MEET OUR TEAM

Founder

Dr. Dawn DeCunha

Founder & Psychologist

Dawn DeCunha is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist with over three decades of experience. She earned her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1991 and founded Psychology Works, a renowned community-based practice.

Initially specializing in School Psychology, Dawn developed expertise in cognition, memory, attention, achievement, and self-regulation. Her trauma-informed clinical practice focuses on youth with acquired brain injuries, involving her in legal matters and innovative healing methods.

A personal event led her to explore psychedelic therapy, earning her postgraduate certification from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She mentors trainees and is an affiliate research scientist at CAMH, engaged in psilocybin and depression research.

Dawn provides advanced training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and runs one of Toronto’s first KAP clinics. She also advises public companies in the psychedelic domain, promoting safe and responsible advancements in the field.

Medical team

Dr. Naveed syed

M.D.

Dr. Naveed Syed graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He has extensive experience in the following areas of medicine including:  hospital medicine, post-acute care, mental health, palliative care, pain management and senior’s health.  Dr. Syed has a passion for helping patients understand their health and medications to help them live happier, healthier lives.

ania Malgorzata janik

Medical Associate (NP)

Nurse Practitioner, Ania Janik holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science from Ryerson University and a Master of Science of Nursing – Acute Nurse Practitioner –Adult stream from University of Toronto and has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Ania has been a Nurse Practitioner for 12 years working in Internal Medicine for 10 years and Emergency Medicine prior to that. Ania has over 23 years of Critical care and Trauma experience, including over 14 years as a Rapid Response Team member.

Dr. Jacqueline kosta

Psychiatrist

Dr. Jacqueline Kosta is a Psychiatrist who graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 2013. She completed her residency training at the University of Toronto in 2018. She has worked in student health at the University of Toronto and Toronto Metropolitan University. She has also worked more extensively with those struggling with chronic pain and addictions. She has a strong interest in trauma work, in the treatment of mood and anxiety, and the assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  

Our Psychedelic clinicians 

Tatiana Santini

MA, RP, RCC, SEP, RRT            Vancouver, BC

Tatiana is a trauma therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) with formal training in Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research from CIIS. She is skilled in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) and uses various modalities tailored to individual needs, including somatic experiencing, mindfulness-based, body-oriented, and transpersonal approaches. Specializing in trauma, addiction, psychedelic integration, and KAP, Tatiana has extensive experience leading group journeys and is actively involved in teaching, training, and mentoring emerging psychedelic psychotherapists. 

RUI Tian

MA, GCPain, RP Toronto, ON

Rui, a Registered Psychotherapist, offers psychotherapy and counseling for individuals, couples, and families. With expertise in mental health, addictions, developmental disabilities, and dual diagnosis, he addresses a wide range of issues including traumatic injuries, chronic illness, parenting, relationships, and personal development. Rui employs Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Clinical Hypnosis, Emotional-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Family Systems Therapy. He emphasizes Harm Reduction, Relapse Prevention, resiliency building, and life coaching in his practice.

Dr. Terra dafoe

Ph.D, C. Psych. Toronto, ON

 

Dr. Terra is a registered clinical and counseling psychologist specializing in complex mental health, attachment, and trauma-informed care. Trained in attachment, mindfulness, and cognitive-based therapies, she addresses issues like trauma, psychosis, parenting, stress, anxiety, and depression. With over ten years of personal mindfulness practice, Terra integrates these techniques into her work. Her certifications include Maternal Mental Health, Attachment, and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. She is dedicated to understanding psychedelic medicine’s role in mental health and aiding in integration.

Dr. Sachiko nagasawa

B.Sc, M.A, Ph.D,       C. Psych.           North Bay, ON 

Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience treating various psychological conditions, specializing in trauma-exposed professionals, perinatal and postpartum populations, and individuals with complex childhood trauma. A lifelong advocate for mental well-being, Dr. Nagasawa is passionate about understanding and alleviating the challenges people face. She holds a doctorate in clinical/counselling psychology from the University of Toronto. Committed to ongoing professional development, she recently earned a postgraduate certificate in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy from the Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network.

Dr. Jill Schroeder

M.Ed, C. Psych Windsor, ON

Dr. Jill is a Clinical Psychologist in Ontario, offering research-based psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults. She helps clients understand their patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to achieve their full potential. Jill promotes an empowered approach to well-being, valuing clients as experts of their own lives. Using expanded states techniques, she guides them on a journey of self-discovery for a more meaningful and contented life. Throughout therapy, clients can expect warmth, compassion, empathy, respect, and a non-judgmental stance. Jill supports each individual with genuine regard for their unique circumstances.

