Our Team | Fairmarc Psychology Centre (2024)

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Dr. Madalyn Marcus Dr. Erin Eadie Dr. Brittany Rosenbloom Dr. Christianne Laliberté Durish Dr. Emily Williams Dr. Lauren O’Driscoll Dr. Marion Olmsted Dr. Sarah Mastoras Dr. Stacey Schell Dr. Teresa Marin Dr. Annamaria McAndrew Dr. Mashal Haque, MSc Dr. Monique Tremblay Dr. Nick Kerman Dr. Tara Masseratagah Lisa Rutledge, RD Gail Kardish, RD Adrienne Abrahamson, MSW Allison Hoffman, MSW Amy Moore, MSW Anja Dobri, MSW Anna Skomorovskaia, RD, CDE, MSW Anne-Marie Smith, MSW Cynthia Shea, MSW Dana Agnolin, MSW Janeen Moddejonge, MSW Jess Forster, MSW Julia Skiadaresis, MSW Katharine De Santos, MA, RP Katie Oliphant, MSW Morgan Gillin, MSW Rose Gan, MSc Sepideh Saedi, MA Tanya Browne, MSW Alexandra Knowles Come Join Our Team OurClinicians Dr. Madalyn Marcus Dr. Erin Eadie Dr. Brittany Rosenbloom Dr. Christianne Laliberté Durish Dr. Emily Williams Dr. Lauren O’Driscoll Dr. Marion Olmsted Dr. Sarah Mastoras Dr. Stacey Schell Dr. Teresa Marin Dr. Annamaria McAndrew Dr. Mashal Haque, MSc Dr. Monique Tremblay Dr. Nick Kerman Dr. Tara Masseratagah Lisa Rutledge, RD Gail Kardish, RD Adrienne Abrahamson, MSW Allison Hoffman, MSW Amy Moore, MSW Anja Dobri, MSW Anna Skomorovskaia, RD, CDE, MSW Anne-Marie Smith, MSW Cynthia Shea, MSW Dana Agnolin, MSW Janeen Moddejonge, MSW Jess Forster, MSW Julia Skiadaresis, MSW Katharine De Santos, MA, RP Katie Oliphant, MSW Morgan Gillin, MSW Rose Gan, MSc Sepideh Saedi, MA Tanya Browne, MSW Alexandra Knowles Come Join Our Team You probably have many questions FAQs References

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Dr. Madalyn
Marcus

Dr. Madalyn Marcus (she/her) is a registered clinical psychologist who has extensive experience in psychological assessment and treatment of people with diverse clinical concerns including eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, self-harm behaviour, and interpersonal and adjustment related difficulties. While she has experience in a number of evidence-based treatments, her primary approach includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Regardless of the treatment model, Dr. Marcus has a warm and empathetic approach that fosters and builds off of peoples’ strengths. She works in a collaborative fashion and is dedicated to assisting her clients achieve their therapeutic goals. Dr. Marcus’s professional experience includes psychology positions in outpatient, inpatient, day hospital, community, and private practice settings. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University. When not working, Dr. Marcus enjoys spending time with her two children and her partner, being creative and active, and travelling when possible.

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Dr. Erin
Eadie

Dr. Erin Eadie (she/her) is a Registered Clinical and Health Psychologist with considerable experience providing psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents and adults. She is also the Head of Child and Adolescent Care at Fairmarc Psychology Centre. She uses evidence-based modalities to assess and treat a diverse range of mental health concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD and other trauma-related concerns, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, emotion dysregulation, and adjustment to physical health conditions and diagnoses.

Dr. Eadie has training and experience in trauma-focused therapies, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-based approaches. She works from a trauma-informed and strengths-based perspective, and takes a collaborative, client-centred approach to therapy. She strives to work with clients to build a treatment plan based on their individual needs and values. Her style is warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental.

Dr. Eadie completed her education and training at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, and The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. She has clinical and professional experience working at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, on a local Family Health Team, and in private practice. She also provides clinical trainings and consultation to other health care providers.

Outside of work, she spends time with her family, listing to podcasts, enjoying delicious food, and travelling whenever possible.

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Dr. Brittany
Rosenbloom

Dr. Brittany Rosenbloom(she/her)is a Clinical and Health Psychologist. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, pain, interpersonal problems, emotional regulation problems, and health related problems. She works compassionately and collaboratively with each client, integrating various evidence-based treatment approaches to therapy, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), depending on client needs. She has a warm and non-judgmental approach, which helps clients feel understood and supported as they build confidence, increase self -awareness, and develop new strategies for coping and relating to others.

