-Esteem

  • Motivation

  • Relationship Issues

  • Family Systems

  • Health-Related Issues


My medical background in nursing has brought me to foster a non-judgmental and collaborative relationship with clients. I acknowledge the uniqueness of all experiences and believe clients to be experts of their own lives. I have an eclectic approach that is mainly based on Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), but I also have existentialist values that bring me to question the meaning behind thoughts and choices. Finally, I use mindfulness techniques as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to generate a positive environment of awareness, acceptance, warmth, and change. As a Psychotherapist, I focus on current issues and help you gain insight to build more effective and adaptive coping skills to deal with problems.

Languages: English & French

Dr. Bita, Psychologist
Dr. Bita Sharifzadeh
Psychologist & Psychopharmacologist (Non-Prescribing) at Clinic Dr. Bita
Educational Background / Associations
  • Member of the College of Psychologists of Quebec OPQ - 10884-07
  • Post-doctorate Master of science in Psychopharmacology, Alliant University California

  • Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology Concordia University

  • Master's degree in Clinical Psychology Cologne University

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology Cologne University

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Schema Focused CBT

  • Health Psychology

  • Mindfulness / Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Self-Hypnosis / Relaxation Techniques

  • Treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders

  • Treatment of Sexual Problems

  • Specialized training in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Developmental Trauma

  • Treatment of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

  • Treatment of Eating Disorders

  • Specialized training in the management of chronic pain

Approach / What to expect

Dr. Bita is the founder, clinical director and supervisor at Clinic Dr. Bita, Psychologists (CDB). She emphasizes the importance of balance between the 4 elements of mind, body, emotions and spirituality in each person’s well-being. She utilizes scientifically approved methods to help you gain increased awareness of your thoughts patterns, feelings, and coping skills, while ensuring a non-judgmental and supportive therapeutic relationship.

Languages: English, French, German, & Farsi

Leyma Mir, Counselor
Leyma Mir
Counselor at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education & Training
  • Bachelor’s in psychology at McGill University

  • Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University

  • Advanced clinical practicum at the Taylor Adolescent Program at the Montreal Fluency Centre

Fields of Interest
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-esteem

  • Self-development

  • Perfectionism / procrastination

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

  • Acceptance & commitment therapy

  • Mindfulness


As a counsellor, I seek to understand my clients’ internal experience and frame of reference through a collaborative and supportive approach. I aim to accompany my clients on their path towards self-realization. It is important to me to make each individual feel completely at ease through this journey by providing a warm, empathic, and safe space. The approach I use is mainly oriented towards cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but I also incorporate acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness interventions.

Languages: English & French

Lazarus Fitopoulos, Psychologist
Dr. Lazarus Fitopoulos
Psychologist at Clinic Dr. Bita
Educational Background / Associations
  • Ph.D., Counselling Psychology, McGill University

  • Master’s Degree, Counselling Psychology, McGill University

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Major Psychology, McGill University

  • Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec since 2004

Professional Practices / Interventions
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Emotion Focused/ Client-Centered Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Mindfulness & Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Positive Psychology approaches

Concerns / Most Commonly Treated Difficulties
  • Generalized Anxiety

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Social Anxiety

  • Health Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger management

  • Relational (family of origin, couple, peers) difficulties

  • Substance Abuse

  • Perfectionism

  • Loss / Grief

  • Motivation / Procrastination / Inattention

My Approach

My integrative approach is most informed by these 5 core therapy values: 1) Promoting a collaborative and egalitarian therapy relationship. 2) Trusting and valuing client perspectives and resources. 3) A consistent attention to potential solutions and recognition of strengths. 4) The development of realistic expectations encouraging gradual progress toward self-initiated change and, 5) increasing ease of putting words to emotional experience."