Dr. Sandra L. Stewart

H.B.Sc, MA, Ph.D,    C. Psych             North Bay, ON 

Dr. Sandra Stewart, born in Toronto, Ontario, earned her B.Sc. in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, a Master’s in Physiological Psychology from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Waterloo. She held clinical and research positions at London Psychiatric Hospital and North Bay Psychiatric Hospital, transitioning to private practice in 2005. With over 22 academic publications, she blends research with clinical practice, focusing on trauma-related disorders in Military Veterans, First Responders, and others. Dr. Stewart also holds a Health Informatics diploma from McMaster University and offers psychedelic-assisted therapy.

Admin & Consultation team

Mukta gandhi

Office Manager (B.Ed, MA) 

My name is Mukta Gandhi. I am very excited to join the Psychology Works Family as an Office Manager.

I have 14+ years in the rehab world dealing with many aspects of business such as payroll, accounts payable, receivables, hiring, training, relationship building with MVA adjusters, WSIB adjudicators and legal teams.

I like to challenge myself with new things and learn from different experiences of those around me. I like to create a collaborative and inclusive environment that leads to efficiencies  in the flow of the clinic.

Ravina Sankar

Clinic Coordinator & Consultant (H.B.Sc)

Ravina is a graduate of York University’s Specialized Honours Psychology program, where she completed her undergraduate thesis project on the relation between adverse childhood events and feelings of mattering in university students. She has previously served as a laboratory assistant, peer tutor, and student health ambassador at her university. Currently, Ravina is the Clinic Coordinator at BreakThrough Therapy, taking inquiries, offering client consultations, orientations, and performing psychological testing. She is excited to welcome you to BTT and support you through your healing journey.

Monica lau

RP(qualifying) (BA, MACP)

Monica is currently working towards becoming a registered psychotherapist. She enjoys working with individuals in the areas of grief, end-of-life, existential/spiritual matters,  identity, trauma, life transitions and holotropic states. Monica blends behavioural, relational and person-centred approaches to create a safe and non-judgemental space to explore whatever you may bring. She supports clients to develop a deeper understanding of themselves that encourages clients to move through their lives with more ease and resilience.

What makes us unique?

At Breakthrough Therapies, we are committed to easing our patients’ suffering and fostering trust and unity in our community. We believe that patients know their own well-being best, and our therapists help them tap into their inner wisdom, sometimes with the aid of mind-expanding compounds. This innovative approach redefines mental health treatment and builds strong, trust-based therapeutic relationships.

Our team’s passion, commitment and expertise are key to our specific approach to transformational change. With specialized training and extensive experience, we are a friendly, approachable team dedicated to not only making a meaningful difference in our patients’ lives, but also with the medical and psychological communities to inform and bring this groundbreaking science forward.

Our Vision

We believe Nature is integral to healing. By simply being in her presence, without a goal, we can rest, stay curious, and let the trees’ energies heal us. Imagine leaving a doctor’s office and stepping into the serene scent of pine and cedar, under a blue sky, with birds and the sound of water. Our vision is to create these peaceful, beautiful, and safe environments in the heart of the city, easily accessible to everyone.

We strive to be pioneers in Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy, fostering a united and innovative psychedelic community. Our dedication to excellence drives us to develop and apply transformative therapeutic practices that promote profound healing and self-transformation.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to alleviate suffering, one person at a time, by providing our groundbreaking method to patients, educating the general public as well as health care providers, and politicians and policymakers. We believe change needs to be systemic, from the top down and the bottom up.

We strive to fuse ancient wisdom with cutting-edge insights to enhance healing. We bring our innovations to life through teaching, training, and mentorship programs for emerging therapists. Additionally, we aim to lead in education and research by collaborating with top minds to dismantle outdated structures and meet the evolving needs of our community.

Our Values

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Our Patient is the Core of our Work

We are aware that our patients suffer a great deal, and our work is to alleviate some, or all, of that suffering.  We strive to improve our capacities for deep listening, non-interference, and expanded awareness to provide the best, most transformative experience possible for our patients.

02

Expertise

We respect and remain in awe of the infinite complexity of the human mind.  We remain on a constant quest to understand more and commit to applying our knowledge in a nuanced and humble way to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.

03

Integrity

We intend to remain radically honest and transparent in our dealings with anyone associated with our practice.  We believe full disclosure is at the heart of trusting and sustained relationships with our patients and our partners.

 

04

Inclusivity

We intentionally strive to always maintain a non-judgmental attitude in all our interactions to create an environment in which all individuals feel understood and included.

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Respect

We respect and honour the view that there are many paths that lead us to knowing ourselves better, from indigenous and shamanic, to empirical and evidence-based, to spiritual and Gaia-based cosmologies. All are welcome.