Dr. Rosenbloom completed her PhD at York University and her clinical residency in Health/ Rehabilitation Psychology at the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium. Her doctoral research focused on the psychosocial risk/ protective factors associated with the transition from acute to chronic pain among children and adolescents undergoing major surgery.

Outside of work, Dr. Rosenbloom enjoys hiking, yoga, cycling, running, and traveling when possible.

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Dr. Christianne
Laliberté Durish

Dr. Durish is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, working with children and adolescents. She conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments to identify learning needs and optimize school functioning, as well as neuropsychological assessments to identify impacts of neurological conditions on cognitive functioning. Her intervention work is geared towards children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, mood, or behavioural challenges. She has extensive training and experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), mindful self-compassion, and positive/attachment-based parenting interventions.

Dr. Durish completed her Master’s and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, where she became a leading researcher on the topic of the role of resilience in recovery from concussion in children and youth. She completed her residency at SickKids, where she is also undergoing completion of a clinical post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology.

Outside of work, Dr. Durish enjoys exploring new restaurants, cozying up with her dog and a good book, and spending weekends at the cottage.

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Dr. Emily Williams

Dr. Emily Williams (she/her)is a Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her PhD from the University of Calgary and completed her clinical residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Williams provides assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, eating disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has received extensive training in evidence based treatments and practices primarily from a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework. She also integrates dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and self-compassion focused approaches. Dr. Williams is thoughtful when determining a diagnosis and/or understanding her client’s concerns and symptoms and integrates client goals and standards for best practice when formulating treatment plans.She has been consistently recognized for her strong interpersonal skills and is known to establish quick, playful, and trusting relationships with her clients.

In addition to working at Fairmarc Psychology Centre, Dr. Williams works at CAMH’s Psychological Trauma Program, providing assessment and treatment for individuals who experienced traumatic exposure and/or injury while at work. Dr. Williams has completed training in various settings including CAMH’s Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services, the University of Toronto’s Health and Wellness clinic, and in several adult outpatient and forensic assessment settings within Alberta Health Services. In addition to her clinical practice, she has embarked on extensive eating disorder research, and has received prestigious scholarships and awards for her work. When Dr. Williams isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her black lab, and being outside in the sun.

Dr. Williams is currently on leave from the practice.

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Dr. Lauren
O’Driscoll

Dr. Lauren O’Driscoll (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor and her clinical residency at Eastern Health. Dr. O’Driscoll works collaboratively with adult clients presenting with a range of concerns to develop a clear understanding of current problems and to formulate meaningful and achievable goals. She draws from her extensive training in emotion focussed/experiential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, and multicultural counselling. Dr. O’Driscoll also regularly implements dialectical behavioural therapy and mindfulness-informed approaches. Her therapeutic approach is designed to facilitate emotional transformation and guide adaptive growth. She helps to promote clients’ contact with their inner experiences and personal values, with the intent of improving psychological flexibility, breaking maladaptive patterns, and fostering real world behavioural change. Dr. O’Driscoll believes in a collaborative and flexible approach to treatment, and she strives to create an environment in which the client plays an active role in their own therapeutic process. During her spare time, Dr. O’Driscoll enjoys reading, volleyball and yoga, exploring the city, listening to podcasts, and taking walks with her dog.

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Dr. Marion
Olmsted

Dr. Marion Olmsted (she/her) is a registered clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of people with eating disorders and accompanying clinical concerns such as depression, anxiety, substance use and stress management. Her primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focused on helping people make changes in their thoughts and behaviours. She incorporates aspects of motivational interviewing (MI) to help people clarify what changes they are ready and willing to make. Dr. Olmsted has experience helping people work toward recovery from their eating disorder and also has experience helping people make smaller, beneficial changes. Sometimes making even a small change can have a significant impact on your life. Dr. Olmsted has a warm, collaborative style and a direct, encouraging approach.

Dr. Olmsted worked in a specialized, hospital-based eating disorder program for many years and has experience with outpatient, day hospital and inpatient treatment. She has published research papers and presented at international conferences on the treatment of people with eating disorders. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from York University and is currently Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. When not working, Dr. Olmsted enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking and travelling.

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Dr. Sarah
Mastoras

Dr. Mastoras is a registered School Psychologist with extensive experience working within the school system. She conducts comprehensive psychoeducational assessments with children from kindergarten through high school to better understand and support their learning needs and well-being. She is experienced in the assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities, ADHD and behaviour disorders, communication and intellectual disorders, as well as mental health needs(e.g., anxiety, depression, self-esteem)that can interfere with school functioning. She also conducts gifted assessments. Dr. Mastoras takes a child-centered, strengths-based approach to her work, aiming to uncover not only the areas of need, but also the particular strengths that each child brings that can be used to best support their development and well-being. Her work is informed by the bio-psycho-social model in understanding each child she works with, and she strives to involve and empower families throughout the process.

