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Yarden Levy

4th Year PhD Student (she/her)

Clinical Counsellor

Clinical Approach:
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Goal oriented
  • Professional
I can support clients with:
  • ADHD and ADD
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Panic Attacks or Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Trauma or PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse/Violence
  • Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Spirituality
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Learning Disabilities,
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
I practice from these models:
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • ACT
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Gottman Method
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Neurofeedback
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused

Personal Statement

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Human behaviour has always intrigued me, and I’m passionate about learning how our memories shape our past, present and future. I’m currently entering my 4th year of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Doctoral Candidate at McMaster University.

Why did I decide on my current profession?

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Curiosity! Uncovering why and how certain memories are transformed and reinstated in our mind’s eye is of great interest to me. As well, how anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma-related conditions can leave a physical imprint on our brain-health. I truly believe that psychotherapy can promote changes in the brain. This deeply fascinated and excited me to learn how to translate this information in therapy.

What do I like most about what I do?

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There are an endless number of reasons why working in mental health is deeply fulfilling and satisfying. However, one aspect that I love in doing therapy, particularly in group-therapy, is seeing how challenges that previously held someone back becomes the foundation for developing trust, safety, and security for new and healthy relationships.

FAQ with Yarden

What does integrative wellbeing mean to you?

In its essence, integrative health and wellbeing means flexibility. Specifically, it means accepting that every individual is different, and what makes us unique is our connection with our emotions, thoughts, body, and our unique spiritual or religious backgrounds. In treatment, it’s important to understand that we each have our own unique backgrounds because it is impossible to separate different parts of ourselves in mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual components.

Integrative health and wellbeing means taking a whole person approach and taking the time to understand how to best support you as an individual.

What do you want your clients to know about you and what it's like to work with you?

I tend to take a research informed, yet flexible approach in therapy. In other words, I like to monitor how therapy is going on a weekly basis to make sure that we are working towards your therapeutic goals. Sometimes, unforeseen difficult life situations come up and I’m happy to shift our approach in order to better meet your needs.

What excites you about mental health?

I am most excited about how our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours have a neurophysiological impact on our mental wellness and brain functioning. Through studying how exercise, meditation, and therapy programs can have long-lasting changes in areas of our life, I strongly believe that it’s never too late to start therapy, and each minor decision we make is akin to a single note of a beautiful symphony of our lives that are waiting to be played.

What do your clients say about you?

In the past, I have received feedback that my approach tends to be very flexible, non-judgemental, accepting, and gentle. I try my best to meet clients with where they are at – while at the same time, keeping in mind goals from the onset of treatment.

What do you want to say to someone struggling with mental illness or emotional difficulty?

“Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

For Fun...

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What’s your favourite quote or personal mantra?

“That 500 pounds of armor that you put on to protect yourself is not really ever going to protect you, but it is going to suffocate you and prevent you from growing into your gift. Show up. Be brave. Be seen.” — Brene Brown.

What’s your favourite hobby or past time?

Spending time with family, going for hikes, seeing live music, developing a spiritual practice, and meditation.

What’s your favourite book or topic to read?

I love anything written by Alain de Botton, Oliver Sacks, Andrew Solomon, Elyn Saks, Steven Pinker, Judith Herman and Bessel van der Kolk. Mostly, I love reading about controversies within psychology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, and neurology. I am also a huge fan of poetry, as well as narrative accounts of mental illness and autobiographies of mental health and neurology advocates.

What’s your favourite drink and how do you take it?

Americano with milk and a Splenda.

What are your top 3 go to self-care activities?

1. Taking one-day a week to disconnect from emails, text-messages, and work;

2. Daily meditation practice;

3. Art

What are your top 3 character strengths?

1. Honesty

2. Gratitude

3. Love of learning

Professional Associations that you are a member of:
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Ontario Psychological Association
  • National Academy for Neuropsychology
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
  • European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Specialty Certifications and Continuing Education Programs:
  • Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Doctoral Candidate at McMaster University (anticipated date of graduation is August 2023)
  • Honours Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from York University, graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2018
  • CBT Level 1: Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Adler Faculty of Continuing Education
  • TI-204: Tools for Trauma: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach from the Traumatology Institute
  • TI-205: Group Approaches with Trauma Survivors: Clinical from the Traumatology Institute
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm from the Gottman Institute
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 2: Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities from the Gottman Institute

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