Cheryl Petrinchuk, Registered Counselor & Intern Psychotherapist
Cheryl Petrinchuk
Registered Counselor & Intern Psychotherapist at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training / Associations
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

  • Certificate of Continued Education for Couples Counselling, Clinic Dr. Bita

  • EDUC 445 Education in Quebec, Concordia University

  • Internship at the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre

  • Bachelor of Arts and Science (Majors in Psychology and Music), University of Lethbridge

  • Certified Canadian Counsellor #10000737

  • Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

  • Member of the Quebec Counselling Association

  • OCCOQ Candidate

Areas of Expertise
  • Individual counselling

  • Couples counselling

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Grief and bereavement

  • Health and Wellness

  • Cancer

  • Addictions

  • Personality Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Sexuality

  • Communication skills

  • Assertiveness skills

  • Self-Esteem work

  • Mindfulness

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Meaning Centered Therapy

  • Positive Psychology

  • Self-Compassion

Approach / What to Expect

I am continually inspired by the fortitude, determination, and resiliency I witness in individuals who strive to thrive despite adversity. My therapeutic goals include creating a safe place to share difficulties, helping people rediscover what they need, express and tolerate how they feel, communicate more effectively, grow in self-awareness and self-esteem, find meaning and purpose, instill self-compassion, heal from trauma, and adjust thoughts and behaviours that compound their difficulty. I collaborate with clients to find ways for people to develop and change that make a positive difference to their wellbeing. I am positive, understanding, creative and eclectic in my approach, which enables me to connect with individuals and individualize my interventions. I am empathetic because I know the struggle is real.

Jeff Renaud, Counselor
Jeff Renaud
Counselor at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training / Associations
  • Master’s degree in Counselling from the University of New Brunswick

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Concordia University

  • Canadian Certified Counsellor #12667

  • Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

  • Member of the Quebec Counselling Association (QCA)

Areas of Expertise
  • Self-esteem

  • Communication

  • Relationships

  • Suicide prevention

  • Bereavement, grief

  • Compassion fatigue, burnout

  • Depression, anxiety, stress

  • Parenting

Approach / What to Expect

Over my last 8+ years of clinical experience, I have strived to create meaningful therapeutic relationships with my clients in order to foster lasting improvements in their well-being. I work alongside with clients so that they may better understand their situation, their thoughts and emotions, their relationship dynamics, their needs, and their strengths. I operate from a humanistic perspective, using an eclectic mix of solution-focused, person-centered, cognitive-behavioural, and interpersonal counselling approaches. I base my practice on the belief that clients have the necessary internal resources to surmount their difficulties and achieve a better quality of life.

Enkeleida Feruli, Counselor
Enkeleida Feruli
Counselor at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training / Associations
  • Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Albanian University (UFO)

  • Bachelor's in Arts Old World History, Eqerem Cabej Albania

  • Certificate of Electromagnetic Stimulation of the Brain, Albania, February 2015

  • Certificate of Cannabis and Multidimensional content treatment, Albania, March 2015

  • Certified Drug Therapist, Denmark 2018

  • Human Resource Management Diploma, George Brown College 2022

  • Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) 11245372

Fields of Interest
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Self-Esteem

  • Addiction

  • Self-development

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Mindfulness


As a mental health therapist, I understand how important it is to communicate respectfully and non-judgmentally with my clients, as well as to provide them with the necessary coping skills and to empower through self-discovery. I believe that a safe environment and structured treatment are the main factors needed to allow individuals to allow for change. I mainly use a solution-focused approach, based on the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Languages: English Only

Louise Boisvert, Counselor
Louise Boisvert
Counselor at Clinic Dr. Bita
Education / Training / Associations
  • Master's degree in Criminology, University of Ottawa

  • Bachelor's degree in Criminology, University of Ottawa

  • Member of Quebec Professional College of Criminologists (OPCQ)

  • Youth Center Educator (DPJ)

  • Addiction Worker

Areas of Expertise
  • Addiction problems

  • Personality disorders (borderline, anti-social, etc.)

  • Trauma (abuse in childhood, domestic abuse, PTSD)

  • ADHD

  • Reintegration into society / criminal past

  • Behavioral problems (children, teenagers)

  • Emotional regulation

  • Depression / burn out

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy


Criminology, being a mix of psychology and sociology, can offer a different point of view on our way of life, and find alternative solutions to our problems. As a criminologist, I can offer a different perspective to those who feel the need to logically rationalize the therapeutic process.

My professional experiences have offered me a very unique understanding of the legal system, the youth protection services, and the oppression of marginalized groups. I have been able to both learn, and teach communication skills, that can be adapted to any level of comprehension. I have also learned new and creative ways to help individuals with different lifestyle needs, such as those with ADHD, to deal with their day-to-day struggles.

I can help you understand and contextualize your emotions, as well as understand the effects of your past trauma on your current relationships. Whether it is within solutions oriented therapy (cognitive behavioral), or with the mindfulness approach, every session will be through the lens of empathy and humanism.

Languages: English & French