Dr. Mastoras completed her PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary, where she co-founded the Strengths in ADHD laboratory, focused on better understanding strengths and resilience in children with ADHD. In addition to her work withchildren and youth and their families, she supervises many psychologists in training. Outside of work, Dr. Mastoras enjoys spending her time reading, creating, and exploring nature with her husband and four children.

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Dr. Stacey
Schell

Dr. Stacey Schell (she/her)is a registered Clinical Psychologist, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in 2014. She works with children, adolescents, and their parents, as well as with adults. Her approach is collaborative, client-centred, empathetic, and warm, and she emphasizes individual strengths and autonomy, while also providing the necessary structure to allow for change. Having a background in motivational interviewing, she is particularly skilled in engaging clients in the treatment process and helping them build and maintain motivation for change. Dr. Schell has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of a variety of mental health difficulties, including: emotional dysregulation, trauma, mood, anxiety, suicidality and self-harm behaviours, substance use, behavioural difficulties, and eating issues. She has training and experience in several evidence-based treatment modalities, but works primarily from Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches, most often combining mindfulness, cognitive, and behavioural strategies to help clients reach their goals. Outside of work, she spends most her time reading, writing, staying active, and being outdoors with friends and her dog.

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Dr. Teresa Marin

Dr. Teresa Marin (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist. In her sessions she follows clients’ emotions to discover what is most important them and identify what might be missing or keeping things stuck. She then helps her clients to clarify their goals and progress toward them. Her style is warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental, and she approaches each of her clients and their concerns with curiosity, thoughtfulness, and respect. Teresa provides individualized treatment by drawing from different therapeutic approaches, including emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behaviour therapy.

Teresa works with adolescents and adults with a range of concerns, including difficulties with emotion and emotion regulation, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, loneliness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and difficulties stemming from trauma, life stressors, and challenging life transitions. In addition to symptom resolution, she aims to work with clients to build self-compassion, resilience, and enhanced life satisfaction.

Teresa has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University, and she completed her clinical residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton with a major rotation in the Borderline Personality Disorder Services. Her doctoral research examined the relationship between early life adversity (e.g., child maltreatment and bullying victimization) and physical and mental health outcomes, such as posttraumatic stress and chronic pain.

Outside of work, Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, running and yoga, and relaxing with a good book or television show.

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Dr. Annamaria McAndrew

Dr. Annamaria McAndrew is a Clinical Psychologist in Supervised Practice. Dr. McAndrew is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and their parents cope with challenges by using evidence-based approaches to treatment that are adapted to meet the client’s needs. Her therapeutic style is warm and empathic, and she values the role of the therapeutic alliance in creating meaningful change.

Dr. McAndrew has extensive experience conducting psychoeducational assessments and providing therapy for a range of psychological concerns. In particular, she specializes in working with youth presenting with eating disorders, emotion dysregulation, depression, anxiety, and self-harm behavior. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2020. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Hospital for Sick Children, where she primarily worked in the Eating Disorders Program. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. While at Stanford, she provided outpatient treatment (including Family-Based Treatment, Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Adolescent-Focused Therapy) for youth with eating disorders, as well as provided comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy for youth presenting with self-harm. She also received specialized training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for young children with disruptive behavior challenges.

When she is not working at Fairmarc, Dr. McAndrew works in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at North York General Hospital. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, being outside, and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Mashal
Haque, MSc

Dr. Mashal Haque, (she/her) has experience treating a breadth of issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, and women’s health concerns. She has a strong passion for working with women experiencing mood and anxiety difficulties in the pregnancy and postpartum period. At FPC, Mashal provides Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and values building warm, non-judgemental, collaborative working relationships.

Mashal is finishing her dissertation at Queen’s University, which focuses on cognitive remediation, a treatment aimed to improve cognition and real-world functioning in individuals with severe mental illness. She recently returned home to Ontario after completing her predoctoral residency in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba.

Outside of work, Mashal enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, being outdoors, reading, and indulging in reality television shows.

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Dr. Monique
Tremblay

Dr. Monique Tremblay (she/her) is a Clinical Psychologist in supervised practice, providing psychological assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults. Her therapeutic approach is based in cognitive behaviour therapy and integrates components of other evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is passionate about utilizing a strengths-based approach with clients and is known for providing a warm and collaborative therapeutic style. She has extensive experience conducting psychoeducational assessments and treating a diverse range of presenting issues, including, mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotion regulation challenges, disruptive behaviours, social skills difficulties, as well as difficulties coping with stress.

Dr. Tremblay completed her master’s and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and her pre-doctoral residency at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Additionally, Dr. Tremblay has trained at several other hospitals and community mental health agencies, including, McMaster Children’s Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, and the Reach Out Centre for Kids.

Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her family.

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Dr. Nick Kerman

Dr. Nick Kerman (he/him) received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. He has experience with the psychological assessment and treatment of adults experiencing a range of concerns, including problematic substance use, anxiety, depression, stress management, emotion regulation, occupational and interpersonal issues, gambling, and psychosis. He is also passionate about men’s mental health.

Dr. Kerman has training in several evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, and integrates these approaches to fit his clients’ needs and goals. He works from a strengths-based and harm reduction perspective, and uses a collaborative and predominantly change-oriented approach in therapy.

Dr. Kerman completed his pre-doctoral clinical residency at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, working with adults and young adults with a concurrent disorder (i.e., co-occurring mental health and substance use problems) and individuals with psychosis. He previously trained in a range of clinical settings, including a community mental health team, a medical hospital, a private practice, and a university clinic.

In addition to his clinical practice, he is a researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His research focuses on homelessness and housing interventions, and the social determinants of mental health. Outside of work, Dr. Kerman enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, attending concerts, and relaxing with a new television show.

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Dr. Tara
Masseratagah

Dr. Masseratagah (she/her) works with adults and adolescents. She honours the diversity of her clients’ cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and sexualities, and she has experience working with minorities from these communities. Her areas of clinical focusinclude anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, perfectionism, depression, insomnia, trauma, and stressor related disorders, and body image related issues. The clinical frameworks she formulates from are Cognitive Behavioural and Exposure BasedTherapies, Relational Cultural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Client Centred Therapies. She takes an integrative and collaborative approach when working with clients to help them reach their therapeutic goals.

Dr. Masseratagah received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England (Psy.D.). Her research has focused on intercultural relationships and cultural factors in mental health. She completed her clinical residency in Clinical HealthPsychology at the University of Manitoba. There she focused on working with anxiety disorders, perinatal occurring disorders, and with adolescents. She also has received training at the LUK Crisis Center, Keene State College and the Antioch PsychologicalServices Center.

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Lisa
Rutledge, RD

Lisa Rutledge (she/her)is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image struggles. Her nutrition counselling is based on a non-diet, weight inclusive, Health At Every Size approach.
The focus of her work is helping clients build a healthier relationship with food and building confidence in her clients innate ability to nourish themselves.
After graduating from McGill University, Lisa remained in Montreal where she has worked in both private practice, clinical nutrition and community nutrition for the last 15 years.
She offers services in both English and French.
Outside of her work as a dietitian, Lisa loves to spend time with her family, explore new baking recipes and honing her novice skills of felting

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Gail
Kardish, RD

Gail Kardish(she/her) is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for working with adults with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, addictions and body image struggles. Her nutrition counselling is based on a non-diet, Health At Every Size approach. The focus of her work is helping clients build a healthier relationship with food. She started her career working at the Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Ottawa where she helped develop and implement the out-patient program as well as being the main dietitian for the symptom interruption hospitalization program.In 2014, she moved to Toronto and started working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).Outside of her work as a dietitian, Gail loves to spend time with her family, friends and pet bird Kiwi.

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Adrienne
Abrahamson, MSW

Adrienne Abrahamson (MSW, RSW) (she/her) is a registered social worker who completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto. Adrienne has over 10 years experience working with clients around a variety of symptoms and clinical concerns including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, interpersonal challenges, life transitions, self esteem and intense emotions. She has worked in different mental health settings including inpatient general psychiatry, outpatient clinics and in the community with both individuals and in group therapy. Her approach is collaborative, empathetic, genuine, respectful, and nonjudgmental. She strives to meet clients where they are at and comes into sessions with curiosity and openness. Adrienne draws on evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Narrative Therapy to help clients work toward achieving their goals. When not working Adrienne enjoys spending time with her family, exploring nature and our wonderful city, and experimenting with new recipes.

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Allison
Hoffman, MSW

Allison Hoffman (she/her) MSW, RSW, RPis a registered social worker and registered psychotherapist. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. She specializes in working with individuals who have mood and anxiety related issues, as well as relational issues. Allison’s focus while meeting with individuals is to provide a safe environment that is supportive, inclusive and collaborative while also engaging insightful and compassionate conversations to help individuals foster and make meaningful changes in their lives. Allison has worked in a variety of health settings and has experience working with both individuals and in group therapy. She has experience in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), and Interpersonal Social Rhythm Psychotherapy (IPSRT) and works with individuals who are experiencing issues related to mood and anxiety, as well as a variety of interpersonal issues like loss, life transitions, relationship conflict, self esteem issues and communication strategies. Allison loves walking endlessly in nature, finding quiet corners, being with her dogs, reading and continuing to learn about humans.

