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– Margaret Mead
MIdtown Psychological Services
Registered Psychologist, Yonge at Eglinton in Toronto
About the Team
Midtown Psychological Services is a professional psychology practice in Midtown Toronto (Yonge & Eglinton), specializing in clinical, counselling and school psychology. It’s our mission to provide comprehensive diagnostic services and compassionate evidence based psychotherapeutic treatment to individuals and families in the midtown community and beyond.
We are committed to excellence in our work and participate in ongoing training, supervision, and professional consultation. It’s also always a particular pleasure to welcome the next generation of talented psychology students and interns to train in our clinic.
At Midtown Psychology, we strive to maintain a global perspective at the intersection of gender, economics, culture and race. We strive to share values of respect, honesty and professional integrity, humility and non-judgment, personal growth and lifelong learning. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Donna M. Reist, PhD., C. Psych.
Pronoun: She, She-ish
It has been my pleasure to provide over 30 years of counselling, psychotherapy and assessment services; working in private practice, community organizations, schools, and corporate settings. During this time I have cared for a wide variety of individuals, couples and groups from a diverse range of socioeconomic, cultural and sexually diverse backgrounds.
I have worked extensively in the areas of depression, anxiety, physical and sexual trauma, addictions, personality disorders, family and relationship difficulties, crisis management, and career related stress. My associates and I are also trained and licensed in providing standardized psychological and psychoeducational diagnostic assessments for children, adolescents and adults.
I am a registered member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, licensed to provide psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and organizations. I was educated first at York University, where I received a Specialized Honours in Psychology. I then received my Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the University of Toronto.
As a registered psychologist, I am committed to lifelong learning and a high standard of care. I participate in ongoing professional training that is evidence based and relevant to the needs of my patients. In accordance with the regulations of my College and the Canadian Psychological Association, I abide by all ethical standards and quality assurance guidelines.
My professional affiliations include active memberships in the following organizations:
Angela Massey-Garrison, MA, OCT
Ms. Angela Massey-Garrison is a valued associate with extensive training and experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She became a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and then obtain additional qualifications in special education. She worked for 8 years as a special education teacher, assisting students with learning and behaviour challenges, as well as gifted learners.
During her work as a special education teacher, Ms. Massey-Garrison completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from York University, followed by her Master of Arts in School and Clinical Psychology from OISE/University of Toronto. She then moved out of the classroom and into Psychological Services at the Toronto District School Board. For 5 years she provided psychoeducational consultation services to teachers and families, as well as comprehensive psychological assessments for children and adolescents. She is extensively trained and experienced on how to best assess learning needs and to determine follow up strategies and interventions to help students reach their potential.
Ms. Massey-Garrison is currently completing her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto. She maintains her registration with the Ontario College of Teachers and is an active student member of the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Ontario Psychological Association. Ms. Massey-Garrison works under my supervision in accordance with the requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
Richa Ahuja, M.A., M.Phil., C.Psych. Assoc. (Supervised Practice)
We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Richa Ahuja to our practice. Ms. Ahuja worked as a psychologist in New Delhi, India where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Psychology, followed by a Master of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi. Since 2012, Ms. Ahuja has worked on multidisciplinary teams in a busy urban hospital and as a consultant in an Early Intervention Centre for children in New Delhi. Ms. Ahuja is a highly skilled clinician able to assess, diagnose and treat children, adolescents and adults with learning and mental health issues. In her work as a psychotherapist, Richa uses an integrative approach, drawing from psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral and humanistic therapies. She also uses mindfulness-based therapy and solution focused therapy. Ms. Ahuja is currently a supervised member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. As she transitions to work in Ontario she will be, for a limited time, under Dr. Reist’s supervision. Ms. Ahuja speaks fluent English and Hindi.
Richa’s Office Hours:
Monday: 9 – 5
Wednesday: 9 – 5
Elizabeth McFarlane, M.Ed., OCT
Ms. Elizabeth McFarlane is a retired school principal, member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and the Ontario Principals Council (OPC). She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and a Master of Education from York University. During her time as a school principal, Elizabeth was dedicated to supporting the special needs of students. As a specialist in Special Education and with additional qualifications in English as a Second Language, she regularly chaired IPRC committee meetings and administered Special Education Classrooms, including learning disabilities, autism, developmental delays, behaviour classrooms, and primary diagnostic classes. Elizabeth also brought environmental awareness to every community she worked in and was a strong proponent of the TDSB peer conflict managers and restorative justice programs.
As the office administrator at Midtown Psychological Services, Elizabeth brings senior administrative oversight to the practice, with a special emphasis on supporting parents and children visiting our school psychology clinic.
Elizabeth’s Office Hours: