Meet Our Team

DR. IRYNA IVANOVA

DR. JOANNE BIHARI

Krista Brouwer, RP

DR. ROBI WIROVE

Dr. ROBERT HILL

Pamela Ford-VERDON

As a clinical psychologist, it is my privilege to help you better understand yourself in order to lead a meaningful & fulfilling life. 

I am passionate about working with individuals who experienced various forms of trauma: early childhood physical, sexual, emotional abuse and/or neglect, war-related trauma, and occupational trauma. I also have extensive experience working with individuals who experience various forms of anxiety.

I have expertise in the assessment, treatment and research of eating disorders. In addition to completing my dissertation project on an innovative treatment for eating disorders (i.e., EFT), I completed post-doctoral fellowship through the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute at The Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders. These experiences enable me to have a comprehensive approach to address your goals, help guide you to understand your emotions, improve relationship to your body and yourself, build a more intuitive approach to food, eating, and lifestyle, and improve relationships with loved ones. 

I have extensive clinical training in Emotion-Focused as well as Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Psychotherapies. This, coupled with a personal interest and practice in yoga and mindfulness provide a comprehensive and compassionate framework from which to understand your individual concerns and address unhelpful relationship patterns. Depending on the presenting concern, I also integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Brainspotting Therapy (Phase I, II, & IV, Expansion Brainspotting), Reconsolidation Therapy, and Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy.

I completed my Ph.D in Counselling & Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto (OISE) and have trained in various hospital and treatment centres across Canada before founding Ivanova Psychology & Associates.

I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ottawa Academy of Psychology. I provide clinical supervision and consultation to clinicians and graduate trainees in psychology at Dr. Ivanova Psychology & Associates. I am able to provide services in Russian.

"Through the power of connection, our deepest wounds can lead to profound healing."

Dr. Iryna Ivanova, C. Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

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IRYNA@IVANOVAPSYCHOLOGY.COM

*not currently accepting new clients*

Ivanova, I.(2019). Emotion-Focused Therapy to Facilitate Positive Body Image and Embodiment. In T. L. Tylka & N. Piran (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Body Image: Constructs, Protective Factors, and Interventions (pp. 277-287). Oxford University Press, New York. 

Carlucci, S., Chyurlia, L., Presniak, M., Mcquaid, N., Wiley, J. C., Wiebe, S., Hill, R., Garceau, C., Baldwin, D., Slowikowski, C., Ivanova, I., Grenon, R., Balfour, L., & Tasca, G. A. (2022). A group's level of defensive functioning affects individual outcomes in group psychodynamic-interpersonal psychotherapy. Psychotherapy (Chicago, Ill.), 59(1), 57–62. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000423

Keshen, A., Kaplan, A. S., Masson, P., Ivanova, I., Simon, B., Ward, R., Ali, S. I., & Carter, J. C. (2022). Binge eating disorder: Updated overview for primary care practitioners. Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien, 68(6), 416–421. doi.org/10.46747/cfp.6806416

Carlucci, S., Chyurlia, L., Presniak, M., Mcquaid, N., Wiebe, S., Hill, R., Wiley, J. C., Garceau, C., Baldwin, D., Slowikowski, C., Ivanova, I., Grenon, R., Balfour, L., & Tasca, G. A. (2022). Change in defensive functioning following group psychodynamic-interpersonal psychotherapy in women with binge-eating disorder. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.doi.org/10.1080/00207284.2022.2061980

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THE FULCRUM

Eating disorders among young Ontarians on the rise in recent months

In the Media

No, EDs are not just a skinny white girl problem

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Keshen, A., Helson, T., Ali, S., Dixon, L., Ivanova, I., Masson, P.C., Treasure, T., Warren, K., Scattolon, Y., Aubie, C., Town, J. (2019). A self-help carer intervention as an adjunct to adult outpatient eating disorder treatment, Eating Behaviors, 101359. doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2019.101359.