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Amy
Moore, MSW

Amy Moore (she/her) is a registered social worker. She obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Amy specializes in working with children, youth, families, and adults, and has experience in both hospital and community settings where she provides individual, group and family counselling.

Amy has worked with folks experiencing a wide range of presenting concerns including but not limited to anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns, school attendance/school challenges, ADHD, parenting support, and interpersonal challenges.

Amy’s hope is that individuals feel safe and supported in session by utilizing a collaborative, genuine, and client-centred approach in order to foster a positive relationship and empower clients to make meaningful change. Amy has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotion-Focused Skills Training (EFST) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her partner and son, being outdoors, reading and cooking.

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Anja
Dobri, MSW

Anja Dobri, MSW, RSW(she/her) is a registered social worker. She received her Master in Social Work from New York University (NYU). She has experience treating anxiety disorders, depression, emotion regulation, grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, interpersonal or family conflict, and other issues. She utilizes multiple evidence-informed treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, mindfulness approaches, and more. Anja works in a collaborative fashion to build on people’s strengths and help them reach their goals. In her free time Anja enjoys reading, baking, and being creative.

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Anna
Skomorovskaia, RD, CDE, MSW

Anna Skomorovskaia (she/her) has two professional passions, psychotherapy and nutrition. Anna Skomorovskaia, MSW, RSW, RD, CDE (she/her) is a registered social worker, psychotherapist, registered dietitian, and certified diabetes educator. She obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Laurier, as well as Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition from Ryerson University. He (she/her) r lifelong passions of nutrition, social work, and psychotherapy merged into the practice you see today.

She is uniquely positioned to combine her twenty years experience of helping people in her dietetic practice with extensive training in various techniques and modalities of psychotherapy. Her skills and competences are especially beneficial in working with individuals who have anxiety, challenging relationships with food, and eating disorders. She brings her beliefs in the values of equality, accessibility, inclusiveness, and collaboration to the supportive environment she creates for her clients. Anna’s practice is based on trauma informed approach. Creating a warm and compassionate, non-judgemental environment is paramount to her. Anna will meet her clients where they are, while building on their strengths. Each of her sessions embraces the use of evidence-based approaches. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotional Focused Therapy (EFFT), Solution Focused Behavioural Therapy (SFBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Her work is informed by Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size® principles. Anna uses the knowledge of these techniques to individualize approaches for each of her clients. Her clients have provided her with the most deep and profound learning. The life experiences Anna has gained along the way equipped her for the privilege of standing by the client’s side to empower them to navigate their heroic journey.

Anna, believe it or not, has a life that has nothing to do with nutrition or psychotherapy! She loves to play with her 2 dogs, travel, spend time with her family, play tennis, and enjoy a good laugh

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Anne-Marie
Smith, MSW

Anne-Marie (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University and completed advanced training in psychotherapy through the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.

Anne-Marie has over 20 years experience in the area of mental health and the field of eating disorders, which includes providing care in outpatient, day hospital, and inpatient treatment settings. She has worked with transition-aged youth and adults to address a variety of clinical concerns including: eating disorders, body image distress, emotional eating, substance use, anxiety, depression, separation, grief and loss, identity issues, interpersonal challenges and relationship issues, and stress management. She works in an empathic and collaborative manner and utilizes an integrated, trauma-informed, treatment approach that draws from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, emotion-focused, and dialectical behaviour therapies.

In her off-time, Anne-Marie enjoys time with family and hiking with her dog, Rosie, a Potcake rescue from Turks and Caicos.

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Cynthia
Shea, MSW

Cynthia Shea (she/her) is a registered social worker with a Bachelor in Social Work from McGill University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. With expertise in both eating disorders and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), Cynthia currently works at CAMH in their DBToutpatient program, and previously worked in the North York General Adolescent Eating Disorder program for 10 years.

Along with DBT, Cynthia uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Based Therapy and Mindfulness Therapies to help people experiencing a range of presenting issues – including depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, panic, stress management, substance use, and insomnia. She has worked in residential treatment centers, inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, community settings, and academic environments.

A firm believer that a therapeutic alliance forms the core of therapy, Cynthia is calm, non-judgmental and compassionate. She loves to live her own life dialectically (ask her more about this!),spending days exploring Toronto’s crowded street festivals, and enjoying mindful escapesintonature.

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Dana
Agnolin, MSW

Dana Agnolin (she/her) is a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OSWSSW), and is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). She attended the University of Windsor for both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work. Dana has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults. She provides treatment for people with anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, eating disorders, and substance use. Dana places value in creating a supportive and empathic environment that feels safe for children and youth. Her approachis client-centered, as she utilizes different evidence-based approaches, while meeting the client’s personaltherapeuticgoals. Dana has experience using a trauma-informed approach while incorporating the use of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), family-based treatment (FBT) and solution focused therapy. In addition to working with Fairmarc Psychology, Dana works in a hospital setting that provides treatment for adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Outside of her work she enjoys tending to her garden, finding new hiking trails and spending time with family and friends.

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Janeen
Moddejonge, MSW

Janeen Moddejonge is a registered social worker who has been practicing psychotherapy for over 12 years. Janeen has worked with people around a wide array of issues including relational conflict, interpersonal trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation struggles, separation/divorce issues, and concurrent mental health and substance use. Janeen has a varied work history with adults, as well as children, youth and their families in both clinical and forensic settings. Janeen has a particular interest in working with children and youth who are challenged by anxiety, impacted by interpersonal trauma and who have engaged in concerning sexual behaviour.

Janeen believes in lifelong learning and has training and experience in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Janeen takes a creative, collaborative and compassionate approach with clients. She is interested in hearing about your experiences and will take an integrated approach to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

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Jess
Forster, MSW

Jess Forster (she/her) is a registered social worker with more than fifteen years experience working with children, youth and families in a variety of settings including hospital based and therapeutic recreation programs. Jess has experience working with clients around a variety of issues including, anxiety, depression, self esteem, grief, adoption and chronic illness.

Jess is a life long learner has completed training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and is currently working on a certificate in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. Jess brings a blend ofcreative clinical skills to engage child and youth to help work through identified challenges in their lives as well as promote their strengths and resilience. Jess works collaborativelywith children and youth to help them identify emotions and express feelings while working to achieve their therapeutic goals.

Outside of work, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, being active, memory-keeping, listening to podcasts and drinking too much coffee.

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Julia
Skiadaresis, MSW

Julia Skiadaresis (she/her) works collaboratively with her clients to help support their mental and emotional well-being, especially when they are challenged by difficult life transitions and stressors. She does this by empowering them to build upon their strengths, resiliencies, and values in order to meet their own goals. She is passionate about working with those trying to manage eating disorders and disordered eating patterns, those working through self-esteem and body image issues, and/or those struggling with perfectionism. She mainly works with adults in private practice, while continuing to work as a clinical social worker at a hospital where she supports patients affected by chronic disease, obesity, and illness before and after bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

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Katharine
De Santos, MA, RP

Katharine De Santos (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapistwithover 18 years of experiencetreatingadults with various clinical symptoms and concerns including: depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, substance use/addiction issues and eating disorders. Her treatment experience focuses on using evidence-based approaches including CBT and DBT.Additionally, sheincorporates various modalitiessuch as:mindfulness, strength based, emotional focused and attachment based therapies.

She maintains an active engagement in Ontario’spsychotherapeutic community as a Board Director for the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). As a compassionateand understanding therapist, sheencourages self-discovery, self-acceptance and provides a positive space to heal and grow.

Katharine holds a master’s degree in Community Counseling from George Washington University and completed post graduate work at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery awarded by Harvard Medical School. Katharine’s professional experience include positions in out-patient, in-patient hospital settings, emergency trauma response, employee family assistance programs and private practice settings in Canada and the U.S.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring new places and experimenting with new recipes and culinary delights.

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Katie
Oliphant, MSW

Katie Oliphant (she/her) is a registered social worker who received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Katie is a warm and compassionate social worker who uses a client-centered, culturally sensitive, and strengths-based approach to support clients. She has a collaborative style and is passionate about creating a plan of care that is uniquely tailored to each client’s needs. Katie integrates various evidence-based modalities, including cognitive behavioural therapy and solution-focused therapy.

Katie has experience supporting individuals with chronic health conditions, life limiting illness, critical illness, mental health concerns, and experiences of trauma. She strives to provide a comfortable and safe environment where clients feel empowered. Katie works to help clients create positive change and achieve their therapeutic goals.

Outside of her work with Fairmarc Psychology, Katie works as a social worker in a hospital where she supports patients and families experiencing critical illness. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, spending time with friends and family, and dreaming of her next travel plans.

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Morgan
Gillin, MSW

Morgan Gillin(she/her) is a registered social worker. She has seven years of experience working with children, youth and adults in a variety of settings, including community mental health (children and adult), hospital based programs as well as forensic mental health. Morgan has experience working with clients around a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, interpersonal trauma, emotion regulation and interpersonal challenges, sexual behaviour problems in children, and substance use. She also has experience providing coaching and support to parents and caregivers.

Morgan has completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy. She brings a blend of clinical skills from a varied work history to help clients work through identified challenges in their lives. Morgan is empathetic, warm, professional and compassionate. She works collaboratively with clients to help them achieve their therapeutic goals.

Morgan is currently on leave and not accepting clients at this time.

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Rose
Gan, MSc

Rose is a Registered Occupational Therapist who received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Science majoring in neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Rose is also a certified yoga teacher with additional training in trauma-informed yoga practice. Currently, Rose is completing her training towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist under supervision at Fairmarc Psychology Centre.

Rose has experience providing mental health support and psychotherapy in both the hospital and community sectors, working with individuals of all ages. Along with providing individual counselling to her clients, she also has experience developing and facilitating group therapy focusing on emotional regulation, anger management, and life skills. She enjoys using a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She supplements her therapy by exploring the connection between mind and body through yoga and mindful movement. She is a holistic practitioner who tailors her approach to meet the individual needs of each client.

Self-care and leisure activities are what helps Rose to balance her life. She loves to swim in any body of water she can find, embark on canoe trips, and settle in with a good book

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Sepideh
Saedi, MA

Sepideh Saedi (she/her) has a Masters degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from University of Toronto, OISE. Her clinicalpractice celebrates diverse cultural backgrounds, gender identities, and sexualities. She has experienceworking with individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties that life can offer, including: eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, emotional regulation (i.e., anger management, mood fluctuations), body image issues, sexual assault, self-harm, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, post-immigration experiences, healing from interpersonal trauma, burnout and job dissatisfaction, life transitions and decisions, as well as the stressors that accompany everyday living.Sepideh istrained in multiple therapy modalities, and works from a client-centred, acceptance and commitment, cognitive-behavioral framework, integrating various elements of diverse evidence-based therapies. She is especially influenced by attachment-based, interpersonal, and emotion-focused therapies. Her passions and hobbies include: cooking andexploring international cuisines, as well asmeditation and having an active lifestyle.

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Tanya
Browne, MSW

Tanya Browne (BSW, MSW, RSW) (she/her) is a registered social worker who completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree at York University and Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience working with clients who struggle with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, PTSD, mood and substance use. Tanya has worked in both the community and health system working with clients individually and within group treatment. She works collaboratively with the clients to develop a safe, non-judgmental and positive environment to help facilitate behavioural change and for clients to reach their full potential. She uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) approach with her patients to help them reach their goals by challenging unhelpful thinking patterns, to learn how to manage difficult emotions and to build more adaptable coping skills. Outside of her work you can find her up north with her kids on the lake and enjoying everything the outdoors can offer.

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Alexandra
Knowles

Alexandra(she/her)is our Intake Coordinator, Office Manager and general jack of all trades. She liaises with therapists and clients on various matters, curates content for our social media accounts, handles invoicing and provides general administrative support. Alexandra’s professional background is in Human Resources, as an Executive Assistant and as the Owner/Operator of her own small business. In her spare time Alexandra keeps busy with her young family and enjoys reading, cooking, and all things creative.

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Come Join Our Team

Come join our team at Fairmarc Psychology Centre! We are a growing (and awesome) psychology private practice specializing in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and in the provision of evidenced-based treatments.

We are seeking a motivated, skilled, and engaged clinical psychologist or social worker to join our team. We are a wonderful group of clinicians and offer a busy work load, competitive compensation, and great opportunities for connection/learning/growth.

The ideal clinician will have:

-Current registration or eligibility for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario or OntarioCollegeofSocial Workers

-Experience providing services to a wide range of clients

-Experience in Eating Disorders and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) preferred

-Excellent communication (written and verbal)

We look forward to connecting with you around this opportunity. If you are interested, please include a copy of your curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest to Info@Fairmarc.ca.

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About Us

Thank you for arriving here and getting to know us. Please reach out if you have any questions about our approach or expertise. We look forward to meeting.

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    Clinical & Health Psychologist & Head of Child & Adolescent Care

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  • Dr. Brittany
    Rosenbloom

    Clinical & Health Psychologist

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  • Dr. Christianne
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    Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist

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    Olmsted

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    School Psychologist

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    Social Worker

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    Hoffman, MSW

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    Moore, MSW

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    Skiadaresis, MSW

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    De Santos, MA, RP

    Registered Psychotherapist

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    Oliphant, MSW

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    Gan, MSc

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We would love to help address the questions you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs

Why is my client not opening up in therapy? ›

Getting a client to open up in therapy starts with their first impression. The atmosphere your space represents plays a huge role in that. To create a safe and comfortable environment, consider cool colors, nothing intense or distracting on the walls, and comfortable places for them to sit.