Grenon, R., McKenna, A., Maxwell, H., Carlucci, S., Brugnera, A., Schwartze, D., Hammond, N., Ivanova, I., Mcquaid, N., Proulx, G., & Tasca, G.A. (2018). The Quality of Randomized Controlled Trials of Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 27. doi: 10.1002/mpr.1734

Grenon, R., Carlucci, S., Brugnera, A., Schwartze, D., Hammond, N., Ivanova, I., Mcquaid, N., Proulx, G., & Tasca, G. A. (2018). Psychotherapy for eating disorders: A meta-analysis of direct comparisons. Psychotherapy Research, 29, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2018.1489162

Tasca, G.A., Koszycki, D., Brugnera, A., Chyurlia, L., Hammond, N., Francis, K., Ritchie, K., Ivanova, I., Proulx, G., Wilson, B., Beaulac, J., Bissada, H., Beasley, E., Mcquaid, N., Grenon, R., Fortin-Langelier, B., Compare, A., & Balfour, L. (2018). Testing a stepped care model for binge-eating disorder: A two-step randomized controlled trial. Psychological Medicine. doi:10.1017/S0033291718001277

Grenon, R., Schwartze, D., Hammond, N., Ivanova, I., Mcquaid, N., Proulx, G., & Tasca, G. A. (2017). Group psychotherapy for eating disorders: A meta‐analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 50(9), 997-1013.

Carlucci, S., Ivanova, I., Bissada, H., & Tasca, G.A. (2017).Validity and reliability of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) in a clinical sample with eating disorders. Eating Behaviours, 26, 148-154.

Ivanova, I., Tasca, G.A., Proulx, G., & Bissada, H. (2016). Contribution of Interpersonal Problems to Eating Disorder Psychopathology via Negative Affect in Treatment-Seeking Men and Women: Testing the Validity of the Interpersonal Model in an Understudied Population. Journal Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 24, 952-964. 

Ivanova, I. V., Tasca, G. A., Proulx, G., Bissada, H. (2015). Does the Interpersonal model apply across eating disorder diagnostic groups? A structural equation modeling approach. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 56, 80-87.

Ivanova, I. V., Tasca, G. A., Hammond, N., Balfour, L., Ritchie, K., Koszycki, D., & Bissada, H. (2015). Negative affect mediates the relationship between interpersonal problems and binge-eating disorder symptoms and psychopathology in a clinical sample: A test of the interpersonal model. European Eating Disorders Review, 23, 133–138.

Ivanova, I. & Watson, J.C. (2014). Emotion-Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders: Enhancing Emotional Processing. Journal of Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 13 (4), 278-293.

As a clinical psychologist, I provide assessment and psychotherapy to help individuals and couples with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD), complex trauma, grief and living fully with illness. I use an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from my training in emotionally focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (mindfulness-based and compassion-focused), somatic therapies (somatic experiencing and sensorimotor psychotherapy). I use emotionally focused therapy to help couples of any gender and sexual orientation to move out of distress and enjoy a greater sense of safety and connection.

I have experience working within a range of community mental health, hospital and prison settings, in addition to cancer and hospice care, and private practice. I completed my Masters degree in Health Psychology at the University of West England Bristol, UK, where my research explored people’s experiences of living fully with cancer. I completed my Doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Exeter, UK, where my published research explored the impact of mindfulness practice on interpersonal relationships in people living with chronic depression. My findings suggested that when we practice mindfulness, it can help us to “relate mindfully” to the important people in our lives. When we can be present with our own joyful and painful emotions with kindness and respect, we can experience an increased sense of openness, joy, compassion and connection with others.

 I am committed to lifelong training and development to provide ethical, safe services to indigenous and racialized people.

Dr. Joanne Bihari

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

PUBLICATIONS

Joanne@IvanovaPsychology.com
    *Not accepting new clients*

Bihari, J,L.,N., & Mullan, E.G. (2014). Relating Mindfully: A Qualitative Exploration of Changes in Relationships Through Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Mindfulness, 5, 46–59. 

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As a Registered Psychotherapist, I provide psychotherapy grounded in warmth and authenticity that focuses on supporting you to grow and make life changes that align with your values and life situations. Together, we will work to understand the unique challenges you face and to build on the strengths you hold as you move toward your goals.

I provide a therapy environment that creates space for reflection and empowers you to address suffering related to anxiety, trauma, depression, grief and loss, role transitions and challenges in interpersonal relationships. I use the knowledge and experience I have gained to work together with you, focusing on what matters to you for a meaningful life. To help you through this journey, I integrate training I have received in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), as well as principles and practices from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), compassion-focused approaches and from body-based approaches such as Somatic Experiencing (SE). In our conversations we determine together how these various perspectives might apply to your particular life situation. I bring experience in working with individuals in a variety of contexts including in community mental health agencies and in partnership with the Royal Ottawa Hospital, as well as in post-secondary settings and employee and family assistance.