How do you work with clients who are stuck? ›

10 Ways to Help Stuck Clients Move Forward
  1. Strategy #1: Align, Lift, and Lead. ...
  2. Strategy #2: Visualize the Desired Response. ...
  3. Strategy #3: Identify Inspiring Goals. ...
  4. Strategy #4: Locate the Root of an Emotional Conflict. ...
  5. Strategy #5: Reverse Traumatic Memories. ...
  6. Strategy #6: Change Beliefs With Imagery and Metaphor.

Do I need therapy or am I just overreacting? ›

How do you know if you should talk to a therapist? If you feel overwhelmed or burned out by life's stressors, or are unsure how to move toward a important goal, then therapy can be useful for you. You don't have to be experiencing particular mental health challenges or symptoms to benefit from therapy.

What is an example of confrontation skills in Counselling? ›

An example of confrontation is when Janelle comes to a therapy meeting while under the influence of drugs. Her counselor empathetically confronts her based on her disconnect between wanting to maintain a healthy, sober life and her actual actions.

When clients are silent in therapy? ›

Some are becasue of a patient's need to reflect on what has been said or felt in session. Some people need time to think, to gather their thoughts and then to put them into coherent sentences. Symptom of illness: The silence may be a symptom of a depression, post traumatic stress disorder, bipolar depressed state, etc.

How do I get a quiet client to open up? ›

Stuck? 5 Proven Techniques to Get your Client to Become More Talkative
  1. Be Welcoming. Particularly at first, the therapy session can feel a bit clinical or even business-like. ...
  2. Active Listening. ...
  3. Build a Powerful Relationship. ...
  4. Carefully Focus your Questions. ...
  5. Ask Open-Ended Questions – Then Answer Them.
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How do you go deeper with clients in therapy? ›

Some strategies that may help include:
  1. Help the client feel more welcome. ...
  2. Know that relationships take time. ...
  3. Never judge the client. ...
  4. Manage your own emotions. ...
  5. Talk about what the client wants from therapy. ...
  6. Ask more or different questions. ...
  7. Don't make the client feel rejected. ...
  8. Refer to another therapist.
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How many clients do therapists see a week? ›

Research by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that almost 42% of psychologists work between 40 – 49 hours per week on average. “It's not uncommon for therapists to see an average of 6-9 clients per day and up to 20 plus per week.

Why do I feel like my therapist isn't helping? ›

Reasons, such as lack of trust or feeling misunderstood, may make you feel like therapy isn't helping. Here's how you can improve your experience. There are many reasons why therapy may not be working for you. Your therapist, the type of therapy they provide, and how they relate to you may be the reasons.

When therapy is not enough? ›

Consider Inpatient Mental Health Treatment. Even if you try all of the above tips, there are times when occasional therapy sessions aren't enough to help you recover, whether you supplement them with medication or not. In those cases, you may want to consider inpatient mental health treatment instead.

Why do therapists always ask how you feel? ›

In asking them how they feel, they are asked to examine their emotions and become more aware. I have even had clients respond, “Wow, no one has ever asked me how I felt.” If you're thinking you can relate to not understanding emotions, you're not alone.

How do you gently challenge a client? ›

Tips for challenging a client the right way
  1. Pause, breathe and schedule a meeting. More often than not, the heat of the battle is not when you want to respond to a client about a big decision. ...
  2. Research the situation. ...
  3. Make it about them, not you. ...
  4. Establish your credibility.
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What is the most challenging for a counsellor? ›

5 Biggest Challenges for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Healing past trauma.
  • Learning new and better coping skills.
  • Understanding critical thinking.
  • Feel more comfortable entering social situations.
  • Learning stress management.
  • Fighting substance abuse.
  • Increasing emotional health.

What is boundaries in counseling? ›

A boundary can be described as a frame around the counseling relationship that creates safety for the client. Counselors need to establish clear boundaries in their work because clients can easily misunderstand the nature of the counseling relationship.

How do you get someone to open up in therapy? ›

Demonstrate sharing and self-disclosure. Without "hijacking the conversation and making it about you," Bruneau says, "self-disclosure can also be effective in helping someone open up." She recommends phrasing sharing and self-disclosure statements in a way that prompts them to offer their experience.

Why do clients get stuck in therapy? ›

The person wants more development, but feels unable to obtain it. This can occur for many reasons. For instance, the client may not be ready for the necessary changes, the gap between sessions is too long, or the therapist isn't pushing the client enough.

What to do when a client shuts down in therapy? ›

It is very important to communicate clearly and often to the client that shutting down can't hurt them. In fact, it is an evolved response that likely helped them to remain as safe as possible through past trauma. This re-conceptualization of the shutdown is a key part of addressing shame for some people.

What is client abandonment in therapy? ›

They should be careful to uphold the Code so that clients are not harmed by the clinician's departure. When clinicians leave a caseload without coverage by an appropriately qualified professional, it is called client abandonment.

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