I have a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa’s program in Counselling Psychology and am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. My work at Ivanova Psychology and Associates is being supervised by Dr. Iryna Ivanova.

Krista Brouwer, M.Ed.

REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Krista@IvanovaPsychology.com

613-688-3230

As a clinical and health psychologist, my values of authenticity, enthusiasm, and humility drive my interactions with clients. I am truly passionate about working together with you to achieve your goals.
 
I am enthusiastic about helping you overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, and health related concerns, support you as you go through difficult life transitions, and help you process grief and loss. The key to my work is the integration of scientific evidence, clinical judgment, your preferences and needs.  I am a life-long learner and continuously integrate acquired knowledge and skills into my clinical work with you in order to enhance the outcome. To this end, I draw from client-centered (Rogerian), interpersonal, emotion-focused, and psychodynamic orientations. I am also trained in cognitive behavioral and cognitive processing therapies.
 
I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I have received clinical training through various settings including hospitals, community mental health, private practice, and the federal correctional system. I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Clinical & Health PSYCHOLOGIST

PUBLICATIONS

Robi@IvanovaPsychology.com
                
613-704-2640

Dr. Robi Wirove, C.Psych.

Haag, A. M., Boyes, A., Cheng, J., MacNiel, A., Wirove, R. (2016). An Introduction to the issues of cross-cultural assessment inspired by Ewert v. Canada. Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. 3 (2), 65-75.

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Haag, A. M., Cheng, J., & Wirove, R. (2016). Describing the Not Criminally Responsible Population in Alberta’s History: Sociodemographic, Mental Health and Criminological Profiles. Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being. 1 (3), 68 – 74.

I am a clinical and health psychologist (supervised practice) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I have worked with clients seeking services for managing anxiety, difficulty in their close relationships, resolving or processing trauma, binge eating issues, low mood, and help processing grief. My approach in psychotherapy is to help you work towards your goals by identifying barriers that often lead to you feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Through this process, that includes exploration and understanding, we can begin to bring about lasting change that will help you thrive. 
 
I completed my psychology residency at The Ottawa Hospital and at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Psychological Treatment and Research. I received training from a variety of settings, including The Ottawa Hospital, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Group, the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, and the Ottawa Institute for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Technically speaking, I have received extensive training in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), grief and existential work, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). In other words, I have gained a variety of skills and strategies to help you process, manage, and adapt to the many challenges of life.
 
My work at Ivanova Psychology and Associates is being supervised by Dr. Iryna Ivanova, C.Psych. I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Dr. Robert Hill, C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Clinical & Health Psychologist

Robert@IvanovaPsychology.com
613-688-3230

PUBLICATIONS

Ritchie, K., Gerin-Lajoie, C., Roth, V., Kekewich, M., Mulligan, B., Hill, R., Eggins, K., Schreiter, M., & Chamberlain, K. (2021). Becoming a resilient ready health care organization. Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 43 (1), 6-7.
 
Hill, R., Tasca, G.A., Presniak, M., Francis, K., Palardy, M., Grenon, R., McQuaid, N., Hayden, G., Gick, M., & Bissada, H. (2015). Defense mechanism functioning improves during group therapy for binge eating disorder. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 78 (1), 75-88. doi: 10.1080/00332747.2015.1015897
 
Keating, L., Tasca, G. A., & Hill, R. (2013). Structural relationships among attachment insecurity, alexithymia, and body esteem in women with eating disorders. Eating Behaviors, 14, 366-373. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.06.013

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Pamela Ford is a Client Focused specialist with 20+ years of experience in Customer service, Office administration and Employee management. Pamela specializes in office technologies & platforms and regularly attends training sessions to showcase new Administration and Client based wellness apps. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace, Pamela regularly develops internal wellness events to assist Team members with effective enthusiasm and morale. Pamela enjoys a good Netflix binge but can also be found on long rides on hilly country roads or beautiful lakes and streams.

Pamela Ford-Verdon

Office Administrator

Pamela@IvanovaPsychology.com
613-688.